Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals are set to square off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising this interleague matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 4:07 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Washington (-215) as the favorite over Toronto (+195). Bettors are able to gamble on the game’s total with odds posted at -110 for over 8 runs and -110 for under 8. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at -145 for the Nationals -1.5 runs and +125 for the Blue Jays +1.5.

The Nationals are 37-29 SU and have gone 34-31 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having gained 2.3 units ATS. Washington is – ATS over its last seven games and the . The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 31-38 SU and 31-37 ATS. They’ve lost 9.8 units for moneyline bettors and 9.4 units ATS. Toronto has a – ATS mark over its last seven outings and the .

Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 30-30-8 so far in 2018. Washington has been a good under bet with a total record of 25-38-2.

The right-handed Max Scherzer will get the nod for the visiting Nationals. Scherzer is 10-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 142 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Blue Jays will turn to righty Marco Estrada (3-6, 5.09 ERA), who has 57 punchouts and 18 walks as well as a 1.37 WHIP. Estrada did not record a start against the Nationals in 2017.

Washington’s pitching staff allowed 3.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 9.77 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.69, along with a K-per-9 of 9.30.

Nationals hitters have slashed .237/.318/.397 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Trea Turner and outfielder Bryce Harper have led Washington’s offense. The speedy Turner is slashing .257/.338/.383 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs, 37 runs and 20 stolen bases, while Harper has a .225 average with 19 homers, 43 RBIs, 41 runs and six steals.

In the home-team dugout, Toronto’s pitchers have given up 4.9 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.98, a WHIP of 1.41 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Toronto hitters have produced 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .276/.328/.465 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte and right fielder Kevin Pillar have led the Blue Jays’ offense this year. Solarte is slashing .260/.315/.477 with 14 home runs, 40 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Pillar’s line is .254/.290/.427 with seven homers, 27 RBIs, 33 runs and nine stolen bases.

Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Washington has logged eight extra-base hits over its last five outings. Toronto has 16 XBH over its last five.
  • Toronto has recorded 22.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 23.6 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have hit 15 over their last 10.