Tom Loftus (1856)
Pat Ragan (1883)
Mickey Livingston (1914)
Gus Bell (1928)
Big Brother A (1951)
Randy Niemann (1955)
Pedro Borbon (1967)
Dylan Bundy (1992)
Tom Loftus managed Cincinnati, Chicago, and Washington around the turn of the (twentieth) century.
Big Brother A is one of the two people--Dad A being the other--from whom I got a love of baseball and a love of the Twins. I don't know how it's possible that I have a brother who's seventy-one years old when I'm still so young, but happy birthday, Big Brother.
We also wish a happy birthday to spookymilk’s brother.
Continue reading Happy Birthday–November 15
As mentioned, the Twins have a grueling, crucial stretch in front of them. While a sweep of the Giants is nice, these next few series could well decide the course of the rest of the season.
Aaaaand one reason I said that is I guess I haven't been playing close attention because I thought the Red Sox were doing better than this. They're currently in last place in the AL East (though that designation naturally comes with some caveats) at 62-66. Still, I'm sure they could easily be in contention for the Central, so this won't be an easy series. Especially if the assbats are abound as has been a common feature lately.
We start off with some Bello on Bundy action tonight. Dylan allowed 2 runs in 5 innings against the Astros last time, but he didn't record a strikeout. Hopefully another Twins starter can hit six innings tonight.
The Guardians won yesterday and the Twins did not, falling further back in the division. The Orioles have a better record. MLB released its 2023 schedule and for the first time, every team will play all other 29 teams in a season. There's still a bias towards intradivision games, but it's less than it used to be. The AL Central has a chance for everyone to be below .500 next year.
Valdez is having his best season yet. He's also left-handed. Insert everything free wrote yesterday into this game log.
3 4 of this long series. Since the disappointing series against Cleveland last week, the Twins continued to do okay while the Guardians were swept by Boston. Here's to adding to the losing and the Twins increasing their divisional lead.
I put in to work the first game of the Yankees series but didn't get scheduled. Just as well, it was a downer of a game. Last night was much better, and televised in a manner that allowed me watch, a rarity these days. It was a mirror image of the first game, really, competitive until the later innings when one of the bullpens caved in. So far the hometown nine have held their own against the top of the AL East, winning the Toronto series on the road and facing a rubber game with the Yankees tonight to decide this series. We'll see what tonight and the weekend tilts against Tampa Bay hold, but so far we've gone toe-to-toe against the East and held our own. Taking two of three from the best team in baseball right now would make a real statement, and I'm hoping the Twins end this one with a bang, not a whimper.
Dylan Bundy, the Pride of Tulsa, takes the mound for the Gemini tonight. He's started nine games this year, winning three and losing three with no decision in three. His ERA stands at 5.57 and his WHIP at 1.45 so if he can give the team five innings and hold the Yanks to 2-3 runs I'd consider that a mostly successful outing. Gerrit Cole gets the start for the Yankees. He's good, he's always been good, a first-round draft pick twice over with a .656 career winning percentage. Cole is 5-1 in 11 starts this year with a 2.78 ERA (2.03 over his last 8 starts), 0.96 WHIP and 81 punch-outs in 65 innings pitched. And he's coming off one of the most dominant performances of his career. The ass-bats must be given no quarter tonight.
Yesterday was fun! Let's do that again.
Today, Bundy takes on Berrios. Neither pitcher has had a GREAT year, exactly, but Berrios has been particularly bad. Here's hoping our guys can take advantage of that.
The bottom half of the lineup looks pretty rough, but this can work.
One month in, how are ex-Twins doing compared to the current players at those positions?
Game in progress. Bundy's ERA is regressing to the mean very quickly.
Hits are hard to come by these days.
How bad are offenses across the league? Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela and Trevor Larnach have been league average hitters so far, and two of them have OBPs that start with a 2.
Continue reading Game 15: white Sox @ twins
Rise and shine! We've got early morning baseball. It must be especially odd for our friends on the west coast...
Old friend Dick Mountain is on the mound of the Sox. His first start against the Tigers wasn't great, so hopefully he won't start putting it together until after this game. On the flip side, let's hope Bundy keeps truckin' ahead today as well.
It's too early for assbats, damn it! Let's gooooo!