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?
Let’s take a behind-the-numbers look at the 2011 season’s dramatic penultimate contest.
Bill Rohland and Scott Jackson Heat V Celtics, Lakers Ceremony, World Series (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)