In their current series the Washington Nationals are manhandling a Giants team that is just two years removed from winning the World Series. The similarities in the makeup of the two teams are spitting, with a rotation shouldering the load of an unproductive offense by the sensational play of their top three starters.
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)