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Game Thread, Twins vs Blue Jays 5/29 @7:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:20 PM
 Game time Weather Forecast, 16 degrees celsius (haha),  wind North 24 km/h , 90% chance of precipitation   Here we go fol...
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Rosario, Vargas, Arcia, Santana

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:12 PM
If Casey Fien feels okay, he will be in uniform tomorrow.That could be the end of the road for Stauffer or Duensing, or mean an option fo...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Bats Sputter,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:05 PM
The Twins and the Royals both had the day off on Thursday which means the Twins remain in first place!In the minor leagues, Rochester had...
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Team Pitching Efficiency: Interesting Revelation

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:49 PM
Take a look at this list of pitches thrown per game. Teams in playoff spots are highlighted.  Obviously, this sort of statist...
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Realistic trade return ideas

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:43 PM
With the talk of the Twins having so many trade options , especially with the pitching, I will PITCH a trade idea involving pitching with...
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That's The Ticket: Old Friends

The Blue Jays are coming to town this weekend, and bringing some familiar faces. Meanwhile, the Twins are as hot as they've been in half a decade, with a five-game winning streak pushing them 10 games above .500 and into first place.

Sounds like a good opportunity to catch some ball at Target Field. Let's break down the most intriguing aspects of this Jays/Twins series.


Quality Pitches The Key For Phil Hughes

The Minnesota Twins are at the top of the American League Central thanks to an unexpected surge in strong starting pitching. While some pitchers like Mike Pelfrey continue to defy expectations, starters like Phil Hughes has turned in an average performance up to this point.

There were no signs that Hughes’ 2014 season was driven by luck. He missed bats, he limited walks and, thanks to a roomier ballpark, reduced the number of home runs. Still, with a historically good strikeout-to-walk ratio and a career-best home run-to-fly ball rate, there was room for things to go the other way but a solid foundation existed to build upon. The Twins felt the same way and offered him a contract extension this past offseason.

After 10 starts this season, Hughes has not been the same starter he was in 2014.


Twins Draft Preview: Carson Fulmer

In the draft, the Minnesota Twins – and other teams – have a tendency to get into patterns. As we know, with their first-round picks the last couple of decades, the Twins have either gone high school hitter or college pitcher. In our draft previews this week, we have already looked at couple of college pitchers who could be there when the Twins select at #6.


Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Bats Sputter, Berrios Brilliant

The Twins and the Royals both had the day off on Thursday which means the Twins remain in first place!

In the minor leagues, Rochester had the day off, but the other three affiliates were in action. In Chattanooga, JO Berrios made another start. That alone should make you want to keep reading. Plenty of action on Thursday.


Trevor May Abandons Consistency, Finds Enlightenment

When you spoke with Trevor May about pitching in spring training, you were bound to hear the word “consistency.” It was more than just a focus, it was an obsession. It was damn near a zen mantra. “Consistencyyyyyy-ooooooommmmmmm”.

Two months later consistency has turned into a koan, those conflicting riddles that monks pondered to achieve a zen-like state, like the sound of one-hand clapping. That’s because May is attributing his more consistent success this season to…abandoning consistency.


What Can We Expect From the #6 Pick

As we continue to review information as the 2015 MLB Draft approaches, I thought it would be interesting to look back at players selected with the sixth overall pick. That is the pick that the Minnesota Twins will make on Monday, June 8.

So often, we look at the draft and think that, especially with a high first-round pick, the team has to get it right. The team has to find a big league star.

The reality is that the draft is a complete crap shoot and it is nearly impossible to predict which players will become big leaguers, much less perennial All Stars.


Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Batts Debuts, Buxton Homers

On Wednesdays, Jeremy Nygaard is responsible for the Twins Minor League Report. However, he was at the Twins game with his kids and a bunch of school kids. They got to see the Twins sweep the Boston Red Sox and move into a tie for first place with the Royals in the AL Central. They also got to help Jeremy celebrate his birthday. We won’t disclose how old Jeremy is, but it is quite a bit older than JO Berrios who celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday.

The Ft. Myers Miracle won in extra innings on Wednesday night to improve to 23-22, the first time they’ve been over .500 since early April. That is interesting because now all four of the Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates – and the big league club – are playing over .500. There have not been many times in recent years when we could say that.


Twins Draft Preview: Kyle Funkhouser

You can never have too much pitching.

It's an old cliche that continues to be repeated, and for good reason: it's true. So even with Minnesota's system experiencing a renaissance of sorts in terms of quality arms, you can be certain that the Twins are closely evaluating several starting pitchers as they look ahead to this year's draft.

One name they're surely in on is Kyle Funkhouser.


Which Twins Deserve All-Star Consideration?

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its first update on position-by-position All-Star Game balloting. No Twins appeared in the Top 5 at any position, which isn't all that surprising considering that no position players on the team have been otherworldly -- a testament to the offense's well-rounded attack.

But with two months nearly in the books, let's take a look at which players have the best case for spots on the All-Star roster.


How Is Mike Pelfrey Doing This?

I warned everyone in April that this might be a real possibility.

At that time, just several starts into the 2015 season, the analysis was smothered with caution sauce. Statistically, there were indicators abounding that things were going to go south quickly, however there seemed to be something different about this Mike Pelfrey. This Mike Pelfrey was peppering the zone, possessed improved velocity, induced weak contact, had improved his swing-and-miss capabilities, and added a second pitch.


Twins Draft Preview: Andrew Benintendi

If you’re a casual follower of the draft, there is a pretty good chance that you’ve heard the big names, but the name Andrew Benintendi doesn’t ring a bell. Heck, some people that follow the draft pretty closely are only starting to learn about him.

But it’s time to take note. This guy is for real.


Twins Keep It Simple, Defeat Red Sox 2-1

Before tonight’s game, Twins manager Paul Molitor was asked how a lineup, that seemingly has no star players, can be this potent. “I certainly don’t want to overthink that,” he replied. And then he watched the Twins beat the Red Sox 2-1 behind another stellar performance by Mike Pelfrey.

OK Paul. I’m with you. Let’s not over think this. And even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could. I mean, where would I start?