The Nationals drag a 16-45 record into Yankee Stadium tonight. They are 3-15 since May 25 and over the course of the season have blown 15 of 24 save opportunities. Their starters are bad and their relievers are worse. The Nats have a 5.34 ERA, the highest in baseball.
Washington has lost nine straight on the road and is 6-23 away from Nationals Park.
GM Jim Bowden resigned on March 1 amid reports that he may have skimmed money from bonus payments made to Latin American prospects. Now manager Manny Acta is said to be day-to-day and there is already speculation that Bobby Valentine will come in next year. Don’t worry about Acta, he’ll be managing the Mets before too long.
It’s tough to say the Yankees need to sweep. The Nats do figure to show up, after all. But winning two out of three won’t be satisfactory against this team.