The Twins offense vs. Matthew Boyd
Everybody knows how good the Twins offense has been this year. After coming into Thursday night’s game with the Indians averaging 5.93 runs per game, Minnesota’s lineup got even stronger with the previously mentioned returns of Cruz and Garver. While the Twins offense has grabbed most of the headlines this year, many may not know about the type of year that Tigers ace Matthew Boyd is having.
Boyd comes into Friday’s start with a 5-4 record and 3.02 ERA, but that’s not an indication of how well he has pitched. The lefty has struck out 97 batters in 77.2 innings and owns a 1.01 WHIP that would be the lowest of his career.
While the Tigers haven’t given Boyd adequate run support, he still has posted a career year to date and has the stuff needed to shut down any lineup. Against the Twins, Boyd has gone 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in his career, but hasn’t faced the Twins potent lineup this season.
The Twins will be throwing out a starter to be determined against Boyd, but if Minnesota’s lineup can get to the 28-year old, it will represent a great start to the weekend.