Blue Jays go for sweep of Braves
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Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves
- The Blue Jays and the Braves split a two-game series three weeks ago in Toronto. The Blue Jays have a 5.01 ERA in interleague play this season but have gone 8-4 in those games. No other team has posted a 5.00 or higher ERA with a higher winning percentage since interleague play began in 1997.
- The Blue Jays haven't won a series since June 15-17 when they swept the Nationals. Toronto is currently a season-high 20.5 games behind AL East-leading Boston. This is the latest date into a season that the Blue Jays have been this many games back since finishing the 2013 season 23 behind.
- The Braves have lost five of their last six games. With its three most recent losses coming in Milwaukee, Atlanta dropped from the best NL record on the road to the fifth best at 27-22.
- Ozzie Albies leads the NL with 50 extra-base hits. With five games to play, Albies already has the third most extra-base hits before the All-Star break in Braves history, behind Darrell Evans (51) in 1973 and Hank Aaron in 1959 (53).
- Marcus Stroman allowed six earned runs in 4.2 innings in his last outing. In his two other starts since returning from the DL on June 23, he allowed one earned run in 12.0 innings. In his only start against the Braves, Stroman pitched 5.2 scoreless innings last season and got the win.
- Julio Teheran allowed five earned runs including two home runs in his last outing. Teheran has a 7.93 ERA and 2-4 record when allowing at least one home run, compared to a 0.80 ERA and 4-2 record when holding a team to zero home runs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/10/2018 thru 7/11/2018
ATLANTA -- One of Mike Foltynewicz's better starts this season came in an interleague matchup and the Atlanta Braves right-hander gets another shot at the American League on Wednesday night.
Foltynewicz, picked for his first All-Star Game, will face the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a two-game series at SunTrust Park nearly two months after a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox in Boston on May 17.
The 27-year-old former Houston Astros first-round draft choice allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings against the Red Sox while striking out seven and walking three.
Foltynewicz (6-5) is fourth in the National League among qualified starters with a 2.37 ERA and has struck out 114 in 95 innings.
"It's taken the steps that we had hoped he would," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He had a period last year where he got on a good roll and then fell off a little bit. This year since spring training, it's been from the get-go."
Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 3.81 ERA) will get the start for Toronto opposite Foltynewicz as the Blue Jays (42-48) go for a sweep after winning 6-2 on Tuesday night to knock the Braves (50-40) out of a tie for first place with Philadelphia in the National League East.
Foltynewicz hasn't faced Toronto this season and is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in one start and one relief appearance against the Blue Jays in his career. He is 6-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 career interleague games.
Foltynewicz has made three starts since a stint on the disabled list and has pitched just a combined 16 innings while allowing eight hits and six runs. He has struck out 20 and walked seven in the three outings.
Foltynewicz will join first baseman Freddie Freeman, right fielder Nick Markakis and second baseman Ozzie Albies in Washington next week for the All-Star game.
Snitker informed the players prior to Sunday's game in Milwaukee.
"My name was the last one to be called off," Foltynewicz, who lost to the Brewers on Friday. "Especially how I ended the last game, you just never know, but my heart was in my stomach and throat at the same time."
Snitker had mentioned the possibility of giving Foltynewicz an extra day of rest thanks to Monday's day off, but that would have pushed three other starters back prior to the All-Star break because of another off day on Thursday.
"He's right on time and that'll give the rest of our guys their start before the break," Snitker said.
Gaviglio was acquired from Kansas City during spring training and has made nine starts for the Blue Jays after beginning the season with Triple-A Buffalo.
The 27-year-old former Seattle draft choice lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees in his most recent outing on Friday, but he has three quality starts.
Gaviglio made 13 starts and pitched in 16 games last season as a rookie with Seattle and Kansas City, going 4-5 with a 4.36 ERA.
Gaviglio has never faced the Braves, but he is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four interleague starts and one relief appearance.
Updated July 10, 2018