Total: 10.00 | -105.00 Over
The Blue Jays ended up without Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk, and Travis Shaw on Monday and yet Toronto still finished with 4 homers in the game. The problem for anyone who had the over in Monday's contest was that all 4 homers were solo shots in the 4-1 win. The other problem (speaking for those who had the over) was that the Blue Jays recorded 4 double plays, the teams went a combined 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and the Nationals scored just 1 run despite 10 hits. All these signs point to a much higher scoring match-up on Tuesday even if the above mentioned players are again out of the lineup (although 1 or 2 are likely to be back in it). The key is the pitching match-up here and the fact that the Nationals wasted so many opportunities Monday and are likely to bounce back huge at the plate after the 4-1 home loss. The Blue Jays are starting former Nat Tanner Roark and he was very hittable in summer camp and got hit at a .279 clip on the road last season. He is a combined 19-25 the past two seasons and has had unimpressive ERAs for the season the past 3 years since his phenomenal 2016 campaign. Roark may be guilty of "overthrowing" here as emotion gets the best of him as he faces his former team in DC. Also, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles is out with an injury! We also look for the Nationals starting pitcher, Austin Voth, to struggle in this one. The right-hander struggled against left-handed bats last season in terms of batting average against and the Jays had 4 left-handed bats in last night's lineup. Against righties, Voth had trouble in terms of power with 4 homers allowed in 24 innings versus righties. The Jays proved again last night, even without their full lineup, that they have plenty of power as they knocked 4 out of the park. Toronto entered this season with plenty expected at the plate but they faced the pitching-rich Rays to open the season and that held them back some. On Tuesday they take advantage of facing the Nats #5 starter. At the same time, the Nationals run production picks up after a crazy result in Monday's game filled with wasted opportunities for the home team. Bet the OVER in Washington in early evening action Tuesday.