Twins 26-31 at Nationals 29-30
Kevin Correia vs. Gio Gonzalez
-Correia is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career appearances vs. Washington. He is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in his last three starts.
-Adam LaRoche is 7-for-23 with two homers five RBIs, four walks and five strikeouts vs. Correia in his career.
-Roger Bernadina is 2-for-6 with a homer and a double.
-Jayson Werth is 2-for-10.
-Ryan Zimmerman is 5-for-17.
-Ian Desmond is 0-for-7.
-Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 7.80 ERA in six career appearances vs. Minnesota. He has struck out 26 Twins in 30 innings of work. He is 3-3 with 3.64 ERA on the season. Gonzalez is 0-1with 2.70 ERA in his last three starts.
-Justin Morneau is 2-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs vs. Gonzalez on in his career.
-Joe Mauer is 4-for-14 with a homer.
Scott Diamond vs. Nathan Karns
-Diamond has never faced Washington before. He is 1-0 with 3.86 ERA in his last three starts.
-Catcher Kurt Suzuki is the only Nat to face Diamond before. He is 0-for-3 with a strike out.
-Karns is a rookie and he will be making just his third MLB start ever. He 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA, he has also struck out a batter per inning. He was 4-2 in nine starts at Double-A Harrisburg with a 4.60 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 45 innings.
Samuel Deduno vs. Jordan Zimmerman
-Deduno is finding his niche having given up just one earned run in last two starts combined. He has never faced Washington.
-Wisconsin native Zimmerman is on the most under appreciated players in all of baseball. He is 8-3 with 2.16 ERA on the season. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last three starts. He has 32 career wins in 92 starts with a 3.12 ERA. He too has never faced the Twins.
The Nationals are a team bursting with young talent. Years of losing left them with some high draft picks. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper (who both recently hit the DL) were back-to-back number one overall pick in 2009 and 2010. Jordan Zimmerman has been nifty surprise and former Twins Denard Span and Wilson Ramos add nice depth to a team that made the playoffs a season ago. Veterans like third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Jayson Werth help round out a solid batting order.
The Nationals bullpen features stopper Rafael Soriano (15 saves and a 2.74 ERA), set-up genius Tyler Clippard (10 holds and a 3.00 ERA) and flame throwers Drew Storen and Henry Rodriguez.