The Blue Jays (72-61, 34-30 home) host the Nationals (62-71, 33-35 away) in game three of this interleague series. Getting the start for the Blue Jays is Chris Bassitt while the Nationals are turning to Patrick Corbin. Read on to get my best bet for this Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals matchup.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Nationals +198
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 3:07 ET on Wednesday, August 30th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS:
- In their last five games as the underdog, the Nationals have put together a record of 3-2.
- Toronto is on a five game winning streak when the underdog.
- In Patrick Corbin’s five most recent starts, the Nationals are 2-1.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
On a record of 62-71, the Nationals are 4th in the NL East. At home, they have put together a win percent of 44.6% compared to 48.5% on the road. This season, Washington has gone 34-39 against teams who are above .500, and hold an overall series record of 19-22-2.
Patrick Corbin has had a challenging season thus far, with a 9-11 record and 4.70 ERA in 26 starts. His WHIP is 1.47 and opponents have a .325 OBP against him, while his strikeout to walk ratio is 104/47. Notably, he has allowed a home run in each of his last two outings.
Patrick Corbin earned the win in his most recent outing, as the Nationals defeated the Yankees 6-5. The lefty tossed six frames of three-run ball, allowing seven hits in a quality start.
During their last ten games, Washington is the 20th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .228 and are averaging 3.5 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Nationals are hitting .258 with an OBP of .318 while averaging 4.4 runs per contest. This figure puts them 17th in the league.
Carter Kieboom has been a major contributor to the Nationals’ offense this season, as evidenced by his three home runs over the team’s last ten games. His season-long total of three homers puts him at the top of the list for Washington, and he also boasts an impressive overall batting average of .273.
WILL THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Toronto enters today’s matchup with an overall record of 72-61, placing them 3rd in the AL East. The club has played in 42 series so far, and has a record of 23-17-2, including dropping each of their past two sets. The Blue Jays are 34-30 at home and 38-31 and 34-30 at home.
Chris Bassitt takes the mound for Toronto with a 12-7 record. He has made 27 appearances this season, boasting an ERA of 4.00 and a K/9 of 8.47. His FIP stands at 4.64, while his OBP is .300.
In Chris Bassitt’s most recent start, the Blue Jays were defeated 5-2 by the Guardians. Bassitt surrendered four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.
Having gone deep 8 times in their last five games, the Blue Jays are 4th in that span. At 4.5 runs per game, Toronto is 16th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .258 while hitting a total of 156 home runs (15th).
The Blue Jays have seen Davis Schneider’s power surge over the past five games, with the slugger leading the team in home runs (3). He has now gone yard six times this season, and boasts an impressive .422 batting average.