2019 MLB – Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins taking place? Wednesday 11th September, 2019 – 00:40 (UK)

Where is Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins taking place? Target Field

What is the expected weather for Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins? Mostly sunny, 25c

What television channel is Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / MASN 2, FSNO in the US

Where can I stream Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / Fox Sports GO, MLB.tv in the US

Where can I get tickets for Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Washington Nationals 6 – 5 Minnesota Twins

THE TEAM NEWS

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

  • The Nationals lost three of four in a recent series against the Atlanta Braves the last time out and have gone 1-4 in their last five games. However, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games so they remain safe on the NL Wild Card zone for now.
  • Kurt Suzuki and Adrian Sanchez are both questionable, while Koda Glover, Joe Ross and Roenis Elias remain sidelined due to injury. One of the MVP candidates for the NL, Anthony Rendon, is the one to watch here for the Nationals. He has seven home runs and 18 RBI during a current 17-game on-base streak.
  • Anibal Sanchez will get the start for the Nationals here. The 35-year-old veteran, who is 6-6 with a 3.98 ERA in 23 games against the Twins in his career, owns an 8-7 mark and a 4.11 ERA with 118 strikeouts and a 1.35 WHIP this season across 140.0 innings pitched (26 starts).

MINNESOTA TWINS

  • The Twins dropped two out of three games in their most recent series against the Cleveland Indians this past weekend, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games. However, they are 6-4 in their last 10 games overall, so they remain alive on the race for a postseason berth.
  • Several Twins players are questionable for this game, including Sergio Romo, Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano. Byron Buxton, Sam Dyson and Marwin Gonzalez, however, will remain out until next week at the earliest. Cruz is certainly one player to watch, as he has the second highest OPS mark in the American League with 1.011 to go along with 35 home runs.
  • Jose Berrios will start the series opener for the Twins. The 25-year-old Puerto Rican is 11-8 with a 3.78 ERA, 169 strikeouts and a 1.25 WHIP across 174.0 innings pitched (28 starts). However, he allowed two home runs in his previous start and owns a lofty 6.64 ERA in his last seven outings.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams are deeply entrenched in a playoff race so it’s quite hard to predict which team is the best. But the Nationals seem to have a slight edge on the pitching department thanks to Berrios’ struggles. Despite Minnesota’s recent form, the Nats seem to be slight favourites ahead of this contest.

TSZ Latest