Washington Nationals: Showdown with Baby Bombers in the Bronx

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Giancarlo Stanton #27 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees warm up before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Giancarlo Stanton #27 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees warm up before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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It’s inter-league time, as the Washington Nationals go to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees. Ricky Keeler is back again to help us preview the matchup.

The Washington Nationals continue to plod along towards the top of the National League East. Now they have to face the team with the best record in baseball in the New York Yankees. Ricky Keeler joins Blake on this edition of the DoDCast, where they hope to preview a full game this time.

On this episode they talk about:

  • The Nationals’ inconsistent offense so far in 2018
  • Is a trade for J.T. Realmuto realistic for the Nats?
  • Daniel Murphy‘s potential return this week
  • Players to watch out for on the Yankees
  • Preview each matchup in the series individually
  • Answer your listener questions

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The Yankees are currently top of the American League East with a 42-19 record this season. They have the second most runs in baseball right now, but there are some young heroes stepping up.

Gleyber Torres has been a budding star ever since his promotion to the big leagues this year. He’s hitting .297 with 11 homers and 29 RBI in just 42 games with the Yankees. But lately, there’s been another “Baby Bomber” stealing the show lately.

Miguel Andujar, a rookie third baseman, has been destroying baseballs. In the last 15 days he’s hitting .366 with 3 long balls and a sparkling 1.179 OPS, finally solidifying the hot corner in the Bronx.

Although it’s currently set as TBD, expect prospect Erick Fedde to take the hill for the Nationals on Wednesday. He impressed in his last start against the San Diego Padres, going 5.2 innings allowing three runs and striking out six. Although the Yanks are a totally different challenge, if he can deliver a strong outing, he’ll stick in the majors for a while longer.

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It’s certainly not going to be an easy series for the Washington Nationals, and they’ll certainly hope for at least a split. Although they avoid the New York Yankees best pitchers, they’ll need to tame their deadly offense to have any shot.

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