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Nationals and Yankees Game Two Preview

The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals resume their three-game series Saturday in the nation’s capital. This is after a rain-shortened season opener and then a day off.

TIME: 7:15 p.m. ET. TV: FOX; LINE: Yankees -130; TOTAL: 9 -110

PITCHING MATCUP: Yankees LH James Paxton (2019: 15-6, 3.82 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (2019: 18-6, 3.32)

The Yankees opened Major League Baseball‘s abbreviated season with a 4-1 win over the defending World Series champs Thursday night. The game was cut short in the sixth inning by a monsoon rainstorm. It was like a cow pissing on a flat rock for a long time.

Giancarlo Stanton missed most of 2019 due to injury. He came back with a bang. He clubbed an early two-run homer and later added an RBI single to pad the lead. That was all they would need with five solid innings from newcomer Gerrit Cole. “It was a lot of fun. No one could have envisioned the type of year we’re having this year, but within those parameters, it exceeded every mark,” Cole told reporters after his five-inning complete game. “I just had a blast.”

Paxton made a career-high 29 starts in his first season with the Yankees last year. He won his final 10 decisions and posted a 1.05 ERA in five September starts. The hot streak continued by going 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason outings. Paxton will be facing the Nationals for the first time.

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Washington played the game hours after learning that young star Juan Soto tested positive for coronavirus. It had to be a mental blow to the team. They will to get in the win column behind postseason hero Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg won a career-high 18 games during the regular season last year. The Primadonna finally put his talent to good use instead of being a crybaby wannabe. He has always had million dollar talent with a two-cent head. Can he back up a solid year with another one?

Strasburg went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA over six appearances during the playoffs. He struck out a career-high 251 batters last year while holding opponents to a .210 average.

Strasburg made his final preparations for the season Monday in Baltimore. He allowed one run on six hits and threw 81 pitches in five innings.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

1. Nationals RF Adam Eaton provided all of his team’s offense Thursday with a first-inning solo blast.

2. New York RF Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the opener.

3. The Yankees are 5-3 all-time at Nationals Park.

4. Stanton has three homers and eight doubles in 48 career at-bats against Strasburg.

5. Strasburg set career highs in wins, innings pitched (209) and strikeouts (251) last season.

The Dart Throw: Yankees 4, Nationals 2

Yankees vs Nationals Betting Odds Trends
Washington Nationals
Washington is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Washington is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 10 games
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
New York Yankees
NY Yankees is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 8 games
NY Yankees is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington

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