Where: Target Field, Minneapolis Minnesota
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 1:10 pm Eastern
The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon under partly cloudy skies and game time temps in the lower 70’s. Los Angeles is in second place in the American League West and intends on starting right-hander Trevor Cahill on Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota is in first place in the American League Central and plans on starting righty Jake Odorizziagainst the Angels. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
This review was written prior to the start of game two on Tuesday and all stats and opinions are based on those numbers.
Angels Surge into Second Place in AL West
The Angels seem to have turned a corner and are now in second place in the American League West. Entering Tuesday’s contest, Los Angeles is 6.5 games behind the Houston Astros and just a half a game ahead of the Seattle Mariners. The Angels have won six of their last ten games and boast a road record of nine wins and 12 losses and hope to continue a one-game winning streak on Tuesday.
Los Angeles has injury concerns but nothing major over the last month and nothing new for Tuesday night.
Cahill (2-3, 6.35) is coming off one of his best outings of the season against the Orioles in Baltimore, scattering four hits and allowing two earned runs with one bomb and five strikeouts over six innings pitched for his second victory of the season.
Cahill strikes out 7.26 hitters per nine innings pitched but probably won’t be able to take much advantage as the Twins boast a strikeout rate of just 19 percent. Where Cahill could be in trouble on Wednesday is the 2.95 bombs per nine innings pitched and he’s up against a Twins club that crushes right-handed pitching for power and backs that up with an MLB leading .237 ISO this season.
Twins Blast Their Way Into First Place in AL Central
The Twins were supposed to be in rebuild mode and they are playing solid baseball with a 25-15 overall record and a four-game lead over the second place Cleveland Indians. Minnesota is solid at Target Field with a record of 13 wins and eight losses and has won six of their last ten games. Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Twins hope to put an end to their two-game losing streak.
Minnesota has injury concerns but the most significant is outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz being listed as day-to-day for Tuesday with a wrist injury.
Odorizzi (5-2, 2.32 ERA) has been a revelation for the Twins this season and raised his scoreless innings streak to 20 with a one-hit gem over seven innings pitched at home against the Detroit Tigers. Odorizzi struck out five Tigers to extend his scoreless innings streak that also included seven scoreless innings against Houston at home and six scoreless innings against the Yankees in the Bronx.