Game 157: Clevelanders v. Minnesota Twins

Really not much to say here. The Twins on the path for the 2nd Wildcard and Cleveland winning at an historic rate lately, while still fighting for home field through the ALCS and perhaps World Series so both teams have something to play for.
Should be a fun series.

Bartolo Colon on the mound and based on previous starts, may not have a whole lot left or at least batters have figured out to just go after that big and sexy first pitch. Josh Timlin on the mound for the Wahoos and while his season numbers are 9-9 with a 4.98 ERA, he is 5-0 in his last five starts. Thus proving that old adage: when a team goes 29-2 over 31 games, the pitchers are going to pick up a bunch of wins.

Game time at 6:10p local. By 10:00p, we could be celebrating a playoff birth. What a country.

106 thoughts on “Game 157: Clevelanders v. Minnesota Twins”

  1. Ugh... I feel dirty cheering for the White Sox tonight.
    I'd rather just win two against Cleveland

  2. Okay, I don't like this back n forth here. Please tell me we have a pitcher that can go more than one inning.

  3. Tsk tsk, these people. Don't they know the flag must always fly free and never be carried flat or horizontal?

  4. Drum-beating Clevelander is on his phone. It shows you where our society's at right now with all that stuff.

  5. Well, uh, Texas and Tampa Bay both close to losing so that would eliminate two more teams. Angels unlikely to lose tonight.

  6. Does this mean Hildenberger gets the eighth and Belisle the ninth? Can the Twins use more pitchers than innings?

      1. The record is 12. Happened earlier this month. The Angels did win. Other than that, only two other times has the team won. Coincidentally, they happened four 23 days apart. That's the only three wins in the 50 (really, 20 since it first happened in 1996) years.

        Also, you may be even more surprised to know that it's only happened in September or October.

    1. It's happened 15 times in all of MLB since 1961. That includes eight inning games, where it's happened eight times; seven times with nine pitchers and once with ten (in 8.2 innings)

  7. Looking back at 87 Twins:

    I did not remember that the Twins had the 5th best record in the American League that year. Yes, the American League East had 4 teams with better records than the American League West Champion Twins. The 1987 Twins lost their last 5 games, and it did not matter as they had already clinched.

    The 2017 Twins have the 5th best record in the American League. They have a bunch of emerging young players who grew up together in the minors, just like the 87 Twins. They have 2 decent starters, just like the 87 Twins.

    When Dozier just hit that 3 run shot, it made me think of those 87 Twins who were outgunned, but believed in themselves and found a way to win. Let's not cut short the accolades for this team. It's been a fun ride so far, and who knows... anything can happen.

  8. The Indians had not allowed more than 5 runs since Aug. 24, the first game of their winning streak, a 13-6 win over the Red Sox. In fact, they had allowed more than 4 runs only once since that game, a 6-5 win over the Angels last week. The Indians haven't lost a series since getting swept in a 2-game series at Boston on July 31-Aug. 1. The Twins have won 4 in a row at the Jake and are 6-1 there this season.

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