That's the Ticket: Being The Royals
~ Sponsored by Ticket King ~“And we'll never be Royals”
- some singer on the radio
For the last decade, Lorde’s lyric would have been a comfort to Twins fans; as bad as things would ever get, at least the Twins were never going to be the Royals. Minnesota dominated the matchup for the decade, even going 21-15 over 2011 and 2012 when they were struggling with just about every other team.
The worm finally turned last year and did so with a vengeance. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]The Royals' 15 wins in 19 games was their highest win total against any team by five full games. In fact, they were less than a .500 team against the rest of their schedule; they can thank the Twins for pushing them to 86 wins, their highest win total since Bo Jackson was roaming their outfield.
We’ve got a good news/bad news situation for this weekend’s games. The bad news is that there are supposed to be “spotty” showers throughout the weekend, so be prepared. The good news is that is that the warm weather should last through at least Saturday and possibly Sunday – and then it’s going to get cold when those freaking Canadians come to town.
(Yes, Canada, I’ve figured out your little game. Turn off the top secret Polar Vortex machine you have apparently developed. You can make it as cold as you like; we’re never going to embrace hockey as our national sport. I think we’ve made that abundantly clear. Give it up.)
I’ll give you your pitching matchup options and my opinion. Do as you will:
Friday night you’ll get to see Kyle Gibson try to have a second excellent start. (Which is something he never did last year.) But he’ll face Bruce Chen, whose effective slop drives me and all Twins fans (and batters and coaches) insane. I don’t think I’m ready for that so early this year.
On Sunday, Kevin Correia (who also tends to drive me insane) faces off against Jason Vargas. Last April when the Twins faced Vargas they absolutely destroyed him, knocking him out of the game after 3.1 innings. It was one of the more enjoyable games of a chilly homestand. So that might be fun to watch.
But the game I like best is Saturday’s versus James Shields. Shields will be a free agent after this year and command huge money, so his time in KC could be near an end and thus his visits to Target Field will be less frequent. For Twins batters, that’s probably a good thing. Over his last three seasons, he averaged 235 innings per season and a 3.15 ERA. So far this year, it’s been more of the same: two starts, 13.1 innings and a 2.70 ERA. If you’re looking for a Twins win, this game might not be the best choice but I’ll opt for watching excellence.
Ticket King has all kinds of seats available for this matchup. I see a pair of tickets in the Champions Club for $291 apiece or you can sneak in with $9 tickets – there should be plenty of seating. Plus, if you use the promo code DAILYDOUBLE, you’ll be supporting Twins Daily and get 10% off. Whatever your needs, your local ticket supplier, Ticket King, can help.