The Atlanta Braves will continue their homestand on Monday when they open a brief two-game interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves are coming off of a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox which moved them to a season-best 30 games over .500 at 84-54. They have won four straight games and 12 of their last 14 overall. Atlanta split a two-game series in Toronto last week.
The Blue Jays lost two of three at home to the Houston Astros over the weekend and were no hit by Justin Verlander in Sunday’s series finale. They have won just three of their last 13 games.
Mike Soroka will make his second straight start against the Blue Jays in Monday’s series opener. Soroka allowed eight hits and two runs over six innings but took the loss. Soroka has continued to pitch well despite establishing a career high in innings pitched. He has allowed 10 runs over his last five starts combined.
Toronto will counter with right-hander Jacob Waguespack who will be looking for better results in his rematch with Atlanta. Waguespack lasted just three innings allowing six hits and five runs although just three were earned. He has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his eight starts this season.
Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in five runs in Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox. Freeman now has a career-best 38 home runs and leads the majors with 114 RBIs.
Ronald Acuña Jr. didn’t have a hit in Sunday’s game but stole a pair of bases and leads the National League with 33 stolen bases. He needs just four more home runs and seven stolen bases to become the fifth major league player in history to reach the 40-40 plateau.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Southeast.
Game Date/Time: Monday, September 2, 1:20 p.m. ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network