Game Time - 12:10 p.m. CDT
Ass-bats and ass-arms. Either the Twins are a better team than their record indicates, or this isn't going to be the team I thought it was going to be. But it's still early and I take solace in the conventional wisdom that the front office has two months to figure out what's broke and two months to fix it. I'd suggest, though, that they don't need another month of figuring and can move directly on to the fixing at this point.
Big Mike starts off the slinging for the Twins today, he's 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 27 strikeouts in five starts and you can't ask for much more than that. Jordan Lyles takes the mound for the Rangers in the matinee sporting a 1-2 record with a 7.39 ERA. He was roughed up to the tune of five runs over four innings by the Red Sox in his last start and he's given up 12 over his last two, so there may be opportunity to put some crooked numbers on the board. Play ball!
Twins have been showing some signs of life lately with timely bats and decent starting pitching so why not finally bring Kyle Gibson to the mound to keep that winning streak going. Wait, I'm being told that Kyle Gibson is now pitching for the Rangers and he's been good Gibby?
Yes, Kyle Gibson has a 3.0 record for the Rangers, was their opening day starter and has earned that honor with a dang good season so far. Fun to see him do well but we all know it's time for bad Gibby to show is head sometime so why not tonight?
J.A. Happ for the Twins and he's been a pleasant surprise with a 2.0 record and 1.96 ERA.
Nice night for a ballgame if you can get in. 6:40p start.
It's a baseball game! Check it out!
Okay, that's more like it.
This is pretty clearly going to be a dogfight to the end of the season, but last weekend, things were looking pretty dire.
They still need to tighten up just about every part of their game (the defense,in particular, has looked really sloppy these last few weeks), but now that the Twins are taking on lesser teams, and now that the Clevelanders are taking on actual contenders, this thing looks doable.
Berrios takes on Jurado tonight. This SHOULD be a winnable game. Let's make it happen.
I'm taking MarWIN.
The return of Big Mike. Cleveland recently came into Arlington and took it to the Rangers. I’m hopeful (though with some reservations) that the Twins realize their potential tonight.
The Twins broke the hearts of Brewers fans on Tuesday, and the Brewers returned the favor yesterday. Let’s get back to the Tuesday feels.
Gotta be honest, I'll probably be flipping between this game and college football.
We're nearly to the halfway point in the season, and we still don't know what sort of team we have.
Or... Is the game log image appropriate?
(it's a cop out, showing the alternate artwork for it, but eh, I've never been overly fond of either cover. More a fan of the music itself)
Are we still celebrating Fernando Romero pitching? I am! Happy Romero Day!
Twins facing Mike Minor, who I swear was a pitcher for Detroit but nope, this guy pitched for Atlanta and KC.
Prior to Adrián Beltré, my favorite Ranger was probably Rusty Greer, who received a non-roster invitation to spring training from the Twins in 2005. Greer, whose career had been derailed by numerous injuries, elected to retire instead.
Numerous players have worn uniforms of both the Twins and Rangers in their careers, including Twins broadcasters Bert Blyleven and Roy Smalley, plus bullpen coach Eddie Guardado. Chris Gimenez, now a Twin in large part due relationships he developed elsewhere with the Twins' new front office brain trust, played for Thad Levine in Texas. Heck, Dillon Gee has played for both teams this season.
Only a small handful of these shared alumni – less than ten percent – played for only those two teams. The most notable of these was a starter for a Twins team that won more than 90 games. He finished his seven year career with 1.8 rWAR. Who is he?
Two franchises bound by a common former home. Frank Howard was easily the star of the old new Washington Senators. Howard totaled 26.6 rWAR during his time in the District of Columbia; only Ken McMullen, a third baseman imported from the Dodgers along with Howard in December 1964, joined Hondo above 20 rWAR (21.3). Meanwhile, six Twins posted at least that much during the same period: Killebrew (50.4), Oliva (42.7), Allison (30.4), Kaat (29.3), Perry (25.8), and one other player.
Who was the sixth Twin to top 20 rWAR between 1961-1971, when those old new Senators left nine-year-old RFK Stadium for a minor league ballpark in Texas with no covered seating?