MIL 3, MIN 2: Pushing Against a Stone
Image courtesy of Â© Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsSnapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Jose Berrios: 44 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 61.9% strikes
Bullpen: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 1-for-8 w/RISP, 4 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Polanco .195
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Kepler -.222, Garver -.113, Cave -.110
The Twins have been an ugly combination of snake bitten and downright bad this season. It seems like even when things go well they canâ€™t make any progress, like theyâ€™re trying to move a mountain.
Jose Berrios had a quality start, holding the Brewers to three runs over seven innings, but Milwaukee got big hits and made big plays when they needed them. Exhibit A: This sick catch by Keon Broxton in the ninth inning â€¦
That ended up being a massive play because the very next hitter, Eduardo Escobar, hit a homer to bring the Twins within a run. Escobar had two hits and Jorge Polanco had a pair of hits, a walk and stole a base. Joe Mauer tied Kirby Puckett for the most doubles in team history.
The Twins are now 2-11 over their last 13 games and 35-48 on the season. Thatâ€™s a pace for 94 losses. Wednesdayâ€™s loss put the Twins 11.5 games back of Cleveland in the AL Central.
Itâ€™s hard to find positives, but I guess if anything there should be no debate over where the Twins stand at the trade deadline. We saw last year how being in the middle ground can put a front office in a difficult position. Itâ€™s clear the Twins should be building/playing for the future.
Postgame With Molitor
Hereâ€™s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 38-50 (-11)
MIN 35-48 (-11.5)
CHW 30-55 (17.5)
KC 25-60 (22.5)
Next Three Games
Thu vs. BAL, 7:10 pm CT: Aaron Slegers vs. Andrew Cashner
Fri vs. BAL, 7:10 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Dylan Bundy
Sat vs. BAL, 1:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Kevin Gausman
Last Three Games
MIL 2, MIN 0: Strikeouts Galore
MIL 6, MIN 5: Oh, That Rodney Experience
CHC 11, MIN 10: Epic Comeback Falls Short
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