2016 Game #6: Minnesota at Kansas City

First pitch – 1:15 PM

BREAKING: The Minnesota Twins equipment manager is offering apologies after shipping mostly ass bats with the team for their season-opening road trip. According to the front office, there was a mix up in the packing process and the ass bats were affixed with the wrong shipping labels. Replacements are being requisitioned as quickly as possible. The Twins front office responded to the incident by transferring the equipment manager to the training staff. People can check out Get a premium US address from us for the best shipping service. 

Because Ervin Santana pitched but two innings in the rain-delayed season opener and the Twins’ skipper was afforded the chance to use him again on Friday, we’re not seeing our first look at our last starter, Ricky Nolasco, until the 6th game of the new campaign. Now, I’m inclined to think that the less we see of Nolasco the better, but we are paying a premium for the privilege of not watching him pitch while he recovers from the injuries that have made him such a disappointment since the Twins acquired him. My hope for Nolasco is that he can redeem himself and have a solid year anchoring the rotation. Alas, the tempest that spawns when one’s expectations are not aligned with one’s hopes.

Squaring off on the mound against Nolasco today is Edinson Volquez in his second start of the season. In his Opening Day effort against the Mets in Willits Point, Volquez gave up just two hits over six frames while striking out five and walking three. He’s coming off a 2015 season of 13 wins and nine losses with 200.1 innings pitched and a 3.55 ERA.

On the other side of the ball, the Twins offensive outcomes to date have ranged from feeble to frustrating. A team that strikes out this much – 58 times in just 5 games – should be playing in a beer league or on a sandlot. Meager bright spots in an otherwise dull offense include Eduardo Escobar sporting a 1.104 OPS powered by four doubles, Joe Mauer with his .880 OPS, and Byung Ho Park compiling an .837 OPS while hitting at just a .231 clip.

We’re burning daylight. Play ball!

64 thoughts on “2016 Game #6: Minnesota at Kansas City”

  1. On the KC feed the color guy just said that he talked to bert about Park's approach at the plate, and bert told him that he thinks Park is a guess hitter. ugh.

  2. The Twins have regressed from not getting hits with RISP, to not getting hits with runners on first base.

  3. I just love that the Twins were able to develop the most strikeout prone lineup imaginable but haven't developed strikeout pitchers.

    1. Looks like Killebrew was below average, not cover-your-eyes bad. So it's going to depend on how well Sano adjusts. I'm thinking he's going to be more like Cuddyer: poor range but good arm.

  4. Sano has had numerous bad calls against him so far this year. He probably shouldn't have gotten himself thrown out, but I can't totally blame him for it, either.

            1. I'm on radio today, so I can't give an opinion, but when I've watched other games, there have been some terrible called strikes against Sano. I think he probably just decided he'd had enough and had to do something to defend himself. Dazzle indicated that you don't want to get a reputation as a complainer, but I suspect his thought was "How much worse can it get?"

  5. You never know whether front office people are telling the truth, but I'm not comfortable with Terry Ryan just shrugging off Perkins' drop in velocity by saying, "Well, he's still getting outs." I get that getting outs is the main point, but a drop in velocity doesn't happen for no reason.

  6. Some dark part of me right now wants the Twins to start the season 0-30 and maybe some organizational changes will be made.

  7. 36 teams in major league history have started 0-6. If they do lose, I'll look up how many were in the modern era tonight.

    1. Oops, I can't count. 86 teams have started 0-6. Prorating dw's guess to 86 puts the minimum at 47.8. Actual answer is 46 teams in the modern era have started 0-6. They have a combined record of 2989-4225 for a winning percentage of .414. That puts the Twins at an estimated 67 wins.

  8. The Twins are running out of ways to lose. That means they have to win tomorrow, right? We'll just have to settle for 156-6!

  9. My brother (I guess I don't have a dairy nickname for him) and I saw the end of this at the bar. We both had the same thought: let's just play another game immediately to try to get off the schneid.

    Also, help me give my brother a dairy nickname. He's single, successful, divorced and quiet in public but loud among friends.

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