Twins Notebook 8/19: Forcing the Brewers to Climb the Mountain
Image courtesy of © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsYESTERDAY’S GAME RECAP
MIN 4, MIL 3: Kenta Maeda Carries No-No Into 9th Inning; Twins Win In Extras
Milwaukee @ Minnesota, 7:10 PM CT
Betting Lines: Minnesota -160, O/U 9.5
Twins Starter: Rich Hill, LHP 1-0 (0.00 ERA)
In his lone start of 2020 Hill was nothing short of spectacular. He cruised through five innings of work against a good St. Louis Cardinals squad. Throwing 68 pitches, he recorded two strikeouts while walking one and allowing just two hits. Coincidentally that would be the final game for the Cardinals until just a few days ago, and Hill himself is just making a return to the mound tonight.
Despite having a bottom of the barrel velocity on his fastball, Hill does everything else at an elite level. Because of his ability to spin the bender, Hill has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for quite some time. Yes, he’s 40 years old, and yes, he’s often injured, but when a team has had him on the bump, they can feel pretty confident about their chances.
Shoulder injuries are certainly tricky for pitchers, and while fatigue isn’t something requiring a procedure, it will be interesting to see what kind of runway Wes Johnson and Rocco Baldelli give him tonight. Minnesota’s bullpen was relatively taxed with the extra-innings affair last night, so getting at least five should be a must.
Brewers Starter: Brett Anderson, LHP (0-2, 4.91 ERA)
Much like his fellow starter, Anderson finds himself shelved quite often. Before pitching 176 innings for the Athletics in 2019, the Brewers left last topped 80 innings during a season back in 2015. Unlike Hill, Anderson’s results haven’t been nearly as good when he’s out there.
At his best Anderson is a control guy that keeps the ball within the strike zone and within the yard. When he gets burned, it’s because the lack of strikeout stuff combined with the propensity for multi-hit games turns into deficits too stark to overcome.
Anderson has yet to pitch more the one out into the fifth this season for Milwaukee, and he’s given up two earned runs in each of his three starts. He’s given up a single homer in each of the last two outings, and opponents have generated at least four hits off of him in each of his three turns.
Here's how the bullpen is looking heading into tonight's game:
- Barring any negative, last-minute, developments, today is the first day since July 26 (Opening Weekend) that Major League Baseball will not be dealing with a COVID-19 related postponement.
- Pretty exciting prospect matchup between the White Sox and Tigers tonight as Dane Dunning and Casey Mize will both be making their MLB Debuts.
CLE 6, PIT 3 (F/10)
CWS 10, DET 4
MIN 16-8 (+39 run differential)
CLE 14-9 (+23)
CWS 13-11 (+8)
DET 9-12 (-23)
KCR 9-14 (-10)
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