Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 4, 2024 4:05 PM

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May 4, 2024 6:15 AM
The Toronto Blue Jays, sporting a 15-18 overall record and 7-11 on the road, travel to Nationals Park to take on the 16-16 Washington Nationals, who are 5-8 at home. The Nationals currently lead the series 1-0 and will look to build on their momentum in front of their home crowd on a pleasant 76-degree day with a 41% chance of precipitation. The first pitch is set for 4:05 PM on May 4, 2024.
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Probable Pitchers

As the probable starter for the Toronto Blue Jays, Kevin Gausman heads into the matchup against the Washington Nationals with a 4.50 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, looking to improve upon his 1-3 record. Despite some struggles, Gausman's 23 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched suggest he has the potential to stifle the Nationals' offense and secure a much-needed win for the Blue Jays.

The probable starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in their upcoming matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays is Jake Irvin, who brings a 4.28 ERA and 1.19 WHIP to the mound. With 26 strikeouts and only 7 walks in 33 full innings and 2 partial innings of work, Irvin looks to build on his 2-2 record in this interleague clash.

Toronto Blue Jays Analysis

As the Toronto Blue Jays gear up to face the Washington Nationals, there are some pressing concerns that need to be addressed. With a struggling offense that ranks 25th in both strikeouts and hits, the Jays will need to find a way to get their bats going against a stout Nationals pitching staff. The bright spot has been the plate discipline, with 112 walks good for 9th in the league, but it's not translating to runs scored, where they sit tied for 26th. On the mound, Kevin Gausman will look to shut down the Nationals lineup, but the Jays' 24th-ranked team batting average of .225 will need to improve if they hope to come out on top. If Justin Turner's .296 batting average can spark the offense, and Daulton Varsho's 6 home runs and 16 RBIs can provide some power, the Jays might just have a shot at taking down the Nationals.

Washington Nationals Analysis

As the Toronto Blue Jays prepare to take on the Washington Nationals, it's clear that the Nats' offense has been a mixed bag this season. While they've shown flashes of brilliance on the basepaths, ranking 2nd in stolen bases with 53, their overall batting average of .228 and 24th-ranked runs scored (119) suggest they've struggled to consistently drive in runs. On the bright side, shortstop CJ Abrams has been a standout performer, leading the team with a .280 batting average, 7 home runs, and 18 RBIs. With probable starter Jake Irvin taking the mound, the Nationals will need to capitalize on scoring opportunities and minimize strikeouts (tied for 22nd in the league with 247 Ks) if they hope to come out on top against a potent Blue Jays lineup.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Injuries

Washington Nationals

    Toronto Blue Jays

    • Adrian Pinto (2B): Day-To-Day
    • Cade Doughty (2B): Day-To-Day
    • Yimi Garcia (RP): Day-To-Day
    • Kevin Kiermaier (CF): 10-Day-IL
    • T.J. Brock (2B): Day-To-Day

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Betting Odds

    The Toronto Blue Jays are currently favored to win, with odds sitting at -165, while the Washington Nationals are the underdogs, having opened at +150. The over/under for the game is set at 8.5 runs.

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    Toronto Blue Jays vs Washington Nationals Prediction

    I'm predicting a thrilling finale with the Toronto Blue Jays scraping by 5-4, and I'm secretly hoping the concession stand runs out of nachos by the seventh-inning stretch.

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    MLB Player Prop Picks for Blue Jays vs Nationals

    Jake Irvin (WSH) Over 4.5 Strikeouts Thrown +150
    • Grade: B+
    • Expected Value: +1.1%
    • Odds to Hit: 43.6%
    • Bet Units: 1.5
    • Fair Odds: +129
    • Market Width: 46
    Joey Meneses (WSH) Over 0.5 RBI +190
    • Grade: B
    • Expected Value: +1.0%
    • Odds to Hit: 35.9%
    • Bet Units: 0.5
    • Fair Odds: +178
    • Market Width: 76
    Bo Bichette (SS) - TOR Under 1.5 Hits -179
    • They're projected for 1.1 HIT.
    • In games they had at least 2 at bats:
    • • Season 83.3% (25-5) (impl -500)
    • • Last 25 84.0% (21-4) (impl -525)
    • • Last 20 85.0% (17-3) (impl -567)
    • • Last 15 86.7% (13-2) (impl -650)
    • • Last 10 100.0% (10-0)
    • • Last 5 100.0% (5-0)
    • • Last 3 100.0% (3-0)

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