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Know Thine Enemy: DRays Bay
After a series split in Kansas City followed by a day off, Minnesota Twins baseball is back. Even better, they’re back within the friendly and familiar confines of Target Field. The Twins look to blast into the All-Star Break on a good note by playing 12 games in 13 days - three against the Tampa Bay Rays, three against the Chicago White Sox at whatever their stadium is called now, then a random trip to the west coast to face the Oakland Athletics at whatever their stadium is called now, and then three at home against the Texas Rangers. Getting a double-digit lead again over the Cleveland Indians would be pretty cool.
The three games against the Rays starts tonight, and it’ll be the first of a couple fantastic pitching match-ups in this series. Starting with the visitors, they’ll send out lefty Blake Snell to face our local nine. Snell has had a rough go of it the past couple starts, combining for 3.2 innings pitched, seven hits, nine earned runs, eight walks, and three strikeouts to complement a 22.09 ERA between those two starts. His last time out was a doozey, as he didn’t even make it past one out against the New York Yankees. On the season, he’s sporting a 4.40 ERA over 15 starts and 75.2 total innings. His K/9 is currently a career-high at 12.0, but his H/9 (7.9), HR/9 (1.2), and BB/9 (3.3) are all up from his numbers last year (5.6, 0.8, and 3.2, respectively), when he was the Cy Young Award winner.
For the Twins, they’ll counter with Jake Odorizzi . Odo took the loss for the first time in 11 starts on Thursday when the Twins lost to the Kansas City Royals , going only four innings and allowing eight hits and four earned runs. That start also marked the first time he notched less than six strikeouts in a game since mid-May. Although his ERA is not leading the American League anymore - it’s still at a very respectable 2.58 - it’s good for third-best in the A.L. now along with his MLB-leading 10 wins (alongside some guys named Justin Verlander and Lucas Giolito ). He’s still maintaining a career-best 9.7 K/9 and 5.8 H/9 next to an ERA+ of 175. He’ll be facing his former team for the second time this season; his first outing against them was in a win in Tampa Bay: 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 K.
Apparently I’m a dummy. Kyle Gibson is actually taking the mound for the Twins tonight. After a strong start against the Kansas City Royals (8 IP, 2 H, 6 K, W), he had kind of a clunker against the Boston Red Sox (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, L). He faced the Rays in Tampa Bay by going five innings and allowing only one un-earned run with three strikeouts. He still has a decent 4.18 ERA on the season and is maintaining decent per-9 ratios this year (8.8 H/9, 1.2 HR/9, 2.5 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) compared to last year (8.1 H/9, 1.1 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9, 8.2 K/9).
|Brandon Lowe - 2B||Jorge Polanco - SS|
|Tommy Pham - LF||Mitch Garver - C|
|Ji-Man Choi - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Austin Meadows - DH||Eddie Rosario - LF|
|Avisail Garcia - RF||C.J. Cron - 1B|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Max Kepler - CF|
|Travis d'Arnaud - C||Willians Astudillo - RF|
|Joey Wendle - 3B||Miguel Sano - 3B|
|Willy Adames - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
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