MIN 5, ARI 0: Berri-0s
Image courtesy of Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsWin Expectancy (via Fangraphs)
Top 3 Twins per WPA: Berrios .281 | Dozier .148 | Castro .084
We’ve seen several Twins break out of slumps around the same time these last couple weeks, I guess it was Berrios’ turn tonight. Jose entered the evening with a 6.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over six second-half starts. It’s a baseball cliche to say a player mired in a slump is due, but it certainly felt like Berrios was going to get back on track eventually.
And oh boy did he ever get back on track. Berrios gave up just two hits and walked one batter. Here are his seven strikeouts:
Last night it was all about the home runs, tonight the Twins singled the D-Backs to death. They scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning despite not recording a single extra-base hit in that frame. They strung together five singles and had an error and a walk mixed in.
Sano, who was the DH tonight, exited the game after he was slow to get down the first base line on a double play that ended that huge fourth inning. Mitch Garver replaced Sano and struckout in his major league debut.
Alan Busenitz was perfect over the final two innings, lowering his ERA to 1.93 in his 18.2 innings pitched on the big club this season.
Postgame With Molitor
Twins W-L Record
Overall: 62-59 (.512)
Last 10: 7-3 (.700)
Last 20: 12-8 (.600)
Last 40: 21-19 (.525)
Last 80: 39-41 (.488)
AL Central Standings
Minnesota 62-59 (-6.0)
Kansas City 61-61 (-7.5)
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 66-56
WC2: Minnesota 62-59
Angels 63-60 (-0.002 winning percentage)
Seattle 63-61 (-0.5)
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
SUN: Twins (Bartolo Colon) vs. Arizona (TBD), 1:10 pm CT
MON: Twins (TBD) at White Sox (TBD), 4:10 pm CT
MON: Twins (TBD) at White Sox (TBD), Game 2
TUE: Twins (TBD) at White Sox (TBD), 7:10 pm CT
*It's not official, but it's sounding like the Twins will roll with Dillon Gee, Tim Melville and Kyle Gibson as the starters in those games at Chicago.
Question of the Day
Who is the player you’d most like to see enshrined next in the Twins Hall of Fame?
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