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New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals,
5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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#927 New York
Yankees 7.5
#928 Washington
Nationals -165

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:05pm

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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)

MLB Trends:

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.

Pick: Yankees

Jake Walker

I'm a sports writer based in Costa Rica with 10 years of experience as a handicapper and a die-hard New York Yankees, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, Anaheim Ducks and Oregon Ducks fan but my love for my teams never influences my picks. I've been watching sports since 1991 and you can follow me on Twitter here: @Walker_J23

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