Washington Nationals vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-16-2018




Washington Nationals vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-16-2018

Washington Nationals (37-28) vs Toronto Blue Jays (30-28)

Date : 06/16/2018
Time : 4:07 pm EST
Location : Rodgers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Washington Nationals vs Toronto Blue Jays

Game 2 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 Saturday afternoon at 4:07 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 would win a 2-game home set versus the Tampa Bay Rays due to 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 splitting a 2-game road set against the NY Yankees by winning game 2 by a 5-4 score.

For the season, the Nationals are averaging 4.27 runs per game (16th) with a team batting average of .236 (22nd), 80 homers, (12th) along with 51 stolen bases (2nd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.28 (3rd) with 637 strikeouts (5th) along with 37 quality starts on the year (3rd).

Trea Truner (.258 BA on 254 AB), Bryce Harper (.224 BA on 228 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, 2.65 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 losers 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.  Nonetheless, the Blue Jays would fall back to their losing ways by getting swept in their following 3-game road set versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.47 runs per game (10th) with a team batting average of .232 (25th), 85 homers (9th) along with 23 stolen bases (27th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.56 (23rd) with 566 strikeouts (18th) along with 25 quality starts on the season (23rd).

Kevin Pillar (.258 BA on 256 AB), Justin Smoak (.229 BA on 218 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.252 BA on 258 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.

Pitcher JA Happ (8-3, 82.2 IP, 35 R, 63 H, 10 HR, 25 BB, 94 SO with an ERA of 3.48) 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:

The starting pitchers for this matchup have not been named, however, it will be interesting to see how the Nationals approach this series beginning with game 1 against a team that they should manhandle simply from looking at the resume from both teams.  On one hand, the Nats possess a bevy of dangerous hitters along with a dominant pitching staff at their disposal, yet, lately have had problems with consistency as they have not seemed to find the right formula in which to string together some serious wins in recent outings.  The Blue Jays have struggled all season long and their only recent claim to success included a 4-game sweep of the Orioles on 6-10-2018 to which they outscored their opponent 27 to 11 during the series, altogether.  In all, the Nationals need to win in this matchup in which to maintain pressure on the Braves for the top spot in the division.

Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals

My reason for the pick :

I will back the Nationals in this matchup to focus in and get the win against a team that has consistently struggled throughout the year.  The Nationals fell out of the top spot in the NL East once again, recently, however, look to regain their confidence by setting the tone earlier on in this series in which to obtain some wins to reclaim their spot at the top of the division.  It is for this reason that I will expect the Nats to perform well in the opener on their way to possibly sweeping the series, altogether.

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

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