The Toronto Blue Jays put their five-game winning streak on the line at the Rogers Centre tonight. Without a doubt, it appears that the Blue Jays are beginning to turn the corner from their most recent line of work. You’ll get people over-reacting to everything that happens in April, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that the MLB season is very long, with plenty of twists and turns. Does it mean that the Jays are going to continue to play at this rate of success? Not necessarily, but the notion of variance was bound to kick in for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are riding the hot hand of Jose Bautista. As Bautista heats up, as do the Blue Jays. He’s finding his stride, getting the long ball working and putting up nice numbers now. Perhaps the biggest help is coming from a rather unknown commodity, though. Kevin Pillar is swinging the bat especially well and is on pace for a career-high in hits.
Pillar currently leads the American League in hits, and is just short of the MLB lead assumed by Ryan Zimmerman. Thanks to their five-game winning streak, the Jays own a record of 17-21. It’s not exactly where they want to be, but much better than where they were. Mike Bolsinger will get another start tonight thanks to injuries in the Toronto rotation. This will only be his second effort of 2017. The Braves counter with the struggling Bartolo Colon. Get the free Braves vs. Blue Jays pick below for free at The Sports Geek.
Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Bartolo Colon (1-4, 7.22 ERA) vs. Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 3.18 ERA)
The Blue Jays have only gotten one start out of Bolsinger and it was a pretty good effort. Nothing went according to plan for him with the Dodgers. He got six starts, but ended the year with a shoddy 6.83 ERA. So, I wouldn’t read too far into his one start. He pitched just 5.2 innings and I think we need a much larger sample size to get an accurate reading on him.
Colon has gotten enough starts this season for us to come to the conclusion that he’s been awful. He has pitched 38.2 innings and his ERA has ballooned to 7.22. Note that his WHIP is uninspiring as well. Also, Colon has gotten bombed for a 11.66 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in his last three outings. I would say that his arm is just about shot. Toronto should have no issues hitting Colon. The unknown here is Bolsinger. He had the one good start but that’s only one. His career suggests he is not that good as it indicates. I like the OVER here with runs aplenty. I’d get on this pick in Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
PICK: OVER 9 (-110)