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Game 154: Twins at Athletics

This used to be the last game of the season.

Minnesota Twins v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

First Pitch: 8:05 pm CDT


Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN

The Twins are playing spoiler on numerous fronts this weekend. The 93-win Athletics are a game and a half behind the New York Yankees for the top Wild Card spot, while trailing the Houston Astros by 3.5 for the division title. While the A’s are certainly my favorite American League team in the playoff picture, Twinkie Town remains a Minnesota fanblog/landing spot for homoerotic Google searches, so we will be rooting for the Twins tonight. Huzzah!

Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins Photo by Andy King/Getty Images

Minnesota’s Starter: Chase De Jong

(0-1, 3.68 ERA, 2.34 FIP, 7.1 IP, 11.1 K/9, 5.0 BB/9, 0.3 fWAR)

A keen-eyed reader would notice that this is the same picture of Chase De Jong I used last time he started. The explanation is, quite simply, that De Jong hasn’t racked up enough major-league innings to have been featured in many in-game stills; less than eight innings in two starts. Both of his previous outings have come against the Royals, and both saw him fail to finish five frames. Look for De Jong to throw 75 pitches tonight — it would mark a career high.

Oakland Athletics v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Oakland’s Starter: Mike Fiers

(12-7, 3.38 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 162.2 IP, 7.3 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.3 fWAR)

The Twins faced Fiers exactly four weeks ago, when he picked up his third of five consecutive wins on August 25th. Since the first of August, the A’s have only lost a Fiers start once — that being earlier this week against Tampa Bay, when Fiers took his first loss since late July. Fiers has a sub-3.00 ERA in the last month and a half, but failure to monitor pitch economy has hastened his exits from a few recent outings.

Tonight’s Lineups