Twins Name Starters for White Sox Series; No Odorizzi
The Minnesota Twins’ Opening Day is just two days away! Thank the baseball gods too, because I have gone nearly insane without any official Minnesota Twins games to watch or listen to. With that being said, the team has announced their starters for their opening series against the Chicago White Sox… and Jake Odorizzi isn’t on the list.
We already knew that Jose Berrios was to get the nod for Opening Day. He was announced to be the starter all the way back in March for the original season opener, prior to the COVID-19 hiatus.
The @Twins probable starting pitchers at Chicago White Sox to open the season:— Dustin Morse (@morsecode) July 22, 2020
RHP Jose Berrios
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Kenta Maeda#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/Si85lIOi7U
Berrios will face off against Chicago’s Lucas Giolito in game one. This matchup is can’t miss TV. Berrios is coming off a career year last season and Giolito finished 6th in Cy Young voting a year ago.
Opening Day pitching matchup:— ChicagoWSox (@ChicagoWSox1) July 21, 2020
Against 2019 Twins- 3.24 ERA .800 WHIP
Against 2019 White Sox- 2.88 ERA 1.194 WHIP
The White Sox lineup is drastically different, while the Twins have added Donaldson.
Going to be a fun one to watch.
Outside of Jose Berrios, newcomers Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will take the mound in games two and three. Jake Odorizzi wasn’t listed, as mentioned earlier. He was assumed to start game two, but he has since been scratched, due to lingering back stiffness. Odo is expected to be ready for the second time through the rotation. He will likely making his first start against the Cleveland Indians on July 30th.
Wheels up! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/pWRMXt0rx6— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 21, 2020
It may be a hard-fought weekend for the Twins too. Not only have they only had three weeks to ramp up for this truncated season, but they also are facing the media darlings and AL Central dark-horse White Sox in Chicago. Although I wouldn’t put much weight behind the “dark-horse” moniker. The Sox are a team full of prospects, so it should take some seasoning before they become a legitimate threat.
My 2020 AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL predictions:— Jensen Lewis (@JLEWFifty) July 21, 2020
2. White Sox
5. Tigers https://t.co/0dE5PPvtg7
For now though, the Twins have one of the best rosters in baseball and it is just good to have them playing meaningful games once more!
Jack Kewitsch | Minnesota Sports Fan