First Pitch: 1:10 PM CDT
Visual Broadcast: FNSO
Much Less Visual Broadcast: WCCO 830, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: South Side Sox
The Twins will try to win a series today for the first time since April 9th-11th against the Astros of all teams. Or, if you want to count it, the immediately following White Sox series where the Twins won a single game before Minnesota became one giant snowball and the rest of the series was postponed.
Who to watch:
Kyle Gibson: Arguably the Twins best pitcher so far, Gibson has been more consistently pretty good instead of anywhere between "the worst" and pitching "god of the west." Still, you never know what Kyle you'll get on any given day. Will he be good Kyle? Bad Kyle? Medium-Rare Kyle? Will he finally admit to the world that he is actually a set of quintuplets who cycle between starts whilst travelling together and solving crimes? Only time will tell.
Bobby WIlson: Actual Twins catcher, apparently. Wilson is getting his Twins debut start today after being called up when Jason Castro's non-serious injury became a DL stint. Bobbo was hitting a whopping .125 in AAA Rochester, so he'll fit in well batting after Grossman, LoMO and Adrianza. He actually caught Ervin Santana's no-hitter with the Angels, so that's a fun tid-bit.
James Shields: Gibson's opponent is a much more recognizable name to the baseball world at large, but he's not having a particularly good year, posting a 5.35 ERA so far. However his last start was a stellar one, so he might be turning things around just in time to ruin the Twins' day. They call him "Big Game James" and considering this is a early season game between Two teams that are sucking heavily, I wouldn't call it a big game. They don't call him "Largely Unimportant Game James" so we should be fine.
Brian Dozier: Moving down in the order seems to have knocked Dozier out of his slump, and facing Shields should help as Dozier has owned him in their previous appearances. He's smacked 4 dingers in 33 appearances while hitting .364. Joe Mauer is the only other Twin's starter that has faced him more than a dozen or so times, and Joe has not been very Joe against shields, so look to Dozier to set the pace today.
|MINNESOTA TWINS||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Joe Mauer - DH||Leury Garcia - RF|
|Brian Dozier - 2B||Yolmer Sanchez - 3B|
|Max Kepler - CF||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|Eduardo Escobar - 3B||Nicky Delmonico - LF|
|Eddie Rosario - LF||Matt Davidson - DH|
|Bierob Mangross - RF||Omar Narvaez - C|
|Logan Morrison - 1B||Jose Rondon - 2B|
|Ehire Adrianza - SS||Tim Anderson - SS|
|Bobby Wilson - C||Adam Engel - CF|
|Kyle Gibson - RHP||James Shields - RHP|