Time: 6:10 (00:10 GMT). Vegas Line: Even For Once!
Opponent's SB Site: Halos Heaven
Weather: Low 60s, No Flash Flood Warnings On Yer Phone
TV: FSN. Radio: Old-School Broadcasters Would Be Very Drunk During Doubleheaders By Now
Doesn't all these teams fighting over one play-in game feel like a reality show? "If you survive today, you can compete with other Chopped champions for Ultimate Prize of Nowhere Near Enough Money To Start A Restaurant." "Who will win the
penis heart of this available bachelor and get to marry a narcissistic idiot for six months?" "Only one among you has what it takes to work for I, the super-awesome Trump."
Pitching got switched around a bit; it'll be Pelfrey for the night game against Richards. Richards throws a fastball and cutter at around the same speed, plus a slider that killed hitters last year but isn't right now. Digits (note RHBs are slightly better against Richards, also how closely FIP / ERA align for both):
|1960's Rocker||ERA||H/9||K/9||BB/9||HR/9||OPS v L/R||BAbip||FIP|
|Mike Love||4.09||10.5||4.6||2.5||0.6||.815 / .707||.326||4.06|
|Keith Richards||3.81||8.2||7.4||3.1||0.9||.648 / .715||.284||3.85|
Richards doesn't have much history against current Twins hitters. Pelfrey has been effective against Pujols; Shane Victorino hits him hard and Chris Iannetta gives him night terrors (1.303 OPS in 18 PA.)
I poked around HH a bit. It seems fun, if not quite brilliant as we all are (but then again, who could be?) Since they have the longest-tenured manager in baseball, there's naturally a little love/hate going on (this piece uses the cool word "Scioscialist" and has a comment saying "well played, Mauer.") HH also runs over/under contests which look kinda neat, although I'm not sure winners get a prize. They should get a prize.
|Erick Aybar, SS||Brian Dozier, 2B|
|Kole Calhoun, RF||Joe Mauer, 1B|
|Mike Trout, CF||Miguel Sano, DH|
|Albert Pujols, DH||Trevor Plouffe, 3B|
|David Murphy, LF||Torii Hunter, RF|
|David Freese, 3B||Eddie Rosario, LF|
|Chris Ianetta. C||Eduardo Nunez, SS|
|Efren Navarro, 1B||Chris Herrmann, CF|
|Taylor Featherston, 2B||Byron Buxton, CF|