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Game 141: Cleveland @ Twins

Michael Cuddyer was into “magic numbers.”

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers
I would bite my tongue off if I threw a baseball that way.
Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -170 MIN / +155 CLE

Weather: Calm & dry, start temp 74°

Opponent’s SB site can be found here

TV: FSN. Radio: When they’re yelling, something is happening

Do you know Adam Plutko? He’s 27, pitches with his starboard arm, and throws the usual four offerings, none very hard. Essentially a AAAA guy so far in his career, he’s been pressed into heavy service because Cleveland’s rotation has fallen under the mummy’s curse this season. They’ve lost guys to fractures, pulled groins, friggin’ cancer, and Being Such A Jerk You Got Traded. Amazingly, only the guy in cancer recovery is on their active roster right now. That’s unbelievable. Anyhoo, Plutko gives up a homer every four innings, so the Twins should get one tonight. Unless they don’t.

You probably knew, but I didn’t, that bombas aren’t just an affectionate term used hereabouts for dingers — they’re also a sock brand. The socks feature a “honeycomb structure,” “merino wool,” “antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties,” etc. They’re also insanely expensive, listing in the teens or twenties per pair. For that amount of money, a sock better clip my toenails for me.

Now, granted, the company does something nice with that money. For every pair you buy, a pair is donated to homeless shelters. Or you could just get a six-pack of regular socks for $10 and donate the savings yourself; up to you. Still, it’s decent of Bombas to donate clothing, even if their socks look like something Euro teens would have friends in America mail to them for high-school resale value.

Bomba rice is also a thing; it’s grown in Spain, and when cooked expands widthwise instead of lengthwise. It’s often used in paella. Now you know.

Today's Lineups

Francisco Lindor - SS Max Kepler - CF
Oscar Mercado - CF Jorge Polanco - SS
Carlos Santana - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Yasiel Puig - RF Eddie Rosario - LF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Miguel Sano - 3B
Franmil Reyes - DH Luis Arraez - 2B
Jake Bauers - LF C.J. Cron - 1B
Roberto Perez - C Jason Castro - C
Yu Chang - 3B Jake Cave - RF

Dangit, now I have the Clash song “Spanish Bombs” stuck in my head. It’s a good song, though, so no harm done.