Game Thread: Braves @ Twins, 7/26 @ 7:10 CT
Probable Starters: Lucas Harrell (1-2, 4.24 ERA) vs Ervin Santana (3-8, 3.93 ERA)
1: Ervin Santana and the Trade Deadline
The trade deadline is in just 6 days (it’s August 1st this year) and there’s a chance that this could be Santana’s last start with the Twins. I don’t think they’re going to trade him within the next 5 days, and I’m also skeptical if the Twins would be willing to let him go. He’s been their best starting pitcher this year – with a solid 3.93 ERA & 4.02 FIP. So unless another team wows them, it’s likely the Twins will hold onto Santana and let him start next season.
Meanwhile, Santana pitches against his former team today. He’s got a 2.03 ERA in his last 6 starts, and hopefully he shouldn’t have too much trouble against a listless Braves lineup.
2: The Braves and the Worst Teams of All Time
Let’s stack up the Braves current record against some of the worst teams of the modern era.
2016 Braves 33-66 (.333)
2003 Tigers 43-119 (.265)
1962 Mets 40-120 (.250)
So the Braves aren’t likely going to be one of the worst of all time (there’s a good 30 more teams between them and the Mets), but they’re on pace to be one of the worst since the 60s.
Thankfully for the Twins, they have a 4.5 game lead on the Braves, so no matter what happens here, the Braves can’t pass us.
3: Lineup Analysis
Lucas Harrell ®
1. Jace Peterson (L) LF
2. Gordon Beckham ® 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Nick Markakis (L) DH
5. Adonis Garcia ® 3B
6. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
7. Jeff Francoeur ® RF
8. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
9. Erick Aybar (S) SS
Ervin Santana ®
1. Eduardo Nunez ® SS
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Miguel Sano ® 3B
4. Brian Dozier ® 2B
5. Max Kepler (L) RF
6. Kennys Vargas (S) DH
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
8. Kurt Suzuki ® C
9. Byron Buxton ® CF
I don't have a lot to add here... the Twins are at their optimal lineup right, in my opinion. Though it's been interesting to see Rosario and Grossman switching off in left. I wonder if Rosario will start taking the job back full time, or if a platoon is in play?
Also, we get to see AJ Pierzynski again! This might be the last series we ever get to see him play - he's getting old and his bat has faded, so it could be his last season.
4: Tomorrow’s Game
I will be in attendance at tomorrow’s game – actually, it’ll be my first Twins game of the year. My seats are in left field in the second row – so I’m hoping to catch a home run or at least have a few get hit near me. So you might just see me if there’s a ball hit into the left field bleachers.
Also, here’s one more completely random note. Tomorrow they’re giving out Twins 1991 Championship Beer Steins to the first 10,000 people there… but you have to be 21 or older. The thing is… I’m 20 and I turn 21 in a week. So no beer stein for me.
OK, Twins, let’s beat the worst team in baseball! Let’s not be humiliated by probably the worst baseball team in the last decade…
Edited by Danchat, 26 July 2016 - 04:50 PM.