The Toronto Blue Jays will try to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game when they play host to the Washington Nationals at Rogers Centre. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will televise this interleague matchup.
Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Toronto (+110) as the underdog to Washington (-120). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over nine runs and +100 for under nine. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at +125 for the Nationals -1.5 runs and -145 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs.
The Blue Jays are 30-38 straight up (SU) and 31-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.4 units (ATS). Toronto has a – ATS mark over its last seven games and the . The Nationals are 37-28 SU and have gone 34-31 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 1.8 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 2.3 units ATS. Washington is – ATS over its last seven games and the .
Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 30-30-8 so far in 2018. The Nationals have been a good under bet with a total record of 25-38-2.
Southpaw Gio Gonzalez is getting the start for the visiting Nationals. Gonzalez is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 75 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 Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33 ERA), who’s got 58 strikeouts and 42 walks to his name as well as a 1.50 WHIP. Sanchez did not record a start against the Nationals in 2017.
Toronto’s pitchers have yielded 4.9 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 4.99 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.
Toronto’s offense has produced 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .277/.333/.418 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
The Blue Jays’ batters have been led by right fielder Kevin Pillar and third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Pillar is slashing .258/.295/.434 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, 33 runs and nine stolen bases, and Solarte is batting .252 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 34 runs scored.
In the other dugout, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 3.5 runs per game and its starters own a 3.08 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.85 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.69, along with a WHIP of 1.07 and a K/9 of 9.31.
The Nationals offense has slashed .236/.318/.398 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game this season, including 3.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Shortstop Trea Turner and outfielder Bryce Harper continue to lead Washington’s offense. The speedy Turner is slashing .258/.340/.386 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs, 36 runs and 19 stolen bases, while Harper (.224/.364/.500) is up to 19 homers, 43 RBIs and 39 runs scored.
Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER
- Washington has tallied eight extra-base hits over its last five outings. Toronto has 13 XBH over its last five.
- The Nationals have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have hit 14 over their last 10.
- Washington has recorded 17.9 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.2 over its last five.