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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 04:55 PM

The Twins conclude their week in Chicago with a Sunday night game against the Cubs. The Twins have won two of the first six games against the White Sox and Cubs (leaders of the AL Central and NL Central respectively. However, last night's win clinched a playoff spot for the Twins. They appear to be on a collision course with the Yankees, who finally lost today, giving the Twins a chance to be the home team for the first round of the playoffs.

 

Starting pitchers are Yu Darvish for the Cubs and Jose Berríos for the Twins. Darvish has had a fantastic season with a 7-2 record and less than 2 ERA. Darvish's WHIP is under 1.00. Berríos has found his form after struggling through the first half of this shortened season. 

 

Both teams have had unexpected struggles on offense. The Cubs and the Twins have both scored about 4.5 runs per game. The Cubs have a team batting average of .227 with a team OPS of .716, the Twins are slightly better. 

 

The season has reached 54 games, which would be a third of a full season. Multiplying the counting numbers by three would give projections for a full season. Some notable numbers: Cruz would have 48 homers, the Twins would hit in excess of 250 homers, but score somewhere around 720 runs, and have less than 200 doubles.

 

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Twins (32-22)

 

Kepler rf

Donaldson 3b

Rosario lf

Sanó dh

Wade 1b

Polanco ss

Garver c

Cave cf

Gonzalez 2b

 

Berríos p (4-4) 4.15 ERA

 

 

Chicago Cubs (31-21)

 

Happ cf

Rizzo 1b

Bryant 3b

Schwarber lf

Contreras dh

Heyward rf

Baez ss

Caratini c

Kipnis 2b

 

Darvish p (7-2) 1.86 ERA

 

 

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#2 stringer bell

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 04:56 PM

Lineup notes: no Cruz or Buxton tonight, at least to start the game. Sanó at DH for the first time this year, with Wade getting another start at first base.


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 04:59 PM

Go Twins!

(I gotta zoom for a bit. Be back soon)

#4 Craig Arko

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:07 PM

ESPN2, if anyone is looking.

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:10 PM

 

ESPN2, if anyone is looking.

I was. Thanks!


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:13 PM

Go Twins!
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#7 Nine of twelve

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:13 PM

Get to him now, boys, while you have a chance. No mercy.


#8 stringer bell

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:14 PM

Good start!


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:19 PM

Many of you have seen this before but I have to post it because Darvish is pitching. I don't think a major leaguer has ever missed a pitch by more.

 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:25 PM

Can't stick around tonight, but wanted to echo Stringer's intro and comments I made on the front page. This game is HUGE, and not just for the road trip. Yankees and Sox lost earlier today. Sox have to battle Cleveland and the Cubs to finish out. Yankees have a 4 game road series against the decent Jays. There is a lot to be determined yet. And there is a lot riding on the last week and a half.

Twins NEED to step up and take care of business! They do that, there is still a chance for not only home 1st round, but MAYBE a flag to fly for 2020.
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#11 Nine of twelve

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:26 PM

How many of those pitches to Polanco were in the strike zone?


#12 stringer bell

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:27 PM

Ouch! Had a chance to do something.


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:27 PM

Bases loaded is our kryptonite
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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:28 PM

 

ESPN2, if anyone is looking.

Hmm, I can't find ESPN2... 


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:36 PM

 

Hmm, I can't find ESPN2... 

They are moving to normal ESPN now that the other game ended.

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:40 PM

Never make ANY out at third base.


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:42 PM

wasted opportunity to get to a very good pitcher in the 1st. Hopefully doesn't come back to bite us. Now we need to get Cave home...but Twins hitters are fanning the breeze tonite.

Kepler grounds out but gets Cave home. 2-0 Good Guys


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:48 PM

Whoops, I got thrown off when it said ESPN2 had Sportscenter. Now I got it.


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 06:01 PM

How did Berrios look in the 1st? My DVR didn't get the biggining on ESPN 2

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 06:04 PM

How did Berrios look in the 1st? My DVR didn't get the biggining on ESPN 2


Pretty good. He also made a good defensive play on a bunt attempt.
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