Braves vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/14/23

Toronto Blue Jays (23-16) vs Atlanta Braves (25-14)

Game Info: Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 1:37 pm (Rogers Centre)

Yusei Kikuchi (5-0) (3.35) vs Collin McHugh (1-0) (3.38)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -103 / Atlanta Braves -114 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Atlanta Braves for their series finale this Sunday from the Rogers’ Centre on the MLB Network. Toronto took game two after pulling away in the seventh, 5-2.

Braves Betting Preview

Atlanta dropped to 25-14 after losing to Toronto. The Braves have now dropped three in a row for the third time this season, and they’ll look to figure things out before taking a trip to Austin this week to face the Rangers. The Atlanta offense is scoring 5.37  runs per game, while batting .256, with a .338 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.54 ERA, with a 1.24 WHIP. Ronald Acuna Jr. has a hit in nine of the last ten games, and he’s leading Atlanta in BA (.342) and hits (52). RBI leaders Matt Olson and Sean Murphy have been held hitless through the first two contests, as the Braves have been held to two runs here in Toronto.

Collin McHugh (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 8 Ks) will get the bullpen start for Atlanta. The veteran relief pitcher has allowed runs in three of nine appearances this season, with two of those spots being on the road. 

Blue Jays Betting Preview

Toronto moved to 23-16 after defeating Atlanta. The Blue Jays have now won five of their last seven after being swept by Boston to open the month, and they’ll look to bring the brooms out on the Braves here Sunday.  The Toronto offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .257, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.93 ERA, with a 1.25 WHIP. Bo Bichette produced a pair of runs in last night’s win, and he’s up to team-leads of 9 homers and 26 RBI. Vlad Guerrero Jr. has doubled in three straight games, and he’s second on the team in RBI (22). Matt Chapman leads the Jays in batting average (.326).. 

Yusei Kikuchi (5-0, 3.35 ERA, 33 Ks) will take the mound for Toronto. The fifth-year lefty has already avenged a slow debut season with the Jays but jumping out to an impressive start in 2023. Kikuchi tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in Pittsburgh last week to earn his fifth victory of the year, and he’s allowed one run or less in five of seven starts this season.

Atlanta vs Toronto Trends

Atlanta is 17-22 against the spread this season, with a 22-16-1 O/U record. Toronto is 21-18 ATS this year, with a 17-20-2 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Well Atlanta’s trip across the border hasn’t gone well, and it could end abruptly this Sunday. It’s set to be a bullpen day for ATL, while the Jays will be sending out one of their better arms in Yusei Kikuchi. A sweep here would be big for Toronto, and I think they complete the mission with the advantage on the mound. Back Toronto for game three of this interleague series.

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