In the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (13-4) and the Minnesota Twins (5-13) at Nationals Park, Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 1.25 ERA) and Tyler Duffey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) get the start. The Nationals won the last game 2-0, and Washington leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and will air on MASN and FSN.
In his last start, Strasburg pitched 8.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 7-0 victory over the Marlins. Bryce Harper (.311, 14 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Eduardo Nunez (.405, 6 Rs, 7 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds are Washington -200 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5. The Nationals don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.048 WHIP.
Against interleague opponents, the Twins are 11-4 SU.
So far this season, the Nationals are 2-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
Washington earned its third shutout of the season in its last game. Minnesota has been shut out three times this season.
The Nationals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 2-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Twins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 4-2. The Nationals have an 11-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Minnesota sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 57 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 13th with 73.
Washington and Minnesota both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Washington sits at 10th with 59 this season and Minnesota ranks seventh with 63.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 9-3. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 3-7 record.