The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 10-10 in their last 20. That pace is, of course, enough for them to pull away from the rest of the AL Central as no one else has more than 8 wins in their last 20 games. If they win today, this April will be one of only two 17+ win months we've seen from this team in the last 3+ seasons.
Feasting on the bottom of this division seems like a very solid and doable plan. So far, so good. Minnesota is 5-1 against the Royals, with the only loss coming because they didn't like nibbish's game log yesterday.
Hopefully this game log is more palatable. Sonny Gray goes against Brady Singer. One of these pitchers has an ERA that is 10 times larger than the other.
All of a sudden the Twins are flirting with .500 after winning just one of their last seven games.
This Nationals series has been an exercise in frustration thus far. It doesn't seem like it should be so hard to beat Washington, but here we are. Can we chalk this up to the cold weather? Is it warmer today? Are there any other straws around that I can grasp?
Bailey Ober gets his first start of the year today, going against Patrick Corbin, who hasn't had a great start to the season. Ober has 4 starts at AAA and has been stingy with hits, walks, and runs allowed.
Through three starts, he's been very very good and there's not a whole lot of things more fun to watch in baseball than a really good pitcher pitching really well for your team.
The Twins will either take three of four on the road in New York or end up with a series split in the most disappointing way by dropping the final two games of the series.
I have to say I like their chances with Pablo on the mound.
The Yankees are pitching some no name starter who probably doesn't even throw that hard (Gerrit Cole), so I'll just assume the Twins have the upper hand here.
Three days ago things didn't look so good.
The Twins had lost two in a row, their home opener had been pushed back due to weather, and the defending champs were coming to town for a potentially challenging series.
Today there's good news!
Twins pitchers have decided to strike out everyone and not give up hits. The hitters have delivered enough hits with runners on to take the first two games of the series and Tyler Mahle takes the mound today to try and close out a sweep of the Astros.
Mahle will face Hunter Brown.
It seems reasonable to assume that the Twins will not allow any runs for the entire season. The sample size is getting larger every day! Joe Ryan takes the hill this afternoon with an 18 inning shutout streak to extend. Like all Twins pitchers, Ryan has not allowed a run all season.
Twins pitchers have walked 10 Royals in 2 games, which seems a little high. 4 double plays have limited the damage. and the shutout streak has been held intact by the Royals just not getting any hits.
Jax, Thielbar, and Jorge Lopez have pitched in both games this series out of the bullpen, but with a day off in between games, maybe they'd still be available today.
Byron Buxton is almost the entirety of the Twins offense so far. He has all of the Twins extra base hits and has scored 3 of the 4 runs. He continues to be just ... so good. Buxton and Vazquez each have 4 hits (.500/.500/.688), and the rest of the Twins roster has 7 hits total (.135/.220/.135).
The Twins face Brad Keller today. I swear this is the 30th time they've faced him in the last few years. Keller has allowed 24 runs in 6 starts against Minnesota in the last two years, a rate of 7.9 Runs/9 with a WHIP of 1.90. More like that, please!
Max Kepler is 7 for 19 with 2 HR against Keller in his career (.368/.500/.737).
Dick briefly mentioned yesterday on the broadcast that the Royals are working on getting a new stadium in the near future. I was surprised how much nostalgia I immediately felt for Kauffman Stadium. When we lived in Kansas for 3 or 4 years, we had a lot of great baseball experiences there, tickets were always available, the stadium is really nice, and I met a fair number of WGOM citizens there. We have talked about going back there with little G, as he has only been to that stadium in utero. Now all of a sudden that seems like it might jump up on the priority list.