The Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Friday night. Let’s dive into the odds, starting pitching matchup, history and make a prediction for this game.
Atlanta is listed as a -150 road favorite while Toronto is a +130 home underdog. The total for this game is set at 8.5 runs.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Atlanta will start Spencer Strider here and is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Toronto is starting Chris Bassitt and he is 4-2 with a 4.28 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season.
Toronto’s 8-4 win over Atlanta back on May 13th, 2021 made it six straight wins for the Blue Jays in this head-to-head matchup.
Atlanta is 38-14 in their last 52 series-opening games and 104-49 in their last 153 games overall while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 interleague road games. Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 19-7 in their last 26 interleague home games while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 home games against a team with a right-handed starter.
I’m rolling with the over here. Spencer Strider’s been a solid piece for Atlanta’s rotation all season, but for some reason, whether it’s by his hand, his offense backing him up or both, Strider’s starts this season have been high-scoring. Bassitt’s have been as well, and these are two really potent and talented lineups from 1 through 9. I think we have a high-scoring battle here, a game that gets into double digits, so give me the over in this one.