Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays Series Preview

Tom Szczerbowski

Interleague play resumes as Atlanta heads to Toronto, only to host the Jays two days later.

Expectations were sky high for Toronto coming into the year after an offseason that saw the club acquire Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson from the Marlins in a blockbuster deal. The Blue Jays followed that up with another big trade, landing knuckleballer R.A Dickey in a trade with the Mets.

Those high expectations haven't been met with good results, as the Blue Jays have battled injuries and bad play en route to a 21-29 start that has them 9.5 games back of the American League East leading New York Yankees.

As a team, Toronto ranks 9th in the American League in batting average (.251), 10th in on-base average (.316), seventh in slugging percentage (.422), eighth in wOBA (.321), ninth in wRC+ (98), eighth in BB% (8.3%), seventh in K% (20.2%),

Individually, Jose Bautista is doing Jose Bautista things, hitting .295/.405/.564 with a .412 wOBA, 159 wRC+, and 11 home runs. Hitting almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers, Adam Lind had mashed to a line of .304/.398/.491 with a .381 wOBA, 139 wRC+, and four home runs. Edwin Encarnacion is the other Blue Jay with a wRC+ over 100 (123), and is hitting .253/.333/.495 with a team high 13 home runs and a .357 wOBA.

J.P. Arencibia refuses to take a walk, but has hit 11 home runs to go along with a .236/.253/.477 line with a .313 wOBA and 92 wRC+.

Pitching matchups:

Monday May 27, 7:07 PM EDT - MLB Network/SportSouth


Tim Hudson

#15 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

175

R

R

Jul 14, 1975



Mark Buehrle

#56 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-2

245

L

L

Mar 23, 1979


Tuesday May 28, 12:37 PM EDT - SportSouth


Paul Maholm

#28 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

220

L

L

Jun 25, 1982



Brandon Morrow

#23 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-3

200

R

R

Jul 26, 1984


Wednesday May 29, 7:10 PM EDT - SportSouth


Esmil Rogers

#32 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-1

190

R

R

Aug 14, 1985



Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985


Thursday May 30th, 7:10 PM EDT - SportSouth


R.A. Dickey

#43 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-2

215

R

R

Oct 29, 1974



Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

205

R

L

Dec 26, 1987

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