CLE 8, MIN 1: Where Did the Runs Go?
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Starting Pitcher: 39 Game Score, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, 58.3% strikes (60 of 103 pitches)
Home Runs: Cave (7)
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (2-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: None
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Rosario -.101, Gibson -.126
Kyle Gibson didn’t give up much loud contact, as all eight hits he surrendered were singles, but he also walked three batters and was consistently getting into trouble. But, as has been the case frequently of late, it didn’t matter much what the pitching staff does when you can’t get much offense going.
Carlos Carrasco gets overshadowed by Corey Kluber, but he’s a pretty incredible pitcher in his own right. He’s been among the best handful of starters in the American League over the past five seasons, and tonight he had his A game working. Carrasco held Minnesota scoreless over 7 2/3 innings and racked up 11 strikeouts.
When Cleveland’s first four hitters are rolling (Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion), this is a very difficult team to beat. That quartet combined to go 11-for-17.
Joe Mauer had a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a double, and Jake Cave delivered the Twins’ only run with a home run with one out in the ninth inning. Tyler Austin was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Wed at CLE, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Adam Plutko
Thu at CLE, 12:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Mike Clevinger
Fri at TEX, 7:05 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
OAK 6, MIN 2: Austin Goes Deep Twice in Loss
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OAK 7, MIN 1: Puckett 2,304, Mauer 2,086, Carew 2,085