The Nationals are rolling right now, having won 8 of their last 10 games and going 5-2 on their western division swing. Winning so many games on the road is a sign of how strong your team can be when everything is going right. There is no other way to put it than to say that Bryce Harper is on fire right now and this translates well into the team's success. With everything going so well for the Nationals right now, they welcome the historic Yankees into D.C. for a brief 2 game set. The Nationals will take on Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees will match against Gio Gonzalez.
Nathan Eovaldi spent his last 2 and a half seasons with the Marlins, where the Nationals saw him a decent number of times. Now, he is with the Yankees and he is having himself a pretty typical season. Most of his current numbers are in line with his career figures and he's given his team a decent chance to win when he's taken the mound for the Yankees. Eovaldi is somewhat hit or miss when he takes the hill, sometimes staying deep into the game, but usually only going about 5-ish innings. Since he was with the Marlins for so long he saw the Nationals a lot so there is a decent sample of how the team has done against Eovaldi.
Eovaldi vs. Current Nationals
Gio's ERA is a bit high due to a hiccup in his most recent game, but he's been mostly pretty good overall. The important thing to note is that Gio's FIP is pretty low at 2.75 and his K/9 is well within his career norms. Gio's hits per nine innings are still somewhat elevated, but he could still get that one back on track at any moment. Gio spent the beginning of his career in the AL, so he's seen the Yankees then as well as in inter-league matchups. Sadly, those numbers do not favor Gio very much.
Gio vs. Current Yankees