A Texas-Sized Series

28 Aug

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The Twins/Rangers series will likely not get top-billing this weekend, but it is a big series nonetheless. The Twins enter Friday’s action 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central and 0.5 games behind the White Sox. The Rangers are four games behind the Angels in the AL West. Baseball Prospectus calculates each team’s chance of winning its division and then of winning the Wild Card. Going into Friday, it shows the Twins odds of winning the AL Central at 20.27% (Tigers at 65.43%, White Sox at 13.83%). The Twins odds of winning the AL Wild Card is currently 0.24% On the other side, the Rangers are given an 18% chance of surpassing the Angels in the AL West (Angels odds of winning the division is 81%). The Rangers are given a 9% chance of winning the Wild Card (Boston at 60.7%, Tampa Bay at 19.7%). 

The Twins could almost eliminate the Rangers if they were to sweep the weekend series. If they could do that, things could be very interesting. The Tigers will start a four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox will play three games against the Yankees. This again speaks to the AL Central being such a weak division. The Rangers are current 71-55 while the Twins are sitting at 64-65.

On Friday night, the Twins will send Brian Duensing to the mound to face Tommy Hunter. Saturday, it will be Carl Pavano taking on Scott Feldman. On Sunday, Scott Baker will go up against Kevin Millwood.

Here are some other Twins links to check out today:

 MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Ozzie Lewis, Beloit Snappers

Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Liam Hendriks, Beloit Snappers 

  • Several Twins minor leaguers will be participating in the upcoming World Cup:
  1. Trevor Plouffe will join former Twins infielder Terry Tiffee on Team USA.
  2. WBC hero Tom Stuifbergen will again pitch for The Netherlands. Loek Van Mil will also be on the team, along with former Twins prospect Alex Smit.
  3. I have not yet seen other rosters, but the assumption would be that several Twins prospects will play for the Australian team. Players like Luke Hughes, Brad Tippett, Liam Hendriks, Justin Huber and James Beresford would all be possibilities. (just heard that the names I mentioned will be playing for the team, with Justin Huber still being a ‘maybe’)

ROCHESTER REPORT

Thursday – Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 11 – Kevin Mulvey had a great game going through seven innings. At that time, he had given up just two runs. Then he gave up three runs in the 8th inning. So in eight innings, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Sean Henn started the 9th inning. He gave up six runs (2 earned) on four hits and a walk and got just two outs. Jose Lugo gave up a hit before a strikeout ended the inning. Danny Valencia was 2-4 with his 18th double. Jose Morales went 3-4.  

ROCKCAT RECAP

Thursday – New Britain 1, Connecticut 3 – Michael McCardell started and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up one hit and one walk in 2.2 scoreless innings. Erik Lis went 1-2 with two walks. Steve Singleton hit his tenth double.  

MIRACLE MEMOS

Thursday – Ft. Myers – No Game Scheduled.  

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Thursday – Beloit 9, Kane County 1 – This is probably one of the best all-around games the Snappers have played this year. They got great pitching. Liam Hendriks won for the third time. He threw six shutout innings and gave up one hit and one walk. He struck out six. Dan Berlind then gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks in the final three innings. They also got plenty of offense. Ozzie Lewis led the way. He went 4-6 with his 19th double. Ramon Santana went 3-5 with a walk and his third triple. Jonathan Waltenbury was 3-5 with his 15th double. Angel Morales went 2-3 with a walk and three RBI. James Beresford and Aaron Hicks each went 2-6.  

E-TWINS EXTRAS

Thursday – Elizabethton 10, Kingsport 9 Brian Dozier continues to crush the ball. He went 3-4 with his 17th double. Derek McCallum was 2-4 with his fifth homer. Tobias Streich hit his 12th double, 10th homer and five RBI. Chris Herrmann went 2-4 with a walk. Steve Liddle was 2-4. Josmil Pinto went 2-5. Angelo Sanchez started and in six innings gave up six runs. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out four. Tony Davis then gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Peter Kennelly then gave up a run in his inning.  

GCL TWINS GOINGS ON

Thursday – GCL Twins 8, GCL Rays 2 Adrian Salcedo gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Jay Rehacek struck out two in two shutout innings for the win. Raynard Doran pitched a scoreless ninth. Brian Bistagne went 3-5 with his first triple. Nick Freitas went 3-5. Hyun-wook Choi was 2-3 with a walk. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-4 with his 11th double. Nick Tindall was 2-4 with a walk.  

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4 Responses to “A Texas-Sized Series”

  1. mike wants wins August 28, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Seth, any new thoughts on Crede? I remain frustrated they are going with a short bench here. I just can’t understand why they are not putting him on the DL. He’s not hit at all since the ASB, and he can’t stay healthy. One of Valencia, Hughes, or Buscher should be up here, shouldn’t they?

  2. DH in Philly August 28, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    I wonder if Dozier made Tyler Ladendorf a little more expendable? Have you got a scouting report on Dozier’s defense, Seth?

  3. Topper August 28, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Agreed, mww, especially with the Rangers and White Sox in town, we should ideally be at full strength. Rochester really has no shot at the wild card and won’t see postseason action (sadly), so I can’t see why they won’t cut bait on Crede and bring up some help. I’d prefer Valencia or Hughes, but I’d even take Buscher at this point — better a warm body than an empty spot on the bench.

  4. TT August 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    After Monday, they don’t have to DL Crede in order to add someone. If Crede is going to be ready in a week then it doesn’t make sense to put him on the DL now and then not have him available for several more days in order to have Buscher available before Tuesday. I would rather have a healthy (or as healthy as he gets) Crede available at the end of next week, than Buscher available this weekend.

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