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Game 14: Twins at Royals

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In which your Twins are tied for MLB’s second-best winning percentage behind... Miami?

MLB Prospects Train in Arizona During COVID-19 Season Postponement
Jake Junis broin’ with the bros.
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Time: 7:05 Central. Vegas Line: -140 MIN/KC +130

Weather: Mostly sunny, first pitch 82°, no rain unless it goes 13 innings

Opponent’s excellent SB site: Royals Review

TV: FSN. Radio: There’s a Glad Man waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us but he thinks he’d blow our minds

So, what do we know about Royals starter Jake Junis? Well, he’s a middle-to-back-end-of-the-rotation guy who throws a LOT of sliders; it’s his best pitch. (Fastball is 91/92 MPH.) He hasn’t allowed a home run this season. I wouldn’t bet on that continuing forever.

He had an amusingly odd play this last Sunday where he hackysacked a batted ball into a DP of the runner too far off first:

He’ll be facing Twins reliever Devin Smeltzer as half of the Twins’ starting rotation has Space Herpes. (It’s like regular herpes but worse, since From Space.) Don’t be surprised if Baldelli has Rogers pitch again today as a “pick yourself up, dust yourself off” confidence booster after yesterday’s oopsidaisies. 2019 digits:

We’ve done two Fridays of baseball food ideas and nobody likes them, so undaunted our writer plunges on. Today’s isn’t really baseball food, it’s just weird.

Mrs. James, a teacher by trade and piano teacher by specialty, has been trying some outdoor piano lessons lately. (Wonder why when she had some symptoms last week I got very scared very fast?)

She teaches kids, and parents love her, and one parent today gave her this crazeballs huge cucumber:

“You don’t want that,” the parent said. “It’s just going to be seeds. I only haven’t picked it yet because I wanted to know how big the thing could be.”

“Give it to me,” Mrs. James replied. “I’m going to enjoy James saying ‘“that makes mine look small.’”

It does and I did, but you know what? Mine have spiky skins. If Worf traveled back in time to 2020, he’d say “I do not care for human cucumbers. Except those of James. They are vegetables worthy of a Klingon.” (Then he’d try another backyard plant and spit “what kind of coward grows squash?”)

I guess that cucumber’s kinda baseball food, if you made super-seedy pickle relish out if it.