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MLB Betting Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals

August 29, 2023

In the heart of Ontario, an exhilarating three-game showdown unfolds as the Toronto Blue Jays prepare to face off against the Washington Nationals for the second game. Can the Blue Jays maintain their dominance on home turf and put the brakes on the Nationals' momentum?

  • Date: Game 2 on August 29, 2023 at 7:07 PM ET

  • Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Washington Nationals Betting Preview

The Nationals recently had good offense against the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees prior to this series. Based on those performances, they seem like they have a chance to win based on their offense. MacKenzie Gore (6-10) is starting on the mound and has an ERA of 4.38.

For a majority of the season, they have posted a batting average of .259, creating plentiful scoring opportunities. On the defensive front, their opponents hold a slight advantage, with a .266 batting average against them, which hampers their offensive capabilities.

Their ERA is not the strongest, standing at 4.86 per game, and it is likely to impact this upcoming battle. Their OBP remains commendable at .318, but their slugging percentage falls slightly below the league standard at .400.

In the NL East, the Nationals find themselves trailing the leading Atlanta Braves by approximately 24 games. While catching up seems unlikely this year, their offense can pose challenges for most opposing teams.

Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

The Blue Jays need to find some consistency in this series to get back on track. They recently had tough losses against the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Guardians, which can put a damper on this series. Jose Berrios (9-9) is providing his services on the mound, with an ERA of 3.55.

With a noteworthy batting average of .257 and a remarkable conceded average of merely .239, they consistently position themselves for victory in every game. Their ERA stands impressively at 3.72, surpassing that of the Nationals, as does their impressive OBP of .328. Additionally, their slugging percentage at .415 aligns closely with the league's average.

In the fiercely competitive AL East, the Baltimore Orioles have dominated, with the Blue Jays trailing by approximately 11 games. Nevertheless, a promising opportunity lies ahead for the Blue Jays to narrow this gap, especially if they secure hard-fought victories on their home turf.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

According to the odds provided by MyBookie, it appears that the Toronto Blue Jays are currently in a favorable position as they strive for success. Market analysis suggests that the Blue Jays currently have a 62.8 percent chance of clinching the win.

  • Washington Nationals: +160

  • Toronto Blue Jays: -192

Surprisingly, the Blue Jays do not perform at their peak when playing at home, whereas the Nationals are inching closer to a .500 record when competing on the road. Taking into account their starting pitchers and  batting averages, the Blue Jays present a compelling argument for a potential victory.

Final Pick: Take the Toronto Blue Jays to Win at -192

Written By: David White