Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Washington Nationals (22-17) and the New York Yankees (22-17) at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on YES and MASN.
Gonzalez is 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts against the Yankees. Bryce Harper (.338, 36 Rs, 14 HRs, 37 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and four RBIs. Eovaldi is 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA when pitching against the Nationals. He is up against a good Washington offense which is hitting .262 this season. Brett Gardner (.303, 25 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The odds for Washington and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. In interleague play, the Nationals have a 1-2 record SU. The Nationals have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 5.0 runs per game. Washington's pitchers fall apart when American League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 7.3 against AL teams, compared to its 4.3 season average.
New York is 2-1 SU against interleague opponents. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 46 home runs. New York is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.0 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Yankees have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.5 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Nationals have a 16-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eovaldi takes the mound. Gonzalez (LHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 6-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
For the seventh time this season, the Yankees registered at least two errors in a game.
The Nationals are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 0-2 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 14-2. The Nationals have a 16-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh, New York sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 171 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at second with 194.
Ranking sixth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 131 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 132.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 16-7, well-matched with the Yankees who are 18-9 when hitting one or more homers.