In the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (5-6) and the Atlanta Braves (5-6) at the Rogers Centre, R.A. Dickey (0-1, 2.19 ERA) and Alex Wood (1-0, 3.86 ERA) get the start. The Braves won the last game 8-7 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on FSN-S and RSN.
Dickey is 2-6 with a 5.48 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 30 walks against the Braves in his career. Devon Travis (.375, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Wood is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, zero strikeouts and zero walks. Nick Markakis (.353, 6 Rs, 5 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well to start the season for the Braves, going 4 for 4 yesterday with three runs.
Toronto, a -136 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Blue Jays perform poorly as a favorite with a 2-3 record and have an overall money line of -54. They have a 2-3 record when they were the favorite and 5-5 SU against the National League.
Switching gears, the Braves come into this game with a win percentage of .667 when playing as the underdog (4-2) and an overall money line of +364. Against interleague competitors, they are 6-3 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 4-2 record. The Braves are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging five runs per game so far. Atlanta has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.7 in the NL with third walks per game. The Braves are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an NL-low 1.00 ERA on the road this season. They also average just 6.3 hits allowed per road game, second-best in the NL.
So far this season, the Braves are 1-0 against the Blue Jays. The right-handed Dickey will take the mound against the Braves, who have a 5-3 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves won by a margin of one run. The Blue Jays are 0-4 in one-run games. The Braves have a 3-1 record in close games.
The Blue Jays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 0-4. The Braves have a 1-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 10 this season. Toronto ranks third with 14 home runs.
Toronto and Atlanta both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Toronto sits at seventh with 7.70 hits per game and Atlanta ranks eighth with 7.67.
Ranking 12th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .721.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 2-2. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 5-4 record.