Washington Nationals (36-26) vs New York Yankees (42-18)Date : 06/12/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Yankee Stadium
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Washington Nationals vs New York Yankees
The Yankees will welcome the Nationals to Yankee Stadium as both teams will go head to head in an interleague 2 game series. The Yankees are the best team in the Majors while the Nationals are 1st in the NL East. This will be their first meeting of the season. They were supposed to play on the 15th of May but the game got suspended.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals will begin their 5 game road trip as they will play the Yankees in a two-game series. It has been a good season for the Nationals so far they have finally retaken the top spot of the division from the Braves they have a record of 36-26. The Nationals are one of the best road teams in the league this year they have a 21-11 as they will use that as an advantage when they visit Yankee Stadium. One of the main strengths of the Nationals is pitching they are the 3rd best with an ERA of 3.28 the Nationals got elite pitchers that can singlehandedly win them baseball games, the team pitching will play a vital role in the series against the strong batting team like the Yankees. The gameplan for the Nationals would have to strike early and shut down the Yankees batters with elite pitching.
Bryce Harper notched his 19th home run of the season. He crushed his solo shot off of Ty Blach in the fourth inning, increasing the Nationals’ lead and added a single to cap off the night going 2-for-5. He will be up for the challenge when his team faces off against the best team in the Majors. He’s now hitting .232/.365/.518 with a National League-leading 19 homers and 43 RBI. He will have to bring his A-game to Yankee stadium as this is the first meeting of the year between the two teams. A batting matchup between Judge and Harper that has to be the matchup everyone should keep an eye on.
Pitching for the Nationals will be Tanner Roark. He allowed six hits and two runs over six innings Wednesday in Washington’s win over the Rays. He is 3-6 on the season with a 3.56 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP. He faces a tough challenge going up against the Yankees.
New York Yankees 's Latest Performance :
The Yankees have won 4 straight and are on the verge of sweeping the Mets. The Yankees are the best team in the majors with a record of 42-18 and they also have the best home record of 22-9. The Yankees are firing on all cylinders. The Yankees are the 2nd best team in batting with 338 runs scored this season however they have 4 games in hand and knowing how well the Yankees is at the plate they will be back at the top in no time. The Yankees mindset is if they have a lead they don’t settle and once the bullpen is pitching with lead the game is already over. The Yankees bullpen has thrown 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 0.39 ERA.
Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead solo home run. He is slashing .271/.396/.569 with the 18 home runs, plus 45 RBI. He has been struggling with a thumb injury but the X-ray came back clear so he was good to go, he is having a great year with the Yankees this season. He should play a huge factor against the Nationals at home, once Judge rediscovers his form he is very hard to stop.
Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with a two-run home. He continues to be a revelation for the Yankees. If anything, the third baseman seems to gain confidence every time he steps on to the plate. Five of his last 10 games have seen him collect at least two hits. He’s picked up a stellar nine extra-base hits in that space. He is now slashing .305/.335/.550 with eight home runs and 29 RBI.
Pitching for the Yankees will be Sonny Gray. He struck out eight batters while turning in eight shutout innings but did not factor into the decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning win over the Blue Jays. He’s allowed one run in 14 innings over his last two starts. He is now 4-4 on the season with a 4.81 ERA after 12 starts.
How Washington Nationals & New York Yankees Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Yankees are 36-17 in their last 53 games following a win.
Nationals are 8-1 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: New York Yankees
My reason for the pick :
The Yankees remain untouchable at home as they will win their 6 straight games as they will beat the Nationals at home. The Yankees are firing on all cylinders at the moment the batters are playing on another level and once the team has the lead it is a guaranteed victory because their bullpen has been superb. Gray should put on a masterful pitching performance as he will pick up win number 5. The Yankees batters should be able to work their way around Roark pitches. Harper will do all he can to help the Nationals win on the road but one player can do so little against the Yankees you need a collective effort to beat this team.
Yankees to win at home over the Nationals.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Nationals are 17-6 in their last 23 games following a win.
Betting trends for New York Yankees :
- Yankees are 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.