I survived my first game thread (7/25), although the Twines and Señor Berríos didn’t fare so well in Dodgerville that night. Here goes another one as they put their 6-game winning streak on the line against the aging and wilting Tigers of Detroit.
Looking at the pitching statistics below, the Twins’ starter leads his Tiger counterpart in EVERY statistical category listed: more wins, fewer losses, lower ERA, lower WHIP, more K/9, and less BB/9. And Detroit is paying their starter $18,000,000 this year (and $24,000,000 next year and $25,000,000 for two years after that) with the Twins’ starter making $525,000. After seeing those numbers, I’m not quite so dismayed (see below) about Joe Mauer and Phil Hughes.
Random Trivia: Did you know that there is a town called Twinsburg, Ohio, that celebrates a Twins Days Festival? If you don’t believe me, check out this photo gallery, which, distressingly, does not have any pairs in Twins’ uniforms. My favorite is the guys in this picture, who look like they are having fun.
Of course, all of these sibling-pairs should be rooting for our Twins, even though Cleveland is only 15 miles away (and the pair in the picture might feel quite at home at Miller Park).
More fun with words. A month or so back, one of the senior posters on this site suggested that Eddie Rosario could use a bit more “chalance” in the outfield. That started me thinking about other words that we use only in the negative. If you can think of others, please add to my short list in the comments.
1. Reckless. Have you ever heard anyone being “reckful”? Surely a driver who is "reckful" is more likely to be "wreckless."
2. Disgruntled. I’m really a lot more “gruntled” at the Twins’ play over the last week than I was the week before.
3. Disturbed. If you are unbothered, does that mean you are “turbed”?
4. Detract/distract/extract/subtract. Do we ever do anything positive with “tract”? I suppose that “contract” is positive when it means “make a legal agreement,” but that’s offset by the all-too-familiar “reduce in size” usage that the Twins nearly suffered two decades ago. Just to be positive, maybe I’ll start referring to addition as “surtraction.”
5. Dismayed. Of course, the Twins were “dis-Mayed” in March when Trevor was lost was lost for the year with elbow surgery. Then we were all dismayed in the more traditional sense by the Twins’ performance during their losing run. Does that mean that we’re now “mayed” by the current winning streak?
- Twins: José Berríos (10-5, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 8.28 K/9, 2.63 BB/9)
- Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.27 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 6.06 K/9, 2.64 BB/9)
Lineups will be posted when available.