MIN 4, TOR 1: Pitching Staff Redemption Night
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Odorizzi: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 63.3% strikes (64 of 101 pitches)
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Polanco (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Cruz (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Gonzalez (2-for-3, BB)
WPA of +0.1: Odorizzi .211, Cruz .175
WPA of -0.1: Rosario -.120
(chart via FanGraphs)
Odorizzi had an encouraging outing after back-to-back poor starts, Adalberto Mejia recovered from his most recent poor performance with a scoreless outing and Blake Parker, who looked pretty lost over the weekend, got the save in a scoreless ninth inning. Oh, and in between all that Taylor Rogers did his thing in the eighth, turning in a scoreless frame with a pair of strikeouts.
Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup and provided a pair of run-scoring hits. He drove in the Twins’ first run with a single in the first, then hit an RBI double in the third inning. Jorge Polanco had yet another excellent game. His OPS is up to 1.242.
If you want to put a number on how much more relaxed tonight’s game was compared to the first two of this series (which, of course I’m going to want to do that), Leverage Index would be a good place to look. Tonight, the LI maxed out at 1.95. Last night, 18 plate appearances exceeded that mark with that max at 5.40. There were five plate appearances topped that mark on Monday night, the highest being at 3.41.
Postgame With Parker
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Thu vs. TOR, 12:10 pm CT (Pineda-Buchholz)
Fri vs. TOR, 6:05 pm CT (TBD-Cobb)
Sat vs. TOR, 6:05 pm CT (TBD-TBD)
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