Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for September 18, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 17: Third base coach Gene Glynn
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 17: Third base coach Gene Glynn /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 18th, 2017

Welcome to the September 18th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond. You’ll find the scores and a quick summary of every level of the Minnesota Twins organization and links to any information you need to know to follow the Minnesota Twins here every morning!

You will be seeing some changes begin to filter in this week now that the minor league affiliates have finished playoffs, and the Daily Dip will begin to implement looks around the league as well at happenings in the game of baseball as a whole.

News and Notes

Minnesota Twins 13, Toronto Blue Jays 7

The Blue Jays put up 4 runs in the first inning, but to his credit, Kyle Gibson righted the ship and threw solid ball for six innings as the offense put up a 7-run 2nd and a 6-run 5th for the win. Gibson went 6 innings, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks, striking out 8. Two of the three hits allowed were home runs to Josh Donaldson. Ryan Pressly finished the game with 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief with one strikeout. Byron Buxton had had a home run, double, single, and a walk. Joe Mauer had a grand slam, double, and a single. Eddie Rosario had a pair of home runs and a single. Eduardo Escobar had a pair of singles, a walk, and a stolen base. Brian Dozier and Jason Castro each had a pair of singles. Robbie Grossman had a single and a walk.

September 18th Probable Starter: Ervin Santana @ New York Yankees 6:05PM CT

Wild Card Standings

  • New York Yankees, 82-67, +4
  • Minnesota Twins, 78-71, —
  • Los Angeles Angels, 76-73, -2.0
  • Seattle Mariners, 74-76, -4.5
  • Kansas City Royals, 73-76, -5.0
  • Texas Rangers, 73-76, -5.0
  • Tampa Bay Rays, 73-77, -5.5
  • Baltimore Orioles, 73-77, -5.5

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One Last Thing

The Twins on August 21st played a double header against the Chicago White Sox, and starting with that double header, the Twins had 4 weeks of not facing a single team with a record over .500. Over those 4 weeks, the Twins went 15-12, playing 15 of the 27 games on the road. During the 4 week stretch, the Twins outscored opponents 167-116.

Coming up, the Minnesota Twins have 6 games against two playoff teams (the Yankees and Indians) on the road and a home/road 7-game split with Detroit. It will be imperative for the Twins to split their 6 games against the Indians and Yankees and certainly win the 7-game series with the Tigers. That would finish the season 7-6 for a season record of 85-77. In order to reach 85 wins, this is how the rest of the Wild Card contenders would have to finish:

Angels – 9-4
Mariners – 11-1
Royals – 12-1
Rangers – 12-1
Rays – 12-0
Orioles – 12-0

It is truly a two-team race in reality right now with the Twins and the Angels…

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