Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Prediction MLB Picks 5/5/24

Washington Nationals (16-16) vs Toronto Blue Jays (15-18)

Game Info: Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

MacKenzie Gore (2-3) (3.19) vs Alek Manoah (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals -109 / Toronto Blue Jays -109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action from Nationals Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Toronto Blue Jays will start Alek Manoah here and is making his season debut after going 3-9 with a 5.87 ERA and 79 strikeouts last season. This will be Manoah’s second career start against Washington. Washington will send out MacKenzie Gore here, and Gore is 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Gore’s second career start against Toronto.

Toronto Blue Jays Recap

The Toronto Blue Jays come into this one looking to build on their 6-3 win over the Nationals from Saturday to even the series up at one win apiece. The win was much needed for Toronto to try to lock up their first series win in over two weeks after series losses to the Royals and Dodgers since then.

Blue Jays Have The Names, But Are Lacking Results

Justin Turner leads the Blue Jays with 30 hits in addition to a .294 batting average, .368 OBP, 4 home runs and team-highs of 8 doubles and 16 RBIs. Daulton Varsho has 6 homers with 16 RBIs and 7 doubles of his own while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 31 strikeouts with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs. Davis Schneider also has 3 home runs and 12 RBIs as well this season.

Why the Toronto Blue Jays will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: Alek Manoah Record this season: - ERA: -
  • The Blue Jays have won each of their last seven day games against NL East opponents.
  • The Nationals have lost each of their last seven day games against AL East opponents following a home loss.
  • The Nationals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven day games against AL East opponents following a home loss.
  • The Blue Jays have covered the run line in each of their last four day games against NL East opponents.
  • The Nationals have lost the first inning in each of their last three day games against AL East opponents.
  • The Nationals have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last five games against AL East opponents.
  • The Nationals have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five games against AL East opponents.

Washington Nationals Recap

The Washington Nationals come into this one looking to bounce back and win the series after their frustrating showing in Saturday’s loss. The Nationals will be looking to avoid back-to-back series losses after falling to the Texas Rangers to start the week.

Nationals Still Trying To Find Consistency

CJ Abrams leads the Nationals with 35 hits including 7 home runs and 19 RBIs with 6 doubles and 4 triples as well. Lane Thomas also has 10 RBIs and 11 stolen bases while Joey Gallo has 3 home runs, 5 doubles and a team-high 43 strikeouts. Trey Lipscomb has 5 stolen bases and Luis Garcia Jr. has a team-high 8 doubles and 5 stolen bases of his own. Jacob Young’s added 12 stolen bases and Jesse Winker also has 15 RBIs as well this season.

Why the Washington Nationals will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: MacKenzie Gore Record this season: 2-3 ERA: 3.19
  • The Nationals have won each of their last six day games against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The Blue Jays have lost nine of their last 10 games following a road win.
  • The Nationals have covered the run line in each of their last seven day games against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The Blue Jays have failed to cover the run line each of their last five games at Nationals Park against teams that held a losing record.

Blue Jays vs. Nationals Prediction

I’m on the Blue Jays here. It’s been a long time coming for Alek Manoah to get back to the big league level, and while he’s had more than his fair share of ups and downs, from being a Cy Young finalist to getting shelled in A-Ball, he’s still a capable starter when called upon and we’ve also seen solid outings from Manoah as he’s progressed back to the MLB level. Gore is a solid option for the Nationals at times, but he’s had issues with the long ball and this could be a game where the Blue Jays bats carry over Saturday’s success and welcome Manoah back with a big win. Give me the Blue Jays.

Chris’s Pick Toronto -109

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