MLB – Toronto Blue Jays @ Atlanta Braves

This is game two of a three-game series where the Braves won 2-0, however, since neither team managed to generate any offense, it makes this a tough call for tonight. Atlanta’s only offense came in the form of a two-run home run in the seventh inning from pitcher Tim Hudson.

So we have two young pitchers with little major league experience. Neither has recorded a win this season and neither has started more than five games (Minor has five starts, Stewart has one). What makes this pick difficult is that either pitcher could lose his stride at any point and the opposing team could put a lot of runs on the board.

Mike Minor has only pitched through six innings twice in his five starts and has not allowed fewer than four hits. He did only allow one earned run against Pittsburgh, but his ERA is 5.47. Minor does have two losses, but in his three no-decisions, the Braves have gone on to win. Opposing batters are hitting .308 against Minor, and once the injured Brandon Beachy returns from the DL, Minor will no longer be starting for the Braves.

The positive for Minor is that the Blue Jays haven’t been able to provide any offense in recent games. In the past six games, the Blue Jays are 3-3, but have not scored more than four runs even in the games they won. They only had two hits last night, thanks to Yunel Escobar and J.P. Arencibia. The offense from Jose Bautista was non-existent as he went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

And now the Blue Jays put rookie Zach Stewart on the mound for his second big-league start. He pitched against Baltimore last week and earned a no-decision (although Toronto ended up losing, 4-3), allowing seven hits, two earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Stewart did make it through seven innings, however, and he didn’t allow any runs in the first five innings. However, if Toronto can’t get hits and runs, no matter how well Stewart pitches, they can’t win. If the Blue Jays can get their offense together, they can easily take apart Minor, but given their offensive struggles lately, go with the Braves.

Pick: Atlanta Braves

2 Responses to MLB – Toronto Blue Jays @ Atlanta Braves

  1. Mike says:

    The life cycle of these SFTC sites is very short. I wrote for one for a little while. It’s more work than you think unless you’ve done it.

    • FalconKP says:

      Isn’t that the truth…my real career has taken up a lot of my time, and the other writers we “had” apparently just stopped writing after I came up with a schedule of nightly things to write about. I’m sorry it’s been spotty, but real life comes first. My apologies.

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