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Game 107 Open Thread: Minnesota Twins (48-58) vs. Kansas City Royals (54-52)

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Let's soldier on with the team we've got. We're a second half team!

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The trade deadline was exciting, and to top it all off we get exciting TWINS/ROYALS action. The two teams have combined to score a grand total of eight runs this entire series, so who knows what kind of bunt-tastic action we can see tonight. The Twins will be Sam Fuld-less following their deal with the Athletics, so it is time for the Royals to strike while the Twins grit-level is low.

Yordano Ventura takes to the hill to throw fire for the Royals tonight. Ventura was much sharper his last time out against Cleveland after a shaky start in the Boston series. Yordano struggled mightily in his only start against the Twins back in April, giving up four runs and four walks in just four winning of work in an 8-3 loss.

Kevin Correia starts for the Twins, and he is about the furthest thing you can get from Yordano Ventura. Correia has actually seen his paltry strikeout ratio go down this year, to 4.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He has struggled with a 5.06 ERA and he leads the league in losses with 13, which means he should shut down the Royals lineup. Well, what do you expect when we're 4-5 bats away from making much of an impact?

We're just 4.5 games back of the Tigers for the Central Division, and the loss of Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly makes them vulnerable. Now is the time to strike my friends.

Poll

Who won the trade deadline?

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  • 12%
    Boston
    (12 votes)
  • 26%
    Detroit
    (26 votes)
  • 34%
    Oakland
    (34 votes)
  • 3%
    Seattle
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    St. Louis
    (2 votes)
  • 23%
    Kansas City
    (23 votes)
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