MIN 6, BAL 2: Jake Cave Is the Hero We Deserve
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Lance Lynn: 60 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 59.0% strikes
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 3-for-7 w/RISP, 5 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Lynn .209, Dozier .135
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
Jake Cave is the hero we deserve.
What a catch! It’s great to see the Twins giving Cave an opportunity for regular playing time. Hopefully we see the club continue to provide players like him a platform to put their skills on display. Players like, I dunno, Mitch Garver. He was 2-for-2 with a walk, called a good game and looked good behind the plate.
The Twins had two runs on the board before they even recorded an out. Joe Mauer, Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier opened things up with consecutive singles and Jorge Polanco added an RBI single of his own later in the inning.
Lynn got a home run-saving catch, and three runs from his offense in the first frame. That’s a pitcher’s dream, right? Lynn delivered six innings of one-run ball. He gave up six hits and walked a pair of batters while striking out three.
The Twins actually led this one 6-0 after four innings. Max Kepler hammered a two-run homer and Mauer tallied an RBI single in the fourth.
Playing the Orioles, who are now 24-63 on the season (a pace for 117 losses), so any Twins positivity from these last two games has to come with a grain of salt. OK, maybe an entire block of salt. Still, this lineup looks a lot more capable with Jorge Polanco back, Jake Cave rolling and Mitch Garver being not Bobby Wilson.
Poor opponent or not, it’s just been really nice to see the Twins do some things well the past couple contests. Even the one moment there was a bit of tension, when the O’s had two men on and one out with Manny Machado at the plate in the seventh, Eddie Rosario gunned down Beckham trying to score from second on a single.
If you happen to see Tim Beckham around, give that dude a hug. He needs one.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 37-48 (-11.5)
DET 39-51 (-12)
CHW 30-57 (-19.5)
KC 25-61 (-24)
Next Three Games
Sat vs. BAL, 1:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Kevin Gausman
Sun vs. BAL, 1:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Alex Cobb
Mon vs. KC, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 5, BAL 2: Slegers, Cave Lift Twins Out of Slump
MIL 3, MIN 2: Pushing Against a Stone
MIL 2, MIN 0: Strikeouts Galore
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