Whoa, I'm shocked I got this one in on time. I'm in Manchester for two weeks, so I likely can't follow the team. But, my rental car is a six speed diesel, so there's that.
Deduno (1-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. Gallardo (3-3,3.56 ERA)
Dedudes and his zoomy look to avenge Gibson from last night against the first place Brewers at the swampy confines of Miller Park.
I made it to England and I'm fairly surprised by how often I'm running across terminology differences that are giving me pause and making me have to think about communications. Truly two countries separated by a common language. I also did some driving around between the hotel and the airport (because the Apple maps gave me shoddy directions), and I'm struggling a bit to understand where the left side of the car is, so I've hit a couple of curves on left turns. I've also missed a couple of gears because my left hand refuses to do what my right hand does naturally. Starting today I should get to actually see some of this country instead of just the dumpster outside my hotel room window.
Starters: Samuel Deduno (and his Magical Zoomball) (0-1, 2.89 ERA) vs. Josh "Probably a Jeremy" Tomlin (Stats-less)
Dedsy returns to the starting rotation from his spot letting inherited runners in to score in place of Big Pelf, so regardless what happens tonight it'll almost surely be better than it could have been.
I wasn't able to follow last night's game at all. When I got home and checked the score, seeing Escobar as the guy who hit the home run was about as far from what I had expected as possible. At this point, I really don't see why Florimon is on the big club when the bench could really use someone who could actually provide some pop in those late inning situations. But, I suppose I don't control those things and the Twins are at .500, so there is that.
Anywho, tonights opponent is making his first start of the season, so this would seem like a really good game for Twin's hitters to get their walking mojo working. Tomlin's stats make him look a lot like a lot of the starters the Twins have trotted out over the past few years, striking out few and giving up runs. I have a good feeling their new organizational edict at the plate will prevent this from being a typical Jeremy game.
McAllister (4-7, 3.90 ERA) vs. Lake 'Ace' Deduno (7-5, 3.38 ERA)
So, we're just a hair under 2/3'rds of the way through the season and the Clevelanders and Kansas City'ers are both ahead of the Yankees for the wild card. Be still, my beating heart.
The Twins look to continue winning despite hitting the least clutch home runs of any team, ever. They do so with their previous ace on the mound the day after their new real ace delivered a sparkling shutout.
I wanted to do a little research and write a little more for this game log, but man, I'm tired.
Hughes (3-7, 4.82 ERA) vs. Lake Deduno (4-2, 3.32 ERA)
Ugh, I'm not sure if the demoralizing defeats were worse back when the Yankees actually had a scary lineup, or if its worse watching Gardy trot out what I assume (without being able to see) is a Jared Burton with a lingering health issue followed by a Deunsing who can't get righties <em>or</em> lefties out night after night. I think the latter is worse when taking into account the number of pitchers on the roster.
On the bright side, the Yankees and Twins are similarly behind the leaders in their division, so we got that going for us.
Lake Deduderino (1-1, 5.11 ERA) vs. Mendoza (1-2, 4.63 ERA)
Hey, its Tuesday!
I just found out Deduno's middle name is Lake, which should make him a great fit for Minnesota because of lakes. Anyway, while I can't read his mind, I expect he'd like to build off of a pretty good start last week against Milwaukee in which he threw the most innings in a game a starter has thrown for the Twins since, I think and without looking this up, Johan Santana was with the team. Granted, it came against what is a very, very bad Brewers team, but on the bright side, this start is coming against a very bad Royals team. Plus, per Pos's recent column on the subject, they hate walks, which is good for Deduno.
More importantly, today marks the return of Clete Thomas. I know the anticipation was thick, and now all that waiting should finally pay off. Probably in the form of many, many strikeouts, though.
Hopefully, the power can continue and the Twins can do what they ought to be able to do against the lowly Royals.