A day after the New York Yankees were able to come on the road and smash the Washington Nationals, they are back at it again in MLB betting action on Saturday afternoon when the two meet up at Nationals Park for what should be yet another fantastic clash on the diamond.
What we can most certainly say about the Nats is that they are one of the best teams in the game in surprising fashion. Sure, they were beaten and beaten relatively badly on Friday night, but they are still in first place in the NL East and could be this year’s version of the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008. One of the reasons for that is the young man that is going to be on the mound in this one, Jordan Zimmerman. Is Zimmerman at the level of being considered a truly elite pitcher yet at this point in his career? Not really. However, his splits just don’t scream that he should be a 3-5 pitcher this year. The righty has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but the problem is that his team just isn’t scoring all that many runs for him. Averaging 3.6 runs per game just isn’t going to cut even, even with a man that has pitched as well as Zimmerman has. The good news for Washington, though? With Zimmerman on the mound, the team is 7-5 this year in his 12 outings.
The Yankees though, are really rolling. They have taken seven in a row since Interleague Play started up again, and they have stormed all the way to the top of the AL East. The offense is clicking at the moment, and the team really proved it by hanging a ton of runs on Gio Gonzalez, who is likely to be an All-Star this year in the National League. On Saturday, it is the ageless wonder, Andy Pettitte that is going to be getting the ball from Manager Joe Girardi. The lefty has had six starts this year since coming back to the team, and he has been relatively unstoppable. The Yanks are 4-2 with their southpaw on the mound, and his splits are truly quite impressive. Pettitte has a 2.81 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he has allowed just 34 hits and nine walks in 41.2 innings of work. Pettitte is also striking out batters quite a bit, coming up with 40 Ks, including 18 in his last two outings. Dare we say it? This version of Andy Pettitte looks even better than the version of Andy Pettitte that we last saw on the bump in 2010 for New York.
In the end, there’s just no reason to get away from the Yankees. They’re playing great ball, and though we aren’t all that sure that Pettitte is going to be able to keep this pace up, we do know that he is one of the best lefties in the game at the moment, and that is going to be too difficult to ignore for sure. New York 7 Washington 3