In the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (29-23) and the Toronto Blue Jays (29-23) at Nationals Park, Taylor Jordan (0-1, 5.79 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (6-4, 4.97 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 7-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and will air on RSN and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Jordan pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking two in a 5-2 loss to the Reds. Bryce Harper (.329, 43 Rs, 18 HRs, 44 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Nationals, Buehrle is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Josh Donaldson (.314, 44 Rs, 15 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Nationals have a 4-2 record SU against the American League. Washington has averaged 2.5 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.5. The Nationals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking third in the NL with an average of 3.4 walks per game. Washington's pitchers struggle against teams that play in the American League. The Nationals have given up an average of 5.0 runs to opponents from the AL, well over their defense's season average of 4.2.
Against NL opponents, the Blue Jays are 1-3 SU. They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Blue Jays, who average 8.8 hits per game.
This game will feature Buehrle (LHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 3-1 home and 8-3 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
Toronto has won 52% (13-12) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Washington has won 56% (14-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Nationals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 14-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 3-22. The Nationals have a 6-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Washington has hit 55 this season. Toronto ranks fourth with 63 home runs.
Ranking eighth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.52 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.77.
Ranking eighth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.729). Toronto ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .763.
The Blue Jays are 13-23 when they allow at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-14 record.