After the improbable win against the Rangers yesterday, the Cleveland Guardians of the Galaxy come to town for a three game series to close out the month. The Twins currently have a 6.0 game lead in the division, so hopefully they use this opportunity to pull away. Curry is on the mound for the Guards (I think I know, but I'll let you try to pronounce his first game). He's only made a few starts this year, but has been decent enough. Most likely should be plenty to put away this lineup.
We hit the road after this (to play the Rangers... and the Guardians?) so let's get some wins!
And as Rhu_Ru noted, in yesterday's game, "Gallo, Buxton, Kepler, and Jeffers K'd in all their ABs". So yeah, that's not great! We're getting one of those years where we do things like have a promising road trip then trip onto our faces against lesser teams. I fear this is going to be the type of team we have this year. Again. Rays of sunshine, bracketed by frustration. Uh, play ball!
As mentioned, the Twins have a grueling, crucial stretch in front of them. While a sweep of the Giants is nice, these next few series could well decide the course of the rest of the season.
Aaaaand one reason I said that is I guess I haven't been playing close attention because I thought the Red Sox were doing better than this. They're currently in last place in the AL East (though that designation naturally comes with some caveats) at 62-66. Still, I'm sure they could easily be in contention for the Central, so this won't be an easy series. Especially if the assbats are abound as has been a common feature lately.
We start off with some Bello on Bundy action tonight. Dylan allowed 2 runs in 5 innings against the Astros last time, but he didn't record a strikeout. Hopefully another Twins starter can hit six innings tonight.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings are coming to town with malice in their hearts...
Okay, that's not accurate, but it sounds cool. Anyway, the Reds are coming in with a four game losing streak. Like the Twins, they're 4th in their Central, but with a .500 record. The Twins are coming off a rare series win (and even more rare sweep!), so let's hope they keep the momentum going to drive up trade values. Enjoy the game, folks.