Nationals vs. Twins Prediction
The Washington Nationals were shut out last night in their interleague series opener at the Minnesota Twins. Can Washington rebound with a win as the favorites tonight?
977 Washington Nationals at 978 Minnesota Twins
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Target Field at 7:40PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nationals are a -139 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Twins are a +129 underdog, while the total is set at 10 runs. As of Wednesday morning, 79 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Washington. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Nats shut out in series opener
Washington was held to two hits Tuesday night in a 5-0 defeat at Minnesota to drop to 79-64 overall and 38-35 on the road. Howie Kendrick paced the Nationals offense as he went 1-for-3, while Trea Turner was 1-for-4. Anthony Rendon ended the contest 0-for-2 plus a walk. Anibal Sanchez suffered the loss on the mound as he gave up two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound tonight as he enters with a 16-6 record, 3.50 ERA and 1.05 WHIP plus 222 strikeouts across 185 innings.
Berrios tosses gem
Jose Berrios threw seven shutout innings Tuesday night at home to guide host Minnesota to a 5-0 victory over Washington. Berrios allowed two hits with four strikeouts and one walk over his seven scoreless frames. Mitch Garver helped lead the Twins offense as he finished 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. Jorge Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Luis Arraez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Martin Perez gets the start tonight as he enters with a 10-6 record, 4.75 ERA and 1.46 WHIP plus 121 strikeouts over 147 1/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games. Washington is 1-5 in its last six games overall.
The Twins are 12-4 in their last 16 games overall. Minnesota is 4-1 in the last five Perez starts.
This is a starting pitching mismatch and the only saving grace for the Twins is that they are at home. With Washington focused on getting an NL Wild Card bid, winning games like this as a favorite is important. Look for the Nats offense to wake up considerably and provide Strasburg with needed help on the way to a road win.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON NATIONALS -139