BOS 4, MIN 3: No Escobar, but at Least We Still Have Belisle
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Lance Lynn: 53 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 63.1% strikes
Multi-Hit Games: Jorge Polanco (2-for-4, R, BB), Eddie Rosario (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBIs)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Rosario .423
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Cave -.105, Dozier -.170, Garver -.190, Rodney -.279, Belisle -350
Let’s go around the horn …
Can’t say I’ve ever seen this before:
There’s all sorts of rules regarding how/when a catcher can block the plate, but I don’t ever remember having to thumb through the rulebook to figure out the rules on first basemen sitting on the bag.
PITCHERS FOR SALE! GET YOUR PITCHERS!!! LANCE LYNN, COME GET ‘EM AGAIN! PITCHERS FOR SALE!
Lance Lynn has definitely transformed back into a dependable starting pitcher. I mean, if the Twins were to try and acquire a guy like that, I’d definitely give up, say, a top 100 prospect.
Was that good? Alright, now let’s blast this out to the other 29 team in baseball
Seriously though, Lynn did look good. He only walked one batter over six innings. The only runs he gave up were on a two-run homer by Jackie Bradley Jr.
As in Eddie Rosario played third base. Yep, for real. With the Eduardo Escobar trade, the Twins were forced to play with a two-man bench. Joe Mauer pinch hit for Ehire Adrianza in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Joe took over at first, Logan Morrison moved out to left field and Eddie came in to play third.
Guess what? Rosie is the GREATEST THIRD BASEMAN OF ALL TIME!
With the Twins trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Craig Kimbrel walked Robbie Grossman and Jorge Polanco. Down to their last out, Rosario blasted one off the monster to plate both runners, giving the Twins the lead.
That was awesome, but this … this play blew my mind:
Honestly, how many actual major league third basemen can make that play?
Paul Molitor went to Fernando Rodney in the ninth. It was the fourth time he was being asked to pitch in five days. Just some background on Mr. Rodney: He has a human arm. Not some kind of a robot arm, I just want to make that clear. He’s also roughly as old as Paul Molitor, soooo ...
The Twins should probably be happy that he only gave up one run in the ninth, forcing this game into extra innings. That meant we got to see 38-year-old Matt Belisle, who had thrown 54 pitches the previous four days. What could go wrong?
… Oh ...
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 48-54 (-8)
DET 44-61 (-13.5)
CHW 36-66 (-20)
KC 31-71 (-25)
Next Three Games
Sat at BOS, 6:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Rick Porcello
Sun at BOS, 12:05 pm CT: TBD vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Mon vs. CLE, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 2, BOS 1: Gibby the Great
MIN 12, TOR 6: More Like Er-win Sweep-tana!!!
MIN 5, TOR 0: All-Star, Indeed