|SEATTLE ( GONZALES )|
MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )
|911||SEATTLE||+170||Ov 8,-110||+190||Ov 8,-110|
|912||MINNESOTA||-180||Un 8,-110||-210||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.1||3-1||4.7||0.214||0.313||0.351||0.664||5.7||0.239||0.316||0.479||0.795|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||+0.2||4-2||4.5||0.207||0.305||0.316||0.621||5.5||0.239||0.335||0.431||0.765|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||3.0||0.226||0.226||0.290||0.516||2.0||0.258||0.281||0.452||0.733|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1.8||3-3||6.0||0.255||0.332||0.440||0.772||3.3||0.211||0.261||0.328||0.590|
|4/1/2021||GONZALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUSMAN(R)||8-7||W||+100||8 ov||O||5||9||1||10||7||1|
|4/2/2021||KIKUCHI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||6||5||0||8||6||0|
|4/3/2021||FLEXEN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||WEBB(R)||4-0||W||+105||8.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||8||0|
|4/5/2021||SHEFFIELD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||0-6||L||+110||8 ov||U||3||9||2||10||9||1|
|4/6/2021||PAXTON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||4-10||L||+135||7.5 un||O||9||9||1||10||7||0|
|4/7/2021||DUNN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||KEUCHEL(L)||8-4||W||+130||8 ov||O||9||6||0||6||9||2|
|4/8/2021||GONZALES(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||KIKUCHI(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/11/2021||FLEXEN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/1/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||13||2||11||10||0|
|4/3/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURNES(R)||2-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||1||3||0|
|4/4/2021||PINEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HOUSER(R)||8-2||W||100||8 ev||O||11||6||1||5||7||1|
|4/5/2021||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ DETROIT||URENA(R)||15-6||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||14||9||0||8||4||1|
|4/6/2021||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||MIZE(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 un||U||9||10||0||10||9||1|
|4/7/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||3-2||W||-170||8.5 un||U||7||3||1||8||4||0|
|4/12/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|SEATTLE: He's Here: LHP James Paxton, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Keynan Middleton, RHP Chris Flexen, OF Mitch Haniger, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Logan Gilbert.
He's Outta Here: INF/OF Tim Lopes, INF/OF Dee Strange-Gordon, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Yoshihisa Hirano, RHP Carl Edwards Jr.
Projected Lineup: SS J.P. Crawford (.255, 2 HRs, 24 RBIs), RF Mitch Haniger (.220, 15, 32 in 63 games in 2019), CF Kyle Lewis (.262, 11, 28, .801 OPS, AL Rookie of the Year), 3B Kyle Seager (.241, 9, 40), DH Ty France (.305, 4, 23 in 20 games with San Diego and 23 with Seattle), 1B Evan White (.176, 8, 26, 84 Ks), 2B Dylan Moore (.255, 8, 17), C Tom Murphy (.273, 18, 40 in 75 games in 2019) or Luis Torrens (.257, 1, 6 in 25 games with San Diego and Seattle), LF Taylor Trammell (.234, 10, 43 at Double-A in 2019) or Jake Fraley (.154, 0, 0 in 7 games).
Rotation: LH Marco Gonzales (7-2, 3.10 ERA, 64 Ks, 7 walks in 69 2/3 innings), LH Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 5.17), LH James Paxton (1-1, 6.64 in 5 starts with Yankees), RH Chris Flexen (8-4, 3.01 in 21 starts for Doosan in KBO), LH Justus Sheffield (4-3, 3.58 in 10 starts), RH Justin Dunn (4-1, 4.34) or LH Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57).
Key Relievers: RH Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.08, 8/8 saves with Texas), RH Kendall Graveman (1-3, 5.79), RH Keynan Middleton (0-1, 5.25 in 13 games with Angels), LH Anthony Misiewicz (0-2, 4.05).
Outlook: The Mariners believe they are on the cusp of contention and this season will be the litmus test of whether that's accurate, or if their rebuild still has more stages to come. Lewis is the first Rookie of the Year for Seattle since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and combined with Gold Glove winners Crawford and White gives the Mariners a solid defensive foundation. The starting rotation has potential if Paxton can rediscover his past form and if the Mariners have unearthed a gem in Flexen. Bullpen has been remade, and along with depth of the batting order, will be key in just how competitive Seattle is in 2021. There is still the pending arrivals of prospects Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert, Cal Raleigh and Julio Rodriguez on the horizon that Seattle believes could push its rebuild into being contenders. When and if they arrive in 2021 could be the difference in Seattle ending the longest playoff drought in baseball or if there will be at least one more year of waiting. The Mariners will open the season with a capacity of 9,000 fans at T-Mobile Park.
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|Twins hope rain doesn't put damper on home opener vs. Mariners|
After winning back-to-back series against Milwaukee and Detroit on a season-opening road trip, the Minnesota Twins face two opponents in their home opener on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis -- the Seattle Mariners and Mother Nature.
The forecast is an 80 percent chance of rain, although those odds begin to dwindle as the afternoon goes on. Both teams have a day off on Friday just in case there is a postponement.
The Twins certainly don't want to risk a start with a long rain delay or two mixed in for right-hander Jose Berrios (1-0, 0.00), who didn't yield a hit over six innings while matching his career-high with 12 strikeouts in his first start, a 2-0 victory at Milwaukee on Saturday.
Berrios and Corbin Burnes had dueling no-hitters through six innings. Byron Buxton homered with one out in the seventh to break up Burnes' no-hit bid while Berrios, after throwing 84 pitches including 55 for strikes, turned things over to the bullpen. Omar Narvaez lined a single down the right-field line off reliever Tyler Duffer with one out in the eighth to spoil Minnesota's chances for the first combined no-hitter in team history.
Berrios is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts against Seattle. The win came in 2017 at Target Field, 6-2, when he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out eight. His most recent encounters with the Mariners came in 2019 but didn't pick up a decision in either of the two.
Minnesota, known for its Bomba Squad offense, which set a major league single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019, showed it can also play a little defense in winning Wednesday afternoon's rubber game at Detroit, 3-2.
The key to the victory came in the sixth inning when starter Kenta Maeda allowed a single, a double, a walk and another single but didn't yield a run because left fielder Jake Cave and shortstop Andrelton Simmons teamed up on a perfect relay on a double to the fence by Miguel Cabrera to throw out Willi Castro at the plate.
After Maeda walked Jeimer Candelario and Nomar Mazara lined a sharp single to right to load the bases, Jonathan Schoop hit a fly ball to Kyle Garlick at medium depth in right. Garlick then easily gunned down Cabrera at the plate to end the threat.
"It was really a relief to see those two big plays," said Maeda (1-0) after allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. "If it wasn't for those two plays, I don't think our team win would have been there."
Seattle will start left-hander Marco Gonzales (0-0, 7>40 ERA), who took a no-decision in the Mariners' 8-7, 10-inning victory over San Francisco on Opening Day. Gonzales gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings and will be making his first career start at Target Field. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in his career against the Twins, dropping a 7-1 decision on May 17, 2019, when he allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.
The sixth inning also was the turning point in Seattle's 8-4 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon. The Mariners sent 11 batters to the plate, parlaying five singles, two walks, an error and a three-run double by Kyle Seager into seven runs while erasing a 4-1 deficit.
"It looked like we were really kind of dead in the water," said Seattle manager Scott Servais. "But you look up and get a rally going and the young guys kind of feed off each other."
"Any time you're starting a road trip, you always want to end on a good term. You want to have a happy flight," added Seager.
The three-game series with the Twins kicks off a seven-game road trip for the Mariners, who will also play four games at Baltimore.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 5/18/2021 5:12:50 AM EST|