Category Archives: 2020 Twins Game Logs

2020 Game Log 18 — Twins at Brewers

Game two of a 3-game series against the Brew Crew. Twins going with a bullpen by committee tonight with Tyler Clippard getting the "start." Brewers at 6-8 have been a little disappointing this year, including 1-5 at home. After getting off that four game losing streak let's hope for more good luck for the Twins.

Line-up:

RF Kepler
SS Polanco
DH Cruz
LF Rosario
3B Gonzalez
C Garver
2B Arraez
1B Sano
CF Buxton

Game time 7:10p

2020 GAME 16: TWINS (-161) at ROYALS (+148)

I'm much better with numbers than I am with words (except of course when it comes to profanity where I do consider myself a bit of an artist) so each Sunday as long as there is baseball you will get a Vegas betting angle on the Twins.

I lived in Vegas for 5 years before a too good to pass up tech company start up offer brought the family to Utah - but 3 months ago that company was bought by a 100% remote company (remote even before COVID) so we are actively looking to move - but while in Vegas I did spreadsheets and data analysis for a number of professional bettors and absolutely fell in love with the art that is sports betting.

Today's game:

Berrios vs Singer

The Twins #1 starter vs Royals #5 starter - time for the Twins best pitcher to get things back on track.

  • Twins -161 means you would get paid $100 for every $161 you bet on the Twins to win today
  • Royals +148 means you would get paid $148 for every $100 you bet on the Royals to win today
  • Total = 9  (add the score of both teams - is it OVER 9 or UNDER 9)

My money today is on the Twins to win and cover the -1.5 run line. I'm going to stay away from betting on the total.

Twins have seen 6 games go over the Vegas total and 9 go under the total so far this season.  They went 82 over 76 under and 7 ties against the total last year.

Vegas odds before the season started:

  • 34.5 Wins (Tied for 3rd best with Astros behind Dodgers and Yankees)
  • +800 (meaning 8 to 1 - bet $100 get $900 back - winning $800)  to win the Pennant (4th behind Yankees, Astros, and Rays)
  • +1800 to win the World Series (Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, Rays, Braves, Athletics with better odds at the time)

Vegas odds as of today:

  • 40 game win pace - 3 game losing streak not withstanding
  • +550 to win AL Pennant (2nd behind Yankees)
  • +1000 to win World Series (3rd behind Yankees and Dodgers)

Vegas sees the Twins as the team to beat in a weak Central division but a long shot to beat the Yankees in the postseason. Tell me if you heard that one before.........

2020 Game 13: Twins at Pirates

With a staggering .833 win percentage, the Twins share the league’s best record with the Cubs and the (5-1) Marlins. Their run differential is just off of the Dodgers for the best in the league. None of this is overly surprising and I’m sure you’ve all been seeing that, but it’s still fun to type.

Kenta Maeda goes for the Twins against JT Brubaker, who’s making his first career start after two scoreless appearances as a reliever. Time to welcome him to the big leagues.

2020 Game Log Twelve: Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates

The Twins move to Pittsburgh for what I'm calling the third of a four game series. Let's keep the momentum going and get that four-game-two-city sweep.

Cruz continues to break MLB records as a 40 year old; an inspiration to us all.

Dobnak grew up around and took in games in Pittsburgh. He now makes a start there for a depleted Twins rotation. Let's hope he can also help give the bullpen a bit of a breather.

9-2 ties a franchise record for best start to a season (the 2001 Twins and 1930 Senators also accomplished). Let's go for the record. Naturally in a cursed season, this is one of the best teams in its history.

2020 Game 11: Pirates at Twins

Afternoon Game Alert!!

End of a pretty good homestand for the Twins but only the second game of a 4-game tilt against the Pirates, with the next two games at PNC.

Not much to complain about this team 10 games in, except perhaps the performance of Jose Berrios. Hopefully this all gets rectified today against a Pirates team that has only won two games.

Furthermore, who knows this season really lasts so getting as many wins under their belt will do the Twins good. Perhaps there will be an abbreviated playoff to get some closure on the season.

Beautiful day for some outdoor baseball, let's go Twins!

2020 Game Log Ten: Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins

The Twins are coming off a fine series against the Spiders capped off by 2-hitter bullpen game. They start 7-2 for the fifth time in their franchise and first time since 2001 (I think that's right). Sunday was a bullpen game because they pushed Bailey's start to today, though that plan didn't work as they put him on the shelf today. Lewis Thorpe will come out of the bullpen and take the mound instead, making his 3rd MLB start.

Flip over to the NL Central and flip the record, and you have today's opponent, the Buccaneers. Here's a two bird, one stone tweet:

They're helmed by familiar face Derek Shelton, and coming off a tough extra inning loss to the Cubs. Derek Holland and his 0-5, 7.98 ERA Target Field credentials will start for the Pirates today.

Should they cancel everything before Wednesday's game, at least the Twins got to enjoy this whole thing from the comfort of home.