Nationals vs. Blue Jays Friday Prediction
The Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays will start an interleague series at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday night. Did oddsmakers set the betting total too high for Game 1 of the three-game series?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 15, 2018
7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre
TV: WSH (MASN); TOR (SNET)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -140 favorite. As of this writing, 70% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Gonzalez hit hard in no-decision vs. Giants in last outing
Gio Gonzalez was hit hard in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday, surrendering four runs on six hits over his 3 1/3 innings. Gonzalez struggled with his command as well in this one, issuing four free passes while striking out three. Most of the damage came on one mighty swing of the bat by Nick Hundley, who drilled a three-run homer in the third inning. Even with the rough outing, Gonzalez will still carry a 2.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Blue Jays' Sanchez allows two runs in 6 1/3 innings vs. Orioles
Aaron Sanchez surrendered two runs in 6 1/3 innings and had to settle for a no-decision in Saturday's extra-inning victory over the Orioles. He marched through six innings unscathed before faltering in the seventh. He yielded RBI-knocks to Chance Sisco and Adam Jones that tied the game at two runs apiece and denied him the chance for the win. He allowed six hits and four walks while fanning five in the quality start. Sanchez has a 3-5 record with a 4.33 ERA and 1.50 WHIP after 13 starts.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are a perfect 4-0 in Gonzalez's lat four starts and are 13-6 in his last 19 road outings.
The Blue Jays are just 2-6 in Sanchez's last eight home starts and are 1-9 in his last 10 outings when he faces an opponent with a winning record.
I love the under in this matchup. In Gonzalez's last 11 starts, the under is 8-3. The under is also a perfect 5-0 in Gonzalez's last five outings, is 5-0 in his lat five interleague games, and is a perfect 8-0 in the Nationals' last eight interleague road games versus a right-handed starter. On the other side, the under is 23-9 in Sanchez's last 32 home starts, is 41-17-1 in his last 59 outings overall, and is 7-1-1 in the Blue Jays' last nine home games.
The Pick: Nationals/Blue Jays under 8.5