Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals Series Preview

The New York Yankees will host the Washington Nationals for a brief two game series.  The first game will be a great pitching matchup between Masahiro Tanaka and Max Scherzer.  Tanaka is making his second start since coming off of the disabled list.  He looked as good as ever last week in Seattle.  His velocity was up and it didn't even look like he had been injured at all.  Maybe the rest helped him and now it is better weather.  We will see how he looks tonight and going forward as the Yankees hope their ace can stay healthy.  Scherzer despite his 6-4 record has been great with an under 2 ERA. 

The Yankees are a hot team right now winning six games in a row and they are in first place in the AL East 1 1/2 games ahead of the second place Tampa Bay Rays.  The Nationals after a very rough start had gotten hot but have fallen off again recently.  They at this point are a huge disappointment.  They are in second place in the NL East behind the New York Mets. 

The Nationals have a very exciting young player who is maybe the best player in baseball right now.  Bryce Harper will be making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.  He leads the major leagues in homeruns with 19 and also OPS which is on base plus slugging.  He is very exciting and sure will be salivating at the short right field fence to take aim at for the next couple of days.  This should be a good series, the Yankees lost two games in Washington last month but they were very good and exciting games.   

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