A series opener between the Toronto Blue Jays (15-17) and Washington Nationals (15-16) is scheduled for Friday at 6:45 PM ET, at Nationals Park.

The Nationals (+149 underdog moneyline odds to win) take the field at home against the Blue Jays (-178). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Toronto Blue Jays looking to Yusei Kikuchi (2-2), and Patrick Corbin (0-3) taking the ball for the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals lost to the Rangers yesterday, with Mitchell Parker registering the loss while pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out five. C.J. Abrams went 1-for-4 with a double to pace the Nationals’ offense.

Here is what you need to get ready for Friday’s Blue Jays vs. Nationals contest, including viewing options.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals odds and betting lines

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Odds updated Friday at 3:16 AM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Favorite: Blue Jays (-178, bet $178 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Nationals (+149, bet $100 to win $149)
  • Over/under: 9

Blue Jays vs. Nationals: Live streaming info & game time

  • Game Day: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Game Time: 6:45 PM ET
  • Stadium: Nationals Park
  • TV Channel: MLB.tv
  • Live Stream: Fubo (Watch for free)

Blue Jays stats and trends

Blue Jays betting records

  • The Blue Jays have won 12, or 60%, of the 20 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Toronto has a record of 2-1 when favored by -178 or more by bookmakers this season.
  • The bookmakers’ moneyline implies a 64% chance of a victory for the Blue Jays.
  • Toronto and its opponents have hit the over in 12 of its 32 games with a total this season.
  • The Blue Jays are 14-17-0 against the spread this season.

Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays probable starter)

  • Kikuchi (2-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Blue Jays, his seventh of the season.
  • The lefty last pitched on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he went six innings, allowing four earned runs while giving up nine hits.
  • The 32-year-old has amassed an ERA of 2.94, with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, in six games this season. Opposing hitters have a .242 batting average against him.
  • Kikuchi heads into this game with three quality starts under his belt this season.
  • Kikuchi will try to continue a six-game streak of going five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.5 innings per outing).
  • In one of his appearances this season he did not surrender an earned run.
  • The opposing Nationals offense has a collective .228 batting average, and is 24th in the league with 233 total hits and 23rd in MLB action with 119 runs scored. It has the 22nd-ranked slugging percentage (.361) and ranks 24th in home runs (27) in all of MLB.
  • The 32-year-old ranks 29th in ERA (2.94), 47th in WHIP (1.158), and 30th in K/9 (9.6) among qualifying pitchers in MLB play this season.

Blue Jays batting stats

  • The Blue Jays have hit 28 homers this season, which ranks 22nd in the league.
  • Fueled by 80 extra-base hits, Toronto ranks 22nd in MLB with a .361 slugging percentage this season.
  • The Blue Jays rank 24th in MLB with a .225 team batting average.
  • Toronto is among the lowest-scoring teams in the majors, ranking 26th with just 111 total runs (3.5 per game) this season.
  • The Blue Jays have an OBP of .309 this season, which ranks 16th in MLB.
  • Toronto ranks sixth in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 7.4 whiffs per contest.

Nationals stats and trends

Nationals betting records

  • The Nationals have been underdogs in 29 games this season and have come away with the win 14 times (48.3%) in those contests.
  • This season, Washington has come away with a win seven times in 13 chances when named as an underdog of at least +149 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The Nationals have an implied victory probability of 40.2% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Washington’s games have gone over the total in 12 of its 31 opportunities.
  • In 30 games with a line this season, the Nationals have a mark of 18-12-0 against the spread.

Patrick Corbin (Nationals probable starter)

  • Corbin (0-3 with a 6.82 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Nationals, his seventh of the season.
  • In his last appearance on Sunday against the Miami Marlins, the left-hander threw four innings, allowing four earned runs while surrendering eight hits.
  • In six games this season, the 34-year-old has a 6.82 ERA and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while allowing a batting average of .353 to opposing batters.
  • So far this season, Corbin has not registered a quality start.
  • Corbin will try to collect his fifth game of five or more innings pitched this season. He’s averaging 5.2 innings per appearance.
  • He has had one appearances this season in which he did not give up an earned run.
  • He will face a Blue Jays offense that ranks 26th in the league with 111 total runs scored while batting .225 as a squad. His opponent has a collective .361 slugging percentage (22nd in MLB action) and has hit a total of 28 home runs (22nd in the league).
  • This season, the 34-year-old ranks 83rd in ERA (6.82), 83rd in WHIP (1.895), and 75th in K/9 (6.3) among pitchers who qualify.

Nationals batting stats

  • The Nationals are 24th in MLB play with 27 home runs. They average 0.9 per game.
  • This season, Washington’s .361 slugging percentage ranks 22nd in baseball.
  • The Nationals have the 21st-ranked batting average in the league (.228).
  • Washington scores the 23rd-most runs in baseball (119 total, 3.8 per game).
  • The Nationals’ .305 on-base percentage is 19th in MLB.

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