First Pitch: 6:10 p.m. Central Time
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Radio: WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network; twinsbeisbol.com (español)
Know Thine Enemy: Fish Stripes
The trade deadline has come and passed, and your Minnesota Twins were cautiously active. Now, it’s time to get in between the lines and win a series against one of baseball’s worst squads.
After acquiring Sergio Romo (and a minor-leaguer and a player to be named later) over the weekend and watching him work through a 1-2-3 inning and earn a hold against his old team on Tuesday, the Twins dipped their organizational toe (that sounds gross but I think it’s the right way to say it?) back into the waters of the relief pitcher market.
And boy, that water sure was warm.
The Twins landed Sam Dyson from the San Francisco Giants for three prospects, none of whom had been on any Twins top-30 prospect list. While a couple of the outgoing palyers have had nice seasons to date, it was a modest price to surrender for Dyson, who is under team control for 2020 and is having another solid year.
Tonight, the Twins will trot out ace (and eventual Game One postseason starter) Jose Berrios to take on Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins.
Berrios was great last time out, limiting the White Sox to two earned runs in seven innings while racking up eight strikeouts. It was a breath of fresh air to see Berrios pitch as long as he did. His past few starts had been short, relatively speaking, and he gets another beatable matchup in the Marlins this time around.
He’ll face-off against Alcantara, who was the Marlins’ All-Star representative after an impressive first half of the season. But in his three starts since the All-Star Break, Alcantara has a 6.35 ERA. He did bounce back a bit with six innings and just two earned runs against Arizona last week, and given the Twins’ offensive struggles against Miami on Tuesday, this won’t necessarily be a walk in the park.
At any rate, here’s to winning the series in the last game of the pre-Dyson era!
|Max Kepler - RF||Miguel Rojas - SS|
|Jorge Polanco - SS||Harold Ramirez - RF|
|Mitch Garver - C||Brian Anderson - 3B|
|Eddie Rosario - LF||Neil Walker - 1B|
|Miguel Sano - 3B||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Marwin Gonzalez - 1B||Curtis Granderson - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jorge Alfaro - C|
|Byron Buxton - CF||Cesar Puello - CF|
|Jose Berrios - RHP||Sandy Alcantara - RHP|