MLB – Toronto Blue Jays @ Atlanta Braves

The Braves have three more games at home before heading out to the West coast, although playing at home recently hasn’t been that much of an advantage. In their past six games, the Braves lost the first two games of a three game series to the Mets at home and then had the same result against the Rangers. During interleague in May, the Braves visited the Angels and lost the first and last game of a three-game series.

Tim Hudson pitched in one of those losses, as well, only getting through 3.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs on seven hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Since then, he’s recorded two losses against the Mets and a win against Houston, bringing his record to 5-6 with a 4.08 ERA. Atlanta’s pitching as a team is among the best in the league, ranking first in WHIP and batting average allowed and second in ERA. Unfortunately, Hudson’s figures aren’t helping those figures.

Hudson last faced Toronto three years ago and got the loss. The Blue Jays last came to Turner Field two years ago and were swept by the Braves.

Toronto has Ricky Romero on the mound to try to get the win. Romero is 6-6 with a 3.01 ERA and has seemed to settle in so far this month. In two games against Baltimore and one at Kansas City, he is 1-2, but has nine earned runs and 21 strikeouts. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts in his last outing and had a shutout going into the ninth inning. Romero has gone for at least seven innings in his last seven starts and is 4-2 over that span.

In his six interleague starts, Romero is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA. Toronto has better run support than Atlanta, so if they can best Hudson, the edge for this game goes to Toronto.

Pick: Toronto Blue Jays


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