Rain Out Might Aid Minnesota Twins Bullpen

The Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox has been postponed tonight due to the expected rain and a double-header is now scheduled for Wednesday.

While taking an unscheduled day off could slow down the red-hot Twins, who have won seven of their last eight games, the sudden change in schedule can help give a tired Twins bullpen some much needed rest.  After dropping the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend, the Twins fired off back-to-back wins and claimed the series but the team needed 11.1 innings of relief effort to win those games.

Kyle Gibson gave Minnesota a strong outing on Saturday afternoon, allowing only one earned run, but he was unable to stretch his start deep into the game after getting into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning.  The team got 3.1 shutout innings from four different pitchers and went onto win, but the bullpen needed to do a bit more yesterday when Ricky Nolasco left the game injured after failing to record an out in the second inning.  Once again, the relief staff rose to the occasion and played a major part in the win but Minnesota needed to get eight innings out of five arms.

It’s easy to assume that the Twins bullpen is a little fatigued after the last series against Toronto and now they have an unexpected day off to recover before starting a series against the Red Sox.  Had the Boston offense been able to jump on Twins scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey, odds are that Minnesota would already be in a hole with a fatigued bullpen trying to keep the game as close as possible.

Now first year manager Paul Molitor will have a fresh group of arms when the two teams meet on Tuesday night as the Twins look to remain atop the American League Central standings.

But this day off also gives rest to the Red Sox bullpen, who could be equally tired after losing three straight games to the Texas Rangers over the weekend.  Boston failed to get a starter through the sixth inning in the last two games and the team even saw closer Koji Uehara blow his second save of the season on Sunday.

The Twins and Red Sox will play their regularly scheduled game tomorrow and start their double-header at 1:35 EST on Wednesday afternoon.  The two teams will finish their four game series with a 4:00 start on Thursday.

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