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Blue Jays close out set in Atlanta

The Toronto Blue Jays will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound on Thursday night as they close out a four-game interleague series on the road against the Atlanta Braves.

Dickey was knocked around for six runs on nine hits over 6 2-3 innings in his last trip to the mound against the Orioles on May 25, putting him at 4-6 with a 4.85 ERA. The righthander is 2-5 with a 5.15 ERA in 13 career outings against the Braves.

Mike Minor gets the call for the Atlanta Braves and he will try to build on a 6-2 mark.

View Toronto vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Braves as -150 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Braves) and the No. 11 (Blue Jays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.


How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Atlanta has the National League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Blue Jays average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Atlanta owns the National League's No. 4 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Toronto's American League No. 14-rated defense.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-0 winner as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +176 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Blue Jays didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Atlanta 3-0 on Wednesday at Turner Field.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing San Diego are 2-4
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Blue Jays at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto's last 13 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto
Atlanta is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Toronto
Atlanta is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Toronto at San Diego, Friday, May 31
Atlanta home to Washington, Friday, May 31