The Atlanta Braves are scorching hot, having won three games in a row and six of the past seven contests. On Wednesday afternoon, Brian Snitker’s team is back in action on “getaway day” and, this time, he will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound in opposition of Toronto starter J.A. Happ.
Sanchez has been a revelation in seven appearances (six starts) for the Braves, posting a 1.93 ERA across 37.1 innings of work. It has to be mentioned that the veteran right-hander does not have peripherals that would back up this level of performance, but Sanchez’s efforts have been key to stabilizing a rotation with injuries and Atlanta has every incentive to ride him until things change from an overall performance standpoint.
For the Jays, Happ has been the best pitcher on the roster this season and he could pose some problems for Atlanta. He leads Toronto’s rotation with a 3.48 ERA and, unlike Sanchez, Happ’s peripherals (including a strikeout rate of 10.23 per 9 innings) back up his high-end performance.
That isn’t to say that the Braves are in huge danger here, as Happ isn’t always the type of pitcher that overwhelms opponents. Still, this is a tougher test than the one Atlanta faced in the opener of the quick, two-game series in Canada and that needs to be mentioned.
The good folks in Las Vegas actually install the Blue Jays as significant favorites (-148 at the time of this post) in this spot and that seems to bank on Happ’s perceived pitching advantage. It would certainly be nice if the Braves escaped with a mini-sweep, though, and you can follow the action with us throughout the afternoon, albeit in a strange streaming format.
See below and stay tuned.
Time/Date: Wednesday, June 20, 12:37 pm ET
Location: Rogers Centre
TV: Facebook (no local TV)
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, 106.7 FM Braves Radio Network