Well, this season didn't quite go the way we planned.
I figured that this was a 95 win team, and we're two games from an assured last place finish and most likely a number 8 draft pick in 2022. Disappointing.
There have been plenty of glimmers of hope for the future -- Buxton finally looking like a genuine superstar chief among them, but let's not try to put any perfume on this stinker. Not paying extra this spring for a TV plan that included any Twins games looks like one my best financial decisions ever at this point.
Here to close the door just a little bit further is Griffin Jax. There have been reasons to believe in certain starters this year, but I'm not sold on Jax. Who knows, though? Maybe tonight is the start of a new and improved era of Jax domination!
Well, hell. I'm fired up now. Let's do this, Griffin!
The Twins have 7 games left, and need to go 4-3 to avoid 90 losses.
Miguel Sano needs one more HR to get to 30.
Max Kepler needs one more HR to get to 20.
Luis Arraez and Josh Donaldson are currently tied for highest OBP (.351) among 2021 Twins Not Named Nelson Cruz That Have At Least 250 PA. Others that are contending for this crown...
Bailey Ober - .500 OBP (not enough PA)
Nelson Cruz - .370 OBP (named Nelson Cruz)
Mitch Garver - .358 OBP (not enough PA)
Byron Buxton - .341 OBP (not enough PA)
Jorge Polanco - .325 OBP (too many April PA)
If Griffin Jax allows a HR today, he will pass J.A. Happ for most allowed by a Twins pitcher this year.
If Griffin Jax allows 19 runs today, he will pass J.A. Happ for most allowed by a Twins pitcher this year.
If Griffin Jax throws a complete game shutout today, he would tie for the team lead in complete games (1 - Jose Berrios) and take the team lead in shutouts.
If Alex Colomé throws 3.1 IP with no earned runs, he will have a lower ERA than Pineda. If that happens, only José Berríos will have thrown more innings for the Twins this year with a lower ERA than Colomé.
Somebody here mentioned Jorge Alcalá's last month has been really good. In the last 30 days, opponents are hitting .190/.227/.238 off him and he's allowed one run in 11 appearances (ERA of 0.73 and FIP of 1.54). He can get his season WHIP under 1.00 with 1.2 innings with no baserunners. The Twins have four pitchers currently under 1.00 WHIP this season.
Final game against Cleveland for the season. The Twins already won the season series, 11-7, outscoring them 88-63.
The Twins already finished the season series with the White Sox, losing 13 out of 19 against them. Twins are also 7-9 against the Royals with three games remaining so unlikely to finish with a winning record against them. The record against the Tigers is flipped at 9-7 so also unlikely to finish with a losing record against them. If the Twins win tonight and get take four out of six against the Royals and Tigers, they would finish .500 against the division. *does the math* Oof, that is not good against all the other divisions.
The Twins seem to have the Brewers' number this year, if it wasn't for the combined efforts of Bad Colomé and Bad Dobnak on opening day, we'd be looking at the possibility of a season sweep. Instead, as the saying goes, we'll have to settle for 5-1 if they get a win today.
Josh Donaldson is doing well. In the last 5 series he's played 14 games in a row while hitting .309/.377/.582 which is in the rarified air that we call "a higher OPS than Jorge Polanco" for that time.
Luis Arraez has 365 plate appearances in 129 team games. If he goes 17 for 38 today, he would qualify for, and take the lead in, the AL batting race. His .303 average is 5th best in the league among those with more than 175 PA.
Griffin Jax is pitching today, bouncing back from a rough start against Boston. He had strung together a few good starts before that, and he won't be facing the Red Sox today so I choose optimism.
The Twins made multiple deals ahead of the trade deadline last week as they "retool for the future." No word on when that future is expected to arrive. Fans are asked to remain patient while the retooling process is underway.
Griffin Jax on the mound for the Twins today. He's 1-1 in 3 starts with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, so there's some room for improvement here. Framber Valdez takes the ball for the Astros. He's got a 7-2 record, a 3.01 ERA, and a 1.30 WHIP. Play ball!
The games are about to start, and I don't see a game log, so here's one. Griffin Jax goes for the Twins in game one. Someone goes for the Twins in game two, probably someone not named Griffin Jax. I'm guessing the White Sox will use a couple of pitchers, too. Go Twins!