The New York Yankees (37-25) and Washington Nationals (38-23) will open up a three-game interleague series on Friday night at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

New York Yankees at Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals are making some noise this season

New York is definitely one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball, winning nine of its last 10 games, and 15 of 19.  The Yankees are coming off a three-game road sweep of the Atlanta Braves, as the club benefited greatly from its fan base traveling down south from the Big Apple.  “You could definitely hear them out there tonight,” stated Yankees manager Joe Girardi.  Outfielder Curtis Granderson is a player to watch in this affair, going 7 for 20 with two home runs over a current five-game hitting streak.  New York is 7-0 when playing with a day off this year.

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (6-5, 4.76 ERA) has won his last two efforts, including a 4-2 home victory over the New York Mets, giving up two runs and six hits over 6.1 innings of work.  The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA in six road outings, surrendering six home runs in 33.2 innings, but has issued just eight walks and struck out 30 in 33.2 innings.  He has thrown two scoreless innings in relief against the Nationals in his career.

Washington is also playing tremendous baseball, returning home after winning all six games on its last road trip against the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.  “If we play up to our potential, we can contend and win the pennant,” commented Nationals manager Davey Johnson.  The Nationals have won four of six meetings with the Bronx Bombers since relocating to the nation’s capitol in 2005.  Washington is 7-2 in interleague action this year, while posting a 6-2 mark at home with a money line of -100 to -125.

Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (8-2, 2.35 ERA) has led the club to six wins in his last seven outings, picking up a 4-2 road victory over the Boston Red Sox in his last effort, allowing two runs and three hits over 6.1 innings.  The left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five home outings, as opposing hitters are batting just .164 against him.  IN five career starts versus the Yankees, Gonzalez has compiled a 1-4 record and 7.27 ERA, issuing 20 free passes in just 26 innings.

Bettors will likely play the total in this contest, with the “under” going 5-1 in the Yankees last six interleague road games, while the Nationals have fallen short of the number in seven of Gonzalez’s last nine starts as a favorite.

Pick:  Under 7.5

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