Uh, day game alert I guess?
Well, the Twins basically got the series sweep, if not technically (I forget what happened at the end of that first game). I'd call it a decent start to the year.
They hop over Lake Michigan for a three game set with Tigers, all DAY GAME ALERTs. Looks like we'll be spending our lunch breaks with the Twins this week.
A lot of familiar faces in the other dugout this series, including Akil Baddoo who cranked a donger on the first major league pitch he saw. I have a feeling he won't be offered back to the Twins this year...
Shoemaker makes his Twins debut facing off against Jose Urena in a battle of the righties. Nelson Cruz also debuts in his natural position, so hopefully the Boomstick can start to get into a groove. It's a nice, warm day to enjoy some afternoon baseball.
Afternoon Game Alert!!
End of a pretty good homestand for the Twins but only the second game of a 4-game tilt against the Pirates, with the next two games at PNC.
Not much to complain about this team 10 games in, except perhaps the performance of Jose Berrios. Hopefully this all gets rectified today against a Pirates team that has only won two games.
Furthermore, who knows this season really lasts so getting as many wins under their belt will do the Twins good. Perhaps there will be an abbreviated playoff to get some closure on the season.
Beautiful day for some outdoor baseball, let's go Twins!
Oh hey, just what the Wild needed, another road trip.
This time we get three games in four days against the Eastern Conference Canadian Contingent.
Ottawa might be the best chance on this road trip to catch that elusive first win. But you'll excuse me if I'm less than optimistic. All the HockeyStats in the world can't cover up the fact that the Wild are mixing in some atrociously bad stretches that are costing them games. When those awful 5-minute breakdowns go away, then we'll get to see some wins. Does it happen this week? Part of me wants to see them go 0-10, just to see what Russo writes about at that point.
The Maple Leafs are really good. A road game against Toronto isn't fun for anyone, let alone a team that is allowing more than 5 goals a game. Be sure to tune in for that one, because that'll be the one that the Wild inexplicably pull together and dominate (see last season's decimation of the Lightning in the midst of a truly lackluster second half).
The Canadiens are ... good, I think? I don't know, it's the Eastern Conference, I don't pay attention to these teams. Let's assume that they have been playing better hockey than the Wild. Fair?
GAME 4 RECAP - PITTSBURGH 7, MINNESOTA 4
Four Wild goals!
The Wild continued their highly amusing streak of allowing an empty net goal in every game this season. These are the little details that can drive a goal differential past "sad" and into "ludicrous".
Hey, all. Pretty busy today as I'm guessing you are as well. The Odoreater is up against the Zimm dog, pitching better after a recent IL stint, though he's still afflicted with being on the Tigers. Hoping for a fun-filled donger fest today!
Big Mike FTW!?! We sure hope so.
Buchholz vs Pineda
Tortuga behind the dish in place of Castro and batting 7th (bumping Schoop down a spot), but otherwise the lineup looks like last evening’s successful bunch.
Pindeda’s innings pitched in his first three starts have gone 4, 5 & 6. Rocco & the Bullpen certainly wouldn’t mind if he continued that trend with 7 (or 8 or 9) innings this afternoon.
Salvage the Split!!!
Sorry if I'm stepping on any toes. I figure that we're all still getting into the swing of things here.
We're getting a bit of an "off day" lineup, with Cave, Garver, Austin, and Adrianza all in the lineup. The thing that matters most, though, is that La Tortuga is playing third.
Kyle Gibson will try to keep the momentum going on the way to hopefully continuing the bit of a breakout he experienced last season. It would be huge if he was able to do that.
Day game. On faveboom (that's FB; i like the non-autocorrected version better).
Twins on a four game winning streak. Only 1.5 games behind the Clevelanders. Byron Buxton should be ready to play this week. All looking rosy for the Twins after a dreadful late April. Could be a nice pitcher's duel today with Jake Odorizzi up against Carlos Martinez, who's been pretty dang good this year. Perfect St. Louis weather for an afternoon game. If I worked in downtown St. Louis, probably a great day to play hooky and head over to the ballpark.