It was supposed to start almost four months ago, but the 2020 MLB season got postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The wait has finally come to an end as the first game of the season is on the program on Thursday night. What we’re talking about is the Yankees vs Nationals clash.
- Date: Thursday, July 23
- Time: 7:08 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Venue: Nationals Park in Washington, DC (no fans allowed)
- 2019 Series Record: Yankees and Nationals didn’t play each other last season
- How to Watch: ESPN
Even though Washington Nationals are going into this season wearing World Series crown from last year, top baseball bookmakers think it’s New York Yankees who are more likely to win this game. Give our Yankees vs Nationals preview a read to see if we share the bookies’ opinion.
Yankees vs Nationals Odds
|New York Yankees||-140||-1.5 (+125)|
|Washington Nationals||+120||+1.5 (-145)|
*Odds taken July 22 from BetOnline.ag
Yankees vs Nationals Preview
The MLB is going to be the first of the Big Four US leagues to return after COVID-19 suspension. The first game in the schedule is the one taking place at the Nationals Park in the country’s capital, where the 2019 World Series winner will welcome one of the main favorites for winning the championship this year.
In 2019, Nationals won the franchise’s first World Series title after beating Astros. The road to the trophy saw them finishing in second place in the National League East behind Atlanta Braves, after winning 93 and losing 69 games in the regular season.
In the postseason, Nationals did way better and are hopeful they can build on that in the upcoming season. They surely now have the confidence, but do they have the player quality necessary for such a feat?
We might get the answer on Thursday evening when Nationals are playing New York Yankees, the most valuable team in the MLB according to Forbes Magazine.
Not only are Yankees the favorites to win the season opener, but they’re also one of the top candidates for winning the 2020 World Series. In comparison, Nationals come in as #7 favorite team.
2020 World Series Odds
- New York Yankees (+325)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+325)
- Houston Astros (+775)
- Atlanta Braves (+1500)
- Minnesota Twins (+1800)
- Washington Nationals (+1800)
Dr Fauci to Throw out the First Pitch
Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a true American hero amid the coronavirus pandemic. To honor the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Washington Nationals have decided to let him throw out the first pitch in the opening game of the 2020 MLB season.
Another reason for this is that Fauci is one of the most famous fans of Washington Nationals. He was seen sporting the Nationals face mask on several occasions during the pandemic.
Speaking of fans, due to the anti-COVID-19 measures, fans are not allowed in the stands. At least not for the moment being.
Yankees vs Nationals Prediction
Yankees are always thought of as one of the main candidates for the World Series title. This season, when there are only 60 games for each team to play, their chances seem even better.
The 2019 season wasn’t the greatest ever for them, but the fact is that they did do very well in the regular season, winning the American League East. Pretty much the same roster of players that won the division is still in the franchise, with one major addition – Gerrit Cole.
The pitcher signed for Yankees from Houston Astros on a nine-year $324 million contract. This deal broke the record for the biggest contract signed by a pitcher in the MLB history.
Over in the Washington Nationals camp, we saw two major departures ahead of the start of the 2020 season. Anthony Rendon moved to Los Angeles Angels, while Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross decided to opt-out of the season citing COVID-19 worries as the reason.
- New York Yankees (-140)