It's been quite a season for both the Twins and the Royals. The three-game series that starts tonight at Target Field may overshadow the draft, or the draft may overshadow what is undoubtedly the biggest set of the year for both clubs, but one thing is certain: if both teams head into the stretch run still in the fight, this series could loom very large - in the minds of the players if not in the standings.
The draft kicks off in just under three hours; first pitch is in just under four. Let's see what Matt and Josh think about those Royals.
The third reason is the bullpen has been excellent. Last year, the cyborg trio of Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis were historically great. There were real concerns that the bullpen would regress. Though Holland and Herrera have a bit, their supporting cast is much better. Luke Hochevar, Ryan Madson, Jason Frasor, and Brandon Finnegan have been significantly better than last year's group of Aaron Crow, Michael Mariot, Tim Collins, and Louis Coleman.
I'm not sure Hosmer has done anything differently outside of walking more. He just seems to click sometimes, unleashing this inner beast of a ballplayer that is one of the most exciting hitters I've ever seen when he's hot.
-Zimmer was pulled from his start on June 7th with shoulder tightness. It was his second start of the year, and he has only thrown 9.1 innings in the past two seasons combined due to various injuries.
Edinson Volquez: low-mid 90s fastball, sinker, changeup, curve. Lives on the offspeed and breaking stuff.