TEX 7, MIN 4: Is Jose OK?
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Berrios: 25 Game Score, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 6 K, 3 BB, 58.0% strikes (51 of 88 pitches)
Home Runs: Cave (9)
Multi-Hit Games: Forsythe (3-for-4, 2B), Mauer (2-for-4, 2B), Cave (2-for-4, 2B, HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Forsythe .143, Cave .115
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Sano -.108, Grossman -.128, Polanco -.200, Berrios -.297
This is the fifth consecutive start in which Berrios has failed to record an out in the sixth inning. Over that stretch, Jose has a 6.65 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 1.77 K:BB ratio and has given up seven home runs in just 21 2/3 innings pitched.
I’m not sure if this is fatigue, though I doubt that, and there doesn't seem to be any evidence, such as a dip in velocity. Maybe he’s tipping his pitches again? Either way, having Berrios on a backslide would be a pretty rotten way to end what’s been a rotten year for Twins baseball. Here’s hoping he can turn it around from here forward.
That start didn’t put the Twins in much of a position to win tonight, but it did serve as an opportunity to get Andrew Vasquez’s major league debut out of the way. He gave up a hit and a run while recording two outs. The run was unearned because Vasquez committed two errors in the inning. The 6-foot-6 lefty was as advertised on the mound, throwing his slider on 11 of his 16 pitches while topping out at 90.1 mph, per Baseball Savant.
Jake Cave had another great night, going 2-for-4 with a double and a mammoth homer. He even added a nice catch in center field. Joe Mauer also collected two hits and Logan Forsythe had a three-hit night.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Sun at TEX, 2:05 pm CT: TBD (Zack Littell to be primary pitcher) vs. Yohander Mendez
Mon at HOU, 1:10 pm CT: TBD
Tue at HOU, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 10, TEX 7: Tex-plosion!
CLE 5, MIN 3: Odorizzi Fades, Busenitz Blows It
MIN 4, CLE 3: Astudillo Gets First Homer, Mauer Scores 1,000th Run
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