Another Wednesday, another day game.
Another surprisingly decent start by Keuchel against the Mets. Now he's facing an actually good team. This is also the final game the Twins have against a good team this season. Yes, it's only game 146. Next up is a road trip against the White Sox and Reds (75-71 right now). After that it's a gentle stretch into the postseason with the Angels and Athletics visiting before the final series in Denver.
The Twins have kind of had the Rangers' number so far. That's fun.
Tonight, we're going to see that dominance put to the test, because does anyone REALLY believe in Dallas Keuchel? Hopefully, he gnoshes on enough innings tonight that the bullpen isn't taxed and that the offense can keep them in it.
late start, but the return to the big league of Dallas Keuchel
Sorry, gang, I don't have a lot of time to rap with you today. We mentioned a feeling of hopelessness warshing over us on the podcast (*ahem*), so it's hard to know how to approach following this team. I guess I'm not ready to give up on this team with every fiber of my being, but maybe with most of them for now.
And hey, if this game sucks, I know a great podcast you can listen to...
The Twins have a palindromic record in a bad way after yesterday's game. Today we get to hope they break the palindrome in a hopeful way and not to get closer to losing two-thirds of their games.
Yesterday actually happened. There was a meaningful, delightful baseball game. Kepler actually swatted the first pitch he saw over the right field fence. I actually got to sit on the floor with my son and we both got to watch our bullpen decimate the White Sox lineup while we played with Legos.
That was great. What do they have for an encore?
The Übermensch takes on Dallas Keuchel. Now, in theory, this is the type of matchup that we've kind of weary of over the past couple of years. Their Cy Young alum takes on our second year fodder. A few problems with that live off thinking though:
* The Übermensch isn't just fodder. He was a fine pitcher down the stretch last year, and I feel like as deep as our rotation is here, he'll break into it this summer.
* This is not 2015 Kid Keuchel. He's an old man now. He has tennis balls in his garage to help him park his minivan. He has to take a motorized scooter to get to the pitching mound, and has to take a walker to get to the top of it. He BARELY cracks 93 anymore.
* This lineup, you guys. Rosario WALKED in his first plate appearance of the season. They justifiably batted a potential batting champion 9th. Max Kepler may break the all time home run record by the end of
April err, August.
This is going to be good. Go Twins!!
Fingers crossed for some good Gibson as we face Dallas in Houston. Hope you all are enjoying the weekend!
The Astros had a poor April, winning just nine of the 28 games. May was much kinder as they won 15 of 29 and so far in June they have won two out of four. The Astros being the doormat of the AL, especially to at-best mediocre teams like the Twins, appears to have ended.