Game in progress. The Twins, high from their series win over the Evil Empire, lead 2-0.
Game in progress.
Game in progress, already down 2-0.
Game in progress with a POLANCO start
Game in progress. Santana makes his 2018 debut. It did not start well.
Inspired by Rhu_Ru's question in Saturday's game, I decided to look it up. An hour later and I have something to check every game from 1901 through 2017. I split up the analysis into two groups, one team and combined teams, and categorized that based on length of game: fewer than nine innings, nine innings, and extra innings. The nine inning games can be either the full nine innings or nine for the visitor and eight for the home team. Fewer than nine innings required both teams to play no more than eight innings while extra innings requires both teams to play at least ten.
Eight or Fewer Innings
I went above ten runs scored in an inning but it gets uninteresting quickly. While searching through games with higher number of runs scored in an inning I came across two games I found interesting in some way.
First, I believe this game has the most runs scored in a single inning in modern baseball.
Second, the start of this game must have been extremely depressing for any Reds fans following the game.
Dan Szymborski put the Royals chances at reaching 120 losses at a mere 0.3%. This was before that day's game, a game the Royals won. Not-All-Star Lance Lynn surrendered a three-run homer to All-Star Salvador Perez, making it even less likely the Royals tie the Mets.
Runs have scored on balks and home runs.
The Houston Astros, besides winning it all, also claimed the best team projection ever at 101 wins. This is a team that taking the over of 100 wins is a safe bet. The Twins have postseason aspirations, need every single win they can get, and doing well against the defending champs would be some early wins in the bank. I was hoping for a series win while recognizing that even going 1-2 isn't terrible. The lost a close game, won a close game, and won a slug fest.
- The bats. They were held scoreless in the first game but still scored 13 runs against a great team.
- Ryan Pressly. In two innings, he allowed one hit and got two strikeouts. His results have never really matched his stuff so it would be nice if things click this season.
- Rosario in the field and the plate.
- The starting pitching. Lynn and Odorizzi had fine results but the process was bad (four and five walks respectively). Gibson was simply not good.
Houston at Dodgers, 7:00 p.m. on Fox
McCullers vs Darvish
Wolves at Pelicans, 7:00 p.m. on FSN
Enjoy what you can of the final MLB game of the year.