Major League Baseball is on its way back! Everybody freak out! While we wait for Spring Training 2.0 and the season to start up, we will continue to have Jack Kewitsch take over the team as both the manager and general manager through Out of the Park (OOTP) in this simulation-style season.
19 wins in a row! Three more and we have the AL record and seven to have the MLB record! Time to push forward. Although we will be forced to face the Astros and Rockies this week. Buckle up, buttercup!
Only two weeks to go until the All-Star Game! If we continue this torrid pace, expect a lineup full of Twins. Jake Odorizzi also joined the fold after a week where he went 1-0 over 10.2 IP, with 4 hits, 2 ER, and 11 Ks.
|Catcher||Mitch Garver||1st||1,738,496||~250,000 up|
|First Base||Miguel Sano||2nd||1,733,922||~320,000 back|
|Second Base||Luis Arraez||1st||1,421,983||~90,000 up|
|Third Base||Josh Donaldson||2nd||1,871,759||~100,000 back|
|Shortstop||Jorge Polanco||3rd||1,306,510||~360,000 back|
|Center Field||Byron Buxton||3rd||1,434,226||~730,000 back|
|Right Field||Max Kepler||1st||1,458,872||~60,000 up|
|Designated Hitter||Nelson Cruz||1st||1,788,236||~350,000 up|
|Starting Pitcher||Jake Odorizzi||5th||1,007,918||~80,000 back|
|Reliever||Zach Littell||1st||712,142||~40,000 up|
|Reliever||Taylor Rogers||4th||607,267||~105,000 back|
Game 80: Minnesota Twins (55-24) at
Houston Astros* (41-35)
Starting Off with a Bang!
No, that wasn’t the sound of the legendary trash can the Astros* used to cheat their way to a World Series title and another ALCS appearance. It was the sound of the Twins shooting the cheaters dead in their tracks. (This isn’t a PC blog.)
Prior the game, I was nervous to put a relatively tired Samardzija on the mound. Especially against a potent lineup and a tired bullpen. However, it didn’t matter. As we went up early in the first thanks to a couple Buxton stolen bags and an Arraez sacrifice.
Although Houston* would tie it in the bottom of the first, it was for naught. With our favorite team scoring five in the second and cruising to an easy W. It also helped that the Bomba Squad came through with six bombs throughout the game.
Final Score: Twins 14 – Astros* 3
Twins Record: 56-24
Win Streak: 20
Buxton Steal Count: 70 (1st)
Bomba Counter: 138 (2nd)
Game 81: Minnesota Twins (56-24) at
Houston Astros* (41-36)
Halfway through the season and I don’t think any Twins fan is upset with how we’ve played up to this point. Sure, not everyone is producing as we’d like. But to be 32 games above .500 and on a 20-game win streak? That is something to hang our proverbial caps on.
As the title suggests, this was a close one. Up 2-1 going into the eighth, all we had to do was hold on. But Rich Hill came in for Kenta Maeda and gave up a solo shot to Yordan Alvarez to tie it.
It would remain deadlocked until the 12th when Astudillo came to the plate with the bases juiced. On a 2-2 count with two away in the inning, he blooped a single to left and somehow managed to score both Kepler and Rosario for the 4-2 lead.
Chris Martin would make it interesting allowing two hits in the bottom of the inning until Valdez was brought in the seal the win and TIE THE AL RECORD FOR WINS!
Final Score: Twins 4 – Astros* 2
Twins Record: 57-24
Win Streak: 21
Game 82: Minnesota Twins (57-24) at
Houston Astros* (41-37)
THE RECORD HAS FALLEN! SUCK IT, CLEVELAND! YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE!
Whew, good to get that out of my system.
What a game!
While scoring 14 runs against cheaters is always fun, especially when it comes from up and down the lineup, the real star was Jake Odorizzi. You’re really helping your All-Star bid, Eggs!
A one-run complete game on only 106 pitches is superb! No one can stop us! I believe I can fly!
Final Score: Twins 14 – Astros* 1
Twins Record: 58-24
Win Streak: 22
Bomba Counter: 141 (2nd)
Game 83: Minnesota Twins (58-24) vs
Colorado Rockies (41-39)
Let’s Go Streaking!
Everybody loves a great comeback story! Robert Downey, Jr.. Seabiscut. [redacted Kim Kardashian joke] and the Minnesota Twins.
We went up early in this one. With Josh Donaldson coming home thanks to a Gonzalez sacrifice. But it went downhill after that.
As we allowed two in the fifth and eighth to go down 4-1. But we roared back in the bottom of the eighth with six runs! Thanks to single, after single, after single.
It was enough to push us over the top and win our 23rd straight.
Final Score: Twins 7 – Rockies 4
Twins Record: 59-24
Win Streak: 23
Game 84: Minnesota Twins (59-24) vs Colorado Rockies (41-40)
The Polanco Show
It was Jorge Polanco’s day to shine, apparently. As the shortstop slugged two homers and drove in four of the team’s five RBI on the day. Yet while he will get most of the credit in this win, Jose Berrios also pitched well over six innings. Only allowing a run on four hits.
Clean and simple fun.
Final Score: Twins 5 – Rockies 1
Twins Record: 60-24
Win Streak: 24
Bomba Counter: 143 (2nd)
Game 85: Minnesota Twins (60-24) vs Colorado Rockies (41-41)
Keeping it Alive
Nothing makes my heart pump more than one-run games. It’s a drug for me and this game gave me my fix.
It was a constant back and forth battle between the Rockies and our boys. Rockies went up 1-0 in the first, we went ahead 2-1 in the second and so on until we finally pulled ahead 6-4 in the seventh.
Most of the back and forth has to do with Samardzija. Who ended the day giving up 12 hits in 6.1 innings and four runs. Two of which were homers. He is still outpacing Homer Bailey in that department. Remember him?
But we continue to roll and no one can stop us!
Final Score: Twins 6 – Rockies 5
Twins Record: 61-24
Win Streak: 25
Buxton Steal Count: 71 (1st)
Bomba Counter: 145 (2nd)
Week Review and Lookahead:
One more win and we tie the MLB record for wins in a row! What an amazing three weeks this has been. I truly did not see this coming.
We have also built up a commanding lead over the Indians in the division. Eight games and counting! It can grow too. As we travel to struggling Detroit before squaring off against the Tribe in a three-game set.