Free Baseball Interleague Betting Picks, News, Notes and Odds: Atlanta Braves at Toronto Blue Jays.

Authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

MLB Daily Predictions are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. So far the 2018 Major League Baseball season is a surprise for loyal fans in the Peach State. Atlanta 42-29 has a three and a half-game lead over the prohibitive favorite Washington Nationals in the National League East. They travel north of the border for a two-game series beginning on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Game time is 7:07 PM EST at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario. Local Television Networks broadcasting. After two subpar season’s, manager Brian Snitker is making his presence in the dugout. SunTrust Park is in its second year of existence and reminiscence of the Bobby Cox era are beginning to creep into play with their consistency. Toronto is fourth in what could be called the best division in baseball. The Blue Jays are 33-38 and fifteen game out of first place through June, but all is not lost as they hope to make thing interesting in the coming months. The Opening Betting Line has Atlanta as a -110 Road Favorite. The Betting Odds Total is Nine Runs for Tuesday’s contest.

Atlanta is 3-1 vs. Toronto dating back the 2017 and have won five of their last six this season in a recent homestand against New York Mets and San Diego. Calgary, Alberta native Michael Soroka who has just four appearances this season will bring his 2.57 era to the pitcher’s mound Tuesday. Starting Pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, 2.16 earn run average and Sean Newcomb lead the rotation, the growth of Soroka could be tremendous as the season progresses. Las Vegas bettors are catching on to the Braves success but so are oddsmakers. Rookie Ozzie Albies is getting plenty of headlines with his play, but first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markakis are also contributing on a daily basis. Atlanta will head back home for six more against struggling Baltimore and Cincinnati then it’s back on the road to close out June. Atlanta must continue to bring effort each game it will bring the young team confidence as the playoff race begins. Bovada.Lv, list the Atlanta Braves at +160 to win the 2018 MLB NL East title.

It was just a few years ago when Marcus Stroman was pitching in the American League wild-card play-in game against Baltimore where the Blue Jays would lose in the ALCS to Cleveland. Inconsistency has plagued Toronto this season in their last ten they took all four from Baltimore before losing three in a row in Tampa but bounced back to sweep Washington at Roger Centre, which helped Atlanta. The Blue Jays are 6-2 in Interleague play so far this season and hope to get another productive series performance. Second Baseman Yangervis Solarte is trying to make fans forget about the days of Edward Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and the crew as they have moved on to other cities. Slugger Josh Donaldson is out indefinitely with a calf injury. Starting Pitcher and ace Marcus Stroman is also on the shelf with a bad shoulder. Someone must step up for the injured riddled Blue Jays, or it’s lights out for 2018. Bovada. Lv, list the Toronto Blue Jays at +50,00 to win the 2018 AL East division.


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Is Ozzie Albies the second coming of Andruw Jones?

Is Ozzie Albies the second coming of Andruw Jones?

In 1996, the Atlanta Braves were World Series Champions. They had beaten their American League clones, the Cleveland Indians, in six games the previous fall.

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The Braves were in the midst of a 15-year run as the National League’s dominant team. From 1991-2005 they would win the National League West [’91-93] or the East [95-05] a combined 14 times, at least 90 games 13 times, 100 in a half-dozen seasons, and go to five World Series [1991, 92, 95, 96, 99]. For all that, the 1995 Series was the only one they would win. From that perspective, the 1996 season began a long decline.

It didn’t look that way at the time. Exactly the opposite in fact.

While it was lefty Steve Avery’s final season with the team, the rotation appeared ready to dominate for years. John Smoltz, five seasons away from his conversion to the closer’s role, was the 1996 NL Cy Young winner. Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were also on course for Hall of Fame careers.

There was speed and power up and down the lineup. Javy Lopez, Fred McGriff, Chipper Jones, Marquis Grissom, Ryan Klesko, Terry Pendleton, Jermaine Dye, David Justice, Luis Polonia. The Braves were going to score runs.

Bobby Cox’s coaching staff was formidable as well. First base, third base, and bullpen coaches Pat Corrales, Jimy Williams, and Ned Yost would all become major league managers in their own right. And Bobby always had Leo Mazzone’s company. The venerated pitching coach only stopped rocking in the dugout when he stood up to go to the mound.

That said, the best advertisement for the Braves’ future was a teenager who came up to the club late in the season to play left field. Andruw Jones was 19. He hailed from the Caribbean island of Curacao, off the Venezuelan coast, and he had some pop in his bat. In 31 games, he drove hit five home runs, drove in 13 runs, scored 11, stole three bases, and showed excellent range in the outfield.

It was in the Fall Classic where he made the greatest impression, however. In his first World Series game, the teenager hit two home runs and drove in five in the second and third innings to spark a 12-1 rout in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees would lose Game 2 as well before rebounding to sweep the next four,. Nevertheless, Jones became a fixture in the Braves outfield for the next 11 seasons before bouncing around the major leagues for another five, the last two with the Yankees. His major league resume reads more than 400 home runs and 150 stolen bases, a career 62.8 Wins Above Replacement, five All-Star appearances, the 2005 MLB home run and National League RBI crowns, and ten Gold Gloves.

That’s a tough act to follow. The Braves seem to have a pipeline to Curacaoan talent, though. Two players from the tiny island have followed Jones’ path to the big leagues.

Andrelton Simmons didn’t quite work out. His first full season at Turner Field held promise. The shortstop finished the season with 150 hits, 59 RBI, 76 runs, and 17 HRs. When his production dipped in the next two campaigns, the Braves traded him to the Angels in 2015. Last season, Simmons rediscovered his hitting stroke, setting new career marks for hits, doubles, homers, runs, RBIs, stolen bases, and walks. He also struck out more, although that was a fair price for the increased production. The 28-year-old has the talent to enjoy a solid major league career. It just won’t be with the Braves.

Last season, Atlanta mined their private Caribbean island for a third time, bringing away a second-baseman. Ozzie Albies made his debut on August 1st and quickly turned heads. In 57 games before season’s end, he cracked 62 hits, knocked six out of the park and collected 28 ribbies. His power was complemented by speed. Albies scored 34 runs and stole eight bases in nine attempts.

This season, he is proving it’s not a fluke. With teams coming up on the season’s quarter-pole, the 21-year-old infielder is third in the majors in run production, having scored or driven in 67. Only Boston’s Mookie Betts and the Yankees Aaron Judge, with 69 and 68 respectively, surpass the islander. Albies’ batting line reads .304/.564/.868.

He could certainly walk more, especially as pitchers are now pitching around him. His slugging percentage is seventh-best in the National League. It was fourth going into the weekend. It’s his turn to adjust now. The youngster must lay off pitches outside the strike zone to get on base more.

Couple Albie’s numbers with first-baseman Freddie Freeman’s power, though, and it’s little wonder the Braves are setting the pace in the National League East. Still young, Albies has the potential to be even better as he learns. If he does, people will start to look at Curacao less as the home of Andruw Jones and more as a baseball hotbed.

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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.