Today, Sam Deduno faces Blake Beavan in a matchup where the rest of the country goes “Who the hell are those guys?”
Beavan is a prototypical Twins pitcher – in fact, he might be more of a Twin that most current Twins are – he doesn’t strike out many, but his walk rate is outstanding (1.14 per 9 innings). He does give up his fair share of homers, with 17 so far in 102 innings. He’s a thoroughly beatable righty, so I assume this is the game the Twins were planning on winning from this series all along.
Meanwhile, my interest has waned a bit, with Chelsea’s season starting today and (fantasy) football starting soon. But they’re the only Twins I have, so I’ll be around for what’s become the rare game that doesn’t happen when I’m scheduled to work. And hey, after that, I can watch the all-important Red Sox-Yankees game tonight because it’s the only game on at the time!!!
The Twins may not be interesting right now, but the playoffs always are. With one quarter of the season left, here’s what you’ve got if it ended today:
(1) Yankees vs. (4) Rays or (5) A’s
(2) Rangers vs. (3) White Sox
(1) Nationals vs. (4) Braves or (5) Pirates
(2) Reds vs. (3) Giants
There are a lot of close races, and this still looks like a lot of fun (Yankees excepted).
Go Twins…give me a game worth seeing, at least.