We head into the last week of the season with little to play for these two teams. The Royals would like to finish above .500, and Ned Yost says he it still means a lot to this team. The Twins....well they're trying to avoid a franchise record for losses in a season since they moved to the Twin Cities. The 1982 club lost 102 games, but they had a few young players like Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Tom Brunansky, and Frank Viola, that would be part of their championship team five years later.
These Twins are hoping they have some of the same pieces in place, with Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, and tonight's pitcher Jose Berrios. Berrios was a Top 50 prospect in baseball before the seasons, but he has struggled mightily in the big leagues since his promotion. His 8.88 ERA is the highest by an American League pitcher with at least 48 innings pitched since Charles Nagy in 2002 (Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon actually has a higher ERA in more innings this year).
The Royals announced today that Lorenzo Cain is officially out for the year, so perhaps that will open more playing time in right field for Hunter Dozier. Just kidding, Paulo Orlando is starting there tonight.