LAA 4, MIN 2: Bullpen, Bats Spoil Strong Start from Lynn
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Current record: 27-33
Starting Pitcher: 68 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB, 61% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 0-for-3 w/RISP, 7 LOB
Top three per WPA: Lynn .265, Grossman .084, Rosario .028
Let’s start out by focusing on the positives. Lynn is looking like the guy who was an above-average MLB starter for so long with the Cardinals. This was his seventh start since the end of April, five of those have been quality starts. His ERA over that stretch is 3.05.
This is as confident as I’ve been in the Twins rotation, from top to bottom, in more than a decade. That’s more of an indictment on how bad the team’s starting pitching has been, but still, a nice development.
Also a positive: Prince night provided this pearl of a moment:
On the negative side, the only good that Lynn's turnaround may do for the Twins is improve his trade value.
The Twins lost to a good Angels team while Cleveland beat Detroit. The lineup managed just two runs, the first on a Sano double and the second on a go-ahead home run from Grossman.
Lynn exited this game with the Twins leading 2-1, but the bullpen couldn’t hold. Ryan Pressly gave up a two-run homer in the seventh. This was his third-straight game in which he gave up two earned runs. He’s given up seven earned runs over his last four innings pitched. He should be nowhere near a high-leverage situation right now, and could probably benefit from a trip to the DL.
Addison Reed gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the eighth. He’s now given up four earned runs over his last five innings pitched. Meanwhile, Trevor Hildenberger hasn’t given up a run of any kind — earned, unearned, inherited — over his last eight appearances. Might be time to mix things up a bit.
The one guy who did pitch a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, Tyler Duffey, was optioned after the game. Baseball is cruel.
Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar both had multi-hit games, because of course they did.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 30-35 (-5)
MIN 27-33 (-5.5)
CHW 21-40 (-17)
KC 21-42 (-13)
Next Three Games
Sat vs. LAA, 1:10 pm CT
Sun vs. LAA, 1:10 pm CT
Tue at DET, 6:10 pm CT
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