Twins Looking to Dethrone The King
By Brennen Rupp
The Minnesota Twins are traveling to the Pacific Northwest after winning one of three against the Kansas City Royals. Waiting for their arrival will be The King, Felix Hernandez. Hernandez has gotten off to a hot start for the Seattle Mariners. He’s 2-0 with a 2.37 earned run average and is coming off a 12 strikeout performance against the Texas Rangers.
King Felix hasn’t been good to the Twins in recent years. Hernandez is 3-0 with a 0.79 earned run average over the past three years. The Twins will look to dethrone him at Safeco Field tonight.
Players to Watch
1. Phil Hughes is off to a rocky start. He will need to be much better tonight when he squares off against King Felix. Hughes is 0-3 with a 5.30 earned run average. Following a season in which he gave up just 16 home runs, Hughes has already given up four home runs this season. If Hughes gives up runs early in tonight’s game, the Twins will have a steep mountain to climb against Hernandez. Hughes picked up his first win of the 2014 season when he made his fourth start. Tonight will be his fourth start of the 2015 season. Hughes needs to drink MJ’s secret stuff before the game.
2. Trevor May is coming off the best start of his big league career. May gave up one run on four hits in six innings pitched against the Cleveland Indians. He will look to keep the momentum going when he takes the hill on Saturday. This will be May’s first start against the Mariners.
3. Joe Mauer has quietly gotten off to a good start in 2015. He’s strung together a pair of two-hit performances. In the past seven days Mauer is hitting .304 with two doubles and four walks. Mauer has had good success against Hernandez. He’s hitting .378 off King Felix with two home runs. Maybe Mauer will hit his first home run since August 17th, 2014 tonight off the King.
Both teams enter this three game series with 6-9 records. The Twins took three of four at Safeco Field last season. They will look to continue that success this weekend. It starts by cutting the head off the snake tonight.
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