Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/27/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Toronto Blue Jays (1-1) at Washington Nationals (1-1)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Trent Thornton (0-0) (0.00) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals -165 / Toronto Blue Jays +144 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals meet Monday in MLB action from Nationals Park.
Toronto is coming out of a weekend set against the Rays. The Blue Jays won Friday 6-4 then fell Saturday 4-1. In the rubber match Sunday, Toronto fell 6-5 in a 10-inning heartbreaker. As for the Nationals, they played the Yankees this weekend, also splitting their first two games 4-1 (loss) and 9-2 (win). On Sunday, Washington fell in a tight one 3-2. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto had the Rays on the ropes Sunday. The Jays carried a 4-2 lead going into the ninth inning but coughed up four runs from there. The good news is that five Toronto hitters posted multiple hits. The bad news is that two bullpen pitchers blew saves in that game. The Blue Jays also let 18 men on base.
For the Monday game, the Blue Jays will bring out RHP Trent Thornton in the start. Last season, Thornton posted a 6-9 record with a 4.84 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 154.1 total innings of work. This will be an opportunity for Thornton to showcase himself as a key piece in the rotation.
Over on the Washington side, they had their opportunities for a win on Sunday but let them slip away. Patrick Corbin was near unhittable for most of his 6.1 innings, allowing just two hits, one solo homer and eight Ks. Washington saw a 3-0 lead slip away in the seventh inning, and couldn’t get much going after that. Both Adam Eaton and Trea Turner went 2-for-4 in that one.
For Monday’s game, the Nationals will go with Anibal Sanchez in the start. In 2019, Sanchez posted an 11-8 record with a 3.85 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 166.0 innings. Over his career, Sanchez has a 3-5 record versus the Blue Jays with a 5.82 ERA in 13 games (11 starts).
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last five Monday games and 6-1 in their last seven during game one of a series. Toronto is 5-11 in their last 16 games on grass and 6-14 in their last 20 road games.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games and 41-11 in their last 52 games as a home favorite. Washington is 5-2 in their last seven during game one of a series and 42-20 in their last 65 overall.
Pick: I’m going Nationals. During the Yankees series Washington was competitive pretty much the whole time. The pitching was solid overall despite a few hiccups here and there. Most of all, the Nats hitters seemed to be in sync and giving themselves plenty of opportunities. They should match up well against Toronto in this series. If the Blue Jays keep hitting like they have however, this one will be really tight.