Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019
Ryan Zimmerman has made his presence felt since returning from a long absence due to a foot injury and looks to continue his power surge when the Washington Nationals visit the Minnesota Twins for the rubber match of a three-game interleague set Thursday. Zimmerman had three hits, including a two-run blast, and three RBIs as the Nationals evened the series with a 6-2 victory Wednesday to improve to 10-6 against the American League this year.
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Zimmerman is 7-for-24 with three homers and 10 RBIs in seven contests since returning from almost six weeks on the injured list, adding to a potent Washington offense that has been key to the club's march toward a comfortable position as the National League's top wild card. Left-hander Patrick Corbin will try to give the Nationals a series victory when he faces Minnesota for the first time Thursday and the Twins hand the ball to right-hander Kyle Gibson, who is 4-9 with a 5.47 ERA in interleague play. Minnesota saw its lead in the AL Central shrink to four games over Cleveland with the loss after going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position Wednesday as the team continues to be cautious with four injured regulars sitting out. C.J. Cron (thumb), Miguel Sano (back), Max Kepler (shoulder) and Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) all missed the middle game of the series while Jorge Polanco belted a two-run homer for the only runs.
TV: 7:40 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FS North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals LH Patrick Corbin (11-7, 3.16 ERA) vs. Twins RH Kyle Gibson (13-6, 4.58)
Corbin suffered his second loss in three outings last Friday at Atlanta when he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and six walks over five innings while fanning nine. The 30-year-old New York native boasts 210 strikeouts as opposed to 60 walks over 179 2/3 innings, but has been better at home (7-2, 2.00 ERA) than on the road (4-5, 4.45). Corbin lost both his decisions against AL teams this year and is 7-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 19 career games (17 starts) during interleague play.
Gibson returns to the rotation after missing almost two weeks due to ulcerative colitis and will be going after his third straight victory. The 31-year-old Indiana native has already matched his career high total of 13 wins in 2014 and owns an improved 146-to-45 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 149 1/3 innings. Yan Gomes is 13-for-30 with a pair of homers and five RBIs versus Gibson, who gave up seven runs over three innings in his only career meeting with the Nationals to take the loss.
1. Minnesota INF-OF Luis Arraez is 16-for-36 during a nine-game hitting streak after recording three hits Wednesday.
2. Washington 3B Anthony Rendon is hitless in the series, but walked Wednesday to extend his on-base streak to 26 games.
3. Twins C Mitch Garver, who was rested in the second game of the series, boasts four homers and seven RBIs in his last three contests.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.360 Andrew Stevenson #17 | LF
- HOMERUNS 34 Anthony Rendon #6 | 3B
- RUNS BATTED IN 119 Anthony Rendon #6 | 3B
- STOLEN BASES 33 Trea Turner #7 | SS
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 162 Austen Williams #53 | RP
- WINS 17 Stephen Strasburg #37 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 132 Victor Robles #16 | CF
- SAVES 28 Sean Doolittle #63 | RP
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- WristOut indefinitely | out
Davis is sidelined due to a left wrist contusion, and there is no definitive timetable for return.
- ObliqueLate Sept | out
Adrianza is dealing with a right oblique strain. He is expected to return in late September.
- ShoulderQues Fri | questionable
Kepler has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to a rhomboid muscle strain, and it is unknown if he will participate in Friday's contest against the Royals.
- BicepOut indefinitely | out
Dyson is out of commission with soreness in his right biceps. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Kepler is not expected to play Tuesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.
- AbdominalProb Mon | probable
Gonzalez is sidelined due to a right abdominal strain, but he is likely to return to action Monday against the White Sox.
- Suspensionout for season | out
Pineda is serving a 60-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
- Shoulderout for season | 60-day IL
Buxton is expected to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list after having surgery to fix the labrum in his left shoulder.
- ForearmOut indefinitely | out
Ross is out of commission with discomfort in his right forearm. It is unknown if he will make his next appearance.
- ElbowLate Sept | out
Suzuki is sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow, but he is expected to return before the latter part of September.
- ShoulderLate Sept | out
Adams is sidelined due to sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and is not expected to return until the latter part of September.
- ForearmLate Sept | 60-day IL
Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and will remain out of the lineup until at least the end of September.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Kieboom has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation and will miss the remainder of the season.
- VirusQues Sun | questionable
Sanchez has missed the previous two contests while dealing with a stomach virus. It is unclear if he will return to the lineup Sunday against the Braves.
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Eaton missed the last game with a knee injury, and his status for Saturday's matchup against the Braves is unknown.
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