Atlanta Braves (27-19) at Baltimore Orioles (20-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:35 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
Touki Toussaint (0-1) (7.89) vs. Jorge Lopez (1-0) (6.37)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +154 / Atlanta Braves -167 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles meet Monday in MLB action from Oriole Park.
This will be the first matchup in a three-game series between these teams this week. The Braves are coming out of a weekend set versus the Nationals. Atlanta won two of the first three games there. In the Sunday finale, the Braves managed an 8-4 win. As for the Orioles, they played the Yankees over the weekend. Baltimore fell in the first three games of that series. On Sunday, the Orioles fell 3-1 and were swept. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Braves posted 10 hits to Washington’s eight in the Sunday win, but were down 4-1 heading into the sixth inning before the bats got going. Duvall and Albies each had two-run homers to lead the offense, and starting pitcher Kyle Wright got the win on 6.0 innings, eight hits and three earned.
For the Monday opener starting role, the Braves are sending out Touki Toussaint. In six games (four starts) this season, Tousssaint is 0-1 with a 7.89 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Over his MLB career, Toussaint is 6-2 with a 5.65 ERA And 105 Ks in 92.1 innings total.
Over on the Orioles’ side, they were right with the Yankees in the Sunday loss until the bottom of the eighth, when Gleyber Torres hit a two-run pinch-hit double. Renato Nunez scored the only run on a solo homer, and starter John Means had 6.0 innings, five hits and one earned in the no-decision.
In the Monday starting pitcher job, the Orioles are sending out Jorge Lopez. This season, Lopez is 1-0 over seven games (three starts) with a 6.38 ERA and 19 Ks in 24.0 innings. Over his MLB stint, Lopez is 8-15 with a 5.95 ERA and 176 Ks in 213.1 innings of work.
The Braves are 5-0 in their last five games versus the American League East and 6-1 in their last seven road games. Atlanta is 6-2 in their last eight during game one of a series and 39-15 in their last 54 games as a road favorite.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 9-4 in their last 13 interleague games and 9-4 in their last 13 versus the National League East. Baltimore is 125-267 in their last 392 overall and 106-230 in their last 336 games as an underdog.
Pick: I’m going with the Braves here, but probably staying away. This is Toussaint’s first appearance with Atlanta since August 23 when he was optioned to the alternate training site. Toussaint has a pretty good mix of pitches when he’s on, but he’s also had some issues staying consistent. The curveball is working pretty well, but Toussaint hasn’t been able to place his sliders very well. Still, I like him to be effective enough to get through a handful of innings and the Atlanta offense can take it from there. It’ll probably be a close game, though.