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Sanchez is out with neck
Harris is out with chest
Doolittle is out with elbow
Adrianza is out with quad
Ross is out with elbow
Strasburg is out with neck
Kieboom is out with elbow
Thompson is out with biceps
Romero is out with undisclosed
Harvey is out with arm
Nationals 2022 Schedule & Betting Odds
|May 24th||LAD||-||+1.5||U 9||+200|
|May 23rd||LAD||-||+1.5||U 9||+180|
|May 22nd||@MIL||W 8-2||+1.5 W||O 8||WSH +210|
|May 21st||@MIL||L 1-5||+1.5 L||U 7.5||MIL +195|
|May 21st||@MIL||L 0-7||+1.5 L||U 8.5||MIL +187|
|May 18th||@MIA||W 5-4||+1.5 W||O 7.5||WSH +160|
|May 17th||@MIA||L 1-5||+1.5 L||U 8.5||MIA +132|
|May 16th||@MIA||L 2-8||+1.5 L||O 7.5||MIA +166|
|May 15th||HOU||L 0-8||+1.5 L||U 8.5||HOU +165|
Washington Nationals 2021 Season
The Nationals shocked the world and won it all in 2019, defeating the Houston Astros in the World Series for the franchise’s first title. But the honeymoon didn’t last long after that, with Washington missing the last two postseasons.
Stephen Strasburg will be returning from injury and Juan Soto is ready as ever to compete after a runner-up finish for the NL MVP, so the stars will be back and out there. Will they be enough to help push these former champions back into the playoffs?
See all of the Nationals odds, as well their win total, championship odds, and much more.
Betting on the Washington Nationals
Nationals Spread (Run Line)
When betting on baseball, you’ll be faced with three standard options: the moneyline, over/under and run line.
The run line is a bet on the margin of victory, like a point spread. But because baseball is low scoring, the spread will almost always be -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog. The payouts for each will just be adjusted based on each team’s strength.
Here’s a brief example of a run line for a hypothetical Nationals game:
- Tampa Bay Rays (+1.5)
- Washington Nationals (-1.5)
As shown above, the Nationals are favored by 1.5 runs against the Rays; the minus sign (-) indicates Washington is the favorite, while a plus sign (+) is used to denote the underdog. Bettors who wanted to back Washington here would be “laying” those 1.5 runs, meaning for their bets to cash the Nationals would need to win by two runs or more. Bettors who selected the Rays +1.5 would win if Tampa Bay won outright or kept a loss to 1 run.
The Nationals were 74-88 on run lines in 2021, covering 45.7 percent of the time – putting them in the bottom 10 in the league.
Many first time bettors are wary of run line bets, especially when riding with the hometown team. In that case, moneyline wagers are often seen as the safer way to go. A moneyline bet is a bet on who wins the game -- no run line involved.
Let’s use the same example from before to understand the moneyline better:
- Tampa Bay Rays +150
- Washington Nationals -180
Just as with run lines, the minus sign (-) signifies a team is favored, while the plus sign (+) means a team is the underdog. The moneyline odds, written in American odds format here, indicate how big or small a favorite that team is, written in increments of $100. For example, to win $100 on the Nationals, a bettor would need to risk $180. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the Rays would net $150 if they pulled the upset.
The Nationals went 65-97 in 2021, putting them in last place in the NL East and giving them the fifth worst record in the league.
Odds can differ from sportsbook to sportsbook, so always make sure you shop for the best line with The Action Network app.
Betting on a team to win or cover a run line isn’t the only type of wager allowed on MLB games. Almost all sportsbooks will offer a total on the game, also known as an over/under. This bet is not on the winner of the contest, but on the number of runs the two teams will combine to score; sportsbooks hang a number, and bettors can wager either over or under that total.
If the number for our hypothetical Nationals-Rays matchup was 8 runs, over bettors would require 9 points or more to cash their tickets, while those who bet the under would need 7 or fewer runs. If the two teams scored exactly 8 runs between them, that bet would push and all wagers would be refunded.
Nationals totals in 2021 were in the bottom half in the league when betting the over, hitting at a 74-82-6 clip.
Some bettors find more entertainment and success betting on more specific outcomes than the result of the game. Prop bets cover a wide market of wagers on player stats, discrete in-game events, and any style of yes/no question. Many props are bets on specific players and their performance, such as betting Juan Soto over 1.5 hits on a given night, or betting that Stephen Strasburg will strike out over 9.5 batters. Some props can be shorter term, such as betting on the number of runs scored in the first five innings or who will hit a home run. Offerings tend to vary depending on the sportsbook, so use our sportsbook reviews to find the best bet for you.
Expectations are high right now in Washington, so bettors will have to shop for the best line to get good odds on Nationals futures bets. Futures are bets that focus on long term outcomes, like the Nationals to win the NL East, win the National League Pennant, win the World Series, or even in dividual awards like winning league MVP.
How to Bet on the Washigton Nationals
Wide spread sports betting has yet to come to the D.C. area, with the lottery holding control over the lone option bettors have and therefore creating terrible odds compared to the marketplace. Stay tuned for updates on The Action Network's District of Columbia betting page regarding sports betting legislation in the state.
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