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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick from Scott Rickenbach: May 22nd 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Pick: Pirates -121 odds (May 22nd 2017)

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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick MLB Monday: Pittsburgh Pirates Money Line (-) @ Atlanta Braves @ 7:35 ET – The Pirates have Gerrit Cole on the mound today and Pittsburgh is a PERFECT 5-0 in his 5 careers starts against the Braves as he’s compiled a strong 2.25 ERA in those 5 outings. The Braves will have Mike Foltynewicz on the mound this evening and he is 0-3 in his 3 career starts against the Bucs and he has compiled an ugly 8.25 ERA in those outings. I know that the Braves have been playing better of late but so too have the Pirates. That said, there is great line value here with Pittsburgh as a small road favorite and having a significant pitching edge in terms of the match-up. Foltynewicz is a strong starter for the Braves but he doesn’t match up well with the Pirates while Cole has truly “owned” Atlanta. Cole also has a 1.71 ERA in his last 3 starts combined while Foltynewicz has a 6.19 ERA in his last 3 starts and a 6.35 ERA in home starts this season. Atlanta is 7-15 this season when off of a loss and I expect another loss tonight to add to that record. Free Pick on PITTSBURGH on the money line Monday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

Blue Jays vs. Braves Betting Odds & Prediction from Stephen Nover: May 18th 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Betting Prediction: Blue Jays -115 odds (May 18th 2017)

Freddie Freeman is one such player. He was hit in the left wrist by a pitch yesterday and won’t play today. It’s not just Freeman putting up MVP numbers: an NL-best 14 homers, .341 batting average, .457 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.211. The Braves have no one who can come close to adequately replacing Freeman. He is by far their best player. Light-hitting middle infielder Jace Peterson had just moved to third with Adonis Garcia on the DL. Now Peterson is likely to temporarily play first like he on Wednesday after Freeman was hurt. That was Peterson’s first time playing first base in his career. So the Braves suffer a double whammy – losing their best hitter and taking a hit defensively.

This is going to be a tough game for the Braves to be mentally focused. Not only is their concentration going to be off wondering about the status of Freeman, who had played every inning in every game until getting hurt, but the team is foaming at the mouth. The Braves are seething not only about Freeman getting hit by a pitch, but what they perceive as the hot dog antics of Jose Bautista, who is one of the more despised players in baseball.  Toronto, by contrast, is in stop-the-pain mode. The Blue Jays appeared to be turning their season around winning five in a row – until facing the Braves. Toronto is 0-3 in this series having lost the first two games at home to the Braves while falling, 8-4, in Atlanta last night. This is the Blue Jays’ last chance to salvage a game in the series.  The Blue Jays aren’t just favored, though, because Freeman is out. They have a pitching edge with a matchup of Marcus Stroman versus Julio Teheran.  Stroman has turned in six quality starts in his eight outings. He has a 2.87 ERA in his last five starts holding opponents to two runs or fewer in four of those starts. The Braves have never faced Stroman, giving him an element of surprise. Stroman has a proven track record during interleague going 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 games versus NL foes, including eight starts. Atlanta is 15-20 versus right-handed starters.  Teheran threw six shutout innings in a 3-1 victory during his last outing this past Saturday.

That was against the light-hitting Marlins at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. The buy sign is not there yet on Teheran. He still hasn’t proven he can pitch well at Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park. Teheran is 1-3 with a hideous 8.14 ERA in four home starts this season.  Early returns of SunTrust Park are that it is far more of a hitter’s park than Turner Field because of the way the ball carries. Teheran hasn’t solved his new park. The Braves haven’t been a good play when Teheran pitches at home in quite a while going 5-17 during his past 22 home starts.  Teheran has been less than stellar in interleague games, too, going 3-8 with a 4.87 in 14 contests versus the AL. He has a 6.60 ERA in three games against Toronto. The Blue Jays raked him for five homers in 15 innings.   Toronto has been disappointing up to this point. Not having Josh Donaldson hasn’t helped. But the Blue Jays still have more wins that Atlanta. The Braves are in rebuilt mode. Minus Freeman they are near expansion bad.

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Braves vs. Blue Jays MLB Odds & Pick from Brandon Lee: May 16th 2017

Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays
MLB Pick: Blue Jays -138 odds (May 16th 2017)

Toronto lost the series opener last night by a final of 6-10, in large part because of a bad showing from starter Mike Bolsinger, who gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in less than 5 innings of work. I just don’t see Atlanta getting that same kind of offensive production today against Marco Estrada, who has allowed 2 earned runs (0.95 ERA) in 3 home starts this season. As for the Blue Jays offense, they continued to swing a hot bat in defeat yesterday and shouldn’t have much problem keeping it going against a struggling Jaime Garcia, who is 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.415 WHIP (10 walks L2 starts combined) in 6 starts this season. Toronto is 7-2 over their last 9 and finally starting to play up to their potential, but are still be undervalued by the books after that slow start. Give me the Blue Jays -138!

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