The Royals and Twins have played each other 176 times this season and the Twins have won 184 of those games. Whatever their head-to-head record, they’ve played way too many games against each other, leaving the world fatigued.
Here are the game times and pitching matchups for the series:
- Friday, June 30, 7:15 PM CDT - Ervin Santana vs. Jason Vargas (L)
- Saturday, July 1, 1:15 PM CDT - José Berríos vs. Jason Hammel
- Saturday, July 1, 7:35 PM CDT - Who Knows? vs. Maybe a guy like Skoglund?
- Sunday, July 2, 1:15 PM CDT - Hector Santiago (L) vs. Matt Strahm (L)
Update: The Royals announced today that Luke Farrell will start the Saturday night game of the doubleheader, with Travis Wood the likely Sunday starter.
Twins at Royals pitching matchups
|Jason Vargas (L)||15||94.1||70||18.5||20||5.3||2.29||3.46||4.65||4.52||2.2||4.0|
|Matt Strahm (L)||23||33.2||37||25.2||20||13.6||5.61||5.22||4.87||4.49||-0.1||-0.2|
That double-header is really gumming up the works. It looks like the first game should be José Berríos and Jason Hammel, but that could change. The 26th man figures to be the one getting the start for the Royals. Eric Skoglund is due up in Omaha’s rotation on Saturday, and he has been in the minors the requisite ten days to make him eligible for recall. Santana is still pitching well. Santiago is still Hector Santiago.
Twins position players
|Max Kepler (L)||RF||283||9||36||32||3||.249||.314||.420||.315||93||1.0||1.4|
|Joe Mauer (L)||1B||275||4||33||29||1||.286||.356||.403||.331||104||0.9||1.0|
|Robbie Grossman (S)||DH/OF||240||6||35||22||2||.250||.385||.388||.346||114||0.7||0.8|
|Eduardo Escobar (S)||IF||188||8||21||26||1||.276||.324||.460||.330||103||0.7||0.4|
|Jason Castro (L)||C||211||6||19||26||0||.222||.318||.378||.306||87||0.6||1.2|
|Eddie Rosario (L)||LF||253||10||33||24||2||.281||.320||.468||.334||106||0.5||0.3|
|Jorge Polanco (S)||SS||245||3||25||24||3||.247||.295||.350||.278||68||0.3||0.6|
|Kennys Vargas (S)||1B/DH||151||7||27||27||0||.236||.265||.424||.290||76||-0.4||0.0|
The Twins position players rank 14th in fWAR, thanks in part to positive defensive contributions. Their .251/.326/.415 triple-slash runs their wOBA to .319 and their wRC+ to 95. They’re middle-of-the-road, but they’ve been able to stay in a position jockeying back and forth with the Cleveland team.
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Royals take three of four
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