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Game 47: Twins at Giants


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First Pitch: 3:10pm CDT

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Pre-Game Notes

  • Today's cleanup and number five hitters are Kurt Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez. So. The Twins are winning today, probably.
  • Nobody on the Twins roster has seen more than three plate appearances versus the Giants' starter, Madison Bumgarner.
  • Bumgarner has been terrible at home this season, and has been hit pretty hard by right-handed hitters overall.
  • Bumgarner's arsenal is the same as it's been for years: a four-seam fastball, two-seamer, slider, curve, and a changeup. None of them have been as effective as they were in 2013, especially that slider which has been so good for so long. But no doubt he's looking at that Twins lineup and licking his chops.
  • The Giants, meanwhile, have seen Ricky Nolasco many times. The first five batters in San Francisco's lineup today have seen him for 107 at-bats. As a team, the Giants are hitting .320/.372/.523 against Nolasco. So basically, their offense will also be licking their chops.
  • But the Twins have Suzuki and Nunez hitting 4-5 today, so.
  • Minnesota is 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position this series. You can't win games when you don't get those hits. Well, you can, but it's really hard.

Today's Lineups

Brian Dozier - 2B Gregor Blanco - CF
Joe Mauer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Buster Posey - C
Kurt Suzuki - C Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Eduardo Nunez - LF Mike Morse - 1B
Chris Parmelee - RF Tyler Colvin - LF
Eduardo Escobar - SS B. Crawford - SS
Danny Santana - CF Brandon Hicks - 2B
Ricky Nolasco - RHP M. Bumgarner - RHP