Game 89 — Royals at Twins

Nothing fixes a reeling baseball team like a homestand against the 2018 Orioles and Royals as Twins look to add to their 5 game win streak. Aaron Slegers on the mound for the Twins after a nice outing last week. He also pitched decently six weeks ago against the Royals. Ian Kennedy pitching for KC and his 1-8 record reflects pitching for a team already 40 games (!) under .500 on July 10th.

First pitch at 7:10 at Target Field, weather should be nice and clear by that time too.

32 thoughts on “Game 89 — Royals at Twins”

  1. Willians Astudillo is again on the bench. He has played a total of three innings in the last week, the last three innings of Sunday's blowout. Last night, the Twins gave up their DH rather than put him in the game. I like A-Stud, and he's done well in his limited chances, but there's no point in having him around if they're not going to play him.

  2. If I was a professional batter, I think I'd be embarrassed to have the other team give me half the field and still not be able to get a hit.

  3. They shouldn't allow the teams playing each other to have players with the same last name. It's too confusing.

  4. Ervin Santana struck out six in five innings for Chattanooga tonight, giving up two runs on two hits and no walks. I wonder if he'll be ready to take this spot in the rotation Sunday.

    1. Guess not. Cory says he's going to start in Rochester Sunday. Of course, this start by Sluggo could make the Twins change their minds.

  5. Usually I was say let the young man try to work things out, but Slegers was not fooling anyone and deserved the quick hook.

  6. When you're down four runs, you can't take a chance on getting the leadoff man of the inning thrown out at third base.

  7. Good discussion between Cory and Danny on beating the shift. Cory referenced that batters say their job is to hit for power, not hit singles. Danny isn't having it.

      1. I agree. There are times, of course, when swinging for power is the right thing to do. But most of the time, if the other team is giving you a base hit, the smart thing to do is take it.

        1. It's the smart thing to do pretty much for any hitter, although that study was done by someone who never played the game. As far as this team, I don't think there is anyone I'd rather have swing away when a single is for the taking.

          1. Two outs in the ninth, down a run, no bench moves left, and B_bby Wils_n on deck? I think that's a good time to swing for power.

          2. I think there are times I want them swinging for power. If Morrison comes up with two out and none on, I don't have a big problem with him trying to get himself into scoring position, especially when the bottom of the order is coming up.

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