Berríos: 6.0 IP,6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Home Runs: Simmons (1), Garver (5), Kirlloff (4)
Top 3 WPA: Simmons .195, Berríos .132, Arraez .097
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs):
Berríos Struggles through Six
I’m being tough on Berríos but considering the expectations we have for him and having a seven-run cushion in the third inning, I’d call today a disappointment. Berríos was cruising through three, as he had set down five consecutive Royals with strikeouts and needed only 34 pitches (80% strike percentage) to do so. Then came the extended delay thanks to an offensive explosion by the Twins and Berríos was not able to regain the efficiency and rhythm he had.
Twins Daily’s own John Bonnes and Nick Nelson hit the nail on the head with their comments regarding the 26-year old rightie and, in my opinion, this is what keeps his ceiling below that of an “ace” or even a true #1 starter on a team that’s supposed to be contending for a World Series. Specifically in innings four and five, where he gave up four earned runs, he was consistently getting behind hitters and running two and three ball counts by throwing strikes at just a 56% clip.
Twins Offense Takes Advantage of Royals Miscues
Good things happen when you hit the ball hard and the Twins did PLENTY of that today owning 10 of the top 12 hardest hit balls on the day.
On top of Hunter Dozier’s back-to-back errors in the third inning, the Twins had multiple line drives to the outfield that are not technically errors but were misjudged and landed for extra bases. Even on Dozier’s first error, Josh Donaldson’s exit velocity was 96.7 mph on the batted ball which made it very difficult to handle despite being hit right at the third basemen.
Arguably the best development of the day (and weekend), is that Mitch Garver is starting to “heat up” as Twins Daily’s own Andrew Gebo put it.
On top of hitting his 5th home run of the season today, he had exit velocities of 97.3, 107.2, and 108.5 today going 2-for-4.
Okay maybe this is the best development of the weekend ... KIRILLOFF HAS ARRIVED. The rookie smashed another no-doubt home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. He ended the weekend with four home runs and nine RBI’s.
Twins Win their First Series Since April 5-7 in Detroit
It’s been a rough month for the Twins, especially considering the World Series expectations that the organization, fans, local, and national media had for the club when the season started. Despite getting rocked on Saturday, it’s encouraging to see the offense start to click with 84% of the season still ahead of them.
Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet
Click here to see the bullpen usage over the past five days (link opens a Google Sheet)