3 on the board before Smeltzer takes the bump
Ten games down in the 2022 season so we can play a little bit of "having fun with SSS." After 10 games...
Projected record: 65-97
Average margin of Twins win: 4.75
Average margin of Twins loss: 4.16
Projected Byron Buxton games missed: 48 games
Nick Gordon will finish with a higher OPS than Miguel Sano
Projected Miguel hits: 32, 16 of them HRs.
Whew, let's hope in 20 games, some of these trends get turned around.
Chris Archer vs. Carlos Hernandez.
First Pitch at 7:10, just 20 minutes before the Wolves-Griz tilt.
1B Luis Arraez, L
2B Jorge Polanco, S
SS Carlos Correa, R
RF Max Kepler, L
CF Nick Gordon, L
3B Gio Urshela, R
LF Trevor Larnach, L
DH Gary Sánchez, R
C Ryan Jeffers
The Twins quest for 90 losses wraps up today. Charlie Barnes get the coveted Closing Day start, and all I really want to see is Byron Buxton hitting some homers.
At the end of the season, it seems like we should look back an
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!
Buxton going to have to hit 7 home runs to gt us a win tonight
Twenty games remain. The Twins have to go 10-10 to avoid 90 losses. Considering the non-locomotive-related disaster of the first month and a half and the trading away of Cruz and Berrios, avoiding 90 losses would be notable for this team.
Jorge Polanco might hit his 30th homer today!
Bailey Ober might have his 10th start in a row allowing 3 or fewer earned runs!
The Twins might even the season series against KC at 8-8 and move up to a tie for fourth in the AL central standings!
So many reasons to tune in.
Maybe Kenta Maeda will give us a reason to watch?
I am kind of annoyed that the Royals used 5 relief pitchers yesterday and not a single one of them blew the lead. It's some weird new definition of "relief pitching" that seems particularly unfair when deployed against the Twins.
Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope your weather is nice and your neighbors fireworks last only until bedtime and no longer.
I've liked Wolf Alice on and off since their debut album a while back, but their albs have always struck me as a bit uneven. Their newest, Blue Weekend, fixes a lot of that, and it rocks, besides.
I always figured they'd put on a real good live show, and this clip seems to confirm that.
Oh, and Griffin Jax takes on the Royals, if you're into that sort of thing.
The Griffin Jax era is (probably) upon us! But first we get another couple innings of Bailey Ober.
I always enjoy a big league debut, even if it isnt an absolute top prospect. Hopefully, there are other enjoyable things in this game as well.
Twins going for the series split after once again splitting the Friday and Saturday games this week.
Game Time - 7:10 p.m CT
Well, for awhile there the Twins were showing some signs of life with a series win at Cleveland and a sweep of Baltimore at home before losing a home series to Kansas City. Another road series against Baltimore did not prove to be the tonic it's been for a few years now as the boys foundered like an overloaded crab boat on a stormy Chesapeake Bay. The Twins will complete this road trip with a series in Kansas City before returning home to take on the Yankees and and the Astros. Injuries have taken a big toll on this team and rendered it more or less replacement level at way too many positions, and of course there's the bullpen that's been an albatross all season long. It's been a disappointing first trimester to say the least, but as players return from injuries there's hope for improvement. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.
The Twins send J.A. Happ to the mound today while Kansas City will counter with a southpaw of their own in Kris Bubic. He faced the Twins last Friday and pretty much had their number, giving up just one run on four hits over six innings. Happ has been quite good over his last two starts, recording 15 strikeouts in those outings. Let's hope that 38-year old arm has enough experience to hold down the Royals' offense, and that our lineup is more effective against the 23-year old from Cupertino that it was the last time out. Play ball!