Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals - 7/29/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (1-3) at Toronto Blue Jays (2-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Max Scherzer (0-1) (6.75) vs. Nate Pearson (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +144 / Washington Nationals -165 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Wednesday in MLB action from Nationals Park.
This will be game three of a four-game set between these teams. In the Monday opener, Toronto powered out a 4-1 victory. In the Tuesday game, Toronto managed another big win 5-1. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Washington couldn’t find any offense at all in the Tuesday loss. The Nationals only had four hits the entire game, and Trea Turner (who also plated a run) was the only player on the team to have two hits. Adam Eaton managed the lone Washington RBI there. Pitching-wise, starter Austin Voth had a rough outing. He would finish with 5.0 innings, four hits, three runs (two earned), two homers and two strikeouts. For the most part, the Nats bullpen held together fairly well the rest of the way.
For the Wednesday matchup, the Nationals will send out Max Scherzer in the start. This year, Scherzer is 0-1 after a loss on Opening Day. He allowed four runs in 5.1 innings there but struck out 11 batters. In nine career starts versus the Jays, Scherzer is 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, a nice opening start from Tanner Roark helped set the stage for the win on Tuesday. Roark went 5.0 innings with three hits, five strikeouts and one earned. Offensively, Toronto got a very balanced effort. Lourdes Gurriel and Vladimir Gurerro Jr. had solo home runs.
For Wednesday’s starting pitcher role, Toronto is going with Nate Pearson. This is a big moment for the Blue Jays, as Pearson is the club’s top prospect and this will be his MLB debut. He’s got a triple-digit fastball and some nice complementary pitches, so Pearson should be able to jump right in and help out the Toronto rotation.
The Nationals are 6-0 in their last six interleague road games and 8-0 in their last eight road games. Washington is 23-8 in their last 31 Wednesday games and 4-1 in their last five after losing the first two games of a series.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last seven home games and 17-36 in their last 53 Wednesday games. Toronto is 7-19 in their last 26 interleague games and 2-9 in their last 11 interleague home games.
Pick: I’m leaning Blue Jays for this one. Granted, Pearson is going to be on a closely-monitored pitch count here in his debut. If he can control a handful of innings and help keep Toronto in a winning position early however, it’ll greatly increase the Blue Jays’ chances of success. It’ll be a little tough to crack Scherzer, but if Toronto can get to the bullpen it’s anyone’s game.