The Washington Nationals (35-23) and Toronto Blue Jays (31-29) will open up an interleague series on Monday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 ET
Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays
Washington finished off a three-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, capturing a 4-3 victory at Fenway Park. “The organization has come a long way in six years,” stated Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. He made that statement due to the franchise losing all nine games at the historic ball park before the weekend series began. The Nationals are led by a pitching staff that paces the majors with a 2.98 ERA, which limited the Red Sox to a .208 batting average. Washington is 26-18 against right-handed starters this year.
Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (2-3, 3.11 ERA) led the club to a victory for the first time since May 2 last time out, earning a 5-3 home win over the New York Mets, giving up three runs (two earned) and three hits in seven innings. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 2.89 ERA in six road outings, with opponents hitting just .221 against him. In 14 career games (13 starts) versus the Blue Jays, Jackson has compiled an even 3-3 record and 4.34 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 3.23 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) at this ball park.
Toronto avoided getting swept in three games against the Atlanta Braves, picking up a 12-4 win on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. The Blue Jays managed to hit .172 and scored just eight runs in three games before busting out. Its recent success at the plate may continue in returning north of the border, averaging 5.3 runs per game at home this season, which has led to a 16-12 record at the Rogers Centre. Toronto is 7-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150, with the “over” going 6-4 in that situation.
Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (7-3, 2.90 ERA) has been fantastic in winning his last two starts, allowing just one run and six hits over 15.1 innings, while striking out 13 and walking just four. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA in six home outings, allowing opponents to hit just .214 against him. He has struggled a bit under the lights, posting a 4-3 record and 4.35 ERA in eight nighttime efforts, which is far different than his 0.32 ERA during the day. Morrow will be facing the Nationals for the first time in his career.
Bettors will likely back the Blue Jays due to their 7-0 mark in Morrow’s last seven interleague starts, while the Nationals are 0-6 in Jackson’s last six efforts on the road.
Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -150
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