its not a blow out!
The Angels mind as well be called the Twins of the West. FIVE former Twins are on the roster: Ben Revere, Shane Robinson, Ricky Nolasco, Alex Meyer, and Delios Guerra. And you know what, there is not a lot of hand wringing and blog columns upset over not having those players. Ok, maybe Alex Meyer because the Twins have no pitching right now. There will be no "David Ortiz should still be a Twin" column for any of those players.
Kyle "Im surprised he is still a Twin and not with the Angels" Gibson on the mound for the locals, JC "not Romero" Ramirez for the Angels.
Dozier with a couple of fine plays
If today is like how the rest of the season has panned out, the Twins will lose this game. Why? The Twins had have four 4 game win streaks but zero 5 gamers.
I shouldn't be such a pessimist. This team has exceeded expectations, while mostly playing a fun brand of baseball.
Hector Santiago goes for the Twins. Chris Archer for the Rays.
It may be cloudy, a bit damp, and chilly but we got baseball tonight! (tomorrow is a maybe). The Twins salvaged a win out of the Rockies series and they are 5-5 in the last 10 game. But, still in first place!
Hector Santiago goes for the Twins. He was not good against Cleveland hopefully that was just a blip and not a trend. Nate Karns pitches for the Royals. He has 10+ strikeout in his last two outings.
Happy Mother's Day! Everyone, think pink!
The Twins are roughly 1/5 of the way through their season and they have already booted 3 pitchers from their rotation, DFA-ed Michael Tonkin, came close to demoting a struggling Byron Buxton (again) and have a losing record at home.
So, of course, the Twins are 5 games over .500 and are ensured of leaving Cleveland today in first place.
How have they done it? Well, it must be the new additions made by the new front office, right. Well, not really. At least, not on the surface. Despite a hot start by new catchers Jason Castro and Chris Gimenez, Twins catchers have combined for a .627 OPS. And Matt Belisle, the only other addition, has an ERA over 8.00.
So how have they done it? One big difference is defense. The Twins were 28th in MLB in Defensive Runs Saved last year and were 3rd coming into Saturday's game. Development of young players has helped as Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario have shown improved plate discipline, Kennys Vargas and Jorge Polanco are giving more consistent quality at-bats and even Buxton is showing signs of getting back to the exciting player he was in September last year.
Perhaps the biggest difference is the Twins now finally have 2 quality starting pitchers and perhaps even 3 with the addition of Jose Berrios. Ervin Santana has been outstanding, allowing 1 run or less in 7 of his first 8 starts. His great start has somewhat overshadowed Santiago, who rather quietly has a 2.76 ERA, which is a 144 ERA+.
So far, Santana and Santiago have given the Twins their best 1-2 starting pitcher punch since rookie Francisco Liriano was outpitching the eventual Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, which was 11 years ago. If Berrios continues to pitch like he did Saturday, that would give the Twins a trio of outstanding starters, all from the Caribbean. There's got to be a nickname in there somewhere.
Phil Hughes (4-1, 4.32 ERA, 93 ERA+, 4.33 FIP, 1.38 WHIP, 6:21 BB:SO, 33.1 IP)
Derek Holland (3-2, 2.02 ERA, 192 ERA+, 3.68 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, 12:30 BB:SO, 35.2 IP)
I can't touch free's open from last night, so I won't even try.
Also ... "Guaranteed Rate Field" ... I know, I know, this is just the logical result of "Fenway Park" and "Wrigley Field*" (but seriously)?
Could there be a weather delay? The radar as of this writing looks like its possible.
The Twins are 6-3 and tied for first place! Adalberto Mejia starts for the locals. I saw him in spring training a few times (on FSN, not in Florida) he looked impressive, throwing strikes and working quick. His first regular season start was not as impressive only getting 5 outs. Maybe it was first start of the regular season jitters.
The Sox are 4-4 and in 3rd place. Dylan Covey start and it his major league debut.
I have been rewatching Star Trek Deep Space Nine and found my favorite Worf joke ever (Of course Worf was a character in Next Generation too) It happened in an episode where the crew plays a baseball game against the Vulcans in the Holosuite and its one of my favorite non serious episode of any Star Trek series. (Most Star Trek series are available to binge on Netflix)