Wins Are Fun, Let’s Do It Again! – Lineups 5/15


Dylan Axelrod is coming off of a tough game. Let’s not call it normalization just yet, but he allowed 5 earned runs in 6 innings. The 7 hits he surrendered isn’t anything new, he does that, but they don’t always cluster enough for runs to occur. So…it’s kind of normalization. Actually he struck out a season high 6 in the game, but balls getting hit will eventually mean runs crossing the plate. Get back to getting lucky, Dylan Axelrod, we like it better that way.

Sometimes I feel like the Twins make a game of grabbing players, slightly used or otherwise, from the Mets just to see what happens. Mike Pelfrey played in over 150 games for the Mets with varying degrees of success. His 2013 doesn’t have much variance, he’s just not been good. He carries a 6.03 ERA into today and has racked up 3 games so far this year that haven’t caused Twins fans absolute anguish. He hasn’t faced the White Sox before, and only two Sox hitters have ever faced him at all. Jeff Keppinger 6 times with 3 hits, and Adam Dunn has earned a walk against him 6 times in 33 plate appearances.

Today’s Lineup:

1.De Aza – CF
2.Ramirez – SS
3.Rios – RF
4.Dunn – 1B
5.Konerko – DH
6.Gillaspie – 3B
7.Viciedo – LF
8.Keppinger – 2B
9.Gimenez – C

Tyler Flowers will take a rest in a day after night game, giving him time to bask in his consecutive multi-hit performances over the last couple of days. The Sox as a whole have experienced somewhat of an offensive explosion. They haven’t gone below 7 hits in a game since Matt Harvey shut them down over a week ago, and have slapped 10+ in each game against the Twins this series. In other encouraging news, Paul Konerko is alive, well, and in the lineup.

Minnesota Twins Lineup:

1.Jamey Carroll – 2B
2.Joe Mauer – DH
3.Josh Willingham – LF
4.Justin Morneau – 1B
5.Ryan Doumit – C
6.Oswaldo Arcia – RF
7.Aaron Hicks – CF
8.Eduardo Escobar – 3B
9.Pedro Florimon – SS

Where to Watch
Today’s White Sox game can be seen on WGNfor the Chicago area and Fox Sports North in the Twin Cities. 12:10 Central start time.