Pinch-hitting in case hungryjoe doesn't have a game log ready to go live.
The first game of a proper doubleheader features Yet Another New Twins Pitcher™, this time Tim Melville. I'm somewhat surprised that Mitch Garver, who presumably knows Melville better than Castro or Gimenez, will be playing first base instead of crouching behind the dish. Starting Garver at catcher would've spelled Gimenez, who caught yesterday, and allowed Vargas to start at first this afternoon and Castro to start behind the plate tonight. Instead, Gimenez is catching again today. That's not a sign of confidence in Garver's defensive capabilities.
T.J. McFarland vs. Bartolo Colon, 1:10 CDT
The Diamondbacks are going with the old "bullpen game" and are starting a pitcher who has been a reliever all season. It would seem like a golden opportunity for the Twins to sweep a home series of at least three games for the first time since opening the season by sweeping 3 from the Royals. However, I'm not overly confident in Colon getting deeper into the game than McFarland.
Also, don't expect today's game to start on time because of Andy MacPhail being inducted into the Twins team Hall of Fame. And I wouldn't expect Miguel Sano to be in the lineup in a day after a night game in which Sano left due to shin soreness.
Okay, so.... This has the potential to be a really good game. The Twins are in playoff positioning again. They're facing off against a legitimate ace in Greinke, but they've got a potential future ace going for them in Berrios.
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Cleveland kneecapped any chance of winning a Division crown. The hope for the rest of the season is to pile stats and maybe stay above .500.
Another day, another new Twins player. Its really getting hard to know who is on the roster and who isn't. Its Kennys Vargas back up? Lew Ford? Kent Hrbek? who knows!! I do know Mitch Garver comes to town. Hopefully he gets playing time.
Ervin Santana goes tonight. We got a chance.
Gibson vs. Carrasco game one
Gibson is already Gibsonning in the first.
Aaron Slegers makes his MLB debut tonight. It would be really nice to not be eight back after today.
Heading uphill in this roller coaster of a season, are the Twins still climbing or headed back down to another gully? First place Cleveland in town and Big Sexy on the mound. Should be fun.
Ervin Santana vs. Matt Boyd, 12:10 p.m.
The Twins sure know how to kill a winning streak and ruin a party. It sure seems like this would be a good time for a complete game from their starting pitcher. Too bad they don't do that anymore. Well, at least most of them.
Sweeping the season series against Milwaukee has done wonders for playoff positioning as the Twins find themselves back to within striking distance of winning an AL Central title. Riding a season high 5 game win streak, the Twins are 3 .5 games behind Cleveland and .5 games back in the Wild Car slot (but who really wants a WC spot? I want Titles!)
The pitching matchup is a battle of mediocrity. Kyle Gibson goes for us, Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers.
Joe Mauer has been walking some more lately and has brought his BB/K ratio to 50/54. A week ago it was 45/54. Wek Mauer is getting on base, the Twins have a better chance of winning. Im sticking to that theory!