Good afternoon and welcome back to another exciting game thread experience from Twins Daily! Too bad we snapped the 6 game win streak yesterday...I was actually thinking we could go 58-2 this year. Regardless, 57-3 is still a good year! I will say this is one of the most talented Minnesota Twins team I've ever seen (over 35 years). I only wish we were playing a full season. This group of players could put up some awesome numbers over a full 162 game schedule. It's nice to sit atop the win column over the rest of the league as well. The +29 run differential is nice to look at too. Only the Dodgers are better at +33. I think that says a lot about our team even when our offense doesn't seem to be firing on all cylinders yet.
O.K. - back to tonight's game and the start of a three game series against the Kansas City Royals! As a way to encourage game thread participants to stick around longer tonight I thought I would recycle a game thread opener I did a couple of years ago...people are actually still talking about it today.
Tonight and tonight only we will be giving out some amazing prizes for the best predictions and guesses to a few of my simple questions below. All prizes will be determined and awarded by me. I will also act as judge and jury for any ties or disagreements. All prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening*
Whoever guesses the correct number or comes the closest to the actual number will be eligible for prizes. Please have your guesses posted before the end of the 1st inning to qualify.
Question 1: How many broken bats will there be in tonights game?
Question 2: What Twins player will have the most hits?
Question 3: How many strike outs will Devin Smeltzer record tonight?
Question 4: How many total stolen bases will there be in tonights game?
Question 5: What will be the official time for tonights game (hrs./min.)
*If I drink too much tonight I might fall asleep in my chair and sleep through the end of the game. In that event I will try to post winners in the morning sometime after I've had some coffee. All prize winners are responsible for taxes and all other local, county fees/surcharges and also assumes all risk and liabilities associated with winning. Twins Daily probably doesn't sanction this game either.
1. Max Kepler (RF)
2. Jorge Polanco (SS)
3. Miguel Sano (1B)
4. Eddie (The Money) Rosario (DH)
5. Jake Cave (LF)
6. M. Gonzalez (2B)
7. Mitch Garver ©
8. Ehire Adrianza (3B)
9. Byron Buxton (CF)
(P) Devin Smeltzer (L)
Kansas City Royals:
1. W. Merrifield (RF)
2. Jorge Soler (DH)
3. Salvador Perez ©
4. Ryan McBroom (1B)
5. A. Mondesi (SS)
6. Alex Gordon (LF)
7. Maikel Franco (3B)
8. Nicky Lopez (2B)
9. Nick Heath (CF)
(P) Jakob Junis ®
Game time temp: 82 degrees, chance of precipitation 8% Go Twins!