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Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals 08/17/2021 Predictions, MLB Preview and Spread
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals 08/17/2021 – A short two-game series is all set to get underway as Toronto Blue Jays take on the Washington Nationals from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Toronto still has the hope to punch their ticket to the playoffs, but they still need more improvement and consistency in their success. The Blue Jays remain at the fourth spot behind the Yankees in the AL East Division play. The Washington Nationals are now at the bottom of the NL East Division behind the Marlins by one full game. The baseball betting picks have predicted the Blue Jays to win this game and build on their last success against Seattle Mariners.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals 08/17/2021
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays finally broke their three-game losing streak after their last success against the Mariners. The Blue Jays lost their series with a 1-2 record. Last night was a successful game as they bounced back with an 8-3 final score. Toronto won their 63rd game of the season after dropping 54 in return. The Blue Jays are still two games behind the Yankees at the fourth spot. Jose Berrios will be sent as the starting pitcher for this game against the Nationals. Berrios has a decent ERA of 3.52 with an 8-6 record on the season.
Players to watch: Marcus Semien SS (GP 117, AB 467, R 86, H 127, 2B 33, 3B 2, HR 27, RBI 70, TB 245, BB 48, SO 116, SB 13, AVG 0.272, OBP 0.339, SLG 0.525, OPS 0.864, WAR 5.4), Bo Bichette SS (GP 114, AB 458, R 89, H 131, 2B 20, 3B 1, HR 20, RBI 77, TB 213, BB 31, SO 104, SB 17, AVG 0.286, OBP 0.335, SLG 0.465, OPS 0.8, WAR 3.5).
Washington Nationals have dropped in the NL East Division after their seven-game losing streak. The Nationals were swept by the Braves in their three-game series. Last night, they gave up six runs and scored just five in return. Washington won a total of 50 games and dropped 68 leaving them 18 games behind the .500 mark. Josiah Gray will be delivered to the mound as their starter in this game. Gray has an ERA of 4.12 with a 0-1 record on the season. The Nationals will need all the help from the bats to get past Berrios and Toronto’s batting squad.
Players to watch: Juan Soto LF (GP 107, AB 358, R 75, H 108, 2B 14, 3B 1, HR 19, RBI 63, TB 181, BB 88, SO 72, SB 6, AVG 0.302, OBP 0.437, SLG 0.506, OPS 0.942, WAR 4.6), Josh Bell 1B (GP 102, AB 348, R 54, H 84, 2B 16, 3B 1, HR 19, RBI 62, TB 159, BB 32, SO 79, SB 0, AVG 0.241, OBP 0.305, SLG 0.457, OPS 0.762, WAR 0.8).
Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Betting Numbers
Toronto Blue Jays
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Washington’s last 15 games.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Betting Picks
The baseball betting websites are back in favor of the Blue Jays to win this game and cover the spread. Toronto has a strong pitcher against a mediocre batting unit. The Blue Jays are also intact from the plate and are all set to win this opener.
Score Prediction: Blue Jays 5, Nationals 3.