playing in the rain!
Big cheer at Target Field as the Twins announce that their beer policy -- no sales after the 7th inning -- is being suspended tonight, due to the country music concert scheduled after the game.
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) August 4, 2022
List of statistical facts?
List of statistical facts.
- The Twins have 7 games left, and need to go 4-3 to avoid 90 losses.
- Miguel Sano needs one more HR to get to 30.
- Max Kepler needs one more HR to get to 20.
- Luis Arraez and Josh Donaldson are currently tied for highest OBP (.351) among 2021 Twins Not Named Nelson Cruz That Have At Least 250 PA. Others that are contending for this crown...
- Bailey Ober - .500 OBP (not enough PA)
- Nelson Cruz - .370 OBP (named Nelson Cruz)
- Mitch Garver - .358 OBP (not enough PA)
- Byron Buxton - .341 OBP (not enough PA)
- Jorge Polanco - .325 OBP (too many April PA)
- If Griffin Jax allows a HR today, he will pass J.A. Happ for most allowed by a Twins pitcher this year.
- If Griffin Jax allows 19 runs today, he will pass J.A. Happ for most allowed by a Twins pitcher this year.
- If Griffin Jax throws a complete game shutout today, he would tie for the team lead in complete games (1 - Jose Berrios) and take the team lead in shutouts.
- If Alex Colomé throws 3.1 IP with no earned runs, he will have a lower ERA than Pineda. If that happens, only José Berríos will have thrown more innings for the Twins this year with a lower ERA than Colomé.
- Somebody here mentioned Jorge Alcalá's last month has been really good. In the last 30 days, opponents are hitting .190/.227/.238 off him and he's allowed one run in 11 appearances (ERA of 0.73 and FIP of 1.54). He can get his season WHIP under 1.00 with 1.2 innings with no baserunners. The Twins have four pitchers currently under 1.00 WHIP this season.
- Devin Smeltzer - 0.43 WHIP (4.2 IP)
- Joe Ryan - 0.59 WHIP (22 IP)
- Willians Astudillo - 0.75 WHIP (4 IP)
- Ralph Garza - 0.81 WHIP (17.1 IP)
The "spoilers of people we don't totally want to spoil" tour continues!
Tonight, Gant faces off against Cy Young contender Robbie Ray. That doesn't seem to be a good matchup for the home team, but that really hasn't mattered so far against the Jays, much to everyone but New York's chagrin.
José Berríos faces off against the Twins today. For the sake of the standings, I think I'll root for him.
This was pretty much what I was going to write about the Twins first matchup against their former ace. I want José to be great and have success more than I want this version of the Twins to win their 66th game today.
Berríos has pitched into the 7th inning in each of his last four starts. He's struck out 30, walked 2, and allowed 7 runs in 27.1 innings. His Game Score has been 60+ in each of those starts. He's kind of on a roll.
Hopefully one of these years Justin Morneau can call a series at Rogers Center
So the Twins once again showed some resiliency by stomping on the Blue Jays 8-0 last night after a disappointing weekend at Yankee Stadium. This a characteristic that was in short supply of previous Twins teams and a nice switch. More please.
Jose Berrios up for the Twins tonight and has pitched about as well as advertised and as we all hoped: 5-1 record, 0.97 WHIP, a strikeout an inning, and an 8-46 walks to SO ratio. He’s establishing himself as easily the staff ace and a legitimate MLB #1 pitcher. Blue Jays have Aaron Sanchez who’s been pretty average this year. He got rocked last game he pitched which contributed mightily to his 1.49 WHIP. My hope is that these trends continue for tonight.
Vlad Jr. has been up to the bigs for about a week now and Blue Jays fans finding out that it’s not easy for a 20-year old to walk right into a MLB lineup and start mashing. An .152 average with no HRs and 1 RBI is pretty humbling no doubt, but the guy will eventually rake. Let’s just hope that it’s not for a couple more days.
Game time at 6:07p Central. C’mon Twins smoke the Jays, but wait until after you defeat Toronto on the field.
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