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Article: Game Thread: Twins vs. Astros 8-29 6:10 PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:11 PM
ANNND Welcome! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line, GAME THREAD edition. I am your host for the next 2 days, Vanimal. Isn't it amazing how simi...
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Berrios for Swihart.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:46 PM
Do you pull the trigger?
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Question on Oswaldo Arcia and service time

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:02 PM
I was just curious as to how being kept down for the majority of the year has, or could effect Arcia's service time. Can anyone inform me...
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Trevor May Future Closer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:48 PM
Trevor May has the stuff to be the next great closer. After reading prior opinions for putting May back in the rotation I have to disagre...
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Escobar's slash line since the Santana demotion

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:48 PM
.286 .364 .469 .833 in 55 PAs.   It's enough to make me want to tear my hair out. Half this board called for Escobar to start FOR MO...
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Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Friday Night Light Shows

Rains were again a factor on Friday night. The games in Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids were delayed by rain. In fact, Cedar Rapids was actually postponed and will play a doubleheader on Saturday. The game in Chattanooga experienced a mid-game rain delay as well.

Could Rochester pitchers toss their third straight shutout? Which minor leaguer got on base all five times he came to the plate? Which Australian has multi-hit games in in four of his last eight games. Which 2015 draft pick has 25 walks and just nine strikeouts in August?


That's The Ticket: Astros Have Out-Of-This-World Talent

The last time the Astros won more than 70 games, Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” was the number one song that year according to Billboard’s annual charts.

If you didn’t remember that or remember who Ke$ha is, you are excused because no one remembers 2010 or the last time Houston won more than 70 games. That was also the last year the Twins won more than 70 games. If you didn’t recall that, I guess that’s the kind of memory you have when you brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack.

Nobody expected 2015 to be much different for the two teams, either. At ESPN, all of the analysts buried the Twins in the Central while most believed that the Astros would be outclassed by the higher-spending Mariners or Angels. Now the two teams, both of whom are in playoff contention, will meet this weekend to prove which can outperform expectations better.


Twins Minor League Report (8/27): Defense Fails in Minors

Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano ran out of magic on Thursday night as the pair lost for the first time while playing in the lineup together, snapping the Twins' longest winning streak since 2011. With September call-ups less than a week away, let's take a look at some of the action down in the minor leagues.


Game Thread: Twins v Astros, 8/28 7:10pm CT

It was a late flight from Florida to Minnesota as the Twins get ready for the battle of nobody thought we'd be here. Both the Astros and Twins were overlooked as possible playoff teams in 2015. 2020 was supposed to be the year of playoff contention for both clubs. The Future is here and it's on display at catwalk-less Target Field this weekend.

Here are some things to think about:


2015 All-Former Twins Team

The Twins are a team known for producing their players from the minor league system. Although one of Minnesota’s biggest downfalls is the team’s inability to sign and re-sign big-time players. Many players from the likes of David Ortiz to Kyle Lohse have gone on to have success with other teams.


Vargas Patiently Waiting For Another Shot

Following an impressive rookie showing in 2014, the Twins hoped that Kennys Vargas would develop into a fixture at designated hitter for them this season. Unfortunately, he failed in two separate chances and has now been in the minors since early July.

As Mike Radcliff stated in Parker Hageman's excellent article on Max Kepler, sometimes "it takes patience" with prospects, and patience is exactly what could get Vargas back to the big leagues in September.


A Couple Outs Short: Twins Lose 5-4

For Thursday night’s 5-4 loss, it’s tempting to focus on the run the Twins lost when Miguel Sano’s blast hit the Tropicana Field catwalk and ended up a double. It’s tempting because who doesn’t want to talk about that explosion? Lord, did you see it? Did you hear it? I thought Twins announcer Dick Bremer might have an aneurysm. I thought I might have an aneurysm.

But I think we’re focusing on the wrong metric. The Twins didn’t lose this game because they couldn’t get enough runs. They lost it because they couldn’t get enough outs. And finding those outs in the team's arms has become increasingly tricky.


Get To Know: Red Wings LHP Pat Dean

Lefty Pat Dean was the Twins third-round pick in the 2010 MLB draft out of Boston College. While JO Berrios gets all the press clippings and Tyler Duffey got the promotions, Dean has probably been the most consistent (in a good way) starter for the Rochester Red Wings this season. He has gone from a “suspect” to potentially on the verge of his first call up to the Minnesota Twins.

Twins Daily recently chatted with Dean about his 2015 success and much more.
When the opening day rosters were set, Pat Dean found himself in the bullpen for the first time in his career. However, Ervin Santana was suspended, Trevor May was promoted and Dean was back in the rotation. He responded well early, and has continued to pitch well throughout the season.


Berrios Dominates Again... Call Him Up!

Not long after JO Berrios put together, arguably, his best start of season, he sat in the Red Wings bus just starting the 90-mile drive from Syracuse to Rochester. Instead of sitting back and relaxing, he took the time to take (and welcome) a phone call from a Twins Daily writer.

As Jeremy opined in today’s Minor League Report, “He’s arguably the best pitcher in the entire organization right now.”

But will he get called up for September? The answer to that question likely has changed in the mind of Paul Molitor, Terry Ryan and others in the Twins front office over the last two or three weeks. I know it has changed for me now.


Twins Schedule Works Against Them (But Not Much)

Five American League wild card contenders were separated by 2.5 games as of Tuesday afternoon. If you’re following the race between them, you’re undoubtedly heartened to see one of the Twins opponents facing the Blue Jays or Royals and equally miffed when they face Oakland or Seattle. The teams these contenders play are going to have some say about whom goes to the playoffs.

But looking at the remaining schedules, it’s hard to say exactly which team has a clear advantage. The schedules are division-heavy, but all the teams face both the best and worst teams in their division. Let’s see if we can sort through them and determine if the Twins' remaining schedule works for or against their wild card hopes.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 212: Crowded Roster Problems

Aaron and John watch the Twins defeat the Rays while talking about Buxton's place on the roster, the Twins crowded starting rotation, how you can promote your own future star at Harrys.com, how the Twins schedule compares to their rivals, giving up your first born child, the turnaround of the Twins bullpen and the joys of a pennant race, Miguel Sano statistics porn and west coast baseball. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Jose, We Can See.

The Twins best pitching prospect pitched his best game at the highest minor league level with the General Manager in attendance. But was it good enough to earn a call to the big leagues?

The Twins are in hot pursuit of a wild card spot and played another good game Wednesday night in Tampa Bay… in front of the GCL affiliate.

It’s that time of the year where the organization is coming around full circle. What else happened on Wednesday? Well, Ethan Mildren was promoted to Fort Myers and Sam Clay was promoted to Cedar Rapids.

But what about those games…?