DOUBLEHEADER ALERT! I figure one game log can serve both easily enough.
Game 1: German Marquez (1-2, 4.88 ERA, 3.37 FIP) vs. Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50 ERA, 4.19 FIP)
Game 2: Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 5.25 ERA, 5.31 FIP) vs. Jose Berrios (1-0, 1.17 ERA, 2.78 FIP)
The Twins definitely have the best combination of starters ready to go for today's day-night doubleheader with Santana and Berrios. Despite the crowded bullpen, not all of those guys are very good so having at least one of the starters go deep into their game will be a big help. The Twins also could really use some good starting pitching after getting a couple of craptacular starts in a row. I think we all knew pitching would be a weakness for this squad, and while maybe it isn't totally dire (Duffey, Breslow, Rodgers and Kintzler look to be mostly bright spots in the bullpen while the starters appear to be about 60% competent) we were pretty much correct as the Twins have accumulated -2.3 WAR from the pitchers so far this year, most of which can be attributed to the bullpen.
Fortunately, the new administration looks to be much more willing to make a change when it's needed. Under Terry Ryan 2.0, I would have expected another few starts being given to Gibson before a move was considered. It will be interesting to see what they do with Phil Hughes, who quite frankly looks like he's at the end of his career. He hasn't been good since his first year here and injuries look to have drained his velocity.
As for the games today, Santana rebounded incredibly well in his last outing coming off of his only bad start of the season to date. While I know he'll have bad games here and there the rest of the way, he looks locked in on the mound and gives the team that top of the rotation guy who can come in after a couple losses and give the team a good chance to keep moving forward.
Jose Berrios had a heck of a 2017 dayview that I wish had happened the first week of the season. But, can't change that. Hopefully he can build on that first outing and keep his confidence up on his way to mowing down some Rockies hitters. I haven't seen a ton of him over his young career, but he looks to be one of those guys that is a lot of fun to watch when he's rolling.
First game is at noon and the second is at 7.
34 thoughts on “Games 36 & 37: Rockies at Twins”
10s of people at this game.
Man, Nolan Arenado is good.
I had no idea the Rockies were this good at defense.
The Twins should not even swing the bat against Chatwood.
They definitely need to make him pay for these walks.
Jose unable to pitch to score once again.
This year, Jose Berrios has hit more batters (3) than hits allowed (2)
9k's through 5 innings.
And he's not pitching to the score!
Actually, given what the score was, you could say he was pitching to the score.
Black Jack would have given up a run
With 72 pitches.
Chad Qualls has a lot of stuff on the side of his hat
Seven innings, 10 K, no walks or runs, and two hits. Berrios has nothing to learn in MLB.
At least I was on point with one of two pitchers today.
They might want to keep this Berrios guy around for awhile.
Jose's 91 game score is second to Big Erv's 92 game score at the top of MLB this season
You sure about that? I have 87. 50 + 23 outs + 2 * 3 innings completed after the fourth + 11 strikeouts - 2 hits -1 BB.
50 + 23 + 6 +11 -2 -1 = 87. If he hadn't walked that last guy and got him out instead, he would have been right at 91.
He had a game score of 85.
Just using the game score from the MLB box score
So are there different formulas for calculating a game score? Or is just a case of someone getting it wrong?
I think they have it wrong. I wrote a calculator and get 85, like BR. I'm not aware of any other ways to calculate it except what James created.
Edit: Actually, they're using Tango's "Game Score 2.0". Using his formula, I get 91.
Do you have any opinion on which is better, or about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each?
Knowing Tango, I would prefer his automatically. Looking at it, it's simpler to calculate. James's version requires changing the calculation if the pitcher went more than four innings and checking which runs are earned or unearned. Tango simplified it so it's pure multiplication and addition. I think it fits slightly better with the game and has a better underpinning since I'm positive he used linear weights to inform the game score weights. An example is removing the distinction between earned runs and unearned runs. I get why the unearned run is an unearned run for the pitcher, but a run is a run.
I now recall threads about him working through how to update it but didn't realize other sites adopted it. That unfortunately makes it rather confusing that BR, something approaching the encyclopedia of baseball history, uses one method but MLB, the official entity of professional baseball in the US, uses a different method.
For the most part, LaTroy has been enjoyable to listen to, but he says "young man" A LOT.
And he's forgiven for telling Dick how nice it was in the NL that guys would give you an out by bunting.
Provus wondered, and answered, about young Twins pitchers with 10 K in a game. Provus said within their first 16 career games, but I stretched it to 20. Yes, Marrero debuted at 39.
I remember Joe Decker striking out 15 in a game and thought of him as just starting out, but he'd been with the Cubs a few years before that.
Im surprised Bert is on there only once.
Also, LaTroy Hawkins!
OK, that's enough obligatories, thank you
Berrios is our stopper it appears.
In this century, this was only the 7th time that a Twins pitcher had a game score of at least 90 and only the third time it was done by a pitcher not named Santana. Liriano never did it for the Twins and it was never a no-hitter.
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