Nationals vs Yankees Prediction - MLB Picks 8/23/23

New York Yankees (60-65) vs Washington Nationals (58-68)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Luis Severino (2-8) (7.98) vs MacKenzie Gore (6-9) (4.38)

Betting Odds: New York Yankees -162 / Washington Nationals +136 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals will play the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their series on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Nationals won the first game in this series by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night, which sent New York to their ninth straight loss. 

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 58-68 this season and they have won eight of their last ten games. Prior to this series, Washington won two out of three games against the Phillies and the Red Sox. The Nationals have played very well over the last two weeks and their offense has scored 33 runs in their last six games. The Washington pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a .267 opponent batting average this year. The Nationals offense has scored 554 runs with a .260 batting average and a .320 on base percentage. CJ Abrams is batting .250 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Nationals. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is MacKenzie Gore, who is 6-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 123.1 innings pitched this season.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 60-65 this season and they have lost nine games in a row. The Yankees have really struggled during this losing streak and their offense has scored three runs or fewer in six of their last seven games. The New York pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average. The Yankees offense has scored 524 runs with a .229 batting average and a .305 on base percentage this season. Gleyber Torres is batting .265 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Luis Severino, who is 2-8 with a 7.98 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP over 67.2 innings pitched this year. 

New York Yankees Team Facts

  • The Yankees have lost each of their last eight games after playing the previous day.
  • The Yankees have failed to cover the run line in each of their last eight games after playing the previous day.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Yankees' last three games as favorites against NL East opponents.
  • The Yankees have led after 5 innings in each of their last nine Wednesday games as home favorites.

Washington Nationals Team Facts

  • The Nationals have lost each of their last seven night games against American League opponents following a road win.
  • The Nationals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven night games against AL East opponents following a road win.
  • The Nationals have led after 7 innings in four of their last six games as underdogs.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Nationals' last three games at Yankee Stadium.
  • The Nationals have led after 5 innings in four of their last six games as underdogs against American League opponents.

New York Yankees Player Prop Facts

  • Gleyber Torres has hit a home run in three of the Yankees' last six home games.
  • Aaron Judge has recorded two or more total bases in seven of his last 10 appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Aaron Judge has scored at least one run in 11 of his last 13 appearances with the Yankees as home favorites against NL opponents.
  • Luis Severino has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his six previous appearances with the Yankees as favorites against NL East opponents.
  • DJ LeMahieu has recorded at least one hit in each of his last six appearances against the Nationals after playing the previous day.

Washington Nationals Player Prop Facts

  • Keibert Ruiz has hit a home run in two of the Nationals' last three night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Lane Thomas has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Nationals' last four games.
  • CJ Abrams has scored a run in each of his last four road appearances against AL opponents.
  • MacKenzie Gore has recorded six or more strikeouts in four of his last five appearances against AL opponents.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 12 road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New York Yankees ranks 29th in the league for hits this season (935).
  • The New York Yankees ranks 29th in the league for batting average this season (.229).
  • The Washington Nationals ranks 2nd in the league for strikeouts against this season (891).
  • The Washington Nationals ranks 29th in the league for strikeouts this season (955).

Pick

The Yankees come into this game trying to avoid their tenth straight loss, but they are a pretty heavy favorite to get the win here. On the other side, Washington is playing some of their best baseball of the season. The Nationals are starting MacKenzie Gore, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. New York is starting Luis Severino, who has allowed 21 earned runs in his last four starts. Severino has been horrible for the Yankees, so I will gladly take the Nationals here. 

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