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Game 152: Indians at Twins

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The Twins have a chance to not just sweep the Indians, but pull within one half game of the Houston Astros.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe

Pre-Game Notes

  • Lineups were not posted as of this writing. Whoever posts them first in the comments gets bragging rights.
  • No player for the Twins has seen Cody Anderson more than twice. He faced the Twins on August 7 in Cleveland, surrendering six runs in 2.2 innings.
  • Anderson tends go induce a fair number of ground balls, working off of a fastball-cutter-changeup combination. I've seen the cutter called a slider; at nearly 90mph - and considering the fastball sits around 92mph - there's ample evidence for a cutter. But based on his location work he uses it like a slider. I'll just be non-committal.
  • Anderson tends to work away on fastballs and changeups to left-handed hitters, coming inside on his breaking ball/cutter. Against righties he'll spot the fastball all over the zone, and he also looks much better keeping the changeup down to right-handers. The cutter/slider nips down and away.
  • Of the three players who have seen Kyle Gibson the most, only Michael Brantley (4-for-11) has done well. Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana are a combined 3-for-20. Mike Aviles (4-for-6) and Yan Gomes (5-for-9) have been good against him, too.
  • In his last six starts, Gibson has given the Twins 39.1 innings of 2.75-ERA baseball. Can his hot streak continue?