The Reigning champions faced the Yankees over the weekend, and the Yankees were able to walk away with the series win, with 2 victories and 1 loss. But that doesn’t tell the whole story, so here is the weekend’s recap.
The Yankees offense didn’t have the best weekend, they had some trouble hitting of National’s starters besides the first game where they were able to score 4 runs on 5 innings against Star pitcher Max Sherzer. Judge and Stanton were the big bats o that opening day both having multiple hits. But after them, the Yankees offense looked a bit slow, Scherzer was able to strike out 10 players in just 5 innings. The game was cut short due to rain but the Yankees were dominant over the Nats that day. Gerrit Cole allowed only one hit in the day but it was a Solo Home Run, after that he looked pretty sharp and was able to dominate the Nationals offense.
On game two the Nationals offense looked way better and were able to score 9 runs on that day. Yankees Pitcher James Paxton struggled in the second inning and was taken out immediately, the Yankees bullpen wasn’t as sharp either and they weren’t able to control the Nats bats. On the Nationals side pitcher, Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start but due to a nerve issue on his right hand, he was scratched off from the game. Pitcher Erick Fedde stepped in, and he did a decent job allowing only two runs in 4 innings, but the bullpen was the star of the day. They were able to throw 5 shutout innings and the Nationals won that game 9-2. The star bats from the nationals were CF Victor Robles and 3B Asdrubal Cabrera.
On game three the Yankees bats looked clueless against Patrick Corbin. Corbin was able to throw 6 shutout innings allowing only one hit from Gleyber Torres. It was until the seventh inning when once again Torres stepped up to the plate against Corbin when he took him deep for a solo shot. Corbin was taken out of the game and the Yankees offense waked up. 2 at-bats Later 1st baseman Luke Voit scored another solo shot against Relief pitcher Will Harris to tie the game. And on the 8th inning, Torres, the star of the game, once again got a hit driving Aaron Hicks for a run and the Yankees lead, off of pitcher Sean Doolittle. On the other side, the Yankees had a bullpen game and they did a pretty nice job allowing only two runs, a solo shot from SS Trea Turner in the 3rd Inning against Jonathan Loaisiga and an RBI single from Eric Thames in the 4th against David Hale.
Now for the takeaways
Stanton might have his best season in some time, he got off to a hot start and having no fans seems to help him
The Nationals will rely once again on their starters to have another great season
Gleyber Started off to a rough start but in yesterday’s game he looked sharp
The Nationals Bullpen had a lot of trouble last season and they will need to fix this issue
Judge seemed to have a hot start but, was completely shutout the past 2 games
Asdrubal Cabrera seems to have found his rhythm and in the absence of Juan Soto he could lead this offense
The Yankees once again will rely on the long shots to put on runs this season
Games are way more important now and the managers will have different strategies to compete every single day, this year’s baseball will be different gamewise as well.