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GDB 38.0: Fresh off lots of rest, Toronto Blue Jays open three-series homestand against Atlanta Braves

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Zach Laing
9 months ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in town and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
This evening, they kick off a three-series homestand with the Atlanta Braves paying visit to the Rogers Center. There was talk that Canadian Mike Soroka might’ve been available to make his long-awaited return to the bigs on Sunday, but after starting for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, that won’t be the case.
This series, however, will feature some good pitching matchups. Tonight the Jays sent Chris Bassitt to the mound opposite of one of the best in the bigs, Spencer Strider. Saturday afternoon its Jose Berrios going up against Bryce Elder and on Mother’s Day Sunday, the Jays will send out Yusei Kikuchi.
The Braves, however, haven’t named a starter for the final game of the series Sunday. They sent Max Fried to the 15-day IL earlier this week with a strained left forearm, and Kyle Wright is dealing with a shoulder injury. Both players could miss months, according to CBS Sports, so their rotation is about to be tested in a big way.
Nonetheless, the Jays have to be feeling rested today after getting two of the last four days off in thanks to their two-game set against the Phillies. In August, they’ll see a similar little break after another two-game set against Philly.
There’s no word as of the time of writing (1:45 EST) if George Springer will draw into the lineup this evening after continuing to battle an ongoing viral infection. Let’s hope he’s able to lick whatever is going on and return to his old self sooner, rather than later.
UPDATE 3:30 PM EST: Springer is, in fact, back in the Jays lineup tonight and will be batting leadoff.
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST
Weather: 23C. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in Toronto, so I’d be willing to bet the roof will be open all weekend.
Toronto Blue Jays: 21-16, 8.0 GB, – WCGB. +16 DIFF, 4.87 R/G, 4.41 RA/G.
Atlanta Braves: 25-12, – GB, – WCGB. +59 DIFF, 5.38 R/G, 3.78 RA/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR +142; ATL -154.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Chris Bassitt RHP — 2-3, 4.28 ERA, 1.225 WHIP, 7.4 K9, 0.1 bWAR.
ATL: Spencer Strider RHP — 4-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.925 WHIP, 15.1 K9, 1.2 bWAR.
Lineups: 
Toronto 
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. B Bichette (R) SS
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. D Varsho (L) LF
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. B Belt (L) DH
  8. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
Atlanta
  1. R Acuña (R) RF
  2. M Olson (L) 1B
  3. A Riley (R) 3B
  4. S Murphy (R) C
  5. E Rosario (L) LF
  6. O Albies (S) 2B
  7. T d’Arnaud (R) DH
  8. M Harris II (L) CF
  9. O Arcia (R) SS

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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