Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Nationals vs. Yankees (8/23/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Nationals vs. Yankees (8/23/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 23, 2023
Photo by: Frank Franklin II - AP Photo

The Washington Nationals have been struggling this season as they are last in the NL East with a 58-68 record thus far. Young southpaw MacKenzie Gore takes the mound here and is coming off a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox where he pitched 6.1 shutout innings and gave up one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts. 

The New York Yankees have been struggling throughout the season as they are last in the AL East with a 60-65 record. Right-hander Luis Severino will be toeing the slab here and is coming off a loss against the Atlanta Braves where he threw four innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits with a hit by pitch, two walks and five strikeouts. 

Match Details

Fixture: Washington Nationals vs. New York Yankees

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 23, 7:05 p.m. EDT

Venue Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY

Nationals vs. Yankees Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
Washington Nationals+1.5 (-175)+120Over 8.5 (-120)
New York Yankees-1.5 (-145)-142Under 8.5 (+100)

Odds Subject to Change**

Nationals vs. Yankees Key Stats

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals have been one of the more average teams offensively as they are 19th in MLB while scoring 4.4 runs per game and a .722 team OPS. They have been decent on the road up to this point as they have a .252/.316/.397 team slash line while averaging 4.51 runs in 61 road games. Catcher Keibert Ruiz has been doing an okay job at the plate as he has a .732 OPS with 15 homers, 51 RBIs, 41 runs scored and a steal on two attempts. 

MacKenzie Gore has been pitching decently well throughout the season as he is 6-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 123.1 innings of work. He may be put on an innings limit soon as he only threw 70 innings in 2022 as a member of the San Diego Padres and that is a massive increase in innings. Gore has struggled on the road this season as he is 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA and a .254 opposing batting average in 13 road games this year. 

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have been a struggling team at the plate as they are 22nd in the sport with a .703 team OPS while averaging 4.19 runs per game. They have been hitting the ball at a poor level as in 67 games played in Yankee Stadium and have just a .714 team OPS while scoring 4.07 runs per game thus far. Shortstop Anthony Volpe is finding his footing in the bigs as he has a .215/.293/.395 slash line with 17 home runs, 50 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 20 steals on 25 tries. 

Luis Severino has been absolutely brutal during his contract season as he is 2-8 with a 7.98 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in 15 games (14 starts).  Hitters have been getting great parts of the bat on the ball as they have a .329 opposing batting average. During his six home games this year, Severino is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Nationals vs. Yankees Prediction

Luis Severino has been one of the worst starting pitchers this season as he has a 10.41 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP in his last seven games (six starts). This Yankees team has lost nine straight games and I will believe they win when I see it happen. Sprinkle some money on the under as well but go with the Nationals to win this game. 

Betting Prediction: Washington Nationals ML (+120)