MIL 3, MIN 2: Pushing Against a Stone
Image courtesy of © 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 can’t make any progress, like they’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 …
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. That’s a pace for 94 losses. Wednesday’s loss put the Twins 11.5 games back of Cleveland in the AL Central.
It’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. It’s clear the Twins should be building/playing for the future.
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 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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