The Twins will need a victory today to avoid being swept at home by Kansas City. The Royals came into Minnesota losers of seven of their past nine games, but outside of a strong start by Kevin Correia, they have not looked to least bit challenged by the lowly Minnesota Twins.
The Twins have not hit or pitched well agaisnt the Royals this week, and on the season the Twins are just 4-14 against Kansas City and have been outscored 49-95 (-46), accounting for more than HALF of the Twins current run differential (-90)!
Bruce Chen is on the mound this afternoon for the Royals, and while the Twins have had some success against him in the past (almost a 5 ERA against the Twins in his career), this is not the same Twins team that was beating up on opponents for almost a decade in the 2000′s. These Twins haven’t scored more than a single run in an inning for almost a week!
|Gordon, A, LF||Dozier, 2B|
|Bonifacio, 3B||Florimon, SS|
|Hosmer, 1B||Morneau, DH|
|Butler, B, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Maxwell, RF||Doumit, C|
|Kottaras, C||Plouffe, 3B|
|Escobar, A, SS||Colabello, 1B|
|Getz, 2B||Ramirez, W, RF|
|Dyson, J, CF||Thomas, C, CF|
|_Chen, B, P||_Deduno, P|
Well, Brian Dozier hit a home run so that was good. Looks like that’s about it, though. – JC