Liriano vs. TBD*
Opener/Primary or Starter. It may not matter much - Twins bullpen gonna "baseball" like Twins bullpen - For Sept.: sporting a 5.20 ERA & 1.415 WHIP and their lowest SO/BB of any month this season at 1.98.
In other "news" ... as I told eschapp, "I hope this isn't the end."
- Mauer trails Puckett by only 00.1 in career Offensive WAR (52.9 to 53 & 4th and 3rd respectively) in Twins** history,
- Mauer trails Eddie Yost by only .001 in career OBP (.388 to .389 & 5th and 6th respectively) in Twins** history.
*Drafted on Wed., so this is probably determined by now.
Game in Progress: 0-0, Top 2
Odorizzi v. Clevinger
3-game series (1-1) and Season series (9-9) on the line today.
No moar Cleveland on the schedule this year.
Liriano faces Santana. A chance to see F-Bomb pitching for Gardy at the Bullseye again is compelling enough to watch/listen to a game started by a gasless Ervin Santana.
Boston is a good team vs. this is how we baseball ...
Anyone want to hazard a guess on the over/under this is the final Gibson start for the hometown 9?
At least we should see another half-dozen Mauer doubles off the Green Monster this weekend.
...AKA "16 games or < until No-Doz(ier)."
Odorizzi v. Giolito
Getaway Day Recently-regular lineup.
!Day Game Alert!
The Twins haven't scored a ton of runs, but their differential is not as jaw-dropping as I'd expected to see. Competent-to-Good pitching helps I guess. If this team can stay within a half-dozen games of first, I'd love to see them add some offense before the deadline. I'd even be happy with the return of second-half-2017 Dozier, Morrison, Buxton & Polanco with a little Santana (and eventually Sano ... hopefully sometime later this summer?) sprinkled in.
Anyway, Boston's legit, and no matter the outcome of today's game (Good Gibson v. Porcello ... yeah), I'm encouraged by the Twins' play against 'em. Add some offense and a continued mediocre run by Cleveland and this team may still be competing in late August.
What a goofy club. Win series' against the teams ahead of you in the standings: took 2/3 against Detroit and 3/4 against Cleveland, but lose to those chasing you: only 1/3 against KC and in danger of losing 3/4 against Chicago.
In an attempt to salvage a split with the South Siders, the Twins give Jose Berríos the ball whose lone loss in the past four starts was a no-show by the Twins offense in Seattle - 1 run on 4 hits. Jose scattered 8 hits over 7 1/3 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs (the 2nd the result of walking his last batter faced and Duke & Reed combining to untie the 8th inning tie ... in Seattle's favor) while striking out 8 and walking 1.
White Sox counter with 36-year-old RHP James Shields, owner of a 1-6 record on the year with a 91 ERA+, 4.27 FIP & 1.258 WHIP. In his last outing against Minnesota (May 6), Shields left in the 7th with one out, a one-run Chicago lead and runners at the corners. His replacement, Luis Avilan, promptly gave up a 2-run double to Logan Morrison.
Let's see what these two
mediocre teams have to offer today.
Perhaps the regularly scheduled author was like me...thinking that Friday features were pushed back? Last night, I rousted myself out of bed at 11:45 pm because I'd neglected to put the trash can out for Friday morning pickup. Got back into the house and realized, "Monday was a holiday. Pickup is delayed a day. I could have stayed in bed."
Drop(kick)* your lists.
*Sunday night at the Armory!
Odorizzi vs. Bieber*
Shane Bieber is Cleveland's #3 prospect. The 23-year-old makes his MLB debut tonight.
After a bad outing in NY on April 23, Odorizzi has only 2 decisions, both W's, and the team is 3-3 in games he's started (all three L's were 1-run games ... shocker). He's still not generally giving them more than ~5 innings per start, but he's been quietly better, allowing no more than 3 earned runs in 5 of his past 6 starts.
I'm not going to talk about the offense, because there isn't any...
There's almost no chance the Twins can make the playoffs via the wild card ... they need to make up ground on the division leaders - tonight's opposition. At 22-29, the Twins currently have the 4th worst record in the AL.** Lucky for them, two of the three below them are in the Central Division.
**the NL has only 2 teams with fewer wins: the Marlins and Reds.