Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals - 7/30/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals - 7/30/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (1-4) at Toronto Blue Jays (3-2)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Erick Fedde (0-0) (2.25) vs. Hyun Jin Ryu (0-0) (5.79)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -149 / Washington Nationals +124 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in MLB action on Thursday afternoon.

The Washington Nationals come into this one looking to build off of a 4-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday. Asdrubal Cabrera led the Nats with a three-run triple while Adam Eaton added an RBI as well to make up Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Eric Thames added a double while Trea Turner and Carter Kieboom each had a base knock to finish off Washington’s offense as the Nationals had just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Max Scherzer threw 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out ten, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Hudson got the win to improve to 1-0 on the year in relief. Erick Fedde will start this one and is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Fedde’s first career start against Toronto.

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to bounce back after being held off of the scoreboard in Wednesday’s loss. Derek Fisher had a double while Joe Panik and Rowdy Tellez each had a base hit as Toronto mustered up just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Nate Pearson had a solid major league debut, throwing five shutout innings while giving up just two hits and striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Shun Yamaguchi took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year as a result. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start this game and is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ryu is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington is 22-9 in their last 31 games overall and 4-11 in their last 15 games against the AL East while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games. Toronto is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 7-20 in their last 27 interleague games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. Washington is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

The Nationals came alive on Wednesday, but I’m chalking that up more to Max Scherzer on the mound and a total collapse by Shun Yamaguchi for Toronto’s bullpen. The fact is that Washington still struggled to score for a full nine innings against a rookie and a few of Toronto’s relievers, and I shudder to think what’ll happen with Toronto’s ace in Ryu on the bump, who has stifled the Nationals in his career. I’ll back Toronto to pick up a low scoring win here.

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Chris’s Pick Toronto Blue Jays -149

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