The Tigers are definitely going to ride it out with Nathan, believing that he knows how to deal with the ups and downs that come with being the last man standing in the ninth. “With a guy who has been through it, like Joe, he can deal with these situations,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.
• The White Sox are coming off of a sweep of the Cleveland Indians and have passed the Twins on the way to second place in the division. It’s somewhat surprising, given how many young players they have used and the injuries they have had. And they are about to get a boost with the return of slugging first baseman Jose Abreu from left ankle inflammation. Abreu, batting .260 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI, will be fitted with a brace and is expected to play Monday when the White Sox visit the Dodgers.
• The Indians entered the weekend on a four-game losing streak during which they averaged 1.7 runs a game, but they scored seven runs Saturday.
Here are three observations …
• Josmil Pinto sees 4.42 pitches per plate appearance and his rate of a home run every 16.6 at bats is the best on the Twins. Get him in the lineup.
• It’s great to see that former Twin Frank Viola has recovered from open heart surgery and is about to return to his role as the Mets’ Class AAA pitching coach.
• Seven home runs in seven days? Now I see why the Astros tried to sign George Springer in spring training to a long-term deal before he spent a day in the majors.
… and two predictions
• Trevor May will beat Alex Meyer to the majors this season.
• Meyer, in fact, will pitch very little for the Twins this season, if at all. They are monitoring his innings and limiting his pitch counts.