A Closer Look at the Baseball Betting Odds Preview on Washington at NY YankeesTime: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET Venue: Yankee Stadium, New York National TV: none Opening line: Nationals -110, Yankees +100 (7)
You can talk till you are blue in the face about the lack of strength in the AL East, but you still have to give some props to the Yankees (32-25) for finding their way to the top when no-one really gave them a shot. The Yankees came out of the gate fast before going through a stretch of games in May that had everyone believing their solid run had come to an end. They have responded in spectacular fashion, though, and are coming off back to back sweeps of the A’s and the Angels to build a 1.5 game lead atop the division. The bats are hot, and the starting rotation has been solid in the past week. Even CC Sabathia, who has been struggling all year, put in a solid shift before getting ejected in his last start. Masahiro Tanaka (3-1, 2.76 ERA) will get his second start since returning from injury. He has looked great in all of his starts this season, and always gives the Yankees a shot to win. The best teams usually have the best pitching staff, and it’s hard to argue that the Washington Nationals (30-27) don’t have the best arms in the league. This was a team that struggled coming out of the gate, but for the majority of the month of May, they looked like the team that everyone thought they would be coming into the season. Things have gone south again as of late, though, and they are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. They just lost 3 of 4 to the Chicago Cubs, and allowed the Mets to take over top spot in the NL East again. The worst part of all of this is that they just finished a 7 game home stand at 2-5. They now head out on the road, where they are a game under .500 to this point in the season. Max Scherzer (6-4, 1.85 ERA) has been brilliant all year, but even he looked mortal in his last outing versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
Follow Mr. Scherzer all day! https://t.co/TqchvTIuJ4— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 8, 2015