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Nationals vs. Blue Jays - 6/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays (23-28) at Washington Nationals (28-22)
Date & Time Monday June 1, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -153 / Toronto Blue Jays +143 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
RSN, MASN
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MLB | Toronto Blue Jays (23-28) at Washington Nationals (28-22)
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The Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 63 hits and 39 RBI while Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have combined for 62 RBI. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost seven of their last eight road games. R.A. Dickey gets the nod, and he’s 2-5 with a 5.77 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Dickey is 4-6 with a 3.73 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Nationals have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 56 hits and 14 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 76 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won five of their last six home games. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill, and he’s 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Zimmermann’s second career game against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 0-5 in Dickeys last 5 road starts. The Nationals are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 63-28 in Zimmermanns last 91 starts. The Blue Jays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Washington. 

The Blue Jays have been flat out awful on the road lately, and I don't see that changing when going up against a quality pitcher such as Zimmerman. Give me Washington and the runline to give the wager more value. 

Pick:
Washington Nationals -1.5

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