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Game Thread: Astros @ Twins 6;15 PM 6/12/2021


The Twins look to even the series tonight in a 6:15 tilt against the Houston Astros. The Twins version of an ace, José Berríos, will face Luis Garcia of the Astros. Garcia has impressive numbers. I don't know anything about him.

Yesterday, the Twins hit four homers (all solos) and still lost to Houston 6-4. The Twins lead MLB in homers, yet their offense is only 11th best in scoring runs, while they are third worst allowing runs. Too many solo homers, too few innings where hits were strung together. 

A couple of comments about the big talker--substances pitchers have been using to "get a grip" and spin the ball effectively. Offense is way down again this year. Just about every box score I check, I see hitters in the lineup who aren't over the Mendoza line. Strikeouts are continuing to surge and an old timer like me sees pitcher after pitcher with velocities over 95 mph and wonders what Juan Berenguer and his 90 mph fastball would do in today's climate. 

I'd personally like to see the ball in play more and more facets of the game on display. When there are 20 strikeouts in a game, there are fewer chances for great defensive plays. All of the all or nothing at bats also discourages base stealing and advancing on the bases. Maybe something will happen to change the focus of the game. 

What I still love about baseball is that you never know with even near certainty how a game will play out. The pitchers might enter the game with terrible stats, but for one day, anything can happen. Over the course of a season, teams with better health and talent win out, but on any given day, the lesser team can win.

 

Pitchers:

PLAYER W-L ERA WHIP IP H K BB HR
L. Garcia 5-3 2.75 1.00 59.0 40 68 19 8
J. Berrios 6-2 3.58 1.11 70.1 59 73 19 8


Lineups--Astros

 

HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
J. Altuve2B 64-217 30 12 2 .295
M. BrantleyLF 59-180 17 3 0 .328
A. Bregman3B 63-216 33 7 1 .292
Y. AlvarezDH 59-194 33 8 0 .304
Y. Gurriel1B 71-213 46 10 1 .333
K. TuckerRF 60-230 40 11 5 .261
R. GarciaSS 4-26 2 0 0 .154
C. McCormickCF 15-76 19 5 2 .197
M. MaldonadoC 27-159 17 4 0 .17
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
  Twins        
           
HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
J. Polanco2B 51-211 27 8 3 .242
J. Donaldson3B 44-176 26 10 0 .250
N. CruzDH 53-184 30 12 1 .288
T. LarnachLF 22-88 8 3 0 .250
M. Sano1B 30-165 31 13 0 .182
A. KirilloffRF 30-115 18 4 0 .261
N. GordonCF 10-27 2 1 3 .370
A. SimmonsSS 41-163 14 2 0 .252
B. RortvedtC 5-36 3 1 0 .139
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22 minutes ago, stringer bell said:

 

What I still love about baseball is that you never know with even near certainty how a game will play out. The pitchers might enter the game with terrible stats, but for one day, anything can happen. 

With Berrios' stuff one of these days he's going to have a game where he's totally unhittable. Why not tonight?

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2 hours ago, stringer bell said:

Luis Garcia of the Astros has impressive numbers. I don't know anything about him.

 

 

Pitchers:

PLAYER W-L ERA WHIP IP H K BB HR
L. Garcia 5-3 2.75 1.00 59.0 40 68 19 8
J. Berrios 6-2 3.58 1.11 70.1 59 73 19 8


Lineups--Astros

 

HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
J. Altuve2B 64-217 30 12 2 .295
M. BrantleyLF 59-180 17 3 0 .328
A. Bregman3B 63-216 33 7 1 .292
Y. AlvarezDH 59-194 33 8 0 .304
Y. Gurriel1B 71-213 46 10 1 .333
K. TuckerRF 60-230 40 11 5 .261
R. GarciaSS 4-26 2 0 0 .154
C. McCormickCF 15-76 19 5 2 .197
M. MaldonadoC 27-159 17 4 0 .17
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
  Twins        
           
HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
J. Polanco2B 51-211 27 8 3 .242
J. Donaldson3B 44-176 26 10 0 .250
N. CruzDH 53-184 30 12 1 .288
T. LarnachLF 22-88 8 3 0 .250
M. Sano1B 30-165 31 13 0 .182
A. KirilloffRF 30-115 18 4 0 .261
N. GordonCF 10-27 2 1 3 .370
A. SimmonsSS 41-163 14 2 0 .252
B. RortvedtC 5-36 3 1 0 .139

Well...which is it?

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2 minutes ago, ashbury said:

"This game is so difficult.  To continually produce.  Year in and year out.  And yet I did."

He really produced during the off season?

 

Winter ball! That's right.

 

(except it is Summer in the southern hemisphere...)

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