Washington Nationals (36-28) vs Toronto Blue Jays (30-37)Date : 06/15/2018
Time : 7:07 pm EST
Location : Rodgers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Washington Nationals vs Toronto Blue Jays
Game 1 of a 3-game set against the visiting Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place at Rodgers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Friday night at 7:07 pm EST. The Nationals currently occupy 2nd place within he NL East division while the Blue Jays are in 4th place within the AL East division. This will be the first meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, the Nationals took 2 of 3 from the Jays in a 3-game set at Nationals Park dating back to 6-2-2015.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Washington Nationals have lost 3 of their last 5 contests to where the O/U has been 2-3. Recently, Washington played awful on the road against the top-seeded Braves in a 4-game set in Atlanta and would lose the series on 6-3-2018. They would, however, regroup against the Tampa Bay Rays in a short, 2-game home set to where they got the sweep on the strength of an 11-2 win on 6-6-2018. They would once against take a step backing in losing a 3-game home set to the Giants on 6-10-2018 while losing game 1 of a 3-game road set to the dangerous Yankees on 6-12-2018 by a 3-0 score.
For the season, the Nationals are averaging 4.26 runs per game (18th) with a team batting average of .235 (22nd), 78 homers, (15th) along with 50 stolen bases (3rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.27 (3rd) with 628 strikeouts (5th) along with 37 quality starts on the year (3rd).
Trea Truner (.254 BA on 260 AB), Bryce Harper (.228 BA on 224 AB), and Michael A. Taylor (.220 BA on 218 AB) have been the offensive leaders for this Washington Nationals squad thus far.
Max Scherzer (10-2, 94.2 IP, 24 R, 58 H, 7 HR, 22 BB, 142 SO, 2.00 ERA) and Gio Gonzales (6-2, 74.2 IP, 25 R, 66 H, 5 HR, 32 BB, 75 SO, 2.27 ERA) have been the most consistent on the pitching staff while Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 80.2 IP, 35 R, 69 H, 12 HR, 19 BB, 95 SO, 3.46 ERA) and Tanner Roark (3-7, 84.1 IP, 35 R, 67 H, 11 HR, 27 BB, 70 SO, 3.63 ERA) have also been solid on the mound for the Nationals this year.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. On 6-3-2018, the Jays were swept once again in a short, 2-game home set versus the dangerous NY Yankees on 6-6-2018. Nonetheless, the Jays finally recovered against AL East basement team Baltimore Orioles as they would obtain the sweep on 6-10-2018 with a huge 13-3 victory in the finale. Nonetheless, the Blue Jays would fall back to their losing ways as they dropped the first two games of a 3-game road set versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.54 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .233 (23rd), 85 homers (6th) along with 23 stolen bases (26th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.60 (23rd) with 557 strikeouts (18th) along with 25 quality starts on the season (23rd).
Kevin Pillar (.262 BA on 252 AB), Justin Smoak (.234 BA on 214 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.252 BA on 254 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher JA Happ (8-3, 77.2 IP, 35 R, 62 H, 10 HR, 22 BB, 90 SO with an ERA of 3.71) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year. Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 72.2 IP, 38 R, 67 H, 8 HR, 42 BB, 58 SO with an ERA of 4.33) has also been a pivotal piece to the rotation, despite his lackluster performances this season.
How Washington Nationals & Toronto Blue Jays Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Blue Jays are 32-35 ATS with the O/U being 31-30-6. On the other hand, the Nationals are 33-31 ATS while the O/U being 25-37-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Only a few days ago, one would have thought of this game as being a mismatch certainly in favor of the Nationals; However, after the Blue Jays have won 4 of their last 5 while the Nats have played shaky lately, this game, on the surface, seems a bit more interesting than once seemed. The pitchers for this matchup have not been named, however, the Jays have only allowed their opponents 18 runs in their last 5 outings, with 8 of those being in their game 1 defeat to the Rays on 6-11-2018. The Nats, on the other hand, have sputtered lately in losing 5 of their last 9 while allowing an average of 4 runs in their last 5 games. Both offenses have also heated up a bit which will also make this matchup interesting. Can the Nationals powerful pitching staff contain the suddenly awakened yet inconsistent bats for the Blue Jays? Will the shaky pitching staff for the Jays neutralize the dangerous hitters for Washington?
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
I expect the Nationals to come out and set the tone early in this series by winning in game 1. Despite the Jays picking up some wins in their last few games, the fact remains that they are not a very good team while the Nationals, though enduring a recent rough patch, really needs to maintain the pressure on the surging Braves in the NL East, thus making a win in the opener very much necessary. Their pitching staff should very much silence a team that has shown time and time again that they are streaky not only at the plate, but, at the mound as well.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Betting Trends for Washington Nationals
- The Nationals are 7-3 in last 10 road games
- The Nationals are 10-5 in last 15 games
- The Under is 9-1 in Nationals last 10 road games
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are 5-8 in last 13 home games
- The Blue Jays are 5-8 in last 13 games
- The Under is 5-1 in Blue Jays last 6 home games