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 Gallo was withdrawn from the game yesterday with right-side tightness, having already experienced it previously this season.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.
Woo boy! We have one of those future hall of fame pitchers vs. a young up and coming ace head-to-head tonight at Target Field. Reminds me of back in 2006 when Francisco Liarano faced Roger Clemens. Verlander v. Ryan tonight and check out these stats:
Should be a humdinger
and Byron Buxton should be back in the line up. First pitch at 6:40p and looks like a gorgeous night for baseball.
Twins Line up
RF - Kepler
1B - Miranda
DH - Sanchez
2B - Polanco
3B - Urshela
SS - Lewis
LF - Kirilloff
C - Jeffers
CF - Celestino
Will Atlanta fulfill Plouffe's prediction? Soler's monster shot over the train tracks does help.
This could be the final MLB game for too many months so I plan on enjoying what I can.
Pineda yesterday means Maeda today.
It is oddly satisfying to me that the Twins kept two rhyming starters in their rotation after the trade deadline. I tried to come up with a fun couplet to describe the rotation, but I have been informed that Twins pitching and fun aren't allowed to go together.
Game Time - 7:10 p.m. CDT
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!