With forecasts predicting a 95% (or higher) chance of rain in the Twin Cities from round 3:00 pm until well past midnight, the Twins have wisely chosen to reschedule tonight’s game against the Indians at Target Field. The game will now be played as part of a split-doubleheader on Saturday, June 17th, instead.
It’s always a tragedy when Dollar Dog Day is cancelled, but holy heck this is actually a stroke of luck for the Twins. Why? Lots of reasons:
- The Twins can skip their struggling fifth starter, Adalberto Mejia, and go straight back to ace Ervin Santana tomorrow (which they do, in fact, plan to do).
- The Indians aren’t skipping their fifth starter, Trevor Bauer, meaning he’ll face Santana and the Twins tomorrow instead of ace Corey Kluber (who the Twins don’t have much success against).
- It gives the Twins extra rest smack-dab in the middle of a long stretch of games. Their last off day was April 10th, and they weren’t supposed to have another one until April 27th.
- The Twins do have an off-day scheduled a day after the rescheduled June 17th doubleheader.
- It’s Joe Mauer’s birthday and he can now be as lazy as his cold, black, tall heart desires.
- It’s no secret the Twins are in a bit of skid right now, having lost six of their last eight games. Perhaps they will be hotter by the time June 17th rolls around and have a better chance of picking up the win.
- Heck, maybe the Twins will have some new bats by June 17th, with maybe either Kennys Vargas, ByungHo Park, or someone else on the roster instead of a thirteenth pitcher.
- Now you can watch the Wild playoff game against the Blues tonight instead of baseball, which is a good think if your a North Stars die-hard hoping the Wild get swept (because we all know that’s what is going to happen tonight).
- Oh hey! Actually you can watch the season 3 premier of the critically-acclaimed Fargo, which is tonight at 9:00 pm CT on FX.
- The Twins get at least one extra day as a .500 team. Hallelujah.
Got any other reasons why tonight’s rain-out is actually good?