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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Capacity: 42,035

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Last Injuries

Minnesota Twins

  • Jaylin Davis

    Wrist
    Out indefinitely | out

    Davis is sidelined due to a left wrist contusion, and there is no definitive timetable for return.

  • Ehire Adrianza

    Oblique
    Late Sept | out

    Adrianza is dealing with a right oblique strain. He is expected to return in late September.

  • Max Kepler

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

  • Sam Dyson

    Bicep
    Out 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.

  • Max Kepler

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Kepler is not expected to play Tuesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Marwin Gonzalez

    Abdominal
    Prob Mon | probable

    Gonzalez is sidelined due to a right abdominal strain, but he is likely to return to action Monday against the White Sox.

  • Michael Pineda

    Suspension
    out 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.

  • Byron Buxton

    Shoulder
    out 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.

Washington Nationals

  • Joe Ross

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | out

    Ross is out of commission with discomfort in his right forearm. It is unknown if he will make his next appearance.

  • Kurt Suzuki

    Elbow
    Late Sept | out

    Suzuki is sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow, but he is expected to return before the latter part of September.

  • Matt Adams

    Shoulder
    Late 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.

  • Koda Glover

    Forearm
    Late 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.

  • Spencer Kieboom

    Elbow
    out 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.

  • Adrian Sanchez

    Virus
    Ques 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.

  • Adam Eaton

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Eaton missed the last game with a knee injury, and his status for Saturday's matchup against the Braves is unknown.

minnesota-twins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Luis Arraez 86 76 298 51 103 19 1 3 24 133 2 28 2 .346 .446 .412
Jorge Polanco 146 143 605 101 181 38 6 22 78 297 4 113 3 .299 .491 .360
Nelson Cruz 113 107 428 74 128 23 0 39 102 268 0 127 1 .299 .626 .384
Mitch Garver 88 72 297 67 83 14 1 31 67 192 0 81 0 .279 .646 .370
Eddie Rosario 130 125 534 88 149 24 1 31 101 268 3 84 1 .279 .502 .302
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Trevor May 61 0 181 73 3 41 8 1 24 0 0 6 25 1100
Ryne Harper 60 0 160 48 1 52 7 0 24 0 0 3 10 852
Taylor Rogers 57 0 200 88 6 55 7 2 17 0 0 0 10 1026
Tyler Duffey 54 0 161 74 3 41 7 1 21 0 0 0 14 922
Blake Parker 37 0 109 34 2 34 7 0 18 0 0 1 16 632
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jason Castro 74 68 0 28 7 1 0 7
Mitch Garver 88 72 2 24 6 6 0 7
Willians Astudillo 52 42 0 11 3 3 1 0
Byron Buxton 87 78 0 0 0 2 5 0
C.J. Cron 120 109 0 0 0 8 0 0

washington-nationals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Andrew Stevenson 26 3 25 4 9 1 1 0 0 12 0 9 0 .360 .480 .484
Howie Kendrick 113 65 312 56 107 23 1 16 61 180 2 46 1 .343 .577 .393
Kyle McGowin 7 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Anthony Rendon 137 137 518 113 171 43 3 34 119 322 3 80 1 .330 .622 .414
Trea Turner 112 112 476 84 139 32 5 14 48 223 33 102 5 .292 .468 .352
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Wander Suero 72 0 201 76 3 61 5 3 34 0 0 6 23 1131
Sean Doolittle 60 0 171 63 2 61 10 2 26 0 0 3 15 1022
Matt Grace 51 1 140 35 2 61 11 0 34 0 0 1 10 704
Tanner Rainey 46 0 130 64 4 31 6 2 22 0 0 3 37 822
Tony Sipp 36 0 63 18 1 19 1 0 12 0 0 0 9 363
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kurt Suzuki 81 68 1 45 5 3 0 6
Pedro Severino 94 82 1 41 12 8 0 12
Yan Gomes 89 82 0 38 18 4 0 7
Adam Eaton 141 133 0 0 0 5 2 0
Adrian Sanchez 27 1 0 0 0 1 0 0