Minnesota Twins unofficial start to postseason starts in Boston

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins congratulates Ehire Adrianza #13 on his two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins congratulates Ehire Adrianza #13 on his two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 29: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 29: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

Game 2 (Wednesday 6:10 p.m. CT)

Jose Berrios (11-7, 3.57 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (16-5, 3.97 ERA)

The last time out for Jose Berrios was a solid, but not great outing. Although he got the win thanks to a strong offensive performance from the Twins, Berrios allowed three runs (all earned) over six innings and mixed in eight strikeouts. While the outing was a step in the right direction, he’ll have a tougher test against the Red Sox, who are third in runs per game this season at 5.76.

Berrios has seen success against the Red Sox this season, however, as he had one of his best starts of the season on June 17. The right-hander would throw eight innings in the 6-2 loss, allowing an earned run and striking out 10 batters.

Opposing Berrios will Eduardo Rodriguez, who had a similar effort against the Twins during their series at Target field last June. The left-hander allowed four earned runs, but still got the win in large part to striking out nine Twins.

Both pitchers can be outstanding when both are on their game, but whichever can find their groove, could help the Twins take the pivot game of the series.

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