The New York Yankees (39-25) and Washington Nationals (38-25) will close out a three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, with the opening pitch scheduled for 1:35 ET
New York Yankees at Washington Nationals
New York has won eight games in a row, including a 5-3 extra-innings victory over Washington on Saturday afternoon. “Just find a way. Find a way to get it done,” stated Yankees manager Joe Girardi about the victory. The Yankees have actually won 18 of their last 22 games, which has placed the club atop the American League East standings. New York is 11-7 in day games, with the “under” going 11-7 in those contests.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (8-2, 4.64 ERA) has won his last four outings, picking up a 3-0 road win over the Atlanta Braves last time out, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just five hits. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in six road outings, issuing eight walks and striking out 28 batters in 39 frames. In six career interleague starts, Nova has produced a 3-1 record and 3.26 ERA, with the club winning five of those games.
Washington entered this high-profile series on a six-game win streak, but many of its top players have fallen flat at the plate. Nationals rookie sensation Bryce Harper is hitless in seven at-bats, and has struck out five times. It’s still important to note that the starting staff is 9-4 with a 3.02 ERA during the month of June, while the bullpen has been solid as well over that span (2.82 ERA). Washington is 14-9 in day games, but just 1-4 as a home underdog of +100 to +125.
Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.02 ERA) has won consecutive starts, including a 6-3 road win over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, allowing two runs and four hits over eight frames. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA in five home outings, surrendering just a single home run in 35 combined innings. In 16 career games (12 starts) versus the Yankees, Jackson has compiled a 2-6 record and 5.35 ERA, but is 0-5 with a 5.45 ERA in his last eight appearances.
Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 17-4 mark in Nova’s last 21 road starts, while the Nationals are 2-5 in Jackson’s last seven outings.