The Twins are maybe a little better than they seem.
That's perhaps an absurd thing to say above t the most disappointing team of my lifetime, but over the last thirty games, they're playing an even .500. that's not GOOD, by any stretch, and it doesn't negate the ridiculous 13-26 record they started the season with (and it won't save them from being sellers at the deadline), but it's not 100 loss territory, either.
Aaaaand, that's about it for the good news. Almost half the games have been started by pit cf hers who currently have 6+ ERAs, including this afternoon's dating participant, Randy Dobnak. The Übermensch was a feel good story when he snagged a long term deal over the winter, but this happy ending has been pretty well ruined by the postscript. He's currently in a race with Matty Shoes to see who can hit 9 ERA first, and much as I believe in Shoemaker's abilities, Randy might get there first based simply in the fact that he's still in the rotation.
Will Randy prove me wrong? I kind of doubt it, but that's why they play the games.
Donaldson and Cole get to settle(?) their sticky beef today.
Polanco - 2B
Donaldson - 3B
Larnach - LF
Cruz - DH
Jeffers - C
Kirilloff - RF
Sanó - 1B
Simmons - SS
Celestino - CF
Twins now 33% done with the season. At the 25% mark I did some simple projections on record and run scoring for the team. Let's do it again.
Record: 66 - 96 (+9 wins since last time)
Runs scored: 750 (+5 runs)
Runs allowed: 822 (-49 runs)
Pythag prediction: 75 - 87 (+6 wins)
FanGraphs still projects the team at 79 wins, unchanged from two weeks ago. I think I still take the under for that number but the 75 - 79 win mark feels about right.
Polanco - SS
Donaldson - 3B
Kirilloff - LF
Cruz - DH
Larnach - RF
Astudillo - 1B
Gordon - 2B
Jeffers - C
Celestino - CF
Louis Santop (1890)
Hank Leiber (1911)
Lum Harris (1915)
Mayo Smith (1915)
Don Zimmer (1931)
Keith Lieppman (1949)
Antonio Munoz (1949)
Pete LaCock (1952)
Darrell Porter (1952)
Mark Littell (1953)
Jerry Turner (1954)
Doug Simunic (1956)
T. R. Bryden (1959)
Chili Davis (1960)
Tyler Houston (1971)
Rob Bell (1977)
Trevor Bauer (1991)
Randy Dobnak (1995)
Catcher Louis Santop was a star in the Negro Leagues, hitting .349 over fifteen seasons.
Keith Lieppman has been Oakland's Director of Player Development since 1992.
Antonio Munoz was a long-time star in Cuba, winning eight home run titles and becoming the all-time leader in walks.
Doug Simunic was the manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks from 1996-2017.
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So that was frustrating. Twins leave 432,819 runners on base last night and couldn't close out on a White Sox team that has beat up on the Tigers and Royals but basically .500 against everyone else.
Dobnak on the mound for the Twins who had a really bad 3rd inning a week ago against the Cardinals. Someone called Dane Dunning pitching for the Sox.
First pitch at 7:10 and would be nice if the Twins could rally and cruise to the Division championship these last 11 games.
Two wins in a row! Injuries to Kepler and Arraez! Can we have good things?
By tonight, the Twins will be two-thirds of the way through their schedule, as one of the teams still on track to play all sixty games. They’re still in third, but can erase that with a perfect day here.
After finally coming back home to WGOM, in August I went through the most stressful month of my entire life. Without getting into specifics, suffice it to say that it’s over, and it’s nice to be back to worrying about nothing but silly stuff like baseball again. Let’s win two, gang.
Dobnak starts game 1, not sure yet who starts game 2 (probably a bullpen game).
This all sort of sneaked up on me, so I don't have anything extra. Cleveland and Chicago have caught up, so it's time to put some distance between us and them again.
Get it done, Übermensch.
I'm about done with Royals games. I'd be saying that even if they didn't have our number, but right now, our favorite team is 3-5 against them, and 14-5 against all other teams. It strikes me that the Twins would probably like playing someone else for a bit, as well.
Tonight, the Twins send Dobnak to try to regain some sense to all of this. He did a fine job against this team six days ago, so there's no reason to think he can't do the same today.
Time to go hang with the Brew Crew.
Dobnak has been fantastic in 2020, but Hauser hasn't been to shabby either.
Twins are looking to break a four game skid after getting swept out of Kansas.
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The Twins move to Pittsburgh for what I'm calling the third of a four game series. Let's keep the momentum going and get that four-game-two-city sweep.
Cruz continues to break MLB records as a 40 year old; an inspiration to us all.
Dobnak grew up around and took in games in Pittsburgh. He now makes a start there for a depleted Twins rotation. Let's hope he can also help give the bullpen a bit of a breather.
9-2 ties a franchise record for best start to a season (the 2001 Twins and 1930 Senators also accomplished). Let's go for the record. Naturally in a cursed season, this is one of the best teams in its history.