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Game 33: Twins at Tigers

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MLB: Game One-Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 12:10 pm CDT


Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN / The Wolf 102.9

It feels like weeks since I’ve actually seen a Twins game. Granted, it’s probably only been a few days, but - like many stretches of time this year - it’s felt much longer.

When we last left our Twinkies, they were coming off back-to-back losses at the hands of the Cleveland Spiders. A night of solidarity and a day of rain later, both the Twins and Tigers have gotten an unexpected respite days before the Trade Deadline. The Twins are 8-5 in their last 13, but after dropping a series to a division rival, a little reset can’t hurt.

On the other side of that reset, we get to watch Randy Dobnak trot out to the mound. The Dobstache is coming off probably his worst start of 2020 - eight hits allowed to the Royals through five innings, more than double his allowance in any previous game this year. Nonetheless, he picked up the win, and only allowed two runs while doing so. That levels Randy’s career ERA+ out to a modest, normal two hundred and sixty-three.

On the flip side of that coin is Matthew Boyd, who’s been spotted around the rumor mill in each of the last couple seasons. Already 29 years old, it doesn’t seem as though the Detroit rebuild will move quickly enough for Boyd to reap the rewards.

But while this year might have been as good a year as any for the Tigers to flip Boyd for prospects, Boyd hasn’t been up to snuff. An 8.48 ERA, over 12 hits allowed per nine innings, 8 homers coughed up in six games, and an unflattering FIP of 5.84 has led Boyd to an 0-4 record and an unexciting trade profile. Who wants to acquire the arm that’s given up more earned runs (27) than anyone else in the American League?

Still, don’t be surprised if Boyd is out of Detroit within the next couple of days...there are always teams looking for a fresh face, especially one that might bounce back to more league-average numbers (or better) under a new coaching staff.

The whiff-happy Tigers will trot out their usual suspects, including old friends Jonathan Schoop in the 2-hole, and shortstop Niko Goodrum batting fifth. The Twins counter with their power punch at the top, before the lineup gives way to some of the more resilient backups.


Today's Lineups

Jorge Polanco - SS Victor Reyes - RF
Miguel Sano - 1B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Nelson Cruz - DH Miguel Cabrera - DH
Marwin Gonzalez - RF Jeimer Candelario - 1B
Ildemaro Vargas - 2B Niko Goodrum - SS
Eddie Rosario - LF JaCoby Jones - CF
Ehire Adrianza - 3B Christin Stewart - LF
Max Kepler - CF Austin Romine - C
Alex Avila - C Willi Castro - 3B
Randy Dobnak - RHP Matthew Boyd - LHP