Sorry, wanted to write an actual game log but events have conspired against me. Martín Pérez is on the mound tonight. Uhh... good luck!
All Star Game in the rear view mirror. Trade talks getting dicey. Milwaukee fans acting douchy. Game 99. Wow, where has the season gone?
Twins in their second game against Toronto as they put Jose Berrios on the mound. Berrios has been a bright spot for the 2018 Twins and has been everything I would want from a 24 year old pitcher. Let's hope he continues to improve. Toronto with a new guy Ryan Borucki, who has only pitched 23 innings this year but is getting about a strikeout an inning.
Fun fact: Today's starting pitchers are only 2 months apart in age. 6:10p start.
C'mon Twins, let's smoke those Jays! (that's legal now in Ontario, right?)
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twinss
1 Twins Way
7:10 PM CDT
Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup
1. Ganderson, RF
2. Hernández, LF
3. Smoak, 1B
4. Solarte, 3B
5. Martin, C
6. Morales, DH
7. Pillar, CF
8. Díaz, SS
9. Gurriel Jr., 2B
New York Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Dozier, 2B
2. Mauer, 1B
3. Rosario, LF
4. Escobar, 3B
5. Kepler, CF
6. Grossman, RF
7. Morrison, DH
8. Garver, C
9. Adrianza, SS
Byron Buxton has reached 5 rWAR! Hopefully the Twins dont need an extra inning walk off home run to win tonight. Twins pitching has allowed 3 runs total in the last 3 games. The last clunker of a game came last Sunday when Big Sexy was on the mound.
I said it last night, that was a disappointing series. Should have won minimum of 3 games and it didn't happen. But, the Twins are in the 2nd Wild Card slot as they head to Toronto. Its crazy that its August 25th and this is the first time these two teams have played! Lets look to see who's on the roster...Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales... OH BOY! Twins killers! This should be fun!
Bartolo Colon for the good guys, JA Happ for the Jays
My favorite take of the night:
Where's Britton, String? Where's Britton?
— David Simon (@AoDespair) October 5, 2016
The Twins have been stuck on 49 wins for about a week. To get to 50 they will have to beat up on old friend Francisco Liriano. Pat Dean will try to soak up some innings for the Twins. Brian Dozier is probably good for a HR or 3 this series.
Enjoy the game!
If the Twins can score some runs, there is a reasonable chance that they can get win #11. Tyler "The Duffman" Duffy is on the mound.
Rex Robbie Grossman gets his Twins debut tonight. Baseball-Reference says he has played in 190 games in 3 season with the Astros but to be honest, I have never heard of this guy.
Ervin Santana faces off against Marco Estrada. While both pitchers sport 1-2 records, Santana has managed 29.1 innings over 6 starts with a decent 3.38 ERA and 3.36 FIP, but a 1.50 WHIP, 124 ERA+, opponents batting average of .281 and BABIP of .341 and only 27 strikeouts on the year.
On the other hand, Estrada has pitched 43.2 innings in 7 starts with a shiny 2.89 ERA, a 3.64 FIP, 1.14 WHIP, 141 ERA+, opponents BA of .199 and BABIP of .241 and 41 strikeouts. He's seen only 2.06 runs/9 of support compared to 3.38 for Santana...we'll see how it goes.
The Twins brand has lost it's luster during the first 8 weeks of the season ... more losses than wins, poor hitting, fielding, pitching, managing and roster construction in general resulting in lots of moves in non-competitive season. Moves that appear to be, to borrow a well-worn analogy, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Hopefully for the long-suffering diehard fans (5 of 6 years of 90+ losses!?) and those youngsters in the stands getting their first taste of live baseball (there's gotta be a few families taking advantage of the dirt-cheap secondary market, eh?) may the home team bring home a win today!