The Minneapolis Twins also made some big moves before the non-waiver trade deadline, dealing All-Star reliever Brandon Kintzler to Nationals and lefthander Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. Minnesota entered 2017 on the heels of season that saw 103 losses, the worst in the MLB, so expectations were not too high to begin with. The Twins started fast and were in contention in the N.L. Central, but these trades confirm that the focus remains on the future.
Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers
Dates: Thursday, August 3, 2017 – Saturday, August 6, 2017
Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
The Rangers have not fared well since the All-Star break last month. In fact, the team has lost its last three series in row heading into this one, falling to the Marlins, Orioles and, most recently, the Mariners.
Texas has struggled on all fronts, really, but the pitching has been particularly lacking as of late. The Marlins scored 22 runs in a win over the Rangers on July 26th.
The Twins have gone 11-6 since since the All-Star break. They were shut out by the Padres on Tuesday, but bounced back to win 5-2 on Wednesday, tying the series.
With both teams essentially abandoning hope this week after becoming sellers, it will be interesting how this series shakes out. They both lost some key pieces on the field, but the existing players were also dealt the blow that the front office officially no longer believes in this season.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Thursday, August 3, 2017, 8:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Adalberto Mejia (Twins) vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (Rangers)
Adalberto Mejia is 4-4 on the season with a 4.07 ERA. He has a poor strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.48 so his ERA cold get worse before it gets better. Mejia has been good his past three outings, allowing only four runs total.
Bibens-Dirkx is 3-1 with a 4.80 ERA this year. He started really well but a lack of strikeouts was a concern, and unsurprisingly he has regressed in the past few outings. This could be an offensive shootout with a pair of mediocre pitchers on the hill.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Bartolo Colón (Twins) vs. Martin Perez (Rangers)
Colón has had a fantastic career and really reinvented himself of late to pitch well into his 40s. However, it seems like this is finally the end of the road as he is 2-9 with an ugly 7.70 ERA on the season. Colon still has good control but hitters are batting a ridiculous .343 off him this year.
Perez is a former top prospect who has never quite put it all together. He is 5-9 with a 5.13 ERA this season. He was battered last time out, allowing eight earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 5, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Dillon Gee (Twins) vs. Cole Hamels (Rangers)
Gee was called up from Triple-A on Tuesday, following the trades of Garcia and Kintzler. He enters the Twins rotation with a 3-1 minor league record and a 2.00 earned-run average in five starts for the Rochester Red Wings. Now it’s time for the 31-year-old to see if those numbers can translate in the majors.
Hamels is 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA on the season but only has 12 starts under his belt due to injury. He has the strongest track record among starters in this series and could dominate a Twins lineup that is below average.
Game 4 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 6, 2017, 2:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Jose Berrios (Twins)vs. Check Back Later (Rangers)
Berrios is 9-5 on the year with a 3.57 ERA. He has wicked stuff and only allowed one earned run in seven innings a start ago against the Padres. Minnesota doesn’t have a lot of depth in the starting rotation, but Berrios is a possible ace.
The Rangers have yet to decide on their starter in this matchup.