Game CXXXIII Open Thread - The Twins of Minnesota Versus The Royals of Kansas City

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Esmerling Vasquez.. That's the pitcher from the margins that the Twins are trotting out today to make his first Major League start. After having spent the last three seasons pitching mostly ineffectively out of the pen in Arizona, the 28-year-old was miraculously turned into a serviceable Triple-AAA starter in Rochester. I'm sure his advanced years and Major League experience had nothing to do with that.

Regardless, Vasquez will surely embarrass the Royals today, likely resulting in the Twins' 11th win against the Royals. That is 11 of what would be 56 at the end of the day, or 19.6% of their win total coming against the Royals.

Luis Mendoza--Esmerling Vasquez without the K-rate--will take the mound for the Royals. This will be a bloodbath. A WAR, if you will.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Oakland 75 57 .568 0 Won 2
Baltimore 73 59 .553 2 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 72 61 .541 3.5 Lost 2
Detroit 71 61 .537 4 Won 2
Los Angeles 71 62 .533 4.5 Won 5
Seattle 64 70 .477 12 Lost 2
Boston 62 72 .462 14 Lost 5
Toronto 60 72 .454 15 Lost 1
Kansas City 59 73 .446 16 Lost 2
Cleveland 56 77 .421 19.5 Won 1
Minnesota 55 78 .413 20.5 Won 2

(updated 9.2.2012 at 12:36 PM CDT)


Two-and-a-half good weeks.

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