That didn’t last long. I suspect he’ll latch on in major league camp with another team, but who knows how much longer the journey lasts.
In today's let's get back to .500 edition the hometown ii's look to take revenge on their fearless leader's former squad. Will this squad ever score a run, or are they already looking toward their World Series Win in 2016? Only time will tell.
Game Start: 12:08pm
MIN: Ricky (Not Ricardo) Nolasco, RHP
DET: Anibal (Not an Island) Sanchez, RHP
1. Santana SS
2. Dozier 2B
3. Mauer 1B
4. Hunter RF
5. Vargas DH
6. Plouffe 3B
7. Arcia LF
8. Suzuki C
9. Schafer CF
1. Gose CF
2. Kinsler 2B
3. Cabrera 1B
4. Martinez DH
5. Martinez RF
6. Cespedes LF
7. Castellanos 3B
8. Avila C
9. Iglesias SS
Can I just state for the record how incredibly tired I am of the awful starting pitching? That's been covered? In depth? Good.
I probably won't see much of this one, because I'll be raking and planting grass in the front yard (had a sewer line put in last fall). I expect to come back and see that Hughes struck out 12 in 5 innings before giving up 4 home runs in the 6th. We'll still win, though, because the offense voted "least likely to amount to anything" has turned out to be chock full of overachievers.
Also, it's time for "Twins on Leaderboards", because that's fun.
rWAR (position players) - Dozier, 8th (1.0)
rWAR (position players) - Plouffe, 9th (1.0)
Batting Average - Kubel, 10th (.319)
OBP - Plouffe, 8th (.412)
Plate Appearances - Dozier, 3rd (109)
Plate Appearances - Mauer, t-6th (107)
Runs - Dozier, 1st (23)
Runs - Mauer, t-2nd (19)
Runs - Plouffe, t-4th (18)
Hits - Colabello, t-6th (28)
Total Bases - Colabello, 10th (46)
Doubles - Plouffe, 1st (10)
Doubles - Colabello, t-2nd (9)
Triples - Fuld, t-1st (2)
Triples - Arcia, Florimon, Plouffe and Kubel t-10th (1)
Home Runs - Dozier, t-3rd (7)
RBI - Colabello, t-1st (27)
RBI - Suzuki, t-6th (19)
Walks - Dozier, 4th (17)
Walks - Pinto, 5th (16)
Walks - Mauer and Plouffe, t-6th (15)
Strikeouts - Mauer, t-7th (26)
Stolen Bases - Dozier, t-5th (6)
Stolen Bases - Florimon, t-9th (4)
Singles - Mauer, t-4th (22)
Extra Bases Hits - Plouffe and Colabello, t-6th (12)
Times on Base - Plouffe, t-3rd (42)
Times on Base - Mauer, t-6th (40)
Times on Base - Dozier, t-10th (38)
Times on Base - Plouffe, t-3rd (42)
Sacrifice Bunts - Florimon, t-3rd (2)
Sacrifice Flies - Suzuki, t-3rd (3)
Intentional Walks - Mauer, t-3rd (3)
Caught Stealing - Colabello, t-4th (2)
Power/Speed - Dozier, 1st (6.5)
AB per SO - Suzuki, 10th (9.8)
AB per HR - Dozier, 4th (12.9)
AB per HR - Pinto, 8th (14.5)
Outs Made - Dozier, 8th (72)
WPA - Colabello, 3rd (1.0)
Well, gee, that was pretty fun...
...now on to the painful side of things
Wins - Fien and Gibson, t-3rd (3)
W/L% - Fien, t-1st (1.000)
W/L% - Gibson, t-10th (.750)
Saves - Perkins, t-4th (5)
Games Started - Nolasco and Correia, t-1st (5)
Home Runs Allowed - Nolasco and Pelfrey, t-6th (5)
Walks - Pelfrey, t-5th (15)
Hits - Nolasco, 1st (43)
Hits - Correia, t-3rd (37)
Losses - Correia, t-3rd (3)
Earned Runs - Nolasco and Correia, t-2nd (22)
Wild Pitches - Gibson, t-2nd (3)
Games Finished - Perkins, t-4th (8)
Well, at least Fien is having fun vulturing some wins.
From what I know the Twins just broke a losing streak, so it must be time for the winning streak to begin!
Korea v Anibal
DAY GAME ALERT
Game time 12:08?
Twins Ace Scott Diamond versus Tiger's Ace of Clubs Anibal Sanchez.
- Dozier 2B
- Carroll 3B
- Willingham DH
- Morneau 1B
- Doumit C
- Parmelee RF
- Arcia LF
- Hicks CF
- Florimon SS
- Jackson CF
- Hunter RF
- Cabrera 3B
- Fielder 1B
- Martinez DH
- Tuiasosopo LF
- Peralta SS
- Pena C
- Santiago 2B
Game time: 310 Central
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Its pretty silly that was not a Twins game last night. Well make that yesterday anyway. The way the MLB season starts is irritating when you are ready for the whole schedule to start as soon as possible. Anyway, the staggered start is over and the Twins play at home against the Verlanders. Luckily, Justin already had his turn in the rotation. Unluckily, we start Kevin Correia. So it goes. I assume it'll be another cold one at Target Field. So get your warm beverage of choice ready.
- Hicks, CF
- Mauer, C
- Willingham, LF
- Morneau, 1B
- Doumit, DH
- Plouffe, 3B
- Parmelee, RF
- Dozier, 2B
- Florimon, SS
- Jackson, A, CF
- Hunter, To, RF
- Cabrera, M, 3B
- Fielder, 1B
- Martinez, V, DH
- Dirks, LF
- Peralta, Jh, SS
- Avila, C
- Infante, 2B
Two more games to enjoy today. On the downside, Joe Buck enters the postseason.
Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees
Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
The Tigers are up one game, Jeter is broken and out, and Girardi has favored emotion over intelligence and is burying A-Rod. I got very close to cheering for the Yankees over the Tigers, but I'm finding that I just...can't. Amazingly, it's another early game for the Yankees.
St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
Lance Lynn vs. Madison Bumgarner
The last two champions meet in the next CS for the first time in six decades, I read. Lance Lynn had 18 Wins this season and I'm fairly sure I've never heard of him. I'm not in love with either of these teams, but I like both of them enough to cheer them over the other clowns.
Anibal Sanchez (passable) at Liam Hendriks (a work in progress)
This one might have trouble matching the excitement level of Game 163, but at least the Twins can slow things down for the team that employs Miguel Cabrera, and Hendriks can try to stop Cabrera from winning that Triple Crown that would nab an MVP award that Mike Trout deserves. Beyond that, I guess I just look at every win over #63 as an improvement over last year, so I may as well be happy. There's no real difference between 63 and 68 wins in the scheme of things, but dudes, it's all we've got.
I'd like to watch some of the playoff-implicating baseball today, but annoyingly, I'll be at work until the last games are ending. Oh well.