Previously on Twinkie Town:
- Matt did some fancy pants analysis of the two win difference between soulful monk/starting pitcher Kyle Gibson’s bWAR and fWAR. Go read it, unless your brain is too dumb to handle numbers, like mine, then just go punch boulders and meditate under waterfalls or whatever.
- Some TJ guy I’ve never heard of checked out the potential playoff matchups for our dear Twims. In my opinion it should be Game 1: Bullpen, Game 2: Also Bullpen, Game 3: They’re all Bullpen games, baby!
- SooFoo recapped the win over Kansas City and Nelson Cruz’s 400th bomba. Read every Twinkie Town recap ever, btw. They’re all really very good. (Except mine.)
Elsewhere in Twims Tewitowy:
- Beyond The Box Score was interested in Luis Arraez’s surprising and meteoric (Ar)rise into a line drive demi god. He may not be a power hitter, but launch angle is still a huge reason why he’s been so good. (And also luck, but let’s not think about that.)
- Andrew Thares over at Twins Daily made a pretty darn convincing argument why Randy “Nicest Moustache in the West” Dobnak should start Game 2 of the ALDS.
- Patrick Reusse documented Kyle Gibsons’ bout with colitis. Gibby seems like a rad dude, all in all. Hope he recovers fully!
- Per Betsy Helfland, Max Kepler is doing some swings with that baseball stick. Which is good, considering that’s what half of his job is. (Also Ehire Adrianza should be back soon, honestly I didn’t even realize he was gone.)
Around the World In Bases and Balls:
- Former MLB and current NPB pitcher Zach Neal is drawing interest from Major League clubs. For some reason I love dreaming on the Twins signing players from foreign leagues, so this is for the two other people out there like me, you poor dears.
- The LA Times has a piece on “The World’s Toughest Baseball Quiz.” Not a big fan of quizzes ever since I took “Which Ninja Turtle” are you quiz and somehow got an F and wound up thousands of dollars in debt.
Today’s soundtrack is from the best movie-based game to ever be killed off by corporate dickery, Scott Pilgrim: The Game. (Also my favorite movie ever, in case anyone was wondering.)