After game 2 between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies was postponed, it was decided to have a double header the day after. It should be a solid day.
In a lot of cases, double headers are not exciting. One game may be exhilarating while the other is one that’s not worth a watch. That is not going to be the case today as the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies square off in a double header at Target Field.
Especially as Twins’ fans, there is reason to be excited going into today’s match-ups. First of all, Ervin Santana is hitting the hill in the first game of the double header. Santana, obviously, has been brilliant this year and looks to keep it up against unproven pitcher German Marquez.
To put it in perspective, here are their respective stat lines thus far:
Ervin Santana: 6-1, 1.50 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 21 walks in 54 innings pitched.
German Marquez: 1-2, 4.88 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 8 walks in 24 innings pitched.
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The first game of the double header looks like a great chance for the Twins to come out victorious. From solely a pitching perspective, the Twins have the clear upper hand. Although, with how strong the Rockies’ offense is, Minnesota’s defense needs to come ready to play, covering the corners and preventing gappers in the outfield.
The second match-up looks to be a solid one as well. If not for any other reason, it’s worth a watch to see Jose Berrios second MLB start of 2017. If it’s anything like his first start against the Indians, we’ll be in for another treat.
Berrios will be going up against Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Let’s take a look at the pitching comparison for this match-up:
Jose Berrios: 1-0, 1.17 ERA with 4 strikeouts and one walk in 7.2 innings pitched.
Tyler Chatwood: 3-5, 5.25 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 22 walks in 48 innings pitched.
Obviously, Berrios has been a big topic of discussion for the Minnesota Twins. Even so, he doesn’t have much experience and, going up against a strong offense, he may need some back-up from his own offensive unit.
In conclusion, expect both games to be very exciting. There is a lot to watch for in these to match-ups: can Santana keep it up? Is Berrios for real? Can the Minnesota Twins extend their 16-game home-run streak? We’ll find out today!