We have ourselves some playoff baseball folks. Having split the two games in Houston the Twins now with a chance to close out the Astros at home and move on to the ALCS. There is literally a generation of Twins fans who have never experienced anything like this. My son is 28 and doesn't really remember the 2002 series against Oakland and then losing to the Angels.
Sonny Gray on the mound for the Twins and it will be nice to have his veteran presence in a big game like this. Also I really like the pitching matchup advantage the Twins have with Cristian Javier going for the Astros. He's a big fly out pitcher so hopefully we see a lot of balls deposited into the stands.
Plus I'll be at the game so very excited.
We can keep this post open and use it for the Orioles at Rangers at 7:00. Let's hope the Birds extend that series a couple more games.
First pitch at 3:07
Edouard Julien, DH
Jorge Polanco, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Royce Lewis, 3B!!
Carlos Correa, SS
Alex Kirilloff, 1B
Matt Wallner, LF
Willi Castro, CF
Ryan Jeffers, C
I may have had my fill of Minnesota sports this weekend, but once more into the breach, I guess.
After some heroics from Royce Lewis yesterday, Twins back at it tonight against Houston in an evening game. Joe Ryan on the mound vs. Brandon Bielak. Twins definitely come out ahead on today's pitching match up so hopefully the bats can be active and timely once again. No word this morning on Byron Buxton who was not in the line up yesterday. He's been pretty wretched at the plate since he dinged that knee so hopefully a few days off will get him back on track. LATE
UPDATE: Buxton in today's lineup. Hopefully the one day did him good.
First pitch at 7:10 from lovely Houston, TX.
Three days ago things didn't look so good.
The Twins had lost two in a row, their home opener had been pushed back due to weather, and the defending champs were coming to town for a potentially challenging series.
Today there's good news!
Twins pitchers have decided to strike out everyone and not give up hits. The hitters have delivered enough hits with runners on to take the first two games of the series and Tyler Mahle takes the mound today to try and close out a sweep of the Astros.
Mahle will face Hunter Brown.
Just in advance of game time, the Twins announced Kepler has landed on the 10-day IL. Gallo was withdrawn from the game yesterday with right-side tightness, having already experienced it previously this season.
Game 3 after yesterday's rainout. Looks like good weather for next few days so all games should get in no problem.
First pitch schedule for at 7:03p
Chris Archer has started 21 games for the Twins this season. In not one of them has he pitched more than five innings. Not one. He'll take the mound again tonight, but if want to see him pitch, try not to blink. Archer squares off with Luis Garcia, who is 10-8 with an ERA just north of four and 127 strikeouts in 124 innings. If momentum is tonight's starting pitcher, advantage Astros, I guess.
The Guardians keep collecting wins while the Twins squander their opportunities and pile up the losses with lackluster defense, baserunning, and an offense that is only days away from an official MIA designation. The main thing that keeps me hanging on is that I love watching Luis Arraez play baseball and feel compelled to watch every plate appearance and track his batting average on a daily basis. So, I have no idea how you turn this team around and get it playing up to its potential again, that's Rocco's job and that's why he makes the big pile of dough. It doesn't strike me as an easy task, though.
After losing 3 of 4 to the Rangers at home the Twins find themselves looking to get back on track against the lowly Houston Astros at Enron Field. Narrator: The Astros have the best record in the American League and play at Minute Maid Park
And after scoring 6 runs in four games against the Rangers, the Twins look to feast on the Astro pitching. Narrator: The Astros have the best pitching line up in the American League and tonight's starter, Justin Verlander, has a 1.95 ERA.
The Astros may not be the Royals, but could just be the team the Twins need to face to get back on track with 42 games left in the season. Narrator: While true the Astros are not the Royals, this does not appear the team the Twins need to face right now.
Aaron Sanchez back up for the Twins tonight after a decent outing 3 weeks ago against the Tigers so we'll see how that goes too. Oof.
Game time 7:10p
1B - Arraez
SS - Correa
2B - Polanco
DH - Miranda
CF - Gordon
RF - Kepler
LF - Cave
C - Sanchez
It appears that the Twins replacement players are not quite up to snuff when facing a team that's appeared in three of the last five World Series. Here's a log for the game that wasn't postponed last night...already in progress.