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Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (5-12) at Washington Nationals (13-4)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

E Santana (0-1) (3.15) vs. S Strasburg (3-0) (1.25)

The Line: Washington Nationals -200 / Minnesota Twins +190 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, MASN

The Minnesota Twins face the Washington Nationals in an interleague bout on Sunday. 

The Minnesota Twins poor start doesn’t have an end in sight right now and the danger is the bad times continue and the team is forced to play catch up with the rest of the American League Central. The Twins never found their offense in a 2-0 defeat at Washington on Saturday and that squandered a great effort on the mound from Phillip Hughes. Hughes gave up a pair of first inning runs and allowed six hits and a pair of walks over seven frames overall. The Twins offense was held to two hits and four walks with Joe Mauer and Max Kepler recording hits. Ervin Santana makes start number five for the Twins when he opposes Washington for the first time since 2014. Santana did not receive a decision in a 6-5 loss to Milwaukee with two runs plated on five hits and a trio of BB over five frames. 

Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look as if they will be a handful in the National League East but we’ll see how this team stands in a few months. The Nationals made a few early runs hold up behind an outstanding effort on the mound Saturday. Nats starter Tanner Roark allowed two hits and three base on balls through seven scoreless innings to pick up the win while three relievers gave up a walk over the final two frames. The Nationals totaled seven hits and walked twice with Ryan Zimmerman smacking a two run single in the first that scored Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper. Stephen Strasburg toes the rubber for Washington shooting for his 4th win against a Minnesota squad he has never seen. Strasburg dominated Miami last time out with a three hit shutout over eight innings while whiffing ten in a 3-0 victory.

The over is 8-1-2 in the Twins last 11 interleague games and Minnesota  are 1-8 in their last 9 road games while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games. Washington are 1-7 in their last 8 interleague home games and are 10-3 in their last 13 overall while going  10-3 in their last 13 games on grass. I don’t see any reason not to back the Nationals except for the huge juice…

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