The Twins started the season with 3 games against the Indians. They won two of the three, and started their season off on the right foot. So there's some poetic scheduling happening here that they would start the 2nd half at Cleveland. A few wins would be a tremendous boost for the season. Nothing will really be decided this weekend, but man oh man does it feel like it.
So here we go. Do we have some real champs on our hands? This is where the fun begins. Sit down, buckle up, and let's enjoy the ride!
Gibson (10-11, 3.96 ERA, 4.02 xFIP) vs. Anderson (6-3, 3.31 ERA, 4.43 xFIP)
Gibson's coming off his shortest and possibly worst outing of the season against this very Cleveland team. Hopefully he's got a mind for some revenge tonight as the Twins are going to need all the wins they can get since those other frickin teams keep not losing. Since the bullpen has been shaky of late, it'd be great to get a good 7-8 innings.
Opposite Gibson is the rookie Cody Anderson, owner of a shiny 3.31 ERA and a less shiny 4.43 xFIP. He's had some trouble striking guys out with just under 5 K's/9, so on paper this looks like a pretty good matchup for the Twins. It would also be nice if they could find the time to score in more than just one or two innings.
i had NPR on today as the wife, the boy, and i were driving back from a day out, and after a particular errand, i caught the end of an interview with brian wilson and mike love. mr. wilson, when asked what the greatest album of all time was, responded with, "'sail away' by randy newman, though most others probably won't agree with me." i'd banged around the idea of picking up a randy newman album now and then, and that seemed as good an album as any. about midway through the second song, it occurred to me that i needed to put up a video. this track loosely connects that and other recent events.
i found 3 live clips from 3 different decades, and he started the song off with the same "fire hazard" line each time.