New York Yankees @ Washington Nationals
TBD (maybe J.A. Happ) vs. TBD (likely Patrick Corbin)
Sunday, July 26th, 1:05 pm
We don’t quite know who will start for the Yankees in game three due to Masahiro Tanaka’s injury and the question mark that surrounds his return, but I would imagine it will be J.A. Happ. At this moment in time, Happ is scheduled to start the Yankees’ fourth game of the season against the Phillies, but things can obviously change.
I think Aaron Boone will want to give Tanaka a bit more rest and because of it, he will miss one start, then get added back into the rotation on the second time around. With that, the Yankees will move Happ up a day, move Michael King up to start the opening game against the Phillies, and then add a bullpen game in at the end after King.
With that, Happ would take on the Nationals in game three against another pitcher who has yet to be determined, but I imagine that pitcher will be Patrick Corbin.
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If it does end up being Corbin vs. Happ, the Nationals would have a pretty sizeable advantage over the Yankees. J.A. Happ had a rough 2019 season as he went 12-8 with a 4.91 ERA while averaging a little over five innings per game in 30 starts.
Corbin on the other hand was a bit more impressive as he went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA and an average of a bit over six innings per game in 33 starts. With that, the Nationals would be a bit favored here, but the good news for the Yankees is that their lineup is a good bit better than the Nationals’, which could even out the difference between starting pitching.
Prediction: Nationals win 6-3
I think the Nationals pour on a couple runs early and force Aaron Boone’s hand, taking J.A. Happ out of the game before the fifth inning. With that, the Yankees will have their work cut out for them, but it will be too much to overcome.
In the end, the Yankees lose 6-3, putting them at 2-1 to start the 2020 Season as they head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies.