Are the Minnesota Twins going to win a game again? After another loss yesterday against the Cleveland Twins, where they couldn’t come close in a 8-4 loss. Don’t worry Twins, we’re into September now, the end of the season is in the horizon and then you won’t have to worry about losing any more games. The Twins never really got on track this year, except for a brief moment following the All-Star break, they were playing okay. They’ve lit the dumpster on fire now and it’s raging out of control. The loss against the Indians yesterday resulted in their thirteenth in a row. They weren’t going to chase the postseason with a strong end of the season, but there comes a point where you don’t want to be embarrassed on the field. The Twins have entered the territory of being embarrassed. With college football starting tonight, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in action, I’m not sure the Twins are going to be getting much attention tonight in the state.
If the Twins are going to win a game, it’s going to be when Ervin Santana is on the mound. If it weren’t for Santana, this would be one rotation in shambles than it already is. Santana has been turning back the clocks and pitching well. He would have been a brilliant asset for a postseason team right now. Did the Twins drop the ball in keeping him in Minnesota at the trade deadline? I would have to say yes, because the Twins are a few years out from being competitive, and for Santana, his career is drawing to a close within that time. The Twins should have scooped up some prospects for him and dealt him to a competitor. Perhaps they tried to, so I shouldn’t castrate them completely. They have been getting destroyed on the mound. At least they will have a respectable chance at winning tonight against the White Sox with Santana. Like I said, college football starts tonight, so it’s a small card on the diamond.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
Jose Quintana (11-9, 2.77 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (6-10, 3.54 ERA)
That 3.54 ERA of Santana would have been really well used as a second or third option on a postseason team. Instead, Santana, who is in his eleventh season as a major league pitcher hasn’t been getting much support from his fellow teammates. The bullpen is a lost cause and isn’t trusted to back up a solid outing from a starter. Minnesota is second to last in total team pitching, allowing an ERA over 5.00. The Indians were able to get to the Twins pitching last night, which has become a familiar sight. A 5 run inning by the Indians did them in, leading to another scenario where they had to fester up a comeback which of course didn’t happen.
Chris Sale’s second hand man, Jose Quintana, will take the mound tonight for the White Sox. Quintana definitely doesn’t want to be known as the guy who lost to the Twins and granted them their first win in fourteen attempts. Quintana has been a tough one to hit lately, not allowing more than 3 runs in a start since July 9th. 3 runs only came once between that time. Quintana has posted a 2.18 ERA in his last three starts, with a 1.16 WHIP and .289 OBA.
Conversely, Santana has only had one bad start recently. He was rocked against the high-octane Toronto Blue Jays for 6 runs in his last start, but hadn’t allowed more than 2 runs since July 15th. In the three games leading up to the Blue Jays, he allowed 2, 0, and 1 run. This will be a close one, but I think the pitching should be the highlight of the game. If you want to bet baseball tonight instead of college football, the UNDER 8 in Minnesota looks like a quality play.
PICK: UNDER 8 RUNS (-105)