New York Yankees
The Yankees have made the playoffs 16 of the past 17 seasons and the Nationals have yet to finish .500 since arriving in 2005. But with the Nats now just 1/2 game behind LA for the best record in baseball, the litmus is this weekend when the Yankees (37-25), the standard for baseball excellence, come to town. And with Strasburg out of this series, could this be a true World Series preview?
Chien-Ming Wang had a setback in his pursuit of a starting job with the Nationals when he strained his left hamstring in New York’s 8-5 win over Washington on Thursday.
Joe Torre, a four-time World Series winning manager with the New York Yankees and the 1971 National League MVP, joined “The Mike Wise Show” on Wednesday and said Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is “something that comes along once in a generation.” Torre, a nine-time all-star with the Braves and Cardinals, managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008-2010, and compares Strasburg to a player he coached, 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
Bill Rohland Rangers v. Yankees, Redskins (Getty Images)