Time: 1:10 (18:10 GMT) Vegas Line: -110 MIN / TEX +100
Weather: Partly Sunny, High Near 78°
Opponent SB site: Lone Star Ball
TV: FSN. Radio: The dial at night blares things of fright deep in the heart of Texas
TWINS ARE ODDS-ON FAVORITES! I couldn't believe it either. Of course, odds represent not who bookmakers think will win, but which way the betting is going, so maybe Twins fans are getting overconfident? I dunno.
Tyler Duffey is such a tease. He keeps flirting both with solidifying his place in the future rotation, and with getting sent down forever. What a mimbo! Last start he did well, so let's see today.
Alexander "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez was only called up this week, and got wailed on in his first start. In 67 innings last year, he had a respectable ERA and dubious everything else, so he began the 2016 season in AAA. He throws a "meh" fastball, curve, change, and last year had success with his slider. Career digits for Gonzalez, YTD for Tyler:
|ERA||H/9||K/9||BB/9||HR/9||OPS v L/R||BAbip||FIP|
|Duff Man||5.59 ||10.9 ||7.6 ||1.9 ||1.6 ||.738/.887 ||.331 ||4.49 |
|Gonzalez||4.25 ||7.4 ||4.0 ||4.3 ||0.8 ||.689/.618 ||.230 ||4.87 |
I was kinda curious about the nickname "Chi-Chi," given Gonzalez by his grandfather while he was growing up in Florida. I remembered there was an old golfer named "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez, who, as it turns out, named himself after his baseball hero, one "Chi-Chi" Flores who played in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez sounds like a cool guy. I guess he irritated some established pros like Arnold Palmer for his "hot dog" celebrations. The old guard doesn't like Latin upstarts having too much fun? That rings a bell.
I can't find out where the nickname "Chi-Chi" originated (maybe Flores was nicknamed after somebody else?) but my best guess is it's an affectionate twist on "Chico," a term meaning "young one" or "little one."
Oh, and the plural form, "chi-chis"? That's Spanish slang for "boobies."
Lineups (no Ploooooouuuuufffe):
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF ||Eduardo Nunez, DH |
|Ian Desmond, CF ||Joe Mauer, 1B |
|Chunky Brewster, DH ||Miguel Sano, 3B |
|Adrian Balboa Beltre, 3B ||Brian No-Dozier, 2B|
|Rougned Odor, 2B ||Max Kepler, RF |
|Ryan Rua, LF ||ED2, SS|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||Danny Santana, LF |
|Elvis Andrus, SS ||Juan 50 Centeno, C |
|Robinson Chrinos, C ||Byron Buxton, CF |