Notebook 8/21: Kansas City Again?
Image courtesy of Peter Aiken, USA TodayThursday’s series finale recap:
It’s a Blessed Jose Berrios Day!
Twins @ Royals, 7:05 pm CDT
Betting Lines: MIN -180, KC +155, O/U: 9.5
Twins Starter: Jake Odorizzi, RHP 5.14 ERA
Jake Odorizzi will be taking the mound for his third start of the season tonight. His first start didn’t go well, but there was good reason for that as he was coming off the injured list. His last start went better, but still not great as he went just four innings giving up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts. Today the Twins will be looking for at least five innings from Odorizzi.
It’s early, but the 2019 All Star has dropped his fastball usage by 20% so far since last season. That was his best pitch a year ago so maybe this is just a case of a small sample size not proving anything, but it is certainly odd that he would drop by that much. He is throwing his split finger, changeup, and curveball all at an increased rate so far.
Royals Starter: Danny Duffy, LHP 4.44 ERA
Danny Duffy, the Royals 2020 Opening Day starter, will be making his sixth start of the season. He has had a pretty solid start to his campaign with a 4.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 24.0 innings. This is already his tenth season in the majors and all of them have been in Kansas City. The Twins have seen him a lot, and maybe today they can get him early.
Duffy started in game two of the recent double header between these two teams and did very well. He threw five innings of one run ball while allowing just two hits and striking out eight. The lone run came on a sacrifice fly from Marwin Gonzalez to drive in Jorge Polanco. The Twins will have a few new faces since that series so maybe things will go differently.
Interesting lineup for the Twins today:
News & Notes:
- Ryan Jeffers made his MLB debut last nightand looked great. He went two for three and drove in a run in his first MLB at bat. He was also behind the plate for Berrios’ best start of 2020.
-It was great to see Jose Berrios on his game yesterday. It was the best we have seen him all season and the Twins will need him to continue to look like that all year.
-The Padres are the most fun team in baseball. Last night they had a grand slam for the fourth night in a row and they all came against the Texas Rangers who are known for hating fun.
- The AL Central is going to be tight. The Royals and Tigers are at the bottom as expected but the White Sox and Indians are right behind the Twins. Cleveland has won six in a row and Chicago has won five, keeping both teams near the top.
AROUND THE AL CENTRAL:
-White Sox 9, Tigers 0
-Indians 2, Pirates 0
1. MIN 17-9 (-)
2. CLE 16-9 (0.5 GB)
3. CWS 15-11 (2.0 GB
4. KCR 10-15 (6.5 GB)
5. DET 9-14 (6.5 GB)
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