On Sunday the Twins face the Phillies in the final game of a three-game series. Jose Berrios is on the mound for the Twins versus Zach Eflin for the Phillies.
Berrios is coming off year in which he struck out more than one batter per inning with a 3.84 ERA.
However, he gave up 25 home runs and faces a Phillies lineup that does damage with the long ball. Eflin threw five shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start of the season.
He’s coming off an 11-win season with a mediocre 4.36 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 128 innings.
Offensively, the Phillies have been lead by Bryce Harper. The prize acquisition this past off season has eight hits in his first 16 at-bats, which 2 doubles, three home runs, five RBI and seven walks.
Third baseman Maikel Franco is tied with Harper for team lead in home runs and is batting .400.
The lineup continues to be potent with Jean Segura batting .364, Andrew McCutchen has two home runs, while catcher JT Realmuto and first baseman Rhys Hoskins have a home run each.
All told the Phillies have produced 39 runs in five games for an average of 7.8 per contest.
The Twins rely more on a pitching staff that has help opponents to a .190 batting average and three runs per game.
Offensively the team is lead by newly acquired Nelson Cruz, who has hit the only home run, with a team high six RBI and a .333 batting average.
The hottest bat on the team could be Willians Astudillo, who leads the team in doubles and runs scored, while recording six hits in nine at-bats.
Bryon Buxton is off to a solid start with three doubles and a .308 average. In total, the Twins have averaged 4.8 runs per game.
The Phillies bullpen has been an issue so far this season and the pitching staff is allowing a mediocre 4.4 runs per game. Despite the excellent pitching of the Twins, the Phillies are likely to score 5 runs in this game.
The Twins offense produces about as many runs on average as the Phillies pitching allows, so look for the Twins to score around 4.
A game total of 9 or more runs is not out of the question. It should be a fun game for viewers that enjoy a significant amount of offense.