Washington Nationals (36-27) at New York Yankees (42-19)
When and Where: Wednesday, June 13, New York, New York, 7:05 P.M. EST
The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees will face off in an interleague matchup this Wednesday evening in the Bronx. The Nationals are still tied with the Braves for the NL East lead. They have been amazing on the road this season but the Yankees have been just as good at home. New York is tied with the Red Sox for the AL East lead so both teams need this series to maintain their division crowns.
Injuries pick apart the Washington rotation
The Washington Nationals are still tied with the Atlanta Braves for the NL East lead and have not been able to move ahead due to a poor record at home. Luckily, Washington is back on the road where they have a 21-11 record. The Nationals have a below average offense that is led by Bryce Harper. He has hit 19 home runs with 43 RBI on the season to lead the team by a large margin. Matt Adams is really the only other power threat on the roster with 13 home runs and 36 RBI. No active player on the roster holds an average over the .265 mark.
The Nationals have not yet announced their starter for Wednesday evening’s game. Their rotation is suffering from an injury problem with Stephen Strasburg heading to the Disabled List. Washington only has three of their original starters left. They have an average bullpen that could have to carry a heavy load on Wednesday. Justin Miller has been added to the Nationals’ roster and has proven his ability to go more than one innings. Jefry Rodriguez was also called up due to the injuries and went 4.2 scoreless innings in his first appearance of the year.
Yankees remain deadlocked with the Braves
The New York Yankees are tied with the Red Sox atop the AL East but New York technically has the best record in baseball with a .689 winning percentage. They have scored the second most runs in baseball behind the Red Sox who have played five more games than New York. Aaron Judge leads the offense despite a questionable thumb, hitting .270 with 18 home runs and 45 RBI. Rookie, Gleyber Torres has been outstanding in his 42 games with the Yankees, hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. Miguel Andujar has been a consistent hitter for a power-based team, hitting .310 with 28 RBI.
Sonny Gray is expected to make the start at home for the Yankees this Wednesday evening. He has struggled this season and holds a 4-4 record with a 4.81 ERA. Gray got some momentum back with an incredible performance in his last start. He did not earn a decision but threw eight innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits. In the middle innings, Chad Green has been outstanding, appearing in 25 games with a 4-0 record, 2.03 ERA, and 41 strikeouts through 31 innings of work. Aroldis Chapman has been nearly automatic with 17 saves, a 1.30 ERA, and 48 strikeouts through 27.2 innings.
- 2-5 in last seven interleague games vs. winning teams
- 9-2 in last 11 interleague games
- 36-15 in last 51 Wednesday games
The Washington Nationals are an excellent team and are amazing on the road, but their injury issues are too much to deal with a team like the Yankees. With their pitchers dropping like flies and Howie Kendrick out, New York has a huge advantage. Sonny Gray looks like he might be turning things around and the Yankees even have a better bullpen than the Nationals.