Washington Nationals versus Minnesota Twins (September 12)
The Washington Nationals look to solidify playoff positioning as they take on the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins. Patrick Corbin is scheduled to start on the mound for the Nationals and Kyle Gibson is set to get the ball for the Twins.
On the mound, Corbin has had a very solid season with an 11-7 record and 3.16 ERA. In 179 2/3 innings…
he’s struck out 210 and allowed a respectable 20 home runs.
Closer Sean Doolittle has saved 28 games, but has been inconsistent with an ERA of 4.07.
Frequently used Wander Suero has logged 68 2/3 innings in 70 appearances with an ERA of 4.19. As a team, the Nationals are giving up just under 4.5 runs per game.
For the Twins, Kyle Gibson 13-6 with a mediocre ERA of 4.58, striking out 146 and allowing 20 home runs in 149 1/3 innings.
Trevor May and Ryne Harper are the primary relievers trying to get the ball to closer Taylor Rogers.
May and Harper have a combined ERA of 3.28, while Rogers has saved 25 with an ERA of 2.45. Similar to the Nationals, the Twins are allowing around 4.5 runs per game.
Offensively, the Nationals have hit 208 home runs and are averaging 5.4 runs per game.
Juan Soto leads the team in home runs with 33 and Anthony Rendon has added 32 with 114 RBI.
Mike Adams provides another power threat with 20 long balls.
Howie Kendrick is batting .332 in a utility role and Trea Turner has 31 stolen bases and a .299 average.
The Twins are on another level offensively. Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver have a combined 101 home runs and have all surpassed the 30-home run barrier.
Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano have a legitimate shot to join them. As a team, Minnesota has smashed 277 home runs and average nearly six runs per game.
With the firepower of the offenses, the chances of seeing a game under the line appears slim.
Patrick Corbin must keep the ball in the yard to give the Nationals a legitimate shot at pulling off a road upset.
I don’t see either team reaching double digits in runs, but Ill take the over with the Twins prevailing by a 7-5 margin.