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Game 148: Angels @ Twins

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Pelfrey takes on Richards as your Twins try to keep up in the WC chase.

Richards has gas, gas, gas.
Richards has gas, gas, gas.
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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.

Lineups:

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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