BOS 10, MIN 4: Twins Blow Lead in Spectacular Fashion
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Jake Odorizzi: 34 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, 64.4% strikes
Home Runs: Logan Morrison (13)
Multi-Hit Games: Joe Mauer (2-for-4)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Polanco .133, Dozier .122
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Rosario -.124, Moya -.144, Odorizzi -.290
Let’s go around the horn …
Ryan Pressly made his Astros debut and gave up a solo homer in his inning of work. Eduardo Escobar started at third and hit fifth in his D-Backs debut. Seeing him in another uniform makes me want to throw my computer out the window.
Anyway, let’s get to the guys who are still here. Well, for now, at least. Paul Molitor was in Cooperstown to celebrate Jack Morris’ induction into the Hall of Fame. That meant bench coach Derek Sheldon took over as manager, and that meant Matt Magill actually got to pitch.
Magill gave up a run on two hits over 1 ⅔ innings, but he also struck out three batters.
That’s where Miguel Sano was, making his first appearance with the Twins since June 13. Parker wrote a great article titled Ready Or Not Here Comes Sano earlier today, I encourage you to check that out. Well, I don’t know if you could necessarily say that Sano didn’t look ready, but he certainly didn’t shine in his return. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Gabriel Moya, the other guy who was just added to the 25-man roster, didn’t look so great himself. He faced four batters and gave up a double, a walk, a single and threw a wild pitch. I thought it was a little curious that the Twins would add a third lefty to the pen.
Zach Duke hasn’t pitched for three games now. Duke was already a likely trade candidate, but putting two and two together tells me his days in a Twins uni have to be numbered.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 48-55 (-8)
DET 45-61 (-12.5)
CHW 37-67 (-19-5)
KC 32-72 (-24.5)
Next Three Games
Sun at BOS, 12:05 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Mon vs. CLE, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Tue vs. CLE, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
BOS 4, MIN 3: No Escobar, but at Least We Still Have Belisle
MIN 2, BOS 1: Gibby the Great
MIN 12, TOR 6: More Like Er-win Sweep-tana!!!
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