There are two types of betting sites. Those that preview today’s game, and those that preview tomorrow’s. This is the latter. The Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays will meet on Sunday for the third game of a three-game series. The second is set to be played on Saturday. The BJs won the first 6-5. Seung-hwan Oh got the win. Gio Gonzalez got the loss. Ryan Tepera made the save. The Nats got an early 2-0 lead on Friday on the strength of two scoreless innings from Gonzalez. However, the lefty allowed two homers in a single game for the first time this season. A two-run home run by second baseman Devon Travis and a solo from third baseman Yangervis Solarte turn the tide in favor of the Blue Jays.
The Nats are at this moment -250 favorites to win Saturday’s game. According to the types of betting sites that handle these matters. That’s the good news. The bad news is that first baseman Matt Adams injured his left hand on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. Which means he will most likely miss both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game. “We’re going to wait to see how he reacts tomorrow, and we’ll go from there,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He was hurting. He went out and played defense, went back, tried to hit and swing. He wanted to hit. But I told him, ‘Hey, I know you couldn’t swing. Let’s not chance it.’ We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
Why is this bad news? Because Adams, who is already subbing for Ryan Zimmerman has 13 home runs. That’s second best for the Nats. Namesake Matt Reynolds took over first base for Adams on Friday. And probably will do so again on Saturday and Sunday. And the Nats can also move Daniel Murphy to first. If push comes to shove. And push should come to shove. At least according to this dude. Moreover, the WaPo says that Murphy will “be DH so long as Nats have that luxury.” With the injuries to Zimmerman and now Adams, it seems a luxury Washington may not be able to afford.
The Blue Jays entered Saturday’s game as +200 underdogs. Once again according to the types of betting sites that determine wagering odds. He wasn’t referring to that, but that’s what general manager Ross Atkins meant. He said that the Blue Jays are “Not in a good situation. Not where we want to be, it’s not what we set out to do. We set out to have a contending team and right now we don’t.” The Blue Jays had a bit of a respite on Friday. Aaron Sanchez walked just two batters. It was out of character for a pitcher who leads the American Leagues in walks per nine innings. Toronto won’t have to worry about Sanchez’s walky ways on either Saturday or Sunday, though.
On the other hand, the Nats will have to worry about Solarte. He became, on Friday, the ninth Blue Jay in history with home runs from both sides of the plate. In the same game. He first homered as a right-handed hitter against Gonzalez. He then homered again as a left-handed hitter against right-handed Justin Miller. Not too bad for a day’s work. Except is not really work at all. More like a high-paying pastime. As of Friday, Solarte has 14 home runs. That’s four shy of his personal record of 18.
Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds and Betting Information:
- Series: Toronto leads 1-0 as of Friday
- Date: Sunday, June 17th
- Time: 11:07 AM
- Venue: Rogers CentreBest online sportsbook odds:
Washington Nationals -1½ (+135) 9½ (-110) -120
Toronto Blue Jays +1½ (-155) 9½ (-110) +110
- Washington is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
- Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Toronto is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games
- Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto’s last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington’s last 17 games
Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Expert Predictions:
The Washington Nationals will try to win the game after a 2-0 loss on Saturday. Take the Over on this game.