DET 4, MIN 1: Niko’s Revenge
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Current record: 21-24
Kyle Gibson: 50 Game Score, 61.9 strike %, 3 K, 1 BB
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 IR, 1 IS, 3 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 1-for-4 w/RISP, 6 LOB, 8 K, 4 BB
Top three per WPA: Rosario .135, Dozier .070, Hildenberger .039.
The Twins scored their run with only one out in the first inning. Brian Dozier hit a ball just inches shy of being a home run to dead center field. It was hit so hard that the ball actually wedged itself in between two sections of the outfield padding, giving Dozier a ground-rule double. Eddie Rosario drove him in with a one-out single.
Unfortunately, the Twins wouldn’t score the entire rest of the game. In fact, after the very first three batters, the Twins only tallied three more hits the rest of the game.
The Twins’ lineup is just really weird right now. How weird? It’s Jake Cave hitting sixth weird.
Gibson turned in his fifth quality start and completed six innings or more for the sixth time in 10 starts this year. Gibby has been leaning more on his four-seam fastball this year, but that wasn’t the case today. There were 47 two-seamers and 11 four-seamers among the 97 total pitches he threw.
Detroit’s Michael Fulmer gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings. He’s a former Rookie of the Year and All-Star, so tough to fault a thin Twins lineup for struggling. The Tigers bullpen, however, has the second-worst xFIP in all of baseball. Nevertheless, they shutout the Twins for the final 3 1/3 innings.
Eddie Rosario had three of the Twins’ five hits on the afternoon. Byron Buxton looked good on a nice hustle double. The starting pitching has been good, Dozier is starting to heat up and Buxton is looking more and more healthy each game. Good signs of things to come, but this lineup could use a boost.
Out of the bullpen for the Twins, Trevor Hildenberger pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Taylor Rogers was charged with an earned run over 2/3 of a frame and Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless inning, though he allowed an inherited run from Rogers to score.
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Fri at SEA, 9:10 pm CT
Sat at SEA, 9:10 ppm CT
Sun at SEA, 3:10 pm CT
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