After the Montreal Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals, it took some time for the team to get it together.
The good news: That’s no longer an issue. The Nats have qualified for the postseason in three of the last five seasons including a thrilling World Series victory in 2019. Despite missing the postseason in the shortened 2020 season, young cornerstones from Juan Soto to Carter Kieboom to Trea Turner should keep the Nats in playoff contention for years to come.
As things get back to normal and fans return to Nationals Park, there could also be a nice surprise waiting in the form of a live sportsbook set to open at the venue. Not only will you be able to cheer on the team from the stands, you can get in on the action like never before. Regardless of your immediate access to the live sportsbook, you’ll also be able to bet on Nats games directly from your home or phone.
Legal sports betting is officially live in Virginia for 2021 and the rollout of new sportsbooks will happen in the early months of the year. Our guide to betting on the Washington Nationals online in VA has all of the bases covered for what you need to know.
Throughout the lengthy MLB season — and hopefully into the playoffs — you can place your MLB bets every time the Nationals take the field. Our odds tool makes it easy to find the best Washington Nationals odds and lines with the latest numbers from multiple books. Check the current best run line, moneyline and totals odds for the next Nationals game below; click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook and claim your bonus.
The Nats’ World Series victory in 2019 was outstanding, but adding some more rings to the collection would certainly be nice. Our live feed gives you an up-to-the-minute look at the best Washington Nationals odds to win the World Series and NL/NL East odds from VA online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to go right to the sportsbook and claim your exclusive bonus.
Juan Soto dazzled in the shortened 2020 MLB season and became the youngest player to win the NL batting title. What are the odds for it to happen again? Or for Soto to step all the way up to NL MVP? Check Soto’s best game or season prop odds at VA online sportsbooks below:
You can bet on the outcome of any Nationals game throughout the season, but the options don’t stop there. Two other popular ways to get in on the action are with props and futures.
Prop bets are offered for each game. They revolve around things such as a specific player statistical accomplishment. Some prop bet examples you might find are:
Futures are bets you can make on the outcome of the season as a whole. It’s an active market in which odds are released in the offseason. Many of the top futures bets will stay open all year round. Here are some of the more popular Washington Nationals futures bets available:
A number of sportsbooks will also offer up futures that have a player prop perspective. These will revolve around individual accomplishments or player award winners, such as:
Props and futures provide you with even more chances to bet on the Nationals all season long. They’re among the most popular offerings at online sportsbooks, and absolutely worth taking the time to check out.
If we look back at the last four seasons of Nationals baseball, we find some very familiar names at the top of the team charts for the major statistical categories.
|2020 (60-game season)||Soto - .351||Soto - 13||Turner - 41||Scherzer - 5||Scherzer - 23.74||Strasburg - 92|
|2019||Rendon - .319||Rendon - 34||Rendon - 126||Strasburg - 18||Scherzer - 2.92||Strasburg - 251|
|2018||Rendon - .308||Harper - 34||Harper - 100||Scherzer - 18||Scherzer - 2.53||Scherzer - 300|
|2017||Murphy - .322||Zimmerman - 36||Zimmerman - 108||Scherzer - 16||Scherzer - 2.51||Scherzer - 268|
Two of the biggest offensive stars on the Nats from previous seasons — Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper — now play elsewhere. But the lineup remains solid with Trea Turner and Juan Soto leading the way.
On the mound, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg form as potent a one-two punch as you’ll find in MLB. However, Strasburg’s 2020 campaign was cut short due to injury, so it’s a situation that bears watching.
For the individual player awards and season-long stats, Soto and Scherzer seem like the top choices from the Nats, but don’t be shy about scouting for a dark horse contender from further down the Washington Nationals roster.
Following the condensed 2020 MLB season, things are set to get back to normal in 2021. That means a full 162-game schedule for Washington and the rest of the teams in the league.
The schedule itself is not out yet, but we can still get a good idea of what the future holds for the Nationals. MLB follows a specific formula while crafting the schedule, so this is what Washington will have on tap in the coming campaign.
Games against familiar foes account for the bulk of the schedule. The Nationals will be playing each of the following NL East clubs 19 times.
The current interleague rotation calls for the Nationals to be playing the AL East for that portion of the schedule in 2021.
The remainder of the schedule will be filled out with the rest of the NL teams. That translates into home and away stints to face off with teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and more.
The 2020 MLB Entry Draft was held from June 10-11. The Nationals had six selections to work with. Here are the newest members of the team.
Over the previous five seasons, the Nationals have focused on pitching with their first-round selections.
The jury remains out on the youngsters and their overall development, but the Nationals’ overall draft track record points to reason for optimism. Washington strategically built a World Series contender, and the franchise has done a solid overall job with draft capital.
Consider this: from 2009 to 2011, the Nats selected Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the first round. In other words, they nailed it. While we can’t say for certain that they’ve done the same recently, it’s a solid sign that the scouting department knows what it’s doing.
Dave Martinez is the current manager of the Nationals and has been on the job since 2018. He led the team to a World Series crown in 2019, so it seems safe to say that he’ll be around for a while. Here’s the current lineup of coaches who assist Martinez with running the team.
When the team moved over from Montreal, Frank Robinson was serving as the manager. In between him and Martinez, six men have held the title of manager in Washington. Here’s a look back at how they fared.
The team’s first postseason appearance after the move to Washington came in 2012 with Johnson at the helm. That began a streak in which the club made it to the playoffs in five of seven seasons. Both Johnson and Williams took down Manager of the Year honors during their time in charge, with the awards coming in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
When the Nationals first moved to the DC area in 2005, they played home games at RFK Memorial Stadium. The 45,596-seat venue served as home base through the 2007 campaign. In 2008, the club moved into its shiny new digs. Here’s what you need to know about where Washington plays its home games.
The broadcast home for Nationals games is MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Games can be found on either MASN or MASN2. The channels are also home base for the Baltimore Orioles.
MASN is carried by a number of cable, satellite and streaming operators in the region. That said, it’s always a good idea to confirm availability prior to subscribing to make sure that you won’t miss an inning of action.
On a national scale, MLB has deals in place with ESPN, Fox, MLB Network and TBS. You may find select games on those outlets during the season. Streaming online or via app with the respective outlets is an option, but note that valid provider login credentials will be required.
For another streaming option, there’s MLB.tv, a subscription offering that provides coverage of the games. However, keep in mind that local blackout rules may apply depending on the area in which you plan to use the service.
Bob Carpenter is the primary play-by-play voice, while F.P. Santangelo handles color commentary for most games. Alex Chappell takes care of reporting duty from the stands, while Dan Kolko and Bo Porter host the pre- and post-game shows.
On the radio side, WJFK 106.7 FM is the flagship station for Nationals games. Charlie Sloews and Dave Jageler are the tag team voices in the booth. The feed for the games is picked up by numerous stations across the region.
There’s also a subscription option available through MLB.com for the audio feed of games. You can also search for the Nationals game on TuneIn, a radio service that is available both online and via app.
From 1901 through 1971, fans in the DC region became accustomed to having an MLB team in the backyard. The Washington Senators may not have had tons of success, with just two pennants and one World Series title, but it was still the home team to root for.
The first shift came in 1960, when the original Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. Washington was awarded an expansion team that began play in 1961 as the Senators, but that team only lasted until 1971 before moving to Texas and becoming the Rangers.
The current incarnation of the Nationals franchise traces its roots back to 1969. That was the year that the expansion Montreal Expos were born. The Expos lasted north of the border until 2004. At that point, the franchise called for the moving vans, and it was off to DC.
The Nationals were born in 2005. The team played home games at RFK Stadium for the first few seasons, while Nationals Park opened its doors in 2008. Here’s a quick look at what has transpired in the postseason for the club since moving to Washington.
The franchise record book is a mix of Expos and Nationals player achievements. However, several interesting single-season records have been set since the club put its roots down in DC.
It’ll be interesting to see which parts of the Expos/Nationals record books are rewritten in the coming seasons
When the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, the team was owned and operated by MLB. Ted Lerner purchased the team in 2006 for $450 million. The Lerner family is the majority owner of the team, with Mark D. Lerner serving in the role of majority principal owner.
Nationals tickets can be found for as low as $13 for the cheap seats. The average price to attend a game in recent years has checked in at $53, but primo seats on the higher end of the spectrum have approached $500. Naturally, prices can vary based on how the team is doing, the opponent, the time of game and other factors.
The Nationals have won just one World Series. That came in 2019 when the team took down the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game affair. The team had quite the road to get that far, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card game before advancing. Washington defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS before moving on to the NLCS and taking out the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL pennant.
According to the annual list of MLB franchise valuations by Forbes, the Nationals are currently valued at $1.9 billion. That places them in 10th place among the 30 MLB teams. The New York Yankees hold down the top spot at $5 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion and the Boston Red Sox at $3.3 billion. The Miami Marlins bring up the rear with a current price tag of $980 million.
When the franchise was located in Montreal, the number 42 was retired throughout MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson. The number 10 was also retired in honor of franchise icons Andre Dawson and Rusty Staub. There have been no numbers retired since the move to Washington, but the team does maintain a ring of honor. A number of players have been honored in this fashion, including players from the Expos, the original Washington Senators and the Homestead Grays. There have been three honorees who were specifically honored for their contributions to the Nationals.
You can follow the team on Twitter at the handle @Nationals. There’s also a dedicated website for all of the club happenings at MLB.com/nationals. The team also maintains a presence on other major social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.