It’s good to be on the board, yes.
In a rain delay, but game start should be around quarter to 7.
Dylan Cease vs ALL STAR® Sonny Gray
Are the Twins a good team? Can they be a contender? I don't know if we actually know yet. If the bats play, I think they could be, but I don't actually know what the potential of this lineup is.
Hope tonight's potential is around twelve runs against Cease.
Twins at The Rate for the first time this year against the comically bad White Sox. White Sox have spent the first month of the year mixing poor pitching and lousy batting to their usual menu of atrocious fielding which unsurprisingly has led to a sub .300 record. You hate to see it.
Michael Kopech on the mound for the Whities and even though the Twins can bring out the ass bats with the worst of them, hopefully Kopech's 7.01 ERA and 1.71 WHIP will strike no fear in Twins batters hearts. Joe Ryan puts his undefeated record on the line and looking to add a league leading 6th win to his 2023 totals.
Looks like a chilly but dry night for baseball on the Southside tonight. First pitch scheduled for 6:10.
DH - Byron Buxton
2B - Jorge Polanco
SS - Carlos Correa
LF - Trevor Larnach
3B - Jose Miranda
RF - Max Kepler
1B - Joey Gallo
C - Christian Vázquez
CF - Michael A. Taylor
Ten games in and I think we can see a definite pattern here. Twins starting pitching is pretty good and the hitters not so much. Ten games is practically the definition of SSS so I'm still in a wait in see situation, especially as it relates to pitching.
Old Twin friend Lance Lynn on the mound for the Whities and he's been terrible this year, again SSS but he has an ERA of 9.0 and a WHIP of 1.90. Yikes! New staff ace Pablo Lopez on for the Twins and I'm really looking forward to see how he does at Target Field.
Should be a gorgeous night for baseball and given game times this year, you can wrap up this game and move directly to Twolves-Lakers without missing a beat!
First pitch at 6:40.
Game 161, the season is mercifully coming to an end. Except for a 6 week period or so in April-May, this season has been pretty disappointing. Here's some of my notable disappointments.
1. The inability to develop a bullpen.
2. Rocco being super concerned about pitchers going through the line up a 3rd time but replacing the starter with a reliever who can't get through the line up the first time.
3. Carlos Correa having a meh season when the Twins were competing and going lights out when they were out of it.
4. Lots of young good hitters who don't seem to have a natural place in the field
5. Trading for pitchers who are hurt
6. Poor execution on the basepaths
7. Poor execution with men on base
First Pitch at 7:10 from the Southside.
So we're in that "with a whimper" territory for the 2022 season. Ah well. We're gonna need to sweep the Sox to have a better record than them. If we can do that, I'll have a larger measure of peace for this season.
Finally, we've circled this week since the schedule came out over the winter. Six of the last nine games against the White Sox to determine who would be the AL Central Division champs. These two teams have been eying each other all year long and finally it's put up or shut up time with the winner off to the playoffs. There is nothing more thrilling that play-off like baseball in September.
Bailey Ober for the Twins and old friend Lance Lynn for the Whities.
First pitch at 6:40 but buckle in, these next games are going to be epic.
I too have been placed on the IL.
Heading into the All Star Break on a bit of a skid, but will still by the AL Central leader.
Go Twins Go
4 game series already underway!