It’s fair to say that anything can happen during the first two months of the MLB betting season. There will be surprise division leaders sitting well ahead of teams who were expected to dominate. As fun as all of that is, the game usually has a way of separating the contenders from the pretenders over the course of a 162-game season. The Yankees are still considered to be pretenders right now, but they will get a chance to strut their stuff against a genuine contender, the Washington Nations, when they meet for two games in the Big Apple.
A Closer Look at the Baseball Betting Odds Preview on Washington at NY Yankees
Time: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, New York
National TV: none
Opening line: Nationals -110, Yankees +100 (7)
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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.
Key Betting Trends
NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of NY Yankees’s last 10 games
NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games when playing at home vs Washington
Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This has all the makings of an epic pitching battle and a low-scoring affair. The Yankee bats have been heating up of late, which makes me believe they might be able to get the win against a slumping Nats team on Tuesday.