Game 55: The Third Place Twins vs. The Where you Expect Them To Be Royals

Lake Deduderino (1-1, 5.11 ERA) vs. Mendoza (1-2, 4.63 ERA)

Hey, its Tuesday!

I just found out Deduno's middle name is Lake, which should make him a great fit for Minnesota because of lakes. Anyway, while I can't read his mind, I expect he'd like to build off of a pretty good start last week against Milwaukee in which he threw the most innings in a game a starter has thrown for the Twins since, I think and without looking this up, Johan Santana was with the team. Granted, it came against what is a very, very bad Brewers team, but on the bright side, this start is coming against a very bad Royals team. Plus, per Pos's recent column on the subject, they hate walks, which is good for Deduno.

More importantly, today marks the return of Clete Thomas. I know the anticipation was thick, and now all that waiting should finally pay off. Probably in the form of many, many strikeouts, though.

Hopefully, the power can continue and the Twins can do what they ought to be able to do against the lowly Royals.

79 thoughts on “Game 55: The Third Place Twins vs. The Where you Expect Them To Be Royals”

      1. Ah, but of course! Let's see, who's in the lineup today. I predict... that... the Twins player... to jack an important donger... willll beeee... JUSTIN MORNEAU???

  1. I don't know exactly why, but Deduno might be my favorite player on the team. I really hope he's able to stick in the majors.

  2. Is it just me, or does Luis Mendoza (in his mug shot) look just a wee bit like Jimmy Page?

  3. Apparently, Dick Bremer's offensive goal for Florimon is simply that he not be absolutely worthless.

  4. Is it too early to mention the No Hitter? Or do I have to wait until the Twins' next ups?

  5. FSN lists five one-team players: Ernie Banks, George Brett, Kent Hrbek, Cal Ripken, and Robin Yount. One of these is not like the other.

    1. Hrbek had 30.1 rWAR through his age-29 season. The others each had over 50. So, umm, yea.

      1. Nice. But why would you not put Kirby in there? That would be five Hall of Famers all playing for one team. Hrbek wasn't even the best one-team player on his own team during his own era.

  6. Josh Willingham now has been hit by a pitch 97 times. that is tied for 83rd all time and 15th amongst active players. 8th time this year, but he is 9 (!!!) behind the MLB leader Shin-Soo Choo

  7. Looking at Hochevar's numbers, I'd say the reason it hasn't come together for him is that he really just isn't very good.

    1. looks like this year.

      Bruce Chen is so old, he was teammates with Dennis Martinez.

  8. I don't get why you let the starter pitch to the first guy of the inning and pull him after the first mistake.

  9. IIRC, that Justin homer off Chen was a walk-off in the 12th or 13th inning when he was an Oriole.

  10. Ho-hum. Six shutout innings from Deduno. Another Twins win. We're still on track for 133-29!

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