Twins Notebook 8/9: The Sky is Falling!
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KCR 9, MIN 6: Brief 2020 Debut for Odorizzi; Royals Bust It Open Against Bullpen
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Are you worried about the Twins? If so, what are you most worried about. If not, why?
Twins at Royals | 1:05 pm CT
Twins starter: Jose Berrios
1-1, 15.0 IP, 4.80 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Jose Berrios has had one bad start, one okay start, and one good start to begin the season. His last outing was in Pittsburgh where he went six innings and gave up just one run. He also had six strikeouts and three walks. The Twins are going to need him to have another game like the one in Pittsburgh with the way this offense and bullpen are struggling a bit.
Berrios and the Royals have faced off thirteen times in his career. In 77 ⅔ innings Berrios has a 4.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Last year was right on par with those results but hopefully today he can turn the tide a bit. He is throwing his fastball 8% more than he did last year with increased velocity but it has been his worst pitch. Hopefully he can locate and get some better results.
Royals starter: Brady Singer
0-1, 15.0 IP, 4.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
Brady Singer is largely a two pitch pitcher with an occasional changeup. He throws the fastball (56.5%), slider (35.7%) and changeup (7.8%). The fastball is his best pitch as hitters are batting just .185 against it but the slider has not been effective early on. Hitters are batting .348 with a 91.2 MPH exit velocity.
Singer is a rookie in 2020 and did not even have a cup of tea in the majors last season. He never even saw AAA. Straight to the majors from AA. The Royals are rebuilding and can afford to have pitchers like him get a shot. A rebuilding team that the Twins could get swept by.
- Max Kepler RF
- Jorge Polanco SS
- Nelson Cruz DH
- Eddie Rosario LF
- Marwin Gonzalez 3B
- Miguel Sano 1B
- Luis Arraez 2B
- Byron Buxton CF
- Alex Avila
News and notes:
- Byron Buxton has hit a bomba in three straight games! Can he make it four?
- The Twins have lost three in a row. Last year it took 94 games for that to happen.
- The TIGERS are in second place at 7-5. WHAT?!
- Sean Poppen was optioned to the practice squad and the Twins purchased the contract of RHP Cory Gearrin. Gearrin pitched 55 1/3 innings for the Yankees last season with a 4.07 ERA.
DET 11, PIT 5
CLE 7, CHI 1
- MIN 10-5 (+25 run differential)
- DET 7-5 (-1)
- CLE 9-7 (+21)
- CWS 8-7 (-2)
- KC 6-10 (-7)
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