Washington Nationals vs Minnesota Twins Picks and Predictions May 22nd 2024

Washington Nationals vs Minnesota Twins MLB Wed, May 22, 13:05 pm.
Washington Nationals
ML: 110
Minnesota Twins
ML: -130

With Slump Over, Twins Look to Take Series from Nationals

The Minnesota Twins are on the brink of a series win against the Washington Nationals after snapping a seven-game losing streak. Following a rough series opener, the Twins came back strong in the second game, setting the stage for an exciting series finale.

Twins Break Their Slump

The Twins had been struggling, enduring their longest losing streak since April 2018. But they turned things around with an impressive 10-0 win against the Nationals on Tuesday. This victory not only ended their slump but also showed their potential to dominate on the field.

Game Highlights

Series Opener: Nationals Dominate
  • Score: Nationals 12, Twins 3
  • The Nationals’ offense was on fire, securing an easy win.
Second Game: Twins Strike Back
  • Score: Twins 10, Nationals 0
  • The Twins’ bats came alive, with Byron Buxton hitting two home runs and contributions from Jose Miranda and Willi Castro. Christian Vazquez also broke an 0-for-27 slump with a crucial hit.

Pitching Matchup for the Finale

Simeon Woods Richardson (Twins)
  • Record: 1-0
  • ERA: 2.97
  • Woods Richardson has been consistent, allowing two earned runs or fewer in five of his six starts. Despite a rough outing against the Blue Jays, he bounced back with a solid performance against the Cleveland Guardians.
Jake Irvin (Nationals)
  • Record: 2-4
  • ERA: 3.91
  • Irvin’s season has been a roller coaster. After a strong showing against the Boston Red Sox, he struggled against the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up four runs in five innings. His ability to adjust mid-game, however, shows his potential resilience.

Player Insights and Quotes

Jacob Young (Nationals)

“It’s baseball. Some days you’re squaring balls up and some days you’re not. Sometimes you run into a buzzsaw with a guy throwing a good game.”

Jake Irvin (Nationals)

“Made some really bad pitches, and that’s the ones that those guys ended up making me pay for a little bit. After that, settled in, kind of realized the attack plan from the other side and made the adjustment, but it was a little too late.”

Byron Buxton (Twins)

Buxton’s opposite-field homer in the second inning set the tone for the Twins’ offensive explosion.

Key Performances

Byron Buxton

Two home runs, sparking the Twins’ offense.

Jose Miranda and Willi Castro

Each contributed a home run, adding to the Twins’ decisive win.

Christian Vazquez

Snapped an 0-for-27 skid, indicating a potential return to form.

Manager Insights

Rocco Baldelli (Twins)

“We let pitches go that were competitive, but not pitches we want to swing at and offer at, and then we hammered the ones you want. It’s not always going to be clean like that, but when it is, it feels good.”

Injury Updates

Lane Thomas (Nationals)

Out since April 23 with an MCL sprain, Thomas began his rehab assignment and showed promising signs, including a stolen base and an outfield assist.


As the Minnesota Twins gear up for the series finale against the Washington Nationals, they aim to build on their recent success. With a rejuvenated lineup and strong performances from key players, the Twins have a bright outlook. The Nationals, however, shouldn’t be underestimated, especially with players like Jacob Young showing resilience. The finale promises to be a thrilling matchup as both teams strive for victory.

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Washington Nationals
O 9.5
Minnesota Twins
U 9.5
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