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Game 105: Twins at Cardinals

The deadline is Ober, but the games must go on...

MLB: Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 6:15 pm CDT


Radio: WCCO 830 / The Wolf 102.9 FM / TIBN

With Minnesota having had Thursday off and not played until after the deadline yesterday, it almost feels like a different season. The roster has been decidedly shaken up, and we’re all about to become very familiar with Griffin Jax, Charlie Barnes, and Bailey Ober, the last of whom will be running out again tonight.

It strikes me that the current assembly of starting pitching may quickly start to remind us of the halcyon days of Cole De Vries, P.J. Walters, and Samuel Deduno. The significance of the personnel moved this week might indicate that the next great crop of Twins pitching is still waiting in the wings, and while the development of guys like Jax, Barnes, and Ober will be interesting to watch, it’s entirely possible that they may each be forgotten sooner rather than later.

Ober has somewhat officially become the team’s #5 starter over the last few weeks, though the departures of Jose Berrios and J.A. Happ have bumped him up to somewhere around #3. This will be Ober’s 11th start of the 2021 season, which pushes him into a tie for the fifth-most starts with TV’s Matt Shoemaker. He’s had an okay month of July, throwing possibly his best start of the season, and then possibly his worst in his next outing.

We’re familiar enough with Ober by this point, so the new point of interest is Cardinal starter Jake Woodford. Thanks to last year’s scheduling idiosyncrasies, the sophomore Woodford has logged appearances against a handful of Twins, having earned seven outs in a game against Minnesota last summer. Other than that, he’s likely unfamiliar to most Twins fans; this will be his third start of the season after only making one prior start in his young career.

A lot of familiar faces populate the St. Louis lineup, while Minnesota will hit Brent Rooker second and turn to Luis Arraez for the cleanup role.


Today's Lineups

Max Kepler - CF Dylan Carlson - RF
Brent Rooker - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Jorge Polanco - 2B Nolan Arenado - 3B
Luis Arraez - 3B Tyler O'Neill - LF
Miguel Sano - 1B Yadier Molina - C
Trevor Larnach - RF Harrison Bader - CF
Ryan Jeffers - C Tommy Edman - 2B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Paul DeJong - SS
Bailey Ober - RHP Jake Woodford - RHP
Bailey Ober - RHP Jake Woodford - RHP