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Defending champion Nationals to host Yankees on Opening Day

by Mike Spector | Nationals Correspondent |
Sun, Jun 28th 9:00am EDT

According to sources confirmed to ESPN, the Washington Nationals will begin defense of their World Series crown by taking on the New York Yankees on Opening Day. Though the official 60-game schedule has not been finalized, word of the Nationals-Yankees matchup had been revealed. (ESPN)

Betting Impact:

The line on an opening day matchup between the Yankees and Nationals should be a very interesting one. The Yankees certainly have a case to be the favorite as they will trot out $324 million ace Gerrit Cole. Cole will enter this game looking to continue an amazing regular season streak. At the end of his stint with the Astros, Cole went 16-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his final 22 starts. We will wait to see if the Nationals will go with Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg, both of whom were brilliant last season. If the Nationals hope to defend their World Series crown, they cannot afford a slow start like last year. Their 19-31 start was the worst 50-game stretch of any playoff team over the last three years.

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