New York Yankees (45-20) vs Washington Nationals (37-29)Date : 06/18/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Nationals Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals
The Nationals will welcome the Yankees to Nationals Park as the two teams will play for a single game, this will be a makeup game after the game got postponed due to bad weather. The Nationals and the Yankees just recently played each other the two-game series ended in a split. The Nationals are 2nd in the NL East while the Yankees are the best team in the Majors.
New York Yankees's Latest Performance :
The Yankees are playing great baseball at the moment, they have the best record in the Majors they are 45-20 on the season. When playing on the road the Yankees are 20-10. The Yankees are on the verge of sweeping the Rays at home, after that series the Yankees will hit the road for a single game against the Nationals. The Yankees batters will have to find a way to work around the Nationals pitches, the Nats are the 3rd best team in pitching. The Yankees have dropped into third place with 354 runs scored this season but they do have 6 games in hand so they should be back on top in no time considering how much depth the Yankees batters have.
Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a solo homer he is starting to find his form again after being in a slump for so long. He has three homers over his last three games after hitting just one in a 33-game span from April 28 to June 10. He’s also hitting .333 (18-for-54) over his last 14 games. I expect he will carry over his batting numbers with him on the road.
Aaron Judge continues to be the heart of this Yankees team he is now currently on a 5 game hitting streak. He is slashing .279/.397/.567 with 46 RBIs and 18 homers on the year. Everytime Judge steps on the plate the opposing pitchers will get nervous because Judge tends to hit the ball earlier and expects a homer every time he hits the ball, it is a homer or nothing. The teams’ batters have great chemistry with each other and they have the ability to step up to the task when needed.
Pitching for the Yankees will be Sonny Gray. He will start the makeup of a May 16 rainout 30 minutes after the Yankees and Nationals conclude their suspended game on Monday evening. Gray has made three career starts vs. Washington, posting a 4.74 ERA without recording a decision.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals recently played the Yankees on the road and the two-game set ended up in a split. Now the Nationals will have the opportunity to play them again but this time the Nationals will be at home. The Nationals aren’t really a good home team this season they are 15-16 on the season. Coming into this series the Nationals are 20th in batting with 287 runs scored this season. One of the main reasons why the Nationals are in the 2nd place of the NL East is because the Nationals are the 3rd best team when it comes to pitching with an ERA of 3.32. They will do all they can to shut down the best team in Major the Yankees.
Bryce Harper will have to show up at home against the Yankees, he is now hitting .255/.366/.498 with 19 homers and 43 RBIs already this season. The problem with the Nats is that they can’t seem to score when the batters are in scoring position. I expect Harper to cause a lot of headaches for the Yankees but to actually beat them you will need a collective effort from the team because one player on the team can’t do it all. Although great pitchers lay the foundation that sets up the team for victory the Nationals will still need to find ways to score in order to win the game.
Pitching for the Nationals will be Tanner Roark. He was charged with three runs over six innings Tuesday, taking a loss as the Nationals fell to the Yankees. He will get to redeem himself against the same Yankees team but this time he will be pitching at home.
How New York Yankees & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. American League East.
Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Against The Spread Selection: New York Yankees
My reason for the pick :
The Yankees batters should be able to figure out the Nationals pitches as the Yankees will be able to steal a game on the road. The Nationals will have trouble at the plate as they won’t be able to score that many runs. Bryce Harper will have a good game but his lone efforts won’t be enough to win at home.
The Yankees batting stars will show up on the road as they will lead the Yankees to another road victory. The Yankees will extend their lead on top of the division.
Betting trends for New York Yankees:
- Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- The Nationals are 15-16 when playing at home this season.