|MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )|
KANSAS CITY ( LOPEZ )
|921||MINNESOTA||-145||Ov 8.5,-120||-130||Ov 9,+100|
|922||KANSAS CITY||+135||Un 8.5,+100||+120||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-54||-4.6||52-50||4.6||0.248||0.314||0.402||0.716||4.9||0.259||0.330||0.415||0.745|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-3||4.7||0.248||0.305||0.352||0.657||4.3||0.210||0.327||0.348||0.675|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-67||-20.6||46-47||3.9||0.243||0.296||0.384||0.680||5.4||0.277||0.344||0.443||0.787|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.9||2-4||4.1||0.230||0.330||0.378||0.708||4.0||0.202||0.272||0.328||0.600|
|8/31/2018||GONSALVES(L)||@ TEXAS||HUTCHISON(R)||10-7||W||110||11 ov||O||12||8||3||7||9||2|
|9/1/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ TEXAS||GALLARDO(R)||4-7||L||-110||10 ov||O||8||4||2||5||2||0|
|9/2/2018||MOYA(L)||@ TEXAS||MENDEZ(L)||4-18||L||100||11 un||O||8||5||3||19||6||0|
|9/3/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||1-4||L||220||7.5 ov||U||8||11||2||4||2||1|
|9/4/2018||MAY(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||2-5||L||255||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||10||5||0|
|9/5/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ HOUSTON||VALDEZ(L)||1-9||L||205||8.5 un||O||6||8||0||9||7||0|
|9/7/2018||GONSALVES(L)||KANSAS CITY||FILLMYER(R)||10-6||W||-165||9.5 ov||O||12||9||0||10||10||1|
|9/8/2018||BERRIOS(R)||KANSAS CITY||LOPEZ(R)||1-4||L||-210||8.5 ov||U||1||1||0||8||8||0|
|9/9/2018||DE JONG(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||3-1||W||-130||9.5 un||U||7||6||1||3||6||0|
|9/10/2018||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||HAPP(L)||2-7||L||+145||8.5 ov||O||10||7||1||11||14||0|
|9/11/2018||DUFFEY(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||10-5||W||+165||9.5 un||O||13||9||0||5||2||0|
|9/12/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-1||W||+195||8.5 ov||U||7||3||0||2||4||0|
|9/13/2018||MOYA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||FILLMYER(R)||4-6||L||-105||9.5 ov||O||7||4||2||8||10||0|
|9/14/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/15/2018||DE JONG(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/16/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|9/17/2018||STEWART(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|9/18/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)|| |
|9/19/2018||GONSALVES(L)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|9/21/2018|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|9/3/2018||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||PLUTKO(R)||5-1||W||175||9.5 un||U||11||6||1||4||4||0|
|9/4/2018||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||3-9||L||220||8.5 ov||O||5||6||1||11||9||1|
|9/5/2018||KELLER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-3||L||260||8.5 ev||U||2||2||2||10||9||0|
|9/7/2018||FILLMYER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GONSALVES(L)||6-10||L||155||9.5 ov||O||10||10||1||12||9||0|
|9/8/2018||LOPEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||4-1||W||190||8.5 ov||U||8||8||0||1||1||0|
|9/9/2018||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DE JONG(R)||1-3||L||120||9.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||6||1|
|9/10/2018||JUNIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 ev||U||8||5||0||8||3||1|
|9/11/2018||KELLER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||6-3||W||-130||9 un||P||9||3||0||6||8||1|
|9/12/2018||SKOGLUND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||2-4||L||+110||9 un||U||7||8||0||7||7||0|
|9/15/2018||KENNEDY(R)||MINNESOTA||DE JONG(R)|| |
|9/17/2018||KELLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MUSGROVE(R)|| |
|9/18/2018||SKOGLUND(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|9/19/2018||FILLMYER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/20/2018|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|9/21/2018|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
|Twins won't have Garver against Royals|
Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver will miss a few more games after taking a foul ball to his facemask Wednesday against the Yankees.
Garver passed baseball's concussion protocol but was not in the lineup Thursday night when the Twins opened a four-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. Manager Paul Molitor said Garver was making progress but isn't expected to play Friday night when the series continues at Kauffman Stadium.
"We're hoping to protect him in the short term just because of the blow that he took," Molitor said. "We'll try to get him in a little better place before we put him back in there. But so far, so good."
The team is taking a cautious approach with Garver's recovery because concussion symptoms sometimes don't appear for a day or two after the incident. He also took a blow to the head in August, when he was hit in the head on Manny Machado's backswing.
"He's got history, which is also a part of the equation," Molitor said. "We'll watch it closely."
The Twins fell to 10-29 on the road since June 16 with a 6-4 loss Thursday night. They've won one road series during that stretch.
They'll try to even the series Friday behind right-hander Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.83 ERA), who faces the Royals for a second straight start. He held Kansas City to a run and struck out five over six innings in that outing Saturday, but took the loss and is 0-3 over his last three starts.
The Royals' starting pitcher in that Saturday game was Jorge Lopez (2-4, 3.72), who will face Berrios and the Twins again Friday.
The right-hander flirted with history in that outing, becoming the first Royals pitcher to carry a perfect game into the ninth inning. Max Kepler spoiled Lopez's bid for perfection with a walk to lead off the ninth and Robbie Grossman followed with a base hit to center, breaking up the no-hitter.
"It's a dream come true," said Lopez, who still got the win. "I feel like we did everything offensively and defensively. ... I think my heart accelerated a little but it was just hard to finish. But it was good."
Berrios, who like Lopez is a native of Puerto Rico and played with him in the World Baseball Classic, said he enjoyed watching his countryman in his bid for history.
"Once I finished my six innings, it was nice to see," Berrios said. "It was fun to watch him, what he's doing out there, and it's a victory for Puerto Rico."
The Royals acquired Lopez from the Brewers in exchange for third baseman Mike Moustakas ahead of the trade deadline. Lopez went 0-3 with a 7.90 through his first three starts for the Royals but has allowed one run in each of his last two starts with 12 strikeouts in 15 innings.
"He threw the ball really well tonight, but he threw the ball just as well in his last start," Royals manager Ned Yost said after his near no-hitter. "I don't really see much different except we made some plays and he didn't give up a hit until the ninth inning. ... He wasn't getting the swings and misses, which is good, because that helps his pitch economy stay down. You're getting three- and four-pitch decisions, and it puts you in a position to go out in the ninth inning under 100 pitches."
That game was Lopez's first career start against the Twins.
Berrios is 2-2 with a 4.53 ERA in eight career starts against Kansas City, and he is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2018 8:12:03 AM EST|