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Game Thread: Twins vs. Blue Jays, 5/1/18 @ 7:10pm CT


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Happy May Day and welcome back to another Game Thread party!  

 

So excited to be here today.  Excited for a couple of reasons.  First, we have left the month of April behind.  It was an absolute abysmal month in Minneapolis with 22" of snow fall over a couple of days and a Twins franchise that is collapsing like a house of cards or like the acting career of Kevin Spacey. Bye, bye April!

 

The second reason for my excitement is my daughter turns 18 today.  I have three kids, two of which are now legal adults.  I can't believe how fast time goes by.  I don't even feel that old...Regardless, just wanted to throw out a happy birthday to my beautiful daughter.  

 

As I mentioned above, happy May Day!  May Day is celebrated throughout the world in numerous countries.  In the northern hemisphere it typically represents Spring and it's also an international day to recognize workers.  Some people even make May Day baskets to give friends and relatives.  I would like to suggest another way to celebrate May Day.  Let's gamble on tonights game!

 

That's right, let's gamble. Right now our team is playing so poorly we need to spice up the Game Thread tonight.  It allows us something else to cheer for and root for.  Here are the rules and format:

 

1. All bets must be placed before the end of the 2nd inning.  All prizes are awarded by me at the end of the night**.  

 

2. Any and all ties are decided by me.  

 

3. You can only bet once for each category.

 

Category #1 - Who will be the best hitter tonight for the Twins? "Pick the Click"

 

Category #2 - How many strike outs tonight for Gibson?

 

Category #3 - How many stolen bases for the Twins tonight?

 

Category #4 - How many total broken bats tonight for both teams?

 

Tie breaker category:  Total time of game

 

Remember to only bet one time for each category.  You can play all of them or just one or two.  It's up to you!  Side bets are not only allowed but encouraged.

 

Good Luck!

 

**This event is open to all people aged 18 and up. Must be present to win. Twins Daily does not take responsibility for any complaints or hurt feelings on part of the winners or losers. Belligerent behavior is not only allowed but encouraged.  Please PM Chief to settle any and all disputes.  Prizes vary and could create a tax issue with the IRS, State and local authorities. Twinssporto is not responsible for any illegal activity you decide to do on your own.  Please drink responsibly tonight. I'm so tired of the Twins poor play I want to scream!  I also don't like the "Rodney Experience". Why can't we seem to get the offense moving?  If anyone in the Twins front office is playing tonight on this Game Thread you are automatically disqualified.  You can't play until you field a better product.  

 

Tonights Lineups:

 

TWINS

 

1. Robbie Grossman RF (S)

2. Joe Mauer 1B (L)

3. Max Kepler CF (L)

4. Eduardo Escobar 3B (S)

5. Eddie Rosario LF (L)

6. Mitch Garver C ®

7. Logan Morrison DH (L)

8. Ehire Adrianza SS (S)

9. Gregorio Petit 2B ®

 

Kyle Gibson SP ®

 

BLUE JAYS

 

1. Curtis Granderson LF (L)

2. Teoscar Hernandez RF ®

3. Justin Smoak 1B (S)

4. Yangervis Solarte 3B (S)

5. Steve Pearce DH ® 

6. Kevin Pillar CF ®

7. Lourdes Gurriel 2B ®

8. Luke Maile C ®

9. Aledmys Diaz SS ®

 

Marco Estrada SP ®

 

Weather: 67 degrees and mostly cloudy. Wind out of the west approx. 9-12mph. Slight chance of rain.

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Good to see Kepler and Rosario finally flipped in the order.  Not sure how I feel about Grossman hitting leadoff though.  It is nice to see Molitor tinker a bit more lately with the hotter hitters.

 

I don't think Gibson will have any strikeouts.  They're playing in an AL ballpark, so Morrison is going to hit for him.

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**This event is open to all people aged 18 and up. Must be present to win. Twins Daily does not take responsibility for any complaints or hurt feelings on part of the winners or losers. Belligerent behavior is not only allowed but encouraged.  Please PM Chief to settle any and all disputes.  Prizes vary and could create a tax issue with the IRS, State and local authorities. Twinssporto is not responsible for any illegal activity you decide to do on your own.  Please drink responsibly tonight. I'm so tired of the Twins poor play I want to scream!  I also don't like the "Rodney Experience". Why can't we seem to get the offense moving?  If anyone in the Twins front office is playing tonight on this Game Thread you are automatically disqualified.  You can't play until you field a better product.

 

 

DO NOT READ THE FINE PRINT!!1!

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**This event is open to all people aged 18 and up. Must be present to win. Twins Daily does not take responsibility for any complaints or hurt feelings on part of the winners or losers. Belligerent behavior is not only allowed but encouraged.  Please PM Chief to settle any and all disputes.  Prizes vary and could create a tax issue with the IRS, State and local authorities. Twinssporto is not responsible for any illegal activity you decide to do on your own.  Please drink responsibly tonight. I'm so tired of the Twins poor play I want to scream!  I also don't like the "Rodney Experience". Why can't we seem to get the offense moving?  If anyone in the Twins front office is playing tonight on this Game Thread you are automatically disqualified.  You can't play until you field a better product.

 

 

DO NOT READ THE FINE PRINT!!1!

I didn't until you pointed it out!  Kinda backfired, eh?!

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Category #1 - Who will be the best hitter tonight for the Twins? "Pick the Click"  Miguel Sano will NOT strike out even once tonight. Book it.

 

Category #2 - How many strike outs tonight for Gibson? None! This is an AL game, at home. Ever hear of a little thing called the Designated Hitter??

 

Category #3 - How many stolen bases for the Twins tonight? Easy. None. Nobody reaches first base, nobody steals second.

 

Category #4 - How many total broken bats tonight for both teams? None. Toronto squares everything up, and the Twins NERF bats bend but don't break.

 

Tie breaker category:  Total time of game 8.5 innings (see, I'm an optimist after all)

 

 

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Oh, and NICE JOB 'SPORTO!

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**This event is open to all people aged 18 and up. Must be present to win. Twins Daily does not take responsibility for any complaints or hurt feelings on part of the winners or losers. Belligerent behavior is not only allowed but encouraged.  Please PM Chief to settle any and all disputes.  Prizes vary and could create a tax issue with the IRS, State and local authorities. Twinssporto is not responsible for any illegal activity you decide to do on your own.  Please drink responsibly tonight. I'm so tired of the Twins poor play I want to scream!  I also don't like the "Rodney Experience". Why can't we seem to get the offense moving?  If anyone in the Twins front office is playing tonight on this Game Thread you are automatically disqualified.  You can't play until you field a better product.

 

 

DO NOT READ THE FINE PRINT!!1!

It's just minor legal BS. Nothing to see here.  Move along.

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Category #1 - Who will be the best hitter tonight for the Twins? "Pick the Click"  Miguel Sano will NOT strike out even once tonight. Book it.

 

Category #2 - How many strike outs tonight for Gibson? None! This is an AL game, at home. Ever hear of a little thing called the Designated Hitter??

 

Category #3 - How many stolen bases for the Twins tonight? Easy. None. Nobody reaches first base, nobody steals second.

 

Category #4 - How many total broken bats tonight for both teams? None. Toronto squares everything up, and the Twins NERF bats bend but don't break.

 

Tie breaker category:  Total time of game 8.5 innings (see, I'm an optimist after all)

 

 

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Oh, and NICE JOB 'SPORTO!

Recorded and dually noted.  Thanks for playing!

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Category 1: Max Kepler

Category 2: 6

Category 3: 1

Category 4: 1

 

Time of game: 3 hours 3 minutes

 

Side-bet: Total # of pitchers used by both teams combined: 7

I'll take the over on # of pitchers.

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Category 1: Max Kepler

Category 2: 6

Category 3: 1

Category 4: 1

 

Time of game: 3 hours 3 minutes

 

Side-bet: Total # of pitchers used by both teams combined: 7

I'll take the over on both.
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1. All bets must be placed before the end of the 2nd inning.  All prizes are awarded by me at the end of the night**.  - Someone will place a bet in the fourth inning.

 

2. Any and all ties are decided by me. I bet not.

 

3. You can only bet once for each category. Okay. Wait, no. Maybe?

 

Category #1 - Who will be the best hitter tonight for the Twins? "Pick the Click" Adrianza

 

Category #2 - How many strike outs tonight for Gibson? Mr. Gibson will strike out 7 batters. Mr Gibson will not strike out.

 

Category #3 - How many stolen bases for the Twins tonight? 3

 

Category #4 - How many total broken bats tonight for both teams? 7

 

Tie breaker category:  Total time of game 3 hours 11 minutes.

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Jason Castro is battling a minor knee injury.

But it's nothing structural and he is considered day-to-day. Mitch Garver will start at catcher and bat sixth Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

 

 

If you were wondering why Garver has been playing more often the past couple days, this is probably why.

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I feel good about tonight's game. It's always darkest just before the dawn.

 

And man...it's really dark out there. pitch-black.

Are we talking blackest black or event horizon black?

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