So can the Twins keep the momentum going after a classic Odorizzi-Verlander barn burner last night? More importantly can the Astros recover, knowing that there is a new tough guy on the block this year? Well that's why they play the games.
Astros putting up Gerrit Cole who hasn't been super great this year, but definitely gets the SOs, averaging 1.5 inning this year. He had one bad start that has inflated his ERA but should be a pitcher this potent Twins lineup can get to. Michael Pineda up against the Astros again after seeing them last week. Pineda didn't pitch horribly against the 'stros but took the loss. Let's hope for some sweet revenge.
Rainy and cold today unfortunately. Doesn't it seem like our weather has been a month behind since February? I'm guessing they get this in as the rain shouldn't be too heavy and Wednesday and Thursday don't look super great either. First Pitch at 6:40p once again.
Twins Line up:
Alright, boys, you have one goal tonight.
Twins up against the Astros again after a nice mashing last night. Michael Pineda up for the Twins and he has done as well as expected through four games with a 2-1 record and almost a SO per inning. Also at 6’7”, 265 lbs, I wonder if he had been born in the United States if Pineda would have played football or basketball, the dude is huge. Wade Miley on the mound for the Astros and if you’ve been forgoing anything in a Lent-like fashion until the Twins faced a lefty starter, well today is the day you can finally partake. Congratulations on getting this far with that. Miley has been serviceable but doesn’t throw a ton of strikeouts. He has held opponents to 3 earned runs or less for 20 straight starts, so he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.
Important game for the Twins to win as Verlander up for the ‘Stros tomorrow. Be nice to get a win tonight and not have to worry about Wednesday’s game. First pitch at 7:10p.
Twins Line Up:
The first place Twins come into Houston to play the second place Astros. Odoreater is coming off a decent start against the Blue Jays and has a decent career line against the `Stros. Will he nibble himself to death against a tough lineup? We will see.
The Twins did not have a fun visit to the Space City last year, getting swept and outscored 18-4. Let's hope their rejiggered lineup will have better results.
One last bit of randomness: after a truly half-baked search, I can't find what Peacock's middle name is. Only a middle initial of "J".
Continue reading 2019 Game 20: Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros
Much excitement! Such bats! Many ball!
LA and Houston can close out their series while the East Coast teams are tied at one.
If anyone's alive and bored today.
So, it's after Labor Day and the Twins are just about done (Tragic Number is 12). Byron Buxton is exiled, Sano is mired in a horrible slump, Someone called Johnny Field is playing in the outfield and Chris Gimenez is making "contributions." Makes me almost pine for the days when I paid attention to NFL football. Almost.
Anyway Twins play the Astros so you can see Justin Verlander pitch. He's not the dominant pitcher he was a few years back but he doesn't have to be given the Astros' lineup. Also 240 Strikeouts, 181 Innings Pitched, WHIP of 0.95 are all among the league leaders. Trevor May is the Opener for the Twins, I couldn't find who is coming in after him. Sorry for the half-bakedness.
EDIT: Apparently Kohl Stewart is the Follower tonight.
Game at 7:10p
Fingers crossed for some good Gibson as we face Dallas in Houston. Hope you all are enjoying the weekend!
The Houston Astros, besides winning it all, also claimed the best team projection ever at 101 wins. This is a team that taking the over of 100 wins is a safe bet. The Twins have postseason aspirations, need every single win they can get, and doing well against the defending champs would be some early wins in the bank. I was hoping for a series win while recognizing that even going 1-2 isn't terrible. The lost a close game, won a close game, and won a slug fest.
- The bats. They were held scoreless in the first game but still scored 13 runs against a great team.
- Ryan Pressly. In two innings, he allowed one hit and got two strikeouts. His results have never really matched his stuff so it would be nice if things click this season.
- Rosario in the field and the plate.
- The starting pitching. Lynn and Odorizzi had fine results but the process was bad (four and five walks respectively). Gibson was simply not good.