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2024 Game 56 – City of Fountains vs. Land O’ Lakes

DAY GAME ALERT!
First pitch @ 12:10 p.m. CT

On the Twins website today, the top story is about Bailey Ober's complete futility against the Royals. Ober has a 7.71 ERA in nine career starts against KC, and a 3.36 ERA against everyone else. So Jeff A is not the only one to notice that the Royals just seem to own Ober.

Today Chris Paddack takes the mound for the Twins, countered by Brady Singer for the Royals. Paddack has been a fairly reliable mid-rotation starter this year, pitching to a 4.39 ERA in ten starts. Singer has been quite good this season, sporting a 2.63 ERA and a WHIP of just 1.12.

The ass bats were back on full display last night and the Twins futility at the plate was palpable. What was last year a weak division that we won fairly handily seems much more competitive this year. KC has been building up for a few years and looks like a real contender. But the team to beat to get to the top has to be Cleveland. They have been our closest competition in the division the last couple of years and this year they are playing like champions again. But there's lots of season left and we all know about the sudden reversals of fortune that can occur in sports. Hell, that's what makes it worth watching.

Play ball!

2024 Game 55: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Seth Lugo
vs
Bailey Ober

30-24 in 54 games is a 90-72 team. That's three wins better than last season but I'm not sure that's enough to win the suddenly competitive division this season. The #1, #4, and #5 records, by winning percentage in the AL, are in the ALC right now. Expanded postseason gives the Twins the final wild card but it's a tenuous position.

Attempting to improve that situation is Ober who was knocked out in the second inning of his March 31 start against the Royals. Now two of his earned runs happened after he left but it was still 6-0 before that. His opponent, Lugo, was scoreless over his six innings the day before with the Twins scoring five after he left to get the win. While the result was good, the way to get there doesn't seem repeatable.

2024 Home Opener: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins

Buckle up, citizens, it's going to be a long ride. The Twins come north to tee off their 2024 home season today against Cleveland sporting a 3-2 record but losing Royce Lewis to injury. Looks like he'll be out at least a month or more with his quad strain. It's always hard to say how the season will turn out this early, impossible really, and spring training is a poor prognosticator, but I've seen a few encouraging things so far. Except for that Easter shellacking from KC, we've look pretty good. Correa appears to be back to full health, his Willie Mays catch running toward the left field wall yesterday gives us a glimpse of what we'd hoped for last year. Again, with the exception of Baily Ober the starting pitching has been solid. And I'll give a shoutout to Griffin Jax out of the bullpen, who took a bit of abuse from me last year. His stuff is wicked, and it looks like he got some bulldog injections over the winter. And hey, how good is it to see Byron Buxton patrolling centerfield?

The starting rotation starts its second cycle today with Pablo Lopez on the hill for the Twins, the Guardians counter with Tanner Bibee. In 26 starts last year he pitched to a 3.08 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP with 145 strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision in his first start. So that's it, I have to get dressed for the game and off to the ballpark.

Oh, one other thing. Scheduling the Twins at Brewers series for the first week of April is about as stupid as it gets. MLB must leave a lot of money on the table with its crappy scheduling algorithm.

PLAY BALL!