Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick

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The Washington Nationals are preparing to square off against the Minnesota Twins in a Wednesday night game. This interleague matchup will get underway at 7:40 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports North to catch the game.

Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins Odds

Washington (-135) is entering this game as the favorite over Minnesota (+125) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this one at 10 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at +110 for the Nationals -1.5 runs and -130 for the Twins +1.5.

The Twins are 89-55 straight up (SU) and 80-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 18.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.7 units ATS. The Nationals are 79-64 SU and have gone 79-63 ATS. Overall, the club has lost 1.8 units for moneyline bettors, but have gained 12.1 units ATS.

Minnesota games have an over/under record of 73-65-5 in 2019. The Nationals have an over/under record of 68-67-7.

Stephen Strasburg is getting the start for the visiting Nationals. The right-handed Strasburg (16-6, 3.50 ERA) has racked up 222 strikeouts in 184 innings so far. He has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Twins will turn to lefty Martin Perez (10-6, 4.75 ERA), who has 121 strikeouts and 61 walks, along with a 1.46 WHIP. Perez did not re a start against the Nationals in 2018.

As a unit, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.10, a WHIP of 1.27 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 4.19 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

Minnesota’s offense is putting up 5.8 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .182/.293/.321 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Shortstop Jorge Polanco and left fielder Eddie Rosario have led the Twins’ batters this year. Polanco is hitting .298/.361/.485 with 20 home runs, 72 RBIs and 93 runs scored, and Rosario’s line is .276/.299/.491 with 28 homers, 94 RBIs and 81 runs.

For the visiting squad, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.58 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.65 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.83, along with a K/9 of 9.05.

Nationals hitters have slashed .263/.341/.454 on their way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Third baseman Anthony Rendon and left fielder Juan Soto continue to lead Washington’s offense. Rendon is hitting .335/.417/.628 with 32 home runs, 114 RBIs and 108 runs scored. Soto (.295/.404/.576) has produced 33 homers, 101 RBIs, 98 runs and 12 stolen bases.

Nationals at Twins MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Washington has tallied 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Minnesota has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Nationals have a team OPS of .795 this season and an OPS of .817 against left-handed pitchers. The Twins’ OPS stands at .836 overall and .875 against southpaws.
  • Minnesota has recorded 20.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 14.8 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 14 over their last 10.