Minnesota Twins Playoff Lineup vs Houston Astros: ALDS (Gm 4)

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The Minnesota Twins play the Houston Astros on Wednesday at 6:07 p.m., in game 4 of the American League Divisional Series. Joe Ryan will take the mound vs Jose Urquidy. Lineups should drop sometime before noon.

It’s do-or-die for the Twins, who fell behind 2-1 after a 9-1 whallopping in front of the home Target Field crowd. Joe Ryan has not been very consistent, recently, but the playoffs are a different animal. We’ll find out if Joe has that killer postseason instinct tonight.

After going a combined 0-for-17 in the Twins first 5 postseason games, Alex Kirilloff and Matt Wallner have both been benched. Astros starter, Jose Urquidy, has reverse splits (better vs lefties than righties) so switching those lefties out, in favor of righties, Donovan Solano and Michael A. Taylor, gives Rocco an even better reason to sit both struggling youngsters.

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Minnesota Twins Playoff Lineup – ALDS (Gm 4):

  1. Edouard Julien (DH)
  2. Jorge Polanco (2B)
  3. Royce Lewis (3B)
  4. Max Kepler (RF)
  5. Carlos Correa (SS)
  6. Ryan Jeffers (C)
  7. Willi Castro (LF
  8. Donovan Solano (1B)
  9. Michael A. Taylor (CF)

SP: Joe Ryan (161.2 IP, 4.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)

Houston Astros Playoff Lineup – ALDS (Gm 4)

  1. Jose Altuve (2B)
  2. Alex Bregman (3B)
  3. Yordan Alvarez (DH)
  4. Kyle Tucker (RF)
  5. Jose Abreu (1B)
  6. Michael Brantley (LF)
  7. Chas McCormick (CF)
  8. Jeremy Pena (SS)
  9. Martin Maldonado (C)

SP: Jose Urquidy (63.0 IP, 5.290ERA, 1.43 WHIP)

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Platoon lineups have worked out well for Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli, through four 2023 postseason games. Willi Castro, Kyle Farmer and Donovan Solano all got their first starts of the postseason in game 2, vs lefty Framber Valdez, and Carlos Correa moved up to the clean-up spot.

Correa went 3-for-3, with 3 RBI, and Farmer hit a 2 run homer. Castro and Solano both collected hits of their own and scored runs. See both teams’ individual 2023 playoff statistics below. But some of the younger lefties, like Alex Kirilloff and Matt Wallner are shrinking under the bright lights of the postseason.

Minnesota Twins playoff lineup roster 2023 american league divisional series alds houston astros
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Minnesota Twins AL Divisional Series Roster + 2023 Playoff stats:

The Minnesota Twins ALDS roster looks almost identical to what it did in the ALWC, except (SP) Bailey Ober, who started game 1, replacing (RP) Cody Funderburk, who didn’t get an inning in the Wildcard round. Byron Buxton was left off the roster again, as he continues to rehab his bad knee.

49Pablo LópezVENSP27LR212.20.711.1100.4343.68%11111032.62
54Sonny GrayUSASP33RR29.04.001.78-0.018-2.41%13541234.48
17Bailey OberUSASP28RR24.112.462.08-0.159-1.40%8664114.79
41Joe RyanUSASP27RR
61Brock StewartUSARP31LR22.09.001.0000.0670.34%122318.26
56Caleb ThielbarUSARP36RL21.20.000.6000.201.10%10000
59Jhoan DuranDOMCL25RR33.00.000.670.1711.05%100510.92
22Griffin JaxUSASU28RR32.20.000.380.1520.85%100301.01
37Louie VarlandUSARP25LR20.20.003.0000.000.03%20010
18Kenta MaedaJAPRP35RR24.06.752.25-0.052-0.50%633433.51
20Chris PaddackUSARP27RR11.10.000.0000.030.22%00020
15Emilio PagánUSARP32LR12.00.000.500.0460.55%000113.76
26Max KeplerGERRF30LL519.263.6680.004-0.08%510018
11Jorge PolancoDOMIF29SR517.235.7930.0150.41%441327
38Matt WallnerUSALF/RF25LR48.000.333-0.123-1.02%030015
2Michael A. TaylorUSACF32RR411.182.432-0.114-0.88%200014
23Royce LewisUSA3B/DH24RR519.2111.002-0.070-1.98%433457
27Ryan JeffersUSAC26RR516.125.425-0.210-1.83%220016
50Willi CastroPRUT26SR512.250.607-0.086-0.27%320114
19Alex KirilloffUSA1B/LF/RF25LL59.000.182-0.182-1.69%020004
4Carlos CorreaPRSS28RR519.4741.1550.3152.52%910414
47Edouard JulienCAN2B/DH24LR514.214.6750.0420.71%340117
39Donovan SolanoCOL1B/DH35RR47.143.5430.031-0.06%130011
8Christian VázquezPRC32RR
45Andrew StevensonUSAOF29LL10.0000.000000000
12Kyle FarmerUSAIF32RR34.2501.2500.1091.15%101212

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Houston Astros AL Divisional Series Roster:

53Cristian JavierDOMSP26RR15.
68J.P. FranceUSASP28RR
58Hunter BrownUSARP24RR22.04.501.500.0040.05%211212.76
50Hector NerisDOMRP34RR10.254.004.500-0.20-1.76%34420
59Framber ValdezDOMSP29RL14.110.382.31-0.253-2.58%755536.03
35Justin VerlanderUSASP40RR16.00.001.1670.272.40%40063
65José UrquidyMEXRP28RR
88Phil MatonUSARP30RR21.20.000.600.0420.49%000212.66
47Rafael MonteroDOMRP32RR22.20.000.750.0020.02%100511.76
55Ryan PresslyUSACL34RR11.00.000.0000.080.66%00020
52Bryan AbreuDOMRP26RR22.10.000.860.1181.14%20050-1.03
45Ryne StanekUSARP32RR11.16.751.500-0.002-0.02%211003.26
14Mauricio DubónHONUT28RR25.400.800-0.0030.04%200001
30Kyle TuckerUSARF26LR310.200.6850.0360.59%230123
27Jose AltuveVEN2B33RR313.3088460.0800.73%401122
15Martín MaldonadoPRC36RR39.222.522-0.135-1.33%210002
79José AbreuCUBA1B36RR312.250.1.0580.0691.10%312622
23Michael BrantleyUSALF36LL27.286.6610.00-0.06%210002
21Yainer DiazDOMC24RR26.000.000-0.042-0.57%000004
44Yordan AlvarezCUBADH26LR312.5002.2050.3453.54%614663
2Alex BregmanUSA3B29RR311.273.930-0.078-0.80%311245
3Jeremy PeñaDOMSS25RR312.333.8010.0540.58%410011
6Jake MeyersUSACF27RL
16Grae KessingerUSAIF25RR
20Chas McCormickUSAOF28RL38.250.500-0.07-0.68%200102
28Jon SingletonUSA1B31LL
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