New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals MLB Spread Pick

Posted by Alex Murphy on Monday,May 18, 2015 4:20, EST in

Every team goes through good and bad periods during the course of a 162-game baseball betting season, so it’s wise not to get too up or down when either one occurs. When a team is going well, the ideal scenario is to run into teams that are struggling, which is exactly what will happen when the Washington Nationals welcome in the New York Yankees for a pair of interleague games, starting on Tuesday night.

In Depth Analysis on the New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals MLB Spread Pick & TV Info

Time: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
National TV: MLB Network
Opening line: Nationals -146, Yankees +136 (7.5 runs)

After a disappointing start to the season, the Washington Nationals (22-17) are finally starting to look like the team everyone thought they would be. They have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, and have closed the Mets lead at the top of the NL East to a half game. It just seems as though everything is working for the Nationals at the moment, as they are getting solid pitching, and the bats have suddenly sprung to life. They just won 3 of 4 games versus the Padres, scoring 24 runs in the process. Leading the way for Washington is Bryce Harper, who hit an astonishing .522 last week. He has 14 HR and 37 RBI to lead the National League. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA) is set to start for Washington on Tuesday. The Nationals have managed to win 5 of the 7 games that Gonzalez has started this season.

You have to look at how the New York Yankees (22-17) are playing right now and wonder if this is a minor slump, or if this is indeed the team that everyone thought they would be. The Yankees are just 4-6 in their last 10, and have seen their bats turn as cold as ice. It’s no secret that they have been relying heavily on the hitting of Ellsbury and Gardner this season, so it’s also not a big surprise that the Yanks would start to slump at the same time that those two hitters went cold. The Yankees still have a slim 1-game lead atop the AL East, but things are going to really start tightening up in the division if this slump continues. Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees, and will be looking to bounce back from the loss he took in his last start.

Key Online Betting Trends

NY Yankees is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games
NY Yankees is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games on the road
Washington is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 10 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

There are few teams as hot as the Nationals right now, as it looks as though they are about to really start rolling. The Yankees are running into them at the wrong time, and may be on the end of a heavy beating on Tuesday.