Twins Notebook 8/15: Let’s Play 1.556!
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Twins vs. Royals
Game 1: 12:35 pm
Jake Odorizzi vs. Ian Kennedy
Game 2: 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1
José Berrios vs. Danny Duffy
GAME 1 LINEUP
Baseball is resistant to change, and that’s a good thing for the most part. The traditions and familiarity that go along with the game are comforting. Every once in a while, however, it’s nice to see something new.
We’ll be seeing something new this afternoon, as the Twins and Royals play a doubleheader of games scheduled for seven innings. A negative traditionalist might look down their nose at the plan to play abbreviated games, but coming into today’s tilt with an open mind may help uncover a fun element to this.
These games are more immediate and intense.
Earlier this month, the Reds and Tigers became the first teams to take part in a doubleheader this season. The Reds swept, taking Game 1 after scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh (and final) inning before riding a (seven-inning) complete game shutout from Trevor Bauer in Game 2. The bottom hitters in Detroit’s lineup got just two plate appearances in that second game.
Time’s short, you’d better make the most of your opportunities.
Here’s what Nick Senzel of the Reds had to say about the experience, as reported by The Sporting News:
“Those seven innings, everyone’s really locked in to every single pitch,” he said. “Because you erase two innings, so much is going on. I think the intensity is there, for sure, in both those seven-inning games.
“The seven-inning doubleheader, we kind of liked.”
This odd 2020 season has created opportunities for all sorts of new, weird baseball math. Every game is essentially the equivalent to 2.7 games compared to the 162-game season. Well today, every out will be like it’s worth the equivalent of 1.286 outs compared to a nine-inning game.
Embrace the weird.
NEWS & NOTES
— Sometime this morning the Twins are expected to announce the 29th man added to their roster for this doubleheader.
UPDATE: It's Sean Poppen.
— Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that a Reds player has tested positive for COVID-19. Tonight’s Reds-Pirates game has been postponed.
— Josh Norris of Baseball America reported that MLB is considering increasing the alternate site player pool by roughly 15.
AROUND THE AL CENTRAL
CLE 10, DET 5
1. MIN 12-7 (+33 run differential)
2. CLE 11-9 (+16)
3. DET 9-8 (-7)
4. CHW 10-9 (-1)
5. KCR 8-11 (-5)
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