The Twins seem to have the Brewers' number this year, if it wasn't for the combined efforts of Bad Colomé and Bad Dobnak on opening day, we'd be looking at the possibility of a season sweep. Instead, as the saying goes, we'll have to settle for 5-1 if they get a win today.
Josh Donaldson is doing well. In the last 5 series he's played 14 games in a row while hitting .309/.377/.582 which is in the rarified air that we call "a higher OPS than Jorge Polanco" for that time.
Luis Arraez has 365 plate appearances in 129 team games. If he goes 17 for 38 today, he would qualify for, and take the lead in, the AL batting race. His .303 average is 5th best in the league among those with more than 175 PA.
Griffin Jax is pitching today, bouncing back from a rough start against Boston. He had strung together a few good starts before that, and he won't be facing the Red Sox today so I choose optimism.
First team to 10 runs wins! That's been the series so far, with blowouts going both ways in the first two games.
Brent Rooker sure likes hitting against the Rays, huh? 6 for 9 in the first two games, with 2 homers, a double, and not a single strikeout. This after going 0 for 11 with 9 strikeouts in the previous series against the White Sox.
Luis Arraez just likes hitting against anyone. I feel like he's the one in the lineup that I watch and think "but how does he do that?" the most often. After hitting only .304 in June, Arraez hit .373 in July and .417 so far in August.
Charlie Barnes starts for the Twins. That hasn't gone great so far this year, but maybe this time will be different.
Luis Patiño goes for the Rays and he's had one good start out of four since joining the rotation about a month ago.
Looking at the most recent starts for these pitchers, it just might end up being another race to 10 runs this afternoon.
We get another start from Big Mike! That's not something a lot of people thought would happen, but with Berrios and Happ gone, Pineda gets to be the veteran starter for the rest of this season. He's had two good starts since the All- Star break, classic Pineda starts of 5 or 6 innings, allowing 1 or 2 runs. You know, the kind of starts that apparently have no trade value.
Let's all take a minute to appreciate Jorge Polanco's July: .327/.366/.548, 6 HR
And there was Luis Arraez in July as well: .373/.415/.458
Alright, those are the positive vibes I got. Go Twins!