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Game 58: Twins at Giants

Can Berrios top a 91-pitch shutout?

Both an advertisement, and my reaction to last night's ballgame.
Both an advertisement, and my reaction to last night's ballgame.
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Today's Lineups

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