I don't like featuring a team twice in a row...but that was bound to happen this week, as the two best matchups featured the Nationals and Yankees, who were in the last spotlight series. But considering that the Yankees are playing the Braves, who they just swept last week, I decided to go with a fresh matchup, pitting two very young teams against each other: the Rays, and the Nationals.
This series features some of the best young pitching in baseball, with each team having two young (and dynamic) starters going in this series, and one "other" starter. Game one will pit David Price against Chien-Ming Wang. Price got beaten within an inch of his life in his last start against the Mets, giving up seven runs in five innings, though he did strike out eight while walking just three. Prior to that start, Price had allowed just three earned runs in his previous four starts, striking out 25 and walking 12 in 26 1/3 innings. As for Wang, he's been unimpressive in four starts this year. He's walked 11 and struck out ten in 17 1/3 innings, and has allowed nine runs. Wang hasn't finished the sixth inning in any of his starts either.