Good morning from Citi Field, which is a pretty cool ballpark, as the Twins try to avoid getting swept by the Mets in this three game series.
Pitching has been a huge problem for this team, but the staff has held the Mets to six runs in two games. The offense has been the problem, as the Twins bats suddenly have stopped working. We'll see if that can turn around today, as the Mets had to use eight pitchers last night and basically will have a bullpen game today. Righthander Jacob deGrom was scratched from his start when he had a setback with his elbow, so the Mets are tabbing Gabriel Ynoa to start.
One thing about last night. Even when the Twins tried to do the right things, the wrong things happened. Ryan Pressly was a strike away from getting Yoenis Cespedes out in the eighth inning and threw him a slider that was down and off the plate. Cespedes managed to flick it out to center for a game-tying single. I just ran into Pressly in the clubhouse, and he had that, what-else-can-I-do look on his face.
If the Twins can manager to win today, they will end up with a 3-4 road trip as they head home for the final homestand of the season.
Not sure we will get much more info on Eddie Rosario's left thumb today. I'm guessing the Twins will wait to get him back home before they run more tests and have their doctors look at him. Rosario injured his thumb when he dived for first base while trying to beat out a hit.
Yup, preliminary X-Rays of Rosario's thumb were inconclusive. He will have more tests run when he returns to the Twin Cities. And no, Molitor was not encouraged that Rosario was able to move his thumb after the game.
I get the sense that the Twins are bracing for the worst. Like a possible break.
Kurt Suzuki said he's able to catch today, but Molitor stuck with his plan to use all three catchers in this series. Suzuki will get another day to let his chin recover after getting five stitches on Wednesday after taking a foul ball off the chin - then getting hit in the mask again on Friday.
It's a really inexperienced lineup today. After Brian Dozier, Logan Schafer - with 308 games played - is the next most experienced Twin today.
Brian Dozier, 2B
Logan Schafer, RF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Robbie Grossman, LF
Byron Buxton, CF
James Beresford, 3B
John Ryan Murphy, C
Kyle Gibson, RHP
Alejandro De Aza, CF
T.J. Rivera, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Michael Conforto, RF
Kelly Johnson, 3B
Travis d'Arnaud, C
Lucas Duda, 1B
Matt Reynolds, SS
Gabriel Ynoa, RHP