Minnesota Twins postgame report: Lucas Giolito shuts down Twins to take series
By Chris Schad
A missed opportunity for the Twins
When the Indians were on life support in the American League Central race, they ran into a long string of games with the Tigers, Royals and White Sox with 23 games against that trio and went 20-3 in those games. While that record was impressive, no one was panicking because the Twins would eventually run into that stretch and be able to make up that ground.
In the past three games, the White Sox proved that it may be more difficult than showing up to the ballpark.
With the exception of Tuesday night’s victory, the Twins showed more of the same that has been plaguing them the past couple of months. The starting pitching has continued to turn in inefficient performances while the offense has stretches where they can’t hit off a good pitcher.
The bullpen has also been up and down (although they allowed just two hits in four innings of work on Wednesday) and the injury bug that the Twins avoided through the first couple of months has taken its toll with Byron Buxton and possibly Eddie Rosario landing on the shelf.
The Twins will have an off day on Thursday before heading back to Target Field to start a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers. In Friday’s opener, the Twins will send Jose Berrios to the mound, who has allowed 16 runs over his past 15 innings (three starts).
The Tigers’ starter has yet to be announced, but regardless, the Twins need a huge start from Berrios to see if he can regain the form that made him a two-time All-Star (including this season) and a rising star in the Twins rotation. If not, there could be even more questions as this team heads down the stretch.