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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals - 6/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (37-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (30-38)
Date & Time Friday June 15, 2018, 7:07 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +116 / Washington Nationals -126 --- Over/Under: 9
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MLB | Washington Nationals (37-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (30-38)
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The Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in MLB action at Rogers Centre. 

The Washington Nationals look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Washington Nationals have won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring more than two runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 68 hits and 25 RBI while Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor have combined for 99 hits and 62 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.

The Toronto Blue Jays could also use a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won five of their last six games when scoring more than two runs. Kevin Pillar leads the Blue Jays with 66 hits and 27 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 120 hits and 68 RBI. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Sanchez’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague road games, 13-6 in Gonzalezs last 19 road starts and 4-0 in Gonzalezs last 4 starts. The Blue Jays are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 2-6 in Sanchezs last 8 home starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

Both of these teams have been so up and down that it's really hard to get a consistent feel for which club is going to show up. Gonzalez has been the better pitcher than Sanchez, but he has given up 11 hits and seven runs in his last 10.1 innings. Meanwhile, Sanchez has allowed two or less runs in three of his last four starts. In 12.1 innings in the month of June, Sanchez has 12 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.19. There's value with backing the Blue Jays at home with the plus money.

Toronto Blue Jays +116

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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