The Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays meet Sunday in MLB action at Rogers Centre. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Atlanta Braves have scored 4 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 4 of their last 5 games. The Braves have lost 3 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 52 hits and 22 RBI, while Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley have combined for 76 hits and 45 RBI. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays have scored 9 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Blue Jays have split their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bo Bichette leads the Blue Jays with 54 hits and 26 RBI, while Matt Chapman and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have combined for 91 hits and 44 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball, and he is 5-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 13-4 in their last 17 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series. The Blue Jays are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Braves last 5 overall. The over is 8-3 in Blue Jays last 11 overall. The Braves are 0-8 in the last 8 meetings.
The Atlanta Braves offense has been quiet these last few days and Yusei Kikuchi is pitching well, so this probably isn't the spot where things turnaround. Collin McHugh is still getting his feet wet this season, so it's going to take some time to trust him, especially on the road. Price is cheap. Give me the Blue Jays.