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

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Sorry kiddos, but there won't be a preview today. I fell asleep far too early last night and was swamped with work today.

Tonight, the Royals play host to the Twins. Wouldn't it make sense for the Twins to be able to turn things around in one season and be competitive again, while the Royals watch from the cellar? The Twins currently hold a two-game lead over the Royals. The visiting franchise thieves--this is where we take a moment and lament the lost of the Kansas City Blues of the Western League who became the Senators who in turn became the Twins--will send Samuel Deduno to the mound. Deduno is precisely the sort of pitcher who has no place dominating an opponent yet is overtaken by the spirit of Walter Johnson when he gets the gift of facing the free-swinging Royals. Perhaps it's the prospect of making it with their wives after the game or maybe it is the poor strike-zone judgment of the Kansas City offense, but Deduno will likely hold the Royals to a run or less over the course of six-plus innings, just as he did the last time he faced them. As Connor eluded to in his headline the other day: same shit, different day.

The Royals turn to the majestically maned Luis Mendoza. The Mexican dreamboat will hope to quiet the potpourri assemblage of two former MVPs, a corner outfielder who would look awfully nice in the Royals line-up, and a slew of over-the-hill/Quad-A gamers who have no right being on a team not named the Kansas City Royals or Florida Marlins (I know what I called them).

Your pitchers:


Samuel Deduno

#21 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-3

190

R

R

Jul 02, 1983


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Samuel Deduno 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 12.1 13 7 7 1 5 4 5.11 1.46


Luis Mendoza

#39 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-3

235

L

R

Oct 31, 1983


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Luis Mendoza 1-2 10 8 0 0 0 0 46.2 49 28 24 5 20 33 4.63 1.48