When the Twins and Cardinals begin their three-game series on Friday evening in St. Louis, there is no telling what the list of Twins might look like or how many players have been sent to competing teams by then.
Between the game on Wednesday and the next time the Twins enter the field, at 3pm. The July 30th trading deadline will have come and gone. Before that time, the twins are expected to make multiple moves and change the complexion of their cadre.
In the course of their home series against Detroit, it was not difficult to see how the Twins came to this position. The twins fell 17:14 against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon and embarked on a furious comeback attempt with two home runs by Miguel Sanó and Ryan Jeffers – and seven in total – that were neglected when the twins lost a game in which starter J.A. Happ gave up nine runs.
“It takes a while to play games like this. It wasn’t your everyday endeavor or game, ”said manager Rocco Baldelli. “Our boys… dug up everything they had and took it out and we kept playing. At no point under 10, whatever it was, 10-1 or whatever it was, we never stopped playing the game and doing everything possible to win the ball game. ”
Over the course of the Season Happ was one of four free agent pitching signings that did not go as the twins (43-60) had hoped this season. After three innings (plus seven batteries) on Wednesday, Happ now has an earned average of 6.77. The veteran has now faced the Tigers (49-55) in three of his last four starts and has given up three runs, seven runs and nine runs in those three games.
“For me, I have to see it as a challenge to fight the same team three out of four times,” said Happ. “I somehow failed to master this challenge today. But they were tough, at least for me personally. ”
The day before, Hansel Robles, who was brought in this offseason, served a game-defining Grand Slam against catcher Eric Haase in the ninth inning of a possible extra inning loss. Robles now has a 4.91 ERA. And in the first game in the series, Alexander Colomé, the Twins’ big bullpen acquisition, enabled a game-tying home run in their ninth inning. His ERA is 4.86.
Matt Shoemaker, who was supposed to fill out the rotation together with Happ, was selected for the assignment at the beginning of July and is now with the Triple-A Saints. He wore an ERA north of 8:00 am and had been demoted to bullpen when the twins made the move.
In more than a few games this season, the Twins have put enough runs to win but not pitched properly, adding to the situation the team is now near the close of trading. On Wednesday they fought their way back again and again, but never led. Happ left the game after facing seven thugs in the fourth inning and not withdrawing any of them. After him, Beau Burrows gave up four runs, as did Juan Minaya.
“It’s hard not to be able to keep up on the defensive,” said Jeffers, who drove six races. “… It’s tough as a catcher and as a guy who wants my pitcher to be successful. (Happ) go out there and give him what he’s got; he, Burrows, Minaya, they were out there giving everything they got. Today the Tigers made really good turns and didn’t swing too much out of the zone. ”
In a long fourth inning, the two teams together scored 14 runs. After the Tigers scored eight points, the Twins showed some struggle and cut into a 10-run deficit with five runs of their own. Sanó homered to lead the inning and took another inning during his second at-bat in the frame. In between, Jeffers hit his first career grand slam.
In the eighth inning, Max Kepler and Brent Rooker hit back-to-back homers for the second time in four days, and Sanó contributed his second home run of the game, a 473-foot shot that hit the third deck . Jeffers’ second homer of the day pulled the twins back within one. This small deficit was short-lived.
The Twins gave up four more runs in race nine when the Tigers broke up and hit another home run – a Jorge Polanco two-run shot – for safety before it ended.
And like so many games before, a good offensive performance was not enough to overcome the pitching. And as a result, the list is shaken up.
“Every time you have to think about pulling people who are important to you, who you trust and who you ultimately love, from your group, it’s hard to even think about it,” said Baldelli. “… We know the reality of the situation. We are all adults and we will deal with it right away. However, these are hard thoughts. ”
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