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Series Preview: Twins will try to keep winning against the Cardinals

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St. Louis is a lot better than the White Sox, so maybe we should remember 1987 instead. It might make you happier.

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The way the MLB currently schedules inter-league play, the Twins face the NL Central every three years. This is one of those years, so the team will be traveling to St. Louis to play the Cardinals this week. The last time the Twins faced the Cardinals was the 2015 season, and they split the four games. Of course, the most important time the Twins ever faced the Cardinals came in 1987. Our mantra for this series should be “Lets just remember 1987.”

Lets keep remembering 1987, because this series might not be quite so pleasant. The Twins have finally started winning some games again, but still have three key contributors on the disabled list. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have looked like a very good team, holding their own in a top-heavy division.

In typical Cardinals’ fashion, they’ve found very good pitching this season. They have a team ERA of 3.36, the fourth best in baseball. To make matters worse, there are only four teams in baseball who have scored fewer runs than the Twins this season. Lets just remember 1987.

The Cards’ bats, meanwhile, have been mid-pack, hitting a combined .235/.321/.392. Hopefully the Twins can limit the Cardinal hitters to these kind of numbers — opposing hitters are hitting .260 against Minnesota pitching, and our team’s ERA is over five. Lets just remember 1987.

For the Twins, rookie Fernando Romero is starting his second MLB game on Monday. His previous outing was a great debut. He ended his day one out shy of six innings, and didn’t give up a run to the Blue Jays. Hopefully he can do something similar against the Cardinals. His opponent, John Gant, appears to be a classic swing-man, pitching as both a starter and reliever. Neither pitcher in this game has ever faced any of the opposing batters.

Jake Odorizzi will follow Romero, pitching Tuesday. Odorizzi has pitched against some Cards batters, but not very often. Probably unsurprisingly, most of the damage has come by dong. In the aggregate, the Cardinals have eight hits in 35 at bats, with three of those being home runs. A handful of Twins’ players have batted against Carlos Martinez as well. Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario each have a hit against him. Martinez, at 1.40, currently has the second best ERA in the NL, and third best in all of baseball. Let’s just remember 1987.

Pitching Match-ups

Game 1: Monday, May 7th; 7:00 pm CT — Fernando Romero RHP vs. John Gant RHP

Game 2: Tuesday, May 8th; 12:15 pm CT — Jake Odorizzi RHP vs. Carlos Martinez RHP

Notes

  • This series is played at an NL park, so there will be no DH and the pitchers will bat.
  • St. Louis just lost Yadier Molina to a traumatic groin injury, but called up one of the best catching prospects in baseball, Carson Kelly, to replace him.
  • Monday’s game is on ESPN. Yay for national broadcast teams /s.
  • Torii Hunter will be joining Dick Bremer in the FSN booth for the second game.

Poll

How many games will the Twins win against the Cardinals

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  • 24%
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    1
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