CLE 4, MIN 1: Lots of Traffic, Just One Run
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Jake Odorizi: 43 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 K, 4 BB, 53.8% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 1-for-10 w/RISP, 10 LOB
Top three per WPA: Escobar .185, Grossman .104, Motter .028
Brian Dozier, hitting in the fifth spot again, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left five men on base. He recorded the final out of the first inning, stranding a runner on second base. In the third, Dozier again accounted for the third out, leaving men on first and second. In the fifth, Dozier was up with two outs and runners on second and third … you know where this is going by now. He grounded out to end the inning.
To be fair, Brian wasn’t the only one who had a rough day at the plate. Mitch Garver was 1-for-4 with a pair of Ks and left four men on and Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison and Ehire Adrianza all left three men on base.
One guy who had a great game was Eduardo Escobar. He hit three more doubles, giving him 30 on the season. He had the team’s lone RBI, driving in Mauer in the first inning.
Prior to today, Odorizzi was relying on his four-seam fastball just 33 percent of the time, a career low per Brooks Baseball. Maybe he didn’t have a feel for his other pitches, or maybe it was just that he was constantly behind in the count, but today Odorizzi deployed that pitch 59 percent of the time.
The big sting from Cleveland was a bases-clearing double in the third inning that Odorizzi left right in the middle of the plate.
The Twins were also rough around the edges both in the field and on the bases once again. Eddie Rosario played a single into a triple. Garver and Adrianza combined for a bad moment on the bases, resulting in an out at third.
Robbie Grossman left this game with a heat-related illness in the sixth inning.
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 35-37 (-3)
MIN 31-37 (-5)
CHW 24-45 (-12.5)
KC 22-48 (-15)
Next Three Games
Tue at BOS, 7:10 pm CT - Jose Berrios vs. Chris Sale
Wed at BOS, 7:10 pm CT - Lance Lynn vs. David Price
Thu at BOS, 12:10 pm CT - Kyle Gibson vs. Rick Porcello
Last Three Games
MIN 9, CLE 3: That’s Our Eddie
MIN 6, CLE 3: Anything is Possible
DET 3, MIN 1: Lynn Overexposed, Offense Overmatched
I took some time this morning to speculate on when I expect Miguel Sano to return to the Twins. Check it out and let me know what you think: