September 17, 2017

Blue Jays’ Donaldson does it again, beats Twins

After Saturday night’s Twins game, I checked the box score to see if manager Paul Molitor had intentionally walked Josh Donaldson during the game. He did not. Instead, Donaldson continued his mastery of the Twins with four hits on Saturday, including two home runs and a stolen base, all of which helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Twins, 7-2.

Now, the best the Twins can do is earn a split of the four-game series if they win Sunday. I never thought I would say this, but thank God Kyle Gibson gets the start. Gibson has been the Twins’ best pitcher the past month. A win tomorrow, combined with a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim loss, and the Twins will restore their two-game lead over the Halos for the second wild card spot in the American League. As it stands Saturday night, that lead is only one game after the Angels beat the Rangers, 2-0.

Meanwhile, Donaldson lived up to his ability to hit Twins pitching. In fact, the Associated Press reported Friday that Donaldson’s OPS — on base plus slugging percentage — is the highest by any opposing player in Twins and Washington Senators history at 1.239.

That stat got me thinking: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb regularly faced the Washington Senators during their careers, so you’re telling me, AP, that Donaldson’s OPS is higher against the Twins and Senators than those guys? It turns out to be true. At least for the time being.

Baseball-Reference.com shows the following:

-Ted Williams vs. the Senators: 1.123

-Babe Ruth vs. the Senators: 1.122

-Joe DiMaggio vs. the Senators: 1.028

-Lou Gehrig vs. the Senators: .974

-Ty Cobb vs. the Senators: .966

Extra innings…

-Both Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar hit home runs in Saturday’s loss. For Rosario, it was his 24th; for Escobar it was No. 18.

-The Twins have to win Sunday, or else they will have to keep pace with the Angels by beating the Yankees at the Bronx. Easier said than done.

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.