Good morning, Twins fans! (game time is late morning where I live. And, since I'm your humble host for this particular thread, good morning it is!)
I'm dispensing with my usual video and snark, due to time constraints. Believe it or not, it takes time to hunt down video and then come up with snark.
Today features two teams who are featuring players the teams are trying to get to know at the MLB level. Neither team is close to featuring a winning season, so, might as well find out if they have players that can help next year.
Last night, and it pains me to admit it, I was rooting for Lopez because I've never seen a perfect game. Lopez was three outs from getting the perfecto. Cool to watch though it was against my favorite team.
Lest anyone thinks Lopez's efforts last night were harbingers of a bright future, let me toss a name out there for you: Philip Humber. Lopez may have a future as an MLB pitcher but ace material? Too soon to tell.
It was nice to see Mr. Berrios go 6 innings after the string of 5 dismal starts.
Not much to say about the rest of the team, simply because 24 outs without a hit or base runner leaves little to be discussed, though Mr. Froemming makes a valiant effort.
Random observations about last night:
1. Lopez tossed a gem and got some great fielding behind him.
2. It was interesting to hear Smalley talk about how players behind the pitcher tighten as a no-hit game progresses. Sounds like the pressure is intense.
3. Hopefully, Berrios took a step toward righting the pitching ship.
4. Is it too early to think perhaps Berrios/Gibson might be the Blyleven/Viola combination of next year's Twins?
5. Play ball!
Pitching for the Twins:
Chase De Jong.
Pitching for KC: