Arizona Diamondbacks vs Minnesota Twins Series Preview
The Minnesota Twins dropped two out of three to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, and they were likely doomed before things got started. Minnesota had to face both T.J. House and Corey Kluber in the series, two pitchers that have both been lights out this year. Now they welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Target Field for a three game series.
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Sitting right at 89 losses, it looks as if the Diamondbacks will be the team to hand the Twins their dreaded 90th loss. Despite Arizona starting the season on an abysmal note, they have essentially played to the same level as the Twins.
For game one, Arizona will send Josh Collmenter to the mound. He will be opposed to Ricky Nolasco for the Twins. Collmenter has been terrific of late pitching to a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts. Despite Nolasco’s early season struggles, he also has been lights out throwing to a 1.35 ERA across his last three contests.
Game two will feature rookie Andrew Chafin making his third big league start. He is still looking for his first big league win. The Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the bump to oppose him. Gibson has been shaky of late, sporting an ERA north of 8.00 in his last three outings.
For the series finale, there will be a matchup of former Yankees. Vidal Nuno will go for the Diamondbacks while Phil Hughes will pitch for the Twins. Nuno is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last three starts while Hughes is 0-1 with a 4.29 ERA across his last three.
Look for the Twins to get the monkey off of their back right away tonight. Despite being an arguably better team (sure we’re pulling at strings here), Nolasco is a candidate for regression and Collmenter has been lights out. Despite suffering their 90th loss, expect the Twins to take the series by a tally of 2-1.
First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10pm central time.