The MLB is back in action as the New York Yankees will clash with the Washington Nationals.
In the season opener on Thursday night, the Yankees won 4-1 and the Nats won the second game 9-2.
New York Yankees Form
The Yankees are one of the best teams in the league in the last 5-6 seasons. They showed their quality in the season opener as they demolished the Nats. Although they have lost the 2nd game, the Yankees will aim to ensure a series win. They are a good team this season with great offensive firepower. Players such as Stanton and Gerrit Cole showed in the first game that they will play a significant role this season.
Their pitcher choice for this game should have been Masahiro Tanaka. However, he is doubtful for this game due to injury. If he gets the start, it is important to emphasize that Tanaka made 32 appearances, 31 starts, last season with the Yankees, going 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA, a 1.242 WHIP, 40 walks and 149 strikeouts over 182 innings of work. Additionally, Tanaka had 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, four walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in three postseason starts last year. He only managed only one career start at Nationals Park, which came back on May 15, 2018.
Washington Nationals Form
The Nationals lost the first game of this series. However, they managed to bounce back and won the second game with a score of 9-2. They showed that their offensive firepower is at the needed level after some pundits placing serious doubts due to their loss in the first game.
Patrick Corbin will take the nod in this game. He made a total of 33 starts for the Nationals in the regular season last year. His record was 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA, a 1.183 WHIP, 70 walks and 238 strikeouts over 202 innings. In the postseason, he made eight appearances, three starts, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA, a 1.414 WHIP, 12 walks and 36 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work.
Although the Nats will be without Rendon and Soto, their offensive game is still good. They showed that in the second game. And the winning momentum is on their side. They are the champions and are the favourites to win this game. On the other side, the Yankees has a great lineup but their starting rotation is in flux right now, especially with Tanaka being doubtful for this game. Take the Champions to win this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals 07/26/2020 is: take the Washington Nationals (Moneyline)
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