Ten games left. We still have a wild card spot. A few wins in Detroit would be really helpful. Adalberto Mejia tries to get one tonight. Go Twins!!!!!
In a move suggesting they still have aspirations of winning the AL East, New York has moved their best starter up a day in order to get him a chance at 3 more regular season starts. Young* Luis Severino (13-6, 2.93 ERA, 156 ERA+, 1.031 WHIP) is now in line for the final start of the regular season, home against Toronto on October 1 ... which would make it improbable that the 2nd Wild Card team would face him in the AL Wild Card game on October 3. If nothing else changes, it looks like that game would be started by former Twin Jaime Garcia.
Opposing the Yankees will be the 'ageless' Bartolo Colon (6-13, 6.39 ERA, 69 ERA+, 1.602 WHIP) who was passed last night by Sabathia for most career innings pitched by an active player. According to the four letter,
Colon last pitched Friday during a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. In his past three starts -- all defeats -- Colon owns a 7.53 ERA after going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in six August starts.
so we got that going for us ... which is nice.
Baseball's a funny game - anything can happen. That being said, I'm (unfortunately) with joe.
*he's only 23!!1!
Admit it, you’re nervous. Sure, there are only twelve games left and the Twins have an easier path than the LAAAA but man can the Twins just pull off a nice 5 game win streak? Can they take advantage of facing a pedestrian Jaime Garcia and win the first game of the series against the Yankees? Can’t the Angels just fall on their face for 4 games or so and then we can all relax? In my estimation Twins need one win at the Yankees and one win at Cleveland then take at least 5 from the lowly Tigers to assure a playoff berth.
Tonight we get old versus young, fat versus skinny, $25,000,000 versus $507,500. CC Sabathia against Joes Berrios. Live from Yankee Stadium at 6:10p.
As mentioned in today's CoC, we're hitting the final stretch of the regular season, which hopefully isn't also the final stretch of the Twins' season. 4 more series remain (@NYY, @DET, @CLE, DET), and we start off with a chance to cut into NY's hold on the first WC slot (currently at 4.0 games).
Also, this will be a test for the Twins as they're currently looking at a one game playoff in NY. As history has shown, the combination of the Yankees, playoffs, and the Twinkies does not bode well. Hopefully this series will be a chance to work through some issues in advance.
Santana faces off against Twins cast-off Garcia, who may feel he has something to prove.
Joe Biagini vs. Kyle Gibson, 1:10 CDT
A couple days ago, it seemed like the Twins were a lock for the postseason. Now, not so much. They need a win. Last night they were facing Marco Estrada. Today, it's Joe Biagini. They need to take advantage of facing the Biaginis of the world.
The good news is the Twins haven't last 3 straight home games since mid-June, when the Indians came to town and swept a four-game series in dominant fashion to vault them into first place. Also, Gibson has been very un-Gibson-like over his last 5 starts. Let's git ur done, split the series, win the season series with the Jays for once and make that Magic Number smaller. After today, the Angels' next 6 games are against the Indians and the Astros.
Let's bake this precisely halfway.
Some Blue Jays dudes takes on Mejia. It's not exactly "must win" (the magic number is 14), but it would be advisable to win here.
Byron Buxton has reached 5 rWAR! Hopefully the Twins dont need an extra inning walk off home run to win tonight. Twins pitching has allowed 3 runs total in the last 3 games. The last clunker of a game came last Sunday when Big Sexy was on the mound.
Joe Mauer got another hit.
Nineteen games. Over 88 percent of the season is complete and the Twins still in the driver seat for a one game playoff against the Yankees. Since the Twins have hit this “easy” part of the schedule, they’ve kind of scuffled. Lose a couple here, win three in a row there. The other teams in wildcard contention are scuffling too and it seems that LAAAAAA is the only team really interested in playing the spoiler to what was considered unthinkable five months ago: The Twins could be a playoff team.
Two game series against the woeful San Diego Padres. Gibby on the mound and he’s been pretty decent of late, including a 3-0 record and a nice 1.69 ERA. Travis Wood on the mound for the Padres. He came over from the Royals so there is some familiarity there. Wood hasn’t had a lot of luck against the Twins so let’s hope this is the start of a nice winning streak. Game at 7:10p. Going to be gorgeous evening… just what you want in September: Meaningful baseball with fantastic weather in a beautiful ball park.