June 16, 2009

Nationals-Yankees series preview

I don’t expect anything less than a sweep against the pathetic Washington National club.  At their current pace, they could challenge the worst record of all-time.

To give you an idea of what this team is all about, they have zero pitching whatsoever (last in the majors by ERA), but a decent offense (16th by batting average).  Something tells me the Yankees will be adding to their league lead in homers.

But just like any team, the Yankees cannot take the Nationals lightly.  No more Brian Bruney smack talk, and no picking fights.  I want to see no-mercy baseball, and three clean, easy victories.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Date Nationals starters Yankees starters
Tuesday Shairon Martis (5-1, 5.04) CC Sabathia (5-4, 3.68)
Wednesday John Lannan (3-5, 3.51) Chien-M. Wang (0-4, 14.34)
Thursday Craig Stammen (0-2, 5.86) Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.84)

An unrelated note:  Kevin Youkilis has retaken the lead over Mark Teixeira at first base in the All-Star Game.

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