Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 7/27/2020
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals
Date: Monday, July 27, 2020
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (+144) Nationals (-165)
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Nationals Park on Monday to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Trent Thornton for the Blue Jays and Anibal Sanchez for the Nationals.
The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +144 and Washington at -165. The Blue Jays had a 75-80-7 over/under record and a 67-95-0 run line mark last season. The Nationals were 103-74-0 against the run line and had a 82-83-12 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays were 75-80-7 against the over/under last year
The Toronto Blue Jays were 67-95-0 against the run line last season
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals were 82-83-12 against the over/under last year
The Washington Nationals were 103-74-0 against the run line last season
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
7/26/2020 Hector Perez SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/26/2020 Julian Merryweather SP Oblique Probable for Jul 26
7/26/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/26/2020 Jonathan Davis CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/26/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/26/2020 Wilmer Font RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/26/2020 Alek Manoah SP Undisclosed Probable for Jul 26
7/23/2020 Chase Anderson SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
7/25/2020 Tres Barrera C Suspension Suspended until May 1, 2021
7/25/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/23/2020 Juan Soto LF Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/22/2020 Wander Suero RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 27
7/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 27
7/8/2020 Steven Fuentes RP Suspension Suspended until Aug 1
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays had a 67-95 overall record last season. Starting pitcher Trent Thornton had a 6-9 record with an earned run average of 4.84 and a WHIP of 1.41. He had 149 strikeouts over his 154.1 innings pitched and he gave up 156 hits. He allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.59. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.35 and they gave up 678 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the bullpen while striking out 737 hitters and walking 318 batters. As a team, Toronto allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They were 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.79. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively gave up 1,450 base hits and 767 earned runs last year. They allowed 228 home runs last season, ranking them 13th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff walked 604 batters and struck out 1,332. They walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit was 4.82.
As a team Toronto hit .236, good for 30th in the league. The Blue Jays held a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which was good for 27th in baseball. They ranked 29th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Randal Grichuk hit .232 with an on-base percentage of .280 last year. He had 136 hits last season in 586 at bats with 80 runs batted in. He had a slugging percentage of .457 and an OPS+ of 93. Travis Shaw hit .157 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .281. He totaled 36 hits and he drove in 16 men in 230 at bats. His OPS+ was 45 while his slugging percentage was at .270. The Blue Jays had 1,299 hits last season, including 270 doubles and 247 home runs. Toronto walked 509 times last year and they struck out 1,514 times as a unit. They left 1,003 men on base and had a team OPS of .733. They scored 4.48 runs per contest and scored a total of 726 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington had a 93-69 overall mark last year. With an earned run average of 3.85, Anibal Sanchez had a 11-8 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He had 134 strikeouts over the 166 innings he pitched. He also gave up 153 hits. He allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.44. The bullpen had an earned run average of 5.68 and they gave up 520 base hits on the year. Teams hit .262 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers struck out 501 batters and walked 219 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They were 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Nationals pitchers as a team surrendered 1,340 base knocks and 683 earned runs last season. They gave up 202 home runs last year, which ranked 24th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff walked 517 hitters and struck out 1,511 batters. They gave up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they struck out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.29 while their FIP as a staff was 4.14.
As a team, they batted .265, good for 5th in the league. The Nationals held a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .342, which was good for 2nd in baseball. They ranked 7th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Starlin Castro comes into this matchup after batting .270 with an OBP of .300 last season. He had 172 hits last year along with 86 RBI in 636 AB's. He maintained a slugging percentage of .436 with an OPS+ of 94. Adam Eaton hit .279 last season and he had an OBP of .365. He collected 158 hits in 566 at bats while driving in 49 runs. He had an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .428. The Nationals as a unit had 1,460 base hits last season, including 298 doubles and 231 homers. Washington walked 584 times last year and they struck out on 1,308 occasions. They left 1,114 men on base and had an OPS of .796. They scored 5.39 runs per game and totaled 873 runs last year.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (+144)
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