The MLB is littered with fifteen games on the board for September 12. One of the top matchups set to go down will be between the Washington Nationals and the Minnesota Twins. Both teams currently hold playoff spots late in the season and will look to hold onto them with a big win on Thursday night. This game will start at around 7:40 PM Eastern time.
Washington has posted a record of 80-64 to this point in the season, which has them in second place of the NL East. The Nationals are nine games back from the Atlanta Braves, who are leading the division, but Washington is in the top wild card spot with a three and a half game lead. The Nationals have lost five of their last seven games but will look to win their second in a row on Thursday night.
The Twins have earned the top spot in the AL Central with a record of 89-56 through this season. Minnesota has a four-game lead on the Cleveland Indians in this final stretch of the season. The Twins have been able to win twelve of their last seventeen games and will look to keep the hot stretch going with a win to finish out this home series before they head to Cleveland.
Both the Nationals and the Twins have earned strong records to this point in the season, which has put them in playoff positions. Neither team has locked up a spot, so they will both need to keep up the strong play as the season draws to a close. I expect a strong finish to this three-game series as both teams look to take the series.
The first game of this series was on September 10. Both starting pitchers came out strong as the game was tied 0-0 after six innings. Mitch Garver hit a two run homer in the bottom of the seventh to open the door for the Twins. Jorge Polanco and Ehire Adrianza both had RBI’s in the eighth inning to help seal it. Jose Berrios got the win as he allowed only two hits through seven innings in route to a 5-0 win for Minnesota.
The second game of the series was another good one. Juan Soto and Ryan Zimmerman both had RBI singles in the first inning to get it started for the Nationals. Zimmerman then hit a two run homer in the third inning to make it 5-0. Jorge Polanco bounced back with a two run home run for the Twins, but it would not be enough. Stephen Strasburg got the win as he pitched six innings and only allowed two runs on four hits for a 6-2 Nationals win.
These two teams split the first two games of the series. Both teams will look to earn a series win with a victory on Thursday night. The first two games of this series were good ones and I expect another solid matchup on September 12. Strong pitching has been a big factor in the first two games, and it could be the same way on Thursday night.
Anthony Rendon has had a strong season for the Nationals so far. He has put up 164 hits, 32 home runs and 114 RBI’s. Juan Soto has put up 144 hits, 33 homers and 101 RBI’s. Adam Eaton has 141 hits and 13 home runs, while Trea Turner has earned 133 hits and 13 homers. Victor Robles has 121 hits and 17 home runs, while Howie Kendrick, Brian Dozier, Kurt Suzuki, and Matt Adams all have double-digit home runs.
Jorge Polanco has posted 171 hits, 20 home runs and 72 RBI’s. Eddie Rosario has 137 hits, 28 homers and 94 RBI’s. Max Kepler has put up 130 hits, 36 homers and 92 RBI’s. Nelson Cruz has put up 121 hits, 35 home runs and 92 RBI’s. C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Sano, and Mitch Garver all have over 20 home runs this season.
These two teams have a lot of solid hitters. The Twins have been racking in the homers in their lineup so far this season and it could give them the edge on Thursday night. Washington has a strong lineup as well, but they may need some deep shots if they want to keep up with Minnesota on Thursday night. The pitchers have been doing well on keep the scoring low so far this series and they will look to keep that trend up.
Patrick Corbin will get the start for Washington on Thursday night. Corbin has put up a record of 11-7 through 29 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 3.16 and a WHIP of 1.141. Corbin’s last start came against the Atlanta Braves, where he allowed three hits and two runs through five innings in route to his seventh loss of the season.
Kyle Gibson will be the starting pitcher for the Twins on Thursday night. Gibson has gone 13-6 through 28 games this season. He has a 4.58 ERA and a WHIP of 1.353 in those starts. Gibson’s last start came against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed ten hits and four runs through five innings, but was still able to get the win.
Both of these pitchers have had solid seasons. Gibson has put up a better record in his games played this season, but Corbin has the better ERA and WHIP numbers. Gibson had a poor start in his last start, but was still able to win. I believe he will come out stronger in this start as he tries to win this series for the Twins.
These two teams split the first two games of this series, but I like Minnesota’s chances to pull off the win in the final game of the series. The Twins have a stronger hitting lineup and I like Gibson’s chances to put up a good night. Washington pulled off an impressive win last night, but I do not like their chances to steal back to back games on the road.
BetOnline has the Nationals listed as a -115 against the money line. This implies that Washington will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this is because Corbin has the better stats, but I still think that Minnesota should be favored. This gives a lot of value to the Twins, which makes them my pick of the night.