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Game 27: Twins at Royals

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I hear Kauffmann Stadium is a pleasant place to watch baseball with very nice, welcoming fans. Someday I hope to find out for myself. This is not that day.

AA.NEGRO.JERSEY.GWK.1/29/97 –– JERSEY AND A HAT, A PART OF DISPLAY AT THE NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL EXHI
This jersey is NOT from the Negro Leagues HOF in Kansas City! It’s from the “Orange County Sports Hall Of Fame In Anaheim”! Even though the Monarchs were a Kansas City team! Go figure!
Photo by Geraldine Wilkins/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Time: 7:05 Central. Vegas Line: -140 MIN/KC +130

Weather: Clear, 85°, but not super-humid

Opponent’s excellent SB site: Royals Review

TV: FSN. Radio: How those who think skip CenturyLink

To completely fulfill the whole Russian Doll/Groundhog Day incredibly doinked-up timeline we all now inhabit, Twins starter Jake Odorizzi faces the Royals lineup again, the third straight time he’s done so. You know who he is.

The Royals starter is Danny Duffy, he of last Saturday’s doubleheader where one winning pitcher was “Duffy” and the other was “Duffey.” You’re probably familiar with him, too, since he’s been with the Royals since before your dog was born, throwing 93 and change-of-speed stuff he can’t always control. 2019 digits:

Duffy (their one, without an “e”) is from Lompoc, CA, a perfectly pleasant place which some mean residents of nearby Santa Barbara refer to as “Lompuke.” What can I say, mean people are mean. Not everyone in Santa Barbara is mean! OK, the guy who set fire to the house I was living in was probably kinda mean. But that’s on the landlord’s son for stiffing him over a drug deal! STANDARD DISCLAIMER — kids, don’t ever sell drugs, but if you do, it’s wisest to settle your accounts properly. You don’t want James to be banging on the downstairs door at 3AM going “wake up! Your house is ON FIRE!” before I escape out the back stairwell. That’s just really shoddy drug dealing.

Interestingly, Matt Harvey was called up by the Royals this week. Per the website of Kansas City radio station 610 KCSP (get it? It’s KC and SPorts):

The righty went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in an All-Star 2013 season for the Mets and, after missing all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery, he returned in 2015 to go 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA, but the remainder of his Mets tenure was more known for injuries, off-field antics (including not showing up for a game), and outbursts from his agent about usage than his on-field performance (a 5.93 ERA and two demotions to the bullpen from 2016-18).

He, however, is not pitching today. Happily for me, since his nickname in New York was “The Dark Knight” after a movie featuring Heath Ledger as a character who would definitely set fire to houses if so inclined.

Final thought: why, in comic books, are the places named “Gotham City” or “Metropolis”? It’s always New York, really. Nobody writes about a superhero in Duluth. “He got bit by a radioactive garbage bird and now he’s Freshwater Seagull Man!” Commissioner, your pathetic efforts at stemming the crime wave from Superior haven’t worked — it’s time for Freshwater Seagull Man to eat that trash.

(Just kidding, Duluth, you know I love ya. The best cover ever of “The Little Drummer Boy” comes from Duluth. And yes, I’m including the Bing Crosby/David Bowie one; Low’s is better. Heck, I’m a homer, what of it?)

Today's Lineups

TWINS ROYALS
Marwin Gonzalez - 3B Whit Merrifield - CF
Jake Cave - CF Nicky Lopez - 2B
Nelson Cruz - DH Hunter Dozier - RF
Miguel Sano - 1B Jorge Soler - DH
Eddie Rosario - LF Ryan O'Hearn - 1B
Ildemaro Vargas - 2B Maikel Franco - 3B
Ehire Adrianza - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Max Kepler - RF Adalberto Mondesi - SS
Ryan Jeffers - C Cam Gallagher - C
Jake Odorizzi - RHP Danny Duffy - LHP