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Game 14: Blue Jays at Twins

Can Kyle Gibson & Co. avoid a losing streak?

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Mike Estabrook sings “What a Wonderful World” while Rocco Baldelli pleads with him to stop because they’re not in the same key.
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After Adalberto Mejía single-handedly destroyed any chance of victory last night, the Minnesota Twins face the Toronto Blue Jays (where ya fans at, Mounties????) in the second of a four-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis.

TJ and the baseball gods have conspired to smite me once again; I have been tasked with informing you that Kyle Gibson will be starting on the mound tonight for the Twins, his third start this season. His last start was at New York against the Mets, where he once again failed to make it through five innings: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR. His ERA currently sits at 7.71, which is an area code in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico. I think Hidalgo is also the name of a movie, but I’m not very much of a movie connoisseur to remember correctly or find out.

Our neighbors to the east-southeast will counter with Aaron Sanchez, a home-grown player from the Blue Jays organization. Sanchez was an All-Star in 2016 and then followed up with injury-shortened campaigns in 2017 and 2018. This year, he’s started three times, posting a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings, allowing only three earned runs, nine walks, and striking out 16 batters. He’s also allowed no home runs so far. (nudge-nudge, C.J. Cron) Also, 169 is not an area code in North America.

Fun fact: Gibson’s bWAR right now is -0.4; Sanchez’s bWAR right now is 0.4. That’s enough sabremetrics from me.

Today's Lineups

Eric Sogard - 3B Max Kepler - RF
Freddy Galvis - SS Jorge Polanco - SS
Randal Grichuk - RF Eddie Rosario - DH
Justin Smoak - 1B Willians Astudillo - 1B
Teoscar Hernandez - LF Marwin Gonzalez - 3B
Rowdy Tellez - DH Jake Cave - LF
Alen Hanson - 2B Ehire Adrianza - 2B
Socrates Brito - CF Jason Castro - C
Danny Jansen - C Byron Buxton - CF