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  • That's The Ticket: Your AL Wild Card Winner


    John Bonnes

    If the MLB regular season were to end today … we would probably be a little bummed. I mean, it just started. But we would be comforted knowing that the Twins would still be playing, because they enter this series tied for the last AL Wild Card spot. So which game to see? As usual, we’ll break it down scientifically.

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    Game Most Likely To See A Twins Comeback

    The A’s have started this year the way they finished last year. You would think that would be a good thing for a team that made the postseason. It’s not. Oakland was 72-45 on August 9th and in first place in the AL West by four games. They finished ten games behind the Angels after finishing the year with only 16 wins in their last 45 game stretch. They held on – by one game – for the last Wild Card spot over Seattle, but lost the Wild Card play-in game to the Royals. They had the greatest run differential in the American League but it meant nothing within days of the end of the regular season.

    Fast forward to this year, where the A’s have outscored their opponents by eighteen runs – but are somehow four games below .500 and in third place in the AL West. The biggest culprit seems to be a bullpen whose 4.92 ERA ranks last in the American League. They still have two relievers – Tyler Clippard and Evan Scribner – who are exceptional and can handle high leverage innings. But get their starters out in the middle innings and the A’s must rely on much less dependable arms.

    Monday night’s A’s starter, Jesse Hahn, has just a 2.86 ERA, but he has yet to pitch more than six innings and the only time he made it through the sixth was in his first start of the year. Plus, he’s been dealing with a blister issue. Getting him – or any of the A’s starters – out of the game early bodes well for some late inning excitement in Target Field.

    Winner: Monday

    Game Most Likely To See Some Weird Sh… Stuff

    Monday night is May the fourth, which sounds like “May the Force” which means it’s Star Wars Night at the ballpark. There is a special ticket offer which allows you to get a special “Hughes the Force” (which sounds like “Use the force”) bobblehead that has pitcher Phil Hughes dressed up like a Jedi.

    It occurs to me that some of you have no idea what any of that previous paragraph means. Just trust me – there are going to be some bizarre things going on at Target Field that night, especially because it was also Comic Con weekend….oh, you don’t know what that is, either. Again, trust me. One way or the other, you’re going to remember Monday night.

    Winner: Monday

    Game To Go To If You’re A Minnesota Wild Fan

    You’ll miss the first half of the Wild game if you go to Tuesday night’s Twins game. I might suggest going to the afternoon game on Thursday and then heading over to 7th Street for some pregaming before the 8:30 faceoff. Pace yourself.

    Winner: Thursday

    Game Most Likely To See A Twins Win

    The A’s starter on Wednesday night is Scott Kazmir, who has resurrected his career and is sporting a 1.62 ERA this year. He also beat the Twins twice last year, though they did score five runs against him in the second of those.

    But other than Kazmir, things look quite a bit better. We’ve covered Hahn on Monday, and the other two starters have both been vulnerable. Drew Pomeranz, who starts on Thursday, hasn’t pitched more than 5.1 innings since his first start of the year. And Jesse Chavez, who starts Tuesday, was just moved into the rotation.

    Winner: Thursday, and I say that knowing full well that Ricky Nolasco is pitching for the Twins.

    Game Most Likely To Stay Dry

    After having a gorgeous weekend, the week looks like it’s going to be wet, which is the way it should be. It doesn’t look like there will be any rainouts, but Monday is the only night without a decent chance of rain.

    Winner: Monday.

    Best Giveaway

    At least if it rains on you on Thursday, it won’t ruin your shoes. You can wear the flip-flops that the Twins are giving to the first 10,000 fans for that afternoon game. Nothing says “I value you as a client” more than seeing each others' bare feet.

    Winner: Thursday

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    I'm going to savor this moment of above .500 ball because I'm not expecting it to last.

     

    Since John brought playoffs, let's say by some miracle, the Twins are in contention at the trade deadline.

     

    Which uber prospect is traded and for whom? 

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    I'm going to savor this moment of above .500 ball because I'm not expecting it to last.

     

    Since John brought playoffs, let's say by some miracle, the Twins are in contention at the trade deadline.

     

    Which uber prospect is traded and for whom? 

    If [ and by that I mean IF ] Plouffe continues performing in the #4 hole and IF Sano somehow, [ by that in mean MIRACULOUSLY ] turns it around at AA ball in a BIG way, Plouffe would have the most trade value.  Not sure whom the uber prospect would be [ or if you could get one of them for Plouffe ]  but maybe, just maybe, Terry Ryan could find a good outfielder.  Recent history says, no.

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    If [ and by that I mean IF ] Plouffe continues performing in the #4 hole and IF Sano somehow, [ by that in mean MIRACULOUSLY ] turns it around at AA ball in a BIG way, Plouffe would have the most trade value.  Not sure whom the uber prospect would be [ or if you could get one of them for Plouffe ]  but maybe, just maybe, Terry Ryan could find a good outfielder.  Recent history says, no.

     

    Unless Sano really turns it around here shortly, i don't see a trade of Plouffe anytime soon.

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    Here's my ticket report:

     

    Tuesday night, 3rd row Champions Club seats are $139/each right now (or $125 after DAILYDOUBLE discount code).  If recent weekday games are any indication, similar prices may soon be available for Wednesday and Thursday too.

     

    I expect you will see Dugout Box tickets in the $30-40 range too, if you don't already.

     

    (Stubhub shows a lot of ticket inventory left, so you may see more pop up on Ticket King too.)

     

    Go Twins!

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    Tuesday night, second row above the visitor's dugout (section 12, row 6, on TV every time a RHB comes up!), $32 after discount code:

     

    http://www.ticketkingonline.com/ResultsTicket.aspx?evtid=2412289

     

    Champions Club, section 10, $90 after discount code too.

     

    (In case you haven't noticed, I am posting all of the tickets deals I wish I could take advantage of. :) )

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