Category Archives: Game Logs

Game 38. Twins hosting Royals.

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.

 

Game 34: Twins at Cleveland

Hector Santiago vs. Trevor Bauer, 12:10 p.m.

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.

Game 31: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

Phil Hughes (4-1, 4.32 ERA, 93 ERA+, 4.33 FIP, 1.38 WHIP, 6:21 BB:SO, 33.1 IP)
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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)?

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Game 10. Twins host Chicago. 7:10pm

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)

 

Twins at Comiskey Park. 7pm

After a sweep of the Royals at home, the Twins head east to play the White Sox. The Sox  got a new sponsor name for their stadium but I don't recall what it is so I will call it Comiskey Park.

The Sox had a rain out and sit at 1-1 on the season. Twins are tied for first with a 3-0 record.Phil Hughes toes the rubber for the visitors while newcomer Derek Holland starts for the Pale Hose.

Weather should not be a problem, with cloudy and cool tonight and a warmup in Chicago for the weekend.