Zac Gallen vs Nathan Eovaldi
Merrill Kelly vs Jordan Montgomery
Saturday 7:03 p.m.
TBD vs Brandon Pfaadt
Monday 7:03 p.m.
Tuesday 7:03 p.m.
Wednesday 7:03 p.m.
Friday 7:03 p.m.
Saturday 7:03 p.m.
The Twins have kind of had the Rangers' number so far. That's fun.
Tonight, we're going to see that dominance put to the test, because does anyone REALLY believe in Dallas Keuchel? Hopefully, he gnoshes on enough innings tonight that the bullpen isn't taxed and that the offense can keep them in it.
Game on the FOX mothership (where available)
Is it the free game on MLB.tv? I know its on ESPN+ for out of market folks.
Anyway it would be ideal if the locals to score more than 2 runs before Manfredball starts.
Hey, we've got a bit of a winning streak! Only four games, and against some of the worst teams in the league, but you have to win those games, too.
Archer vs. Otto. Not exactly Drysdale vs. Ford, but alas.
Let's make it five!
Smeltzer vs Perez
Perez has never posted above 2.3 rWAR in a season. He already has 3.1 this season alone. Let's delay that journey a bit.
Time to get back on track!
We got Glen Perkins AND LaTroy Hawkins in the booth
Kenta Maeda goes for the Twins as they pursue their second sweep of the season.
Let's talk series wins this season shall we?
* There were those first two series, when the beat the Brewers and the Tigers. Followed by 5 series without a series win
* Then they won a series against the Royals at the end of April. Followed by 6 series without a series win
* Then they beat Cleveland two out of three and swept the Orioles. Followed by 6 series without a series win before arriving in Texas.
Enough of that. Yuck.
Amazingly, the Twins have managed to split enough Friday-Saturday games (they've done that 10 times while never winning both days or losing both days until this weekend) that they could end this weekend with .500 or better records on all the weekend days.
It's weird to be excited about .500 records, but here we are.
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.