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The New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals end a quick two-game interleague series. The Yankees have the best record in the majors while the Nationals just swept a four-game series with the Diamondbacks, so this series will be fun to watch.
Sabathia struggles against the Red Sox
CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) gave up four earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in just four innings to get a no-decision in a 5-4 loss against the Red Sox last Thursday.
Nowadays Sabathia relies on pitching around the plate too much, so beating a lineup like Boston’s consistently is hard. The left-hander is not recording many strikeouts but he’s been able to limit hard contact.
Key stats of the New York Yankees:
- 231 runs (1st)
- .251 batting average (12th)
- 3.66 earned run average (10th)
- 1.19 WHIP (6th)
Players to watch:
Aaron Judge (.311, 11 HR, 35 RBI)
Didi Gregorius (10 HR, 31 RBI)
Giancarlo Stanton (10 HR, 26 RBI)
Scherzer silences the Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) was dominant against the Diamondbacks last Friday, giving up one earned run on four hits (one home run) with no walks and 11 strikeouts in seven innings of a 3-1 win.
Scherzer has allowed just four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings of work in four starts in May and he’s 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in four home starts for the Nationals.
Key stats of the Washington Nationals:
- 189 runs (10th)
- .240 batting average (20th)
- 3.40 earned run average (4th)
- 1.12 WHIP (2nd)
Players to watch:
Bryce Harper (13 HR, 30 RBI)
Matt Adams (10 HR, 25 RBI)
Trea Turner (5 HR, 15 RBI)
The New York Yankees are:
- 8-2 in Sabathia’s last 10 starts against National League East opponents
- 12-4 in Sabathia’s last 16 starts after a team loss in their previous game
- 16-6 in Sabathia’s last 22 starts against a team with a winning record
- 18-7 in Sabathia’s last 25 interleague starts
The Washington Nationals are:
- 1-4 in their last five home games against a left-handed starter
- 1-4 in their last five interleague home games
The Yankees lead the majors with 5.8 runs per game, they’re 4-1 in Sabathia’s last five starts and the left-hander has been excellent in run-prevention, posting his lowest ERA since 2008. Scherzer has been outstanding but there’s value on the Yankees at plus money.