Twins Notebook 9/22: Homer Bailey Returns
Sunday’s Game Recap
MIN 4, CHC 0: Twins Down Darvish, Shutout Cubs
Twins vs Tigers 6:40 pm CDT
Betting Line: MIN -200, DET +180, O/U: 10.5
Twins Starter: Homer Bailey, RHP 3.60 ERA
Homer Bailey made just one start for the Minnesota Twins, back on July 28, before ending up on the 45-day IL. After being activated this morning, Bailey will make his return to the mound in tonight’s matchup against the Tigers. Bailey had a respectable outing against the Cardinals in that start nearly two months ago, as he allowed just two runs over five innings pitched. It remains to be seen what kind of pitch count Bailey will be on tonight, but if he could repeat that outing, the Twins would surely take it. This is an important start for Bailey, who could still be in the Twins considerations for a spot as a long relief arm in the bullpen for the Postseason.
Tigers Starter: Tarik Skubal, LHP 6.17 ERA
The Twins will be getting their third look of the season against one of the Tigers young and promising arms in lefty Tarik Skubal. Despite an overall disappointing rookie campaign, Skubal has pitched well in his two outings versus the Twins, only allowing three runs in eleven innings pitched. While Skubal has gotten beaten around pretty good in a few of his other starts this year, there is a lot of promise with the former 29th round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. In his two seasons in the minors, Skubal posted a 2.11 ERA across 25 starts and eight relief outings.
Skubal features a mid-90s fastball, that he throws 60% of the time. His two secondary offerings are his slider and changeup. While the slider is a pitch that he will throw to both righties and lefties, Skubal has exclusively thrown his changeup only to righties this season. Skubal will also mix in the occasional curveball a few times per game.
News & Notes
- The Twins activated pitcher Homer Bailey off the 45-day IL Tuesday morning, and optioned reliever Sean Poppen.
- The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West on Monday night. It was their first division title since 2013.
- Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles will miss the rest of this season, and likely all of 2021, after having Tommy John surgery.
Around the AL Central
Indians 7, White Sox 4
Royals 4, Cardinals 1
1. CWS 34-20 0.0 GB (+72)
2. MIN 33-22 1.5 GB (+55)
3. CLE 30-24 4.0 GB (+40)
4. DET 22-30 11.0 GB (-64)
5. KC 22-32 12.0 GB (-31)