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Happy Birthday–May 12

Chicken Wolf (1862)
Lave Cross (1866)
Jumping Joe Dugan (1897)
Hank Borowy (1916)
Ed Runge (1918)
Yogi Berra (1925)
Felipe Alou (1935)
Ted Kubiak (1942)
Vic Albury (1947)
Bob Heise (1947)
Joe Nolan (1951)
Lou Whitaker (1957)
Kevin Bass (1959)
Willie Lozado (1959)
Mark Clark (1968)
Wes Helms (1976)
Felipe Lopez (1980)
Evan Meek (1983)
Lance Lynn (1987)

Ed Runge was an American League umpire from 1954-1970.  His son Paul and his grandson Brian have also been major league umpires.

Infielder Willie Lozado was drafted by Minnesota in the third round of the January Secondary draft in 1978, but did not sign.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to MagUidhir’s sister.

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I figured I should write at least something on my obsession with the Twins home run record chase, but before I do, I would like to point out that the Twins staff has only allowed 195 homers this year. That's second in the AL behind Tampa, who just allowed one to the Yanks in two games.  In fact, let's look at the AL playoff teams (as of Wednesday):

Rays: 177
Twins: 195
A's: 200
Indians: 200
Astros: 226
Yankees: 244

So the Yankees have barely scored more than the Twins, give up way more homers, and have a worse ERA+.  So why have the Yankees been better?  The Yankees have given up 45 unearned runs. The Twins, 74.  Eeeg.  If the Twins lose in the playoffs because of their atrocious defense...

Anyway, back to bombas.

The Twins are up two homers with three games to go. Neither team is really playing for anything. For the Yankees to get home field, they'd have to sweep while the Astros get swept. Not likely. So it's reasonable to think both teams will be resting players. The Twins will be matching up Astudillo and Miller and Torreyes with the likes of Romine and Estrada and Wade.  And, honestly, probably Giancarlo Stanton, who needs some reps before the playoffs.  The Twins will likely play Schoop a lot, who if he can do anything it's hit bombs in low-pressure situations.

The Yanks are playing the Rangers, who have given up 17 more homers than the Royals.  The Rangers also play in a more homer friendly park.

Let's look at projected starters and their HR/9:

Rangers: Palumbo (2.6), TBD (?), Lynn (0.9)
Royals: Skoglund (1.5), Sparkman (2.1), Lopez (1.8)

I think I've finally come to the point where I'll be okay if the Twins don't get this record. Clinching the division has helped for sure. Though no promises if the Twins are leading by three homers on Sunday and the Yankees hit four.

Every time I've bitched to nibbish about the Yankees hitting homers, he has replied with "Don't worry, they've got this."


2018 Game 24: Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twinss

(15-12)                                          (9-14)
Target Field
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, Minnesota
7:10 PM CDT

Game Previews
Minnesota Twins Official Game Notes
Yahoo! Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup
1. Ganderson, RF
2. Hernández, LF
3. Smoak, 1B
4. Solarte, 3B
5. Martin, C
6. Morales, DH
7. Pillar, CF
8. Díaz, SS
9. Gurriel Jr., 2B

New York Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Dozier, 2B
2. Mauer, 1B
3. Rosario, LF
4. Escobar, 3B
5. Kepler, CF
6. Grossman, RF
7. Morrison, DH
8. Garver, C
9. Adrianza, SS

Probable Starting Pitchers
Aaron Jacob Sanchez
1-2, 3.69
Michael Lance Lynn
0-2, 7.71

Championship Series 10/14/12

Two more games to enjoy today. On the downside, Joe Buck enters the postseason.

Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees
Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda

The Tigers are up one game, Jeter is broken and out, and Girardi has favored emotion over intelligence and is burying A-Rod. I got very close to cheering for the Yankees over the Tigers, but I'm finding that I just...can't. Amazingly, it's another early game for the Yankees.

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
Lance Lynn vs. Madison Bumgarner

The last two champions meet in the next CS for the first time in six decades, I read. Lance Lynn had 18 Wins this season and I'm fairly sure I've never heard of him. I'm not in love with either of these teams, but I like both of them enough to cheer them over the other clowns.