7pm Saturday start times are weird. Anyway in progress.
rain delayed but In progress
Time for Berríos to continue his success from the last game and continue how well the starters have pitched in this series. The Twins meanwhile scored four against Clevinger to close out July. He pitched well, if wild, against Cincinnati earlier this month and has been out since.
The Twins are 4-2 against Cleveland so far. One more win clinches at least .500 against them this year. Let's make this a 4-2 game to turn the season series to 5-2.
We ride into Ohio behind King Kenta* who is coming off perhaps the best performance of his career. He'll face off against Civale, who like any member of the Cleveland pitching staff, is "pretty good".
The Twins are only 1.5 games ahead of the Spiders, so this three game series will be an important one.
(*everybody wanna cut the legs off him.)
Say hey! It's baseball on Sunday (for now)! Just in case, Sunday game logs (again, for as long as they exist) are still open. If anyone would like to take them, they're all yours.
Anyway, sounds like we have the makings of a bullpen game today. If you're not watchin', hope you're having a pleasant Sunday.
There were definitely moments this week where I thought that I'd posted my last game log of the year. It might be this one instead.
It's been a lot of fun having baseball back, particularly because Newbish has gotten obsessed with baseball over the past month or so. He seems to have acquired the taste in roughly the same way I did... Baseball cards. That 2019 pack of Topps Heritage I got for him has become his prized possession. He pores over them on the way to school; he imitates the poses he sees on the fronts of the cards (action poses are great and all, but there is something awesome about those cheesy, almost yearbook looking poses on old baseball cards); he's enjoyed watching the games (Kepler and Cruz are his heroes, mostly because he's seen them both Homer). Most importantly, he's gained a ton of interest in hitting an playing catch. It's great.
All of this is to say is that baseball needst stop trying to ruin baseball. Players, stay home. MLB, have a plan beyond "20-something dudebros not behaving like 20-something dudebros". Figure this out.
Kenta Maeda gets the start tonight. He was pretty solid in his first appearance, and the Spiders don't have anywhere near the lineup that Chicago does. I'm expecting that we might actually see our first six inning start tonight.
Not so surprisingly, the Twins are one of the three best teams in the league by record at the time of this writing. More surprisingly is that the other two are the Rockies and the Padres.
It feels very strange to write about the Twins right now as if I believe the season will just go on, but for now, I foolishly remain hopeful that we had our one misstep and from here on out, it's smooth sailing. Cleveland, who's apparently mulling a name change also, sends Shane Bieber against Jose Berrios in what should be a good matchup, assuming Berrios goes ahead and forgets what happened on Opening Day (for his part, Bieber threw six scoreless against the Royals, with 14 of his 18 outs being of the strike variety. Bieber is extremely prone to giving up the long ball, however, so let's sit back and enjoy the three true outcomes tonight.
This last has been rough, folks.
This series is huge, but it might not mean anything if the lineup can't get healthy. And after last night, the umpires saw fit to waste a start by one of the few starters who's been doing ANYTHING lately.
It's not ideal.
There's (maybe rightfully) a certain sense of dread hanging over this series. Cleveland's got some deadly pitchers on the hill, and we've got....openers. you know what would cure that? A double header sweep!
Get it done, Smeltzer/Thorpe/Dobnak/etc!
This is the Battle for the AL Central (lead)
Perhaps the biggest series of the season (so far)
Make or Break?
Do or Die?
Win or Go Home?
All or Nothing?
Sink or Swim?
Now or Never?
Put Up or Shut Up?
is it just, "one game at a time"?
we shall see!
Well, that was fun! Let's do it again.
I think Gibson is a decent pitcher, but he is prone to the type of game he had last night, where he just doesn't have it. Rocco realizing that in the fourth inning and taking him out probably saved the ballgame. That's the type of good decision making that adds up over a season and becomes magnified in the postseason.
It also turned "I don't have a good feeling about this series" to "hey, this could work..."
Trying to keep the good vibes going today is Jake Odorizzi. He's taken a bit of a tumble lately, bit I'm thinking that his true self is somewhere between the truly great April and May that he had and the significantly less good June where he lost his hold on the All Star Game start and, eventually, a couple of layers of skin on one of his fingers.
We all know this series is big. A win or (dare I even a think it) a sweep puts Cleveland back in their places and (hopefully) gives them a seller's mentality here in the next few weeks.
Cleveland counters with Trevor Bauer. He's been up and down lately after his strong start. The Twins got to him last time. Hopefully, they do it again.
I've got Kepler today, btw. Go Twins!