MIN 2, CLE 0: Berrios Dominates, Sets Twins Opening Day Record for Ks
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Berrios: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 69.8% strikes
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: None
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Berrios .497, Gonzalez .253, Rogers .115
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Kepler -.102, Rosario -.109
It’s worth mentioning that this was a reunion of Berrios and catcher Jason Castro. The veteran catcher called for an unusual amount of off-speed pitches from Jose today. Berrios threw 37 curveballs (38.5 percent) and 12 changeups (12.5 percent). Last season, he only went to those offerings 30.4 and 9.1 percent of the time, respectively. It turned out to be a very good game plan.
This was the first time the Twins shutout their opponent on Opening Day since 1970.
Berrios was excellent. Really. But anything he could do, unfortunately, Kluber could do better. It was a scoreless tie in a game played at a blistering pace up until the bottom of the seventh inning.
One of the big storylines of spring was on how poorly Marwin Gonzalez looked at the plate. In his first game as a Twin, Gonzalez broke up Kluber’s perfect game with a walk in the fifth inning, then broke the scoreless tie with a two-run double in the seventh.
That run-scoring seventh was started by a Nelson Cruz leadoff single followed by a one-out, broken-bat single by C.J. Cron. Marwin’s big hit gave the new faces a nice first impression at Target Field.
One of the other big questions of the offseason was how the bullpen was going to work out. Today, Taylor Rogers came in to record the final out of the eighth inning and stayed in to pick up his third career save. He struck out three of the four batters he faced.
What about Byron Buxton? In the sixth inning, he got ahead 2-0 and laced a double 113.4 mph for the Twins’ first hit of the season.
It would have been pretty difficult to expect a much better Opening Day than that.
Postgame With Baldelli
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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