The new MLB era is now completely underway, with new rules and bad calls leading the way. The Thursday lineup has several interesting matchups on the schedule that will continue to paint a picture of what’s to come for the rest of the season.
Twins Tackle The Yankees
The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees battle it out at Yankee Stadium. The Twins recently completed a series against the White Sox, where they won one and lost one of the first two matches. However, they clinched a two-point victory in the decisive rubber match played on Wednesday.
The Yankees managed a win on Wednesday’s game after splitting the previous two. They’re looking for a solid performance to continue the streak.
On Monday, Minnesota almost clinched a win with a score of 4-3 but lost to the Sox by a hair’s breadth. However, the team made a comeback on Tuesday and secured a 4-3 victory. In Wednesday’s game, the Twins were on fire with 10 hits, leading them to a 3-1 win. Sonny Gray delivered an extraordinary performance with 5.0 brilliant innings and allowed only three hits and two walks.
Meanwhile, the Yankees faced a defeat against Cleveland in a close 3-2 game on Monday. But, they didn’t lose hope and made a huge comeback by winning 11-2 on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, New York found themselves trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning. However, they persevered and managed to secure a 4-3 victory. Clarke Schmidt was on the mound for four innings and gave up three hits along with one walk.
While playing away from home, the Twins must put in their best effort to secure a win, but they are capable of achieving it. The Yankees might find themselves struggling in this game.
Tigers Off To A Slow Start
Heading towards Rogers Center on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers, who have had a sluggish start, are ready to tackle the Toronto Blue Jays and hope to see an upturn in their performances. They’re struggling this season, having a losing record of 2-9 and losing six consecutive games.
The Tigers’ pitcher hasn’t been performing well either, with statistics showing a 6.73 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and a .273 batting average. The team’s offense hasn’t been any better, managing to score only 33 points with a batting average of .198 and a .259 home run percentage.
The Blue Jays have secured eight wins this season and an impressive record of seven victories out of eight games played. Winning both Game 1 and Game 2 of the current series with scores of 9-3 and 4-3, the team’s pitching staff maintains a 4.84 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and .251 batting average. The Blue Jays’ offense impresses with a .289 batting average, earning them a whopping 67 runs and a .349 on-base percentage this season alone.
At this point in the season, Toronto’s Matt Chapman boasts an impressive .489 batting average, alongside three home runs and 15 RBI. The starting pitcher for Toronto in their upcoming game is set to be Chris Bassitt, whose performance record so far includes one win and one loss, as well as a 10.61 ERA and 1.82 WHIP within his 9.1 innings pitched.
Despite its troubles, the Twins are due for a rebound. They could find it tonight in what would be an ultimate upset.
Padres Welcome The Brewers
PETCO Park will be the venue for a four-game series this weekend between the San Diego Padres and the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee triumphed in four out of seven conference meetings in 2022, while San Diego fared better at home, winning two of three. Following a disappointing start in Arizona, where they managed only an 8-4 record, the Brewers rebounded deftly and punched a decisive 7-3 victory in the rubber match against the Dbacks.
Milwaukee has been performing admirably, scoring an average of 4.83 runs per game while maintaining a respectable batting average of .260 with a solid .350 on-base percentage. The pitcher’s earned run average is an impressive 2.51, backed up by an equally impressive WHIP of 1.13. One of the standout players on the team is Garrett Mitchell, who has had a hit in eight of their last nine games and currently boasts the highest batting average on the team at .316.
Yesterday, the Padres lost to the Mets with a final score of 5-2 after giving up an early lead. They can’t continue down that road if they’re serious about being pennant contenders and will look to turn things around today. The Padres take the game but will have to work for it.