Game Thread: Twins v White Sox, 4/12 @ 7:10pm CT
Image courtesy of © Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports1. Top Non-Trump News Story (Or Stories):
The Millcreek School District outside of Erie, Pennsylvania has distributed baseball bats to all 500 of their teachers. It was a mostly symbolic gesture but yet they were distributed with the intention of providing a last resort option to fight back with, in case they find themselves in the extraordinary situation of needing them to fight back with. Community residents were polled online, 70% were in favor of arming the teachers with bats. Among the 30% not in favor were the baseball coaches who have since cancelled practice because they lacked important equipment.
2. Our Twins:
That was the defending world champions that came to town and left town losing the 3-game series. What a difference a year makes… I hate to bring up painful memories but last year at Target Field, the Astros swept the Twins 16-8, 7-2 and 17-6. That’s 40 runs allowed last year compared to 11 allowed this year. At that rate of improvement, next year Houston will score -18 runs.
3. The White Sox:
Remember what the Astros did to us last year. It is exactly what we should do to the White Sox this year. These guys are still young and not ready yet. Four of the five starters in their rotation have ERA’s over 5. Yeah, I know… small sample size, but these ERA’s have been compiled against the Royals, Jays, Tigers and Rays. Only the Jays resemble a decent offense of that group and even that is questionable on paper. If there was ever a series that you didn’t want any games cancelled due to weather… this is it. A dominant series would stretch the first place lead and you want to play the White Sox NOW… not later when the young players get smarter. Send emails to your local weatherman… demand that they make adjustments to those computer models.
4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:
Maddon: Guys… I don’t know how long I can keep making these early morning meetings to talk about nothing in particular. The travel is killing me… we got 162 games to play and every morning it’s back here just to hang out for a few minutes and then back to Chicago or Cincinnati or Pittsburgh or San Diego. My wife is really starting to question the logic of it.
Montana: C’mon now… you don’t hear Mauer complaining and he does the same thing.
Mauer: I complain… you guys just don’t lis...
Morgan: If Joe can do it… so can you. None of us live here… we all have to travel.
Maddon: I’m just saying… we could Skype or something, maybe a daily webinar. It would cut down on the travel.
McCarthy: You always do the cooking… how would we? I mean… nobody else can cook. You can’t Skype Eggs Benedict.
Maddon: Yeah, I get it… it’s just that the travel is expensive.
Montana: What do you care? Mauer pays for it all anyway.
Mauer: That’s what I’m complaining about it… I don’t see why I…
Maddon: Yeah… you’re right… OK… today I’ve prepared… crêpes with caramelized pears.
Morgan: Free meals always taste better.
Mauer: They are not free… they cost me…
Montana: Did you bring the beer?
Mauer: Yes… here ya go.
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Yoan Moncada(S) 2B
Avisail Garcia(R ) RF
Jose Abreu(R ) 1B
Matt Davidson(R ) DH
Nicky Delmonico(L) LF
Yolmer Sanchez(S) 3B
Tim Anderson(R ) SS
Omar Narvaez(L) C
Adam Engel(R ) CF
Lucas Giolito (R ) P
Brian Dozier(R ) 2B
Joe Mauer(L) 1B
Miguel Sano(R ) 3B
Eddie Rosario(L) LF
Logan Morrison(L) DH
Eduardo Escobar(S) SS
Max Kepler(L) RF
Byron Buxton(R ) CF
Jason Castro(L) C
Jose Berrios (R ) P
Gametime forecast: Mostly cloudy, 47 deg F (feels like 43), 4% chance of precipitation, winds at 8mph from the NE.
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