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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (6-3) at Toronto Blue Jays (5-4)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

J Teheran (2-0) (1.50) vs. D Hutchison (1-0) (6.97)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -145 / Atlanta Braves +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-South

The Rogers Centre and the Toronto Blue Jays kick off interleague play with the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

The Braves kicked off the year at an unexpected 5-0 but have tailed off with defeats in three of four. The team has scored ten runs in four games and scoring is an issue with many new faces on the roster. The Braves are looking for better results then we saw in Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the visiting Marlins  where starter Eric Stults was charged with four runs on five hits and two free passes over five frames. Cody Martin and Brandon Cunniff allowed a run each that put this out of reach. The offense consisted of just three hits and two bases on balls with Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson hammering solo homers. Atlanta sends ace Julio Teheran out to control the dangerous Blue Jays Friday night. Teheran improved to 2-0 with a 5-3 decision versus the Mets with three runs allowed (one earned) on two hits and four BB in six frames.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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I don’t know where the Toronto Blue Jays eventually find themselves in the American League East standings but there is talent to win the division but I know their fans are worried about consistency. The offense that exploded Wednesday was silent Thursday in a 4-2 defeat to visiting Tampa Bay where the pitching needed a helping hand. Starter Aaron Sanchez took the loss with three runs plated on five hits and three bases on balls through 5.1 innings. The bats totaled four hits and walked four times with Edwin Encarnacion smacking a sacrifice fly while Devon Travis doubled in a run and scored.  Drew Hutchison draws Friday’s series opening start with visiting Atlanta. Hutchison was hit hard in a 10-7 win at Baltimore with seven runs plated on seven hits including two bombs over just 4.1 innings.

Atlanta are 9-3 in their 12 games on astroturf and 8-3 in their last 11 overall while the over is 8-3-2 in their last 13 Friday games. Toronto are 2-10 in their last 12 Friday games and 15-6 in their last 21 games on astrourf with the over going 5-2-1 in their last 8 overall. Head to head the Braves are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto. The question is will Atlanta hit the ball because that’s not a strength. Teheran might allow a run and lose so my confidence level isn’t high here… 

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Atlanta +130

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