Blue Jays vs. Braves - 4/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (7-4) at Toronto Blue Jays (6-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
S Miller (1-0) (0.90) vs. D Norris (1-0) (4.22)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -121 / Atlanta Braves +111 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, RSN
The Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays decide their series when they play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing four of their last six games. The Braves struggles start with a pitching staff that’s allowed four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Braves have allowed 13 runs in the first two games of this series. Offensively, Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 13 hits, while Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 15 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have won four of their first five road games but need to get more consistency from their pitching rotation to win this series. Shelby Miller gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Miller’s second career game against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays also need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Blue Jays have allowed four or more runs in four straight games and have allowed 13 runs in this series. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of their last 15 when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis have combined for 32 hits and 22 RBI, and Jose Bautista has eight RBI in 40 at-bats. The Toronto Blue Jays need to do better after losing four of their first six home games. Daniel Norris takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. This will be Norris’ first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 8-2 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 interleague road games. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The Braves are 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
Miller is the far better pitcher in this matchup and we're getting plus money with him on the mound. In a game where both teams are cold, I'm siding with Miller on the road.