First Pitch: 7:10 PM CST
Radio: 96.3 KTWIN, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe
Gardy was so upset about Danny Santana bunting last night that the team took early bunting practice today. Yeah, that was the problem, not that you had one of your best players bunting in that situation.
All snark aside, the Twins are looking for Ricky Nolasco to turn things around tonight. He's making his second start since being activated from the disabled list. In his return, he was okay for a couple innings, then had one really bad inning before being pretty solid for the remainder of his outing. However, the Twins would like him to be more consistent. I'm still convinced that his poor pitching earlier this year was from playing through his sore elbow, so I get the feeling he should be better as we close out the season.
Facing him is lefthander T.J. House. He actually earned a call-up to the majors last season, though the Indians never used him in a game. This year, House has made 12 appearances (11 starts) and he's been pretty solid thus far with a 4.13 ERA. He throws a very heavy sinking fastball and his 61% groundball percentage would be second in the majors behind Dallas Keuchel if he had enough innings to qualify. If the Twins want to beat House tonight, they will have to wait for him to elevate his sinker so they can drive it.
I'll be unavailable to post lineups, so hopefully a commenter will post them down below.