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Game 48: Twins at Angels

Stay up late with us as we endure another west coast game. You know you want to.

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“HAHA WE REALLY PUNK’D HIM,” says Parker and Astudillo.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: way too late 9:07p Central
Telly: FOX Sports North; (subscription)
Ear telly: WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network
Enemy Sister Site: Halos Heaven

I’m sitting here in my cubicle and trying to make it through the day after trying to follow the Twins during their west-coast road trip and these darned 9p games. I didn’t even flip the radio to the Twins game after the RedHawks game finished last night. I feel like a bad Twins fan. I know I’ve [bleeped] about this before, but I am just not on my summer schedule yet, and won’t be for at least a couple more weeks, so this road trip is dumb. I have get to do this for a game in Oakland, but at least that’s in July. Also, I started putting this together and I felt like the Twins played the Angels last Tuesday when I did this and... checking sure enough, I did.

At least I don’t have to talk about Kyle Gibson. checks probable pitchers But I have to talk about Michael Pineda. Okay. His last outing was his longest of the season so far, so there’s that. He went seven innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing three earned runs on five hits, six strikeouts and no free passes. Those three earned runs? Three mashed taters. He’s lowered his season ERA to 5.55. “555” is a way for Thai people to say “hahaha”. Don’t ask me know I know that.

Trevor Cahill will be toeing the rubber for the Los Angeles Angels tonight. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the radio crew say that Cahill is “a great pitcher and has some good stuff,” so if you think that a 6.95 ERA over 44 innings and nine starts is good, you’re part of the radio crew. He’s allowed 14 bombs so far this season, which is most in the major leagues right now. You think he has great stuff now? He’s also been batted around for a 1.386 WHIP, 9.6 H/9, and 2.9 HR/9. That 2.9 number also represents how many free passes he allows every nine innings. Remember that day game against the Angels last week where you were hyperventilating when Mike Morin was on the mound with the bases loaded and trying to save the game? Cahill started that and only went 4.1 innings after giving up six earned runs.

Really, I cannot be put through that kind of game ending again tonight.

Today's "Post-nap" Lineups

Max Kepler - RF Tommy La Stella - 3B
Jorge Polanco - SS Mike Trout - CF
Marwin Gonzalez - DH Shohei Ohtani - DH
Eddie Rosario - LF Albert Pujols - 1B
C.J. Cron - 1B Kole Calhoun - RF
Luis Arraez - 3B Kevan Smith - C
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Brian Goodwin - LF
Jason Castro - C Luis Rengifo - 2B
Byron Buxton - CF David Fletcher - SS