Washington Nationals vs Minnesota Twins Picks and Predictions May 21st 2024

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Washington Nationals
ML: 150
Minnesota Twins
ML: -185

Nationals Try to Build Winning Streak vs. Twins

The Washington Nationals are on a mission to keep their offensive momentum rolling as they take on the Minnesota Twins in the second game of their series on Tuesday. After a rough patch, the Nationals bounced back with a decisive win on Monday night. This article dives into the recent performances, standout players, and what to expect in the upcoming game.

Nationals’ Recent Performance

After a rough stretch where runs were hard to come by, the Nationals’ offense exploded on Monday night. They put up 12 runs against the Twins, a major turnaround after only scoring five runs over their previous four losses. Key to this resurgence was their efficiency with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-8 and matching their season-high with 14 hits.

Player Highlights:

  • Eddie Rosario: Rosario, who had been struggling, felt the boost from the team’s performance. He chipped in with two hits and three RBIs, hinting at a potential upswing in his form.
  • Luis Garcia and Jesse Winker: Both had two hits each and knocked early home runs, setting a strong tone for the game.

Pitching Matchup: Patrick Corbin vs. Joe Ryan

  • Patrick Corbin: The Nationals’ lefty, Patrick Corbin, is slated to start on Tuesday. Corbin has been on an upswing lately, allowing three earned runs or less in his last three starts, and dropping his ERA from 6.82 to 5.59. In his last outing, he didn’t record a strikeout but managed nine ground-ball outs, showing effective control.
  • Joe Ryan: Pitching for the Twins will be right-hander Joe Ryan. Ryan’s recent performances have been a mixed bag. After a strong game against the Blue Jays, he struggled against the Yankees, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. This will be his first time facing the Nationals, adding some unpredictability to the mix.

Twins’ Struggles and Response

The Twins are currently in a slump, losing seven straight games and being outscored 45-12 in this stretch. This skid is their longest since April 2018. Despite this rough patch, they remain one game over .500, a testament to their earlier successes this season.

Key Players:

  • Carlos Correa: Correa tried to spark the offense with a home run in Monday’s loss.
  • Willi Castro: Castro showed some promise with two hits, despite the team’s overall struggles.

Managerial Insights and Team Meetings

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and the team are fully aware of their current predicament. Baldelli highlighted the streaky nature of baseball and stressed the need for a turnaround. Following their recent losses, both the manager and players have had meetings to address the issues and emphasize the need for improvement.


  • Rocco Baldelli: “This is next level stuff. We’re taking this to the next level. Sometimes that could be a good thing and right now, it’s not a very good thing.”
  • Carlos Correa: “We have to turn it around. It’s not fun to be in this spot. It’s not where we want to be, and we just have to be better and everybody knows it.”


As the Nationals aim to build on their recent success and the Twins strive to break their losing streak, the upcoming game promises to be a thrilling contest. Both teams have key players who could make a big impact, and the pitching matchup adds another layer of excitement. Fans will be watching closely to see if the Nationals can start a winning streak or if the Twins can snap their skid and get back on track.

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Washington Nationals
O 8.5
Minnesota Twins
U 8.5
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