Players to Watch in New York Yankees-Washington Nationals Matchup

With Major League Baseball set to begin regular season play towards the end of July, there’s word that the New York Yankees will take on the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals on opening day.

What’s better than seeing a 27-time champ battle a franchise that just captured its first world title last fall.

I’m ready for baseball to return with what’s expected to be this playoff-like feel on the diamond.

Let’s look at some of the must-see players on both the New York and D.C. roster.

Max Scherzer

Mad Max will most likely toe the rubber when Day 1 of the season comes around the corner.

Not only was Scherzer dominant last year, but he also showed toughness after getting a black eye by pitching shortly thereafter.

Max will need to be in excellent form if Washington wants to beat a New York Yankees team that is in search of their 28th World Series title.

The Yankees have one of the more dangerous offenses in the game and won’t make things easy for Scherzer.

Aaron Judge

Judge brings the gavel down aggressively when he’s at the dish and is known for his power swing each season.

The right fielder makes things a bit easier for other hitters in the NY lineup and he’ll need to show up this season, especially if Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t play as well.

No. 99 will need to show that he can stay healthy, but luckily for him, the shortened season means he doesn’t have to worry about gathering 100 or more RBIs.

Judge hasn’t produced that many ribbies since his first full campaign in 2017 (114).

The 28-year-old should be even more dangerous late in games versus Washington.

This is because they don’t have the best group of relievers in the game.

Gerrit Cole

I would expect the new member of the New York Yankees to be used in Game 1 vs. the Nats, however, it may not be very long.

Cole was brought to New York to be their new ace of the future and even though it was for a hefty price, the former Astro and Pirate is one of the more vicious arms in baseball.

I’m curious to see how Cole performs against a Nats’ lineup that beat him in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

However, Washington faltered against Cole in Game 5 as he allowed only one run in seven innings of nine-strikeout baseball.

Who wins the Cole-Nats matchup on opening day 2020?

Juan Soto

There’s no doubt that the 21-year-old outfielder can play great baseball and he’ll be a huge focal point of the D.C. lineup.

Last season, Soto hit 34 homers and drove in 110 runs.

The young slugger hit .333 in the World Series and also belted three dingers and posted seven ribbies.

The New York Yankees will have to careful with how they prepare for this guy.

But regardless I’m looking forward to the Soto-Cole battle.

Gary Sanchez

The 27-year-old catcher can smash the baseball and last season he played well with Judge and Stanton not in the lineup.

Sanchez posted 34 homers last year, which was a career-high and he was named to his first All-Star game since 2017.

Despite his fielding percentage dropping last year, Gary is getting better as a defensive catcher.

Last season, the backstop allowed only seven passed balls. In ’19 Sanchez gave up 18 passed balls.

I’m pumped up for the new MLB season and with the New York Yankees facing the Washington Nationals, that just makes adds more fireworks to the highlight reel.

Who wins this Yanks-Nats matchup on opening day? Leave a comment below.

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