Minnesota Twins probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Detroit Tigers, April 19

Can the Minnesota Twins finally end the miserable losing streak they're on?
Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers
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Things can’t stay this bad forever, right?

That’s what the Minnesota Twins are going to try and find out on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers. It’s the team’s second series against their AL Central rivals, with the first meeting ending in an even split.

Minnesota’s last series against the Tigers was the last time fans felt any sort of joy out of the team, too. Last Saturday the Twins swept Detroit in a doubleheader, scoring 15 runs and looking like they might finally be waking up.

As it turns out that was just a mirage.

The Twins followed that doubleheader sweep up by losing their next four games, including every game of their last series in Baltimore. Part of why the team is in such a funk goes back to that first game last Friday against Detroit.

In the third inning Carlos Correa needed to leave the game after injuring his side, something that eventually landed him on the IL. He won’t be available for this second series against Detroit, but it’s a reminder of just how badly the Twins have been chewed up by the injury bug this season.

Twins vs. Tigers probable starting pitchers, April 19th

The Twins will be sending out Joe Ryan (0-1, 2.60 ERA) on Friday for his second start of the year against Detroit. Here’s to hoping things go as splendidly as they did the first time around, as Ryan absolutely cooked the Tigers on Minnesota’s way to a doubleheader sweep.

Ryan didn’t get a decision thanks to the game going deep into extra innings, but he struck out 12 batters and gave up just one earned run on the afternoon. It was exactly the type of start the Twins needed to see out of him, and one that will help build up his confidence as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Pablo Lopez.

Over on the other side, the Tigers will be starting Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.90 ERA) in his second start against Minnesota. Just like Ryan, Flaherty didn’t get a decision in Sunday’s win but was on the mound for seven innings of work against the Twins in which he struck out eight and allowed three runs. Minnesota’s bullpen imploded late in the game, which is why Flaherty didn’t get the win, but the Twins will be looking to get back into the win column against the pitcher who kickstarted the current four-game losing streak.

Minnesota Twins starting lineup, April 19

  1. Edouard Julien, 2B
  2. Ryan Jefferson, DH
  3. Alex Kirilloff, RF
  4. Trevor Larnach, LF
  5. Byron Buxton, CF
  6. Carlos Santana, 1B
  7. Willi Castro, SS
  8. Christian Vazquez, C
  9. Kyle Farmer, 3B

Detroit Tigers starting lineup, April 19

What time is the Minnesota Twins game tonight?

After an unsuccessful road trip, the Twins are back home at Target Field where things haven’t gone much better. That’ll happen when a team is 6-11, but hopefully they can start turning things around not only in terms of a home record but with results against AL Central rivals.

  • Game time: 7:10pm CT
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Stadium: Target Field

How to watch Minnesota Twins game tonight?

Like all regular season games this year, the Twins will be on Bally Sports North tonight. Cory Provus and Justin Morneau will be on the call with Kris Atteberry and Dan Gladden manning the radio call of the action.

  • TV Channel: Bally Sports North
  • Announcers: Cory Provus, Justin Morneau, Audra Martin

Twins fans can also stream the game using one of these methods:

While it’s a Friday night, the game won’t be streamed as part of Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball. The Twins will have games as part of that package this year, but the first occurrence isn’t until May 17th against the Guardians.

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