Blue Jays vs Nationals

Blue Jays vs Nationals – MLB Odds & Picks

Written by on July 28, 2020

The Toronto Blue Jays are on the road Tuesday night, but that’s going to be a common statement this year as the Jays will play every single game outside of Canada due to the coronavirus, something that will affect their baseball betting odds through out the season. They visit the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in an interleague matchup in Game 2 of their series.

Blue Jays vs Nationals – MLB Odds & Picks

How to Bet Blue Jays at Nationals MLB Odds & TV InfoWhy Bet on Toronto?

The Jays opened the season at Tampa Bay and won the opener 6-4 but lost the next two games. It was 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday. Closer Ken Giles was removed from the ninth inning of Sunday’s eventual loss to the Rays after showing diminished velocity and effectiveness. Giles retired the first two batters he faced before serving up a double and back-to-back walks. He then ran a 3-1 count on Ji-Man Choi before departing with a trainer at his side. Giles has elbow soreness and could be out a while depending on what an MRI shows. Anthony Bass probably would take over as closer.

Outfielder Randal Grichuk made an early exit from Sunday’s game after experiencing SI joint irritation around the base of his back. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that Grichuk is “day-to-day.”

It’s former Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark on the mound for this one. He signed a two-year, $24 million contract this offseason as a free agent. Roark posted a mediocre 4.35 ERA and 1.397 WHIP over 31 starts between the Reds and Athletics in 2019, but he is durable and can miss bats. He spent 2013-18 with Washington.

In Roark, the Jays are getting a seven-year veteran who has never required a stint on the injured list. He made at least 30 starts every year since 2016 and last season his strikeout total jumped to 8.6 per nine innings. The Statcast metrics like the spin rate on his curveball, but outside of that, the ceiling doesn’t appear to be high. His fastball tops out around 92 mph and he has served up at least 23 home runs in each of the last three years. The veteran was hit hard in Summer Camp.

“I like the way he pitches,” Jays catcher Reese McGuire said. “He’s very quick with his work. He’s got great feel for all his pitches, and I like his splitter a lot, his split changeup. It seems like a pitch that he can get swing and misses on, as well as weak contact. And he moves the fastball around. Pitchers who don’t have the luxury of a 97, 98-mile-an-hour fastball, they really have to be more meticulous about their pitches and be more of an artist on the mound, and I definitely see that with Tanner and see his competitiveness.”

Why Bet on Washington?

The Nationals lost two of three at home vs. the Yankees over the weekend, dropping the finale 3-2 on Sunday. Top prospect Carter Kieboom hasn’t yet played at third base this season as of Monday in a minor surprise. Kieboom has yet to play the field, as his lone start came Saturday in the designated hitter spot. It was Asdrubal Cabrera at third base in each of the first three games for the Nats.

On Monday, the Nats finalized a one-year deal with infielder Josh Harrison. The 33-year-old was recently cut loose by the division rival Phillies. The former All-Star figures to serve in a super-utility role with his new team.

It’s top pitching prospect Austin Voth on the bump for Washington. He beat out Erick Fedde for the final rotation spot. Fedde, who’d been his primary competition after Joe Ross opted out of the 2020 season, will head to the bullpen. Voth fanned five in four scoreless innings vs. the Phillies in his final Summer Camp start.

Manager Dave Martinez was impressed with Voth’s performance. “He threw the ball really well,” Martinez said. “He threw some crisp changeups. I know he’s been working on it. It was really nice.”

The 2019 season brought Voth his first extended look in the big leagues, and the righty gave the Nationals 43 1/3 innings with a 3.30 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 1.03 HR/9 in a solid rookie effort.

His 92.8 mph average fastball was up 1.4 mph over the velocity he’d shown in a 2018 cup of coffee, and Voth leaned heavily on a curveball to complement that improved heater. Voth induced chases outside the zone at a healthy 31 percent clip and recorded a 12.7 percent swinging-strike rate. His curve, which sits in the 90th percentile among MLB hooks in terms of spin rate, came with a 20.9 percent whiff rate. Opponents hit .176/.222/.265 when they put the pitch in play, and the .207/.295/.424 slash against Voth’s fastball wasn’t much better.

Voth has been in the Nats system since he was selected by the organization in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft. The 28-year-old is entering his third season at the Major League level. Last year, eight of his nine appearances were in the starting role, in which he went 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 41 1/3 innings. Opposing batters hit .212, and he recorded an 8.7 SO/9 ratio. In Voth’s lone relief appearance, he held the nine batters he faced to a .222 average over 2 1/3 frames, with a 0.00 ERA. That computes to 15.4 K’s per nine innings.

Expert PredictionNationals 5, Blue Jays 4  
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