Here we sit, entering the last series of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. the Twins have already lost 90 games and have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Detroit Tigers have already clinched a playoff berth and appear to have a strong hold on the AL Central division. Now the two are set to clash.
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Tonight, the Twins will watch Trevor May make his last start of the 2014 season, and it will be no easy task going up against Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. May has gotten better as his season has gone on, but he will need to finish on a strong note to feel good going into the offseason. Minnesota will have a tough test at the plate tonight against Scherzer as well.
Game two will feature Anthony Swarzak making yet another spot start. Rick Porcello will oppose him for the Tigers. Swarzak, a long reliever, has been forced into the rotation due to injury and circumstance. Porcello has been better than advertised for the Tigers and will look to go out on a high note.
Ricky Nolasco will end his horrendous first season with the Twins on Saturday against Kyle Lobstein for the Tigers. Despite posting a handful of strong starts, Nolasco was shelled once again in his last outing. Lobstein has been serviceable for the Tigers posting a 3.57 ERA across his last three outings.
Finally, ending the season for the Twins, Kyle Gibson will go against David Price of the Tigers. The hope would be that the Twins can find an inning to give Phil Hughes out of the bullpen so that he can record the last out he needs to hit his $500,000 bonus accelerator, with the best opportunity looking to be Sunday.
Look for the Twins to show some heart over the weekend, but ultimately the season is already decided. Minnesota may snag one of the two middle games, but I see them dropping three in the Motor City.
First pitch tonight is at 6:10pm central time.