What to Watch for: 6/15
New York Yankees (37-25) vs. Washington Nationals (38-23)
RHP Phil Hughes (6-5, 4.76) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-2, 2.35)
Tonight’s game will kick off an exciting series of Interleague Play. Both teams come into the series on six-game winning streaks, and both are in first place of their respective divisions. Capacity crowds are expected all weekend long, and every game of the series is being televised nationally (MLB Network Friday and Saturday, TBS Sunday).
1. Lombardozzi LF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Morse RF
6. Desmond SS
7. Espinosa 2B
8. Flores C
9. Gonzalez LHP
TWO OF THE TOP TEAMS SQUARE OFF IN D.C.
The Nationals (.623) and the Yankees (.597), who own the second and third-best winning percentages in the Major Leagues respectively (LAD paces MLB at .625), face off this weekend in Washington, D.C. The Nationals (4-2) and the Reds (7-5) are the only two current MLB clubs that own an all-time winning record against the New York Yankees, with the Nationals claiming two of three in each of their Interleague battles against the Bronx Bombers (2006, 2009).
TWO NATIONS, TWO SWEEPS
With sweeps over the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, the Washington Nationals have run their winning streak to a season-high six games. With the two sweeps, Washington became the first NL club ever to sweep consecutive series, both on the road, against teams from the AL East. The Nationals are currently four-and-a-half games ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East, the largest division lead in baseball.
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Nationals return to Nats Park for a six-game, seven-day home stand. The Nats are 18-10 at home this season, where their .643 winning percentage ranks second in MLB behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers .667 mark at Dodger Stadium.