Game 156: Twins at Tigers (Morning Game Alert!)

Jose Berrios vs. Buck Farmer, 11:10 a.m.

It's still difficult to fathom what a turnaround this has been. The Twins haven't been a great team (although they are 31-21 since the new regime traded away Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler at the trade deadline), but they were so historically bad last year and did so little to improve the team this year and yet they already have 22 more victories than last year with 7 games left, including 4 remaining with the sleepwalking Tigers.

A win today would not only finish off a 4-game sweep of the Tigers, it would drop the Magic Number down to 3 with a chance going down to 2, which would mean the Twins could clinch as early as Tuesday. In fact, the Twins could even clinch a tie (and a guarantee of more than 162 games) on Monday if both the Angels and Rangers lose.

Regardless, the Twins have made sure this season will be remembered for an epic turnaround from the previous season or an epic collapse that was set up by an epic turnaround.

A win today would also clinch a winning record. Remember, the Twins were 44 games under .500 last season.

For today's game, it would seem the Twins have a starting pitcher advantage based on their season results thus far. However, Berrios has really struggled against the Tigers in his short career, which is 3 starts. In all 3 starts, he's allowed 6 runs or more. Of course, the last (and only) time Farmer faced the Twins, he allowed 7 runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Let's try a different tactic today and get a big lead in the first inning and save us all some anxiety.

48 thoughts on “Game 156: Twins at Tigers (Morning Game Alert!)”

  1. I came back into the room to that graphic and it took me at least 3 minutes to figure out why they didn't have 5 runs on the board.

    1. Very poor effort by Castro on both of those "wild pitches". He never moved his body at all, just stuck the glove out and hoped the ball would hit it.

        1. I'm sure it's hot, and catching is tough. But the team is fighting for a playoff spot, and at this time the game was far from decided. I expect a better effort than that.

  2. I would've given Berrios another inning, but the bullpen is rested, there's a day off tomorrow, and it's been a long season. I'm okay with taking him out.

    1. He had a quick first three innings and a slower final two, so I'm okay too. He's surpassed his innings total from last year and better to have something left for the possible postseason.

  3. I guess Molitor just wants to get Taylor Rogers some work. He hasn't pitched in almost a week, so I guess I can see that.

  4. Dazzle saying that Gardy's name is being floated as a possible Detroit manager. I wasn't thinking of that, but I don't think he'd be a bad choice.

      1. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Glen Perkins, Denard Span, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek, etc., etc.,

        I'm sure there are misses in there but every manager is going to have hits and misses. When Gardy won 6 division titles, pretty much all the Twins did is develop young talent and throw in an occasional veteran from the bargain bin except for possibly 2010.

      1. The royals seem pretty uninterested in making the wild card. Their number is about to go down to two.

    1. The A's just put up a five spot on the rangers. It seems like the teams that are eliminated are more interested in the wild card than the teams still in it.

      1. Is it weird that I want the Rangers to come back and win just so we have 24 hours of "3 is the Magic Number"?

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