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2021 MLB Handicapping
(63-54) Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals (50-68)
Date: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Projected Pitchers: Jose Berrios (TOR) vs. Josiah Gray (WSH)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Blue Jays -175 Nationals +140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Blue Jays +1.5, Nationals -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
The Blue Jays will be in Washington DC to take on the Nationals for game 2 Wednesday at 4:05 ET. Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:05 ET.
Jose Berrios is going for the Blue Jays and Josiah Gray is going for the Nationals.
These clubs met back in April and split a 2 game series.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have played very good baseball in the 2nd half of the season and especially since the deadline.
Even with how well they have been playing they find themselves in 4th place of the American League East with a record of 63-54. The Rays lead them by 8 games.
Over the weekend, the Jays lost 2 games out of 3 to the Mariners. In that series, Toronto scored 13 runs and allowed 15 runs.
Steven Matz went 5 innings and did not allow an earned run in their 8-3 win on Sunday.
Jose Berrios has been good this year, but he was not good at all in his last start where he went against the Angels. The right hander went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 earned runs. Los Angeles won that game 6-3.
The pitching for this team did not start off the year well, but it has been much better as the season has gone. The team has an ERA of 3.88 which is 12th best in the majors.
Even with the improved pitching, hitting is the best part of what this team does. They are scoring 5.16 runs per game which is 4th best in the league. They have been lead by MVP candidate Vladamir Guerrero Jr.
Toronto has hit 178 home runs which is 2nd best overall.
The Nationals have not had a great season so far. It will be a while before they contend again.
This team is in last place of the National League East with a record of 50-68. The Braves lead them by 12.5 games.
Washington got swept by the Braves over the weekend. In those 3 games, the Nats scored 9 runs and allowed 22 runs.
Paolo Espino went 4 innings and allowed 5 earned runs on Sunday in the 6-5 loss.
Josiah Gray is 0-1 with a 4.12 ERA. His last start was against the Braves where he went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. The Braves won that game 4-2.
Pitching has not been a strong suit for this team. They have an ERA of 4.61 which is 21st best in the game.
Their offense features lots of young players. They have struggled to score runs at times.
Washington has hit 131 home runs which is 22nd best overall.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a right handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 13-3 in their last 16 interleague games.
- Blue Jays are 13-3 in their last 16 games vs. the National League East.
- Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague road games.
- Nationals are 7-16 in their last 23 interleague games vs. a right handed starter.
- Nationals are 8-25 in their last 33 games overall.
- Nationals are 8-25 in their last 33 games on grass.
- Nationals are 5-17 in their last 22 games vs. a right handed starter.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
The Blue Jays have done a very good job this year with interleague games. I look for that trend to continue in game 2.
Toronto is a much better team and they have no business losing to a team like Washington. I feel that the Jays will take care of business.
This game is a good bounce back opportunity for Berrios after struggling in his last start. I look for him to be much sharper on Wednesday.
I am going with the Jays on the moneyline.
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