Blue Jays Series Preview: Atlanta Braves ripe for the picking

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Sep 11, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) celebrates his two-run home run against the New York Yankees with Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere (7) and Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in action on Tuesday as they head to Atlanta where they’ll play a three-game interleague set against the Braves. It’s been a struggle for the Braves in 2015, with their 56-88 record putting them long side the Philadelphia Phillies at the bottom of the NL East. This could be spun as a trap series if you tried hard enough, but from the Blue Jays’ standpoint, the Braves are a prime target for taking at least two of three.

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Atlanta has continued to sink as of late, going 2-8 over their last 10 games while the Blue Jays have stayed afloat atop the AL East. Toronto’s definitive series win over the Yankees in New York has set them up perfectly for the final weeks of the season, and if they’re able to gain another game by the weekend, things become much more comfortable.

Mark Buehrle is set to kick off the series for Toronto, and is expected be followed by David Price and Marco Estrada. Price has been chomping at the bit to get a bat in his hands, so Wednesday appears to be his chance. Give the NL rules and expanded rosters, John Gibbons will be a busy man on the bench over the next three days.

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