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Minnesota Twins’ Bartolo Colon (2-9, 8.19 ERA) goes head to head against Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.21 ERA) at the Dodger Stadium. Will the Dodgers start this series with a win or will the Twins dodge a loss?
Bartolo Colon, Photo Credit: MLB
MLB Veteran Bartolo Colon has been pitching at the big leagues since 1997; however his first pitch for the Twins was last July 18 when he allowed eight hits and four runs but got three batters struck out in over four frames. The righty has pitched over a total of 3239.1 innings and struck out 2410 men since he started. Before he was taken by Minnesota, he was a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves for three months. But due to his age, Colon is currently pondering about retiring after playing for the Twins.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu was not able to prevent a lot of hits (80) and runs (34) this season setting him on the lower bracket of pitchers for the Dodgers. The last game he played was back on June 28 against the Los Angeles Angels, resulting in a loss since he gave up seven hits, two runs and a homer while striking out eight batters in over 5.2 innings.
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Eddie Rosario, Photo Credit: MSN
Twin’s Eddie Rosario (.290/ .328/ .463, .791 OPS) is the best batter that they have and he also has the highest batting average. The right fielder also got six hits and two runs in over 17 at bats in his last five games. However, Rosario is more effective against right handed pitchers (.294 AVG) than left handed pitchers (.279 AVG).
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Utley Chase, Photo Credit: Call to the Pen
Meanwhile, Dodgers’ Utley Chase has had a lot of hits (11) and runs (5) with a homer in over 23 at bats against the Twins’ starting pitcher since 2014. Chase is also posting a .225/ .322/ .397, and a .719 OPS in his career. The second baseman was able to get one homerun without getting struck out in over five at bats in his last game against the Atlanta Braves last July 22.
Colon is nearing his retirement for the MLB, making this his possible last game since he hasn’t been pitching well as he did back in the day. As for Ryu, he might have a comeback from his streak of losses. The redeeming factor for Minnesota would be the batting success of their hitters but some of the Dodgers’ batters have enough experience against Colon, giving them an edge in this match.