With this setup you can never count the twins. They fell behind 4-1 tonight, but rallied back to tie the match in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth. Working with just one hint during the last three innings, the bullpen not only got the job but even managed to throw a few bugs.
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Odorizzi: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 71.7% strikes (66 of 92 seats)
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Home course: Kepler (17), Gonzalez (9)
Multi-Hit Games: Gonzalez (2-for-4, HR)
WPA of +0.1
WPA of -0.1: Odorizzi -111, Schoop-122, Cruz-126
(diagram via FanGraphs)
] No lead is safe
Twins fell behind 4-1 heading down the bottom of the fifth. They were within Royals' race when one out was registered as inning. Mitch Garver singled and Marwin Gonzalez encountered a two-run bomb.
Later that inning gave Jorge Polanco game-tie RBI double with two outs. The comeback was finished when CJ Cron hit an RBI double at the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bullpen Secures Victory
Sometimes the "sentence is not sure" on Twins Bullpen, but not tonight. After the bats stormed back, the center of gravity managed to protect the leader.
Trevor can make a mistake for recording a scoreless seventh inning. There was another mistake made in the eighth, but Blake Parker and Ryne Harper combined to keep Kansas City from the table that inning. Taylor Rogers gave up a single-out single and released a two-out tour of the ninth, but worked around them to earn his eighth gear.
Odorizzi is Human
Jake Odorizzi gave up as many performances tonight, four as he had in the previous eight excursions. He saw a little more human tonight, even though he still delivered the twins with six innings.
Odorizzi gave up seven hits, went two blows and knocked out seven. He gave up several home runs for the second time this season, but at his credit never flew completely off the rails.
I've got a riddle for you
Who is the most underrated Twin? I started brainstorming an article about this issue, but it was too difficult. There are so many guys in the 2019 teams that are doing so well, but still have so low profiles across the baseball landscape.
Of course, if you're here at Twins Daily, reading a game recap, you're obviously more invested than the average sports fan. But how many people actually understand that Max Kepler does what he does?
Anyway, Kepler beat his 17th round tonight. He entered this game with a 134 OPS + so far. He has never even cracked 100 before (which is the league average).
People in the city are definitely beginning to notice what this team is doing collectively, which is great, but it's pretty incredible what so many of these guys do
Before the evening's game, the twins put together a ceremony that was pretty nice. Joe Mauers # 7 was retired.
Postgame with Baldelli
Here is a quick look at the number of tracks thrown by the bullpen during the last five days:
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And One More Thing …
I'm really trying to avoid ump talk, but I'm sorry we have to go tonight. It's a hard work I get it, and both teams are stuck with the same judge, so things typically go out. But my word is Angel Hernandez terrible.
Here is a look at the called strikes on Twins hitters:
And below are the called strikes on Royals hitters:
The guy basically made a joke of this game. How can MLB allow this to continue?
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