First Pitch: 3:05 PM CDT
Radio: GO 96.3, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: McCovey Chronicles
Wake up, San Francisco!
Today the Minnesota Twins attempt to win their third straight ballgame against a West Coast opponent. They'll task youngster Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.76 ERA, 8.5 K/9) with the job of setting down the San Francisco Giants -- but if we're being honest, any start is likely going to pale in comparison to what Big Erv put together last night.
Berrios' opponent will be 10-year veteran Jeff Samardzija (2-7, 4.29 ERA, 10.6 K/9), who is pitching much better than his ERA and league-leading seven losses suggest. His 2.91 FIP is 3rd-best in the National League, and his 2.0 WAR is fifth-best. The strikeout rate speaks for itself, and his 8.55 K/BB ratio leads the league. Long story short, don't let the record fool you -- "Jazzy" Jeff is still a tough opponent.
GO TWINS GO!
|MINNESOTA TWINS||SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS|
|Brian Dozier - 2B||Denard Span - CF|
|Robbie Grossman - LF||Eduardo Nunez - 3B|
|Miguel Sano - 3B||Brandon Belt - 1B|
|Max Kepler - RF||Buster Posey - C|
|Kennys Vargas - 1B||Brandon Crawford - SS|
|Eddie Rosario - CF||Hunter Pence - RF|
|Chris Gimenez - C||Aaron Hill - 2B|
|Ehire Adrianza - SS||Austin Slater - LF|
|Jose Berrios - RHP||Jeff Samardzija - RHP|