Toronto Blue Jays (23-29) at Washington Nationals (28-22)
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 2, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -205 / Toronto Blue Jays +190 --- Over/Under: 7
The Washington Nationals lock horns with the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of their doubleheader Tuesday.
The American League East seems to be a mix of five teams right now with nobody distinguishing themselves thus far. That’s good news for the Blue Jays although sooner or later they have to start tacking up the wins because somebody will. When the Blue Jays are hitting they can do a ton of damage at the plate and while their pitching can be very effective it is not a dominating staff which means both the work on the mound and at the plate have to get on the same page as often as possible. Marco Estrada shoots for his second win of the season when he opposes the Nationals in game two o their double header. Estrada fell to the White Sox 5-3 the last time out with three runs plated on eight hits in seven frames.
I always say the Washington Nationals have the best combination of hitting and pitching in the National League East and also in the entire league as well. That makes winning streaks more common and longer and shortens the duration and frequency of losing streaks. Having said that the Nationals were swept by Cincinnati over the weekend where neither the arms or bats were at their best and from what I have seen from this team is that their bats can go silent at times and that should be a concern. The Nationals are slated to start Max Scherzer who enjoyed one of his best outings in a 3-0 victory at the Cubs with a five hit shutout over seven innings pitched while striking out 13.
Toronto are 1-7 in their last 8 road games and the over is 10-2 in their last 12 Tuesday games while the Blue Jays are 3-10 in their last 13 games as an underdog. The over is 20-8-1 in Washington’s last 29 interleague games while the Nationals are 58-28 in their last 86 games as a favorite and 35-17 in their last 52 home games. I’ll back Washington here although the juice is too high for me with the bats not doing a ton of damage right now…