Nationals vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 8/30/23
Toronto Blue Jays (72-61) vs Washington Nationals (62-71)
Game Info: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 3:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Bassitt (12-7) (4.00) vs Patrick Corbin (9-11) (4.76)
Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -230 / Washington Nationals +206 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Washington Nationals for their interleague series finale this Wednesday from the Rogers Centre on SNET. Washington responded with a one-run victory in game two, 5-4.
Nationals Preview & Projected Starter
Washington moved to 62-71 after defeating Toronto. The Nats held off a fierce rally from the Jays last night, and they’ll look to leave Canada with a series win here. The Washington offense is scoring 3.48 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .319 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.96 ERA, with a 1.50 WHIP.
Patrick Corbin (9-11, 4.70 ERA, 104 Ks) will get the ball for Washington. The veteran lefty delivered in the Bronx last week, striking out seven in six innings, while allowing just three runs to earn his ninth victory. Corbin will now look to complete his best month of action in years, as he’s tossed three quality starts, and allowed just seven runs combined through four outings in August. It will be interesting to see how Corbin fares on the road here against a talented Toronto lineup.
Nats Player Trends & Props
• Lane Thomas is hitless thru two contests in Toronto, but he still leads the Nats in hits (146), with splits of .290/20/69.
• Joey Meneses has recorded a hit in six straight games, and he’s batting a team-lead .280, with 60 RBI.
• CJ Abrams has collected a hit in eight of the previous nine games, and after collecting four hits in the contest, he’s posting a line of .253/11/49.
Blue Jays Preview & Projected Starter
Toronto enters at 71-62 after losing to Washington. The Blue Jays came up short despite scoring in the final three innings, and they’ll look to respond in the series finale on Wednesday. The Toronto offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.80 ERA, with a 1.26 WHIP.
Chris Bassitt (12-7, 4.00 ERA, 125 Ks) will take the mound for Toronto. The ninth-year righty didn’t pitch too well against Cleveland at home last week, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings to take his seventh loss of the season. Bassitt has responded to each of his losses with strong forms of play, and after allowing four runs or more in each of his last three home spots, he’ll look to turn things around at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday.
Blue Jays Player Trends & Props
• Vlad Guerrero Jr. brings a ten-game hit streak into this final matchup with his father’s former club, and he leads Toronto in RBI (78), with twenty homers.
• George Springer has plated a run in four of the last six games, and he’s posting splits of .257/17/54.
• Whit Merrifield has collected a hit in four of the last six games, and he’s batting .287, with 58 RBI.
Corey’s Free Pick
Toronto and Montreal used to face off in one of the more unique rivalries in baseball back in the 90’s, as they’d meet in interleague play for the Pearson Cup prior to relocating to DC. The Jays had their night spoiled by their former Canadian foes, and I believe they strike some revenge here in the rubber match. Patrick Corbin’s recent form for Washington is interesting, but I still like Toronto closing this series with a strong two-way effort here. Back the Blue Jays for this interleague matchup, and give the Under a look with both lineups missing key pieces.