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Game Thread: Royals@Twins 10/4 2:10 PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:15 PM
Things to Think About: #1 - Last Year - Last year at this time we had a very uncertain future, Gardy had just been fired, and there was s...
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Should Torii Return?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:10 PM
I must admit, I was very much in the Pro corner for bringing Torii back in 2016, until I read this quote;   •Hunter does say he’s no...
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We have really bad mods or ones who just miss BYTO

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 03:09 PM
I posted that I don't care if Hunter comes back or not but I did enjoy that he ticks off the segment of the fan base that doesn't like op...
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Questions About MinnCentric Today, 02:37 PM
This has been a recurring issue at various times. For whatever reason, the end of spring training has created a firestorm of negativity....
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Mark Buehrle retiring

Other Baseball Today, 02:34 PM
Just saw an article saying that Mark Buehrle is going to retire after he pitched tomorrow. He said he just wants to pitch 2 innings so he...
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Behind Byron Buxton's Struggles

Byron Buxton’s introduction to the game’s highest level has been tumultuous at best. There is no denying that he has been over-matched at the plate – and it was not entirely unexpected.

When he was called to Minnesota, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal spoke with Doug Mienkiewicz, his manager at Chattanooga. “I don’t think he’s completely ready,” Mientkiewicz told Rosenthal. “Well, part of me says yes, and part of me says no.” Echoing Mientkiewicz’s thoughts, Baseball America cited two scouts who stated that they felt his approach at the plate was not an advanced one and that pitchers would challenge him early.

This is almost exactly what has happened.


Game Thread: Royals@Twins 10/2 7:10PM

This will be my shortest Game Thread Opener Ever.

It's game 160.

At this point... The coaches are not going to change Brian Dozier's swing. There simply isn't enough time to make these adjustments. The Twins are what they are and what they are gonna be and what they are is good enough to be in contention for a playoff spot going into the final weekend.

I can go over the records and all the possibilities but you know them all. The Angels have the Rangers and the Astros have the D-Backs and the Twins have the Royals... We all know that.

There is no need for 5 thoughts today. There is just one thought and one thought only.

So... Here is something to think about:


That's the Ticket: Royal Pain

Now the Twins must beat and maybe sweep the team that is nine games ahead of them in the AL Central. Whew.

If you’re looking for hope here it is: The Royals are 11-17 in September. The responsibility for the slide is entirely on their pitching staff, which had a 3.53 ERA entering September, but a 4.91 ERA in September. So let’s break down the pitching in this three-game set.


Twins Win Wild One In Cleveland

We asked for this! We wanted this! Meaningful games in September, and now Meaningful games in October. This is fun, but I know I have no fingernails or hair remaining, and I'm OK with that.

Nick wrote earlier this week about the Twins' resiliency, and it was again on display in this game. The Twins took an early lead. They got a terrific start from rookie Tyler Duffey which ended in unfortunate fashion. The Twins showed again their ability to come back and take advantage of opportunities to pull out an important 4-2 win in Cleveland.

Below, you can follow the ups and downs of the game. It was a topsy-turvy game with many ups and downs. The win expectancy went back and forth several times throughout the late innings.


Twins Get Crushed In Game 2

Thirty minutes following the Minnesota Twins 7-1 win in Cleveland, the two teams played the second game of the doubleheader. It was a tale of two very different baseball games. The team fell 10-2 to Cleveland after another frustrating, and very short, start for Mike Pelfrey. Scoreboard watching, and hope that the Angels and Astros lose, becomes much more important.


What If...?

Here we are in the final week of the 2015 MLB season and the Twins are still in contention for a playoff spot. All things considered, that’s pretty incredible. Virtually none of us expected this when the season began.


Mauer, Hunter Power Twins To Game 1 Win

The Twins have a tough schedule down the stretch and it started on Wednesday with a doubleheader. The Twins were able to get a lead early and had a big inning off of Carlos Carrasco to take an early lead and held on for a 7-1 win. Also, after arguably his worst start of the season, Kyle Gibson came through in a big way on this day.
Here is a look at the big plays of Game 1 as we look forward to Game 2.


Ervin Santana Suddenly Dominates In September

If the Minnesota Twins somehow miraculously find themselves in the postseason, they will have Ervin Santana’s month of September as a big reason for that.

Yes, it is crazy considering that by the end of August the fan base was ready to declare Santana’s signing a huge mistake. Over his first nine starts of the year, Santana owned a 5.53 ERA -- the sixth highest in baseball in that span. He had allowed 11 home runs -- tied for second-most in that time -- and he managed to strike out just 14% of batters he faced. In an instant, that all changed. Over the past 30 days Santana has the second lowest ERA (1.47) falling just behind the Cubs' Jake Arrieta (0.37), who has been pitching out of his mind this season.

In a matter of a few weeks, Santana has gone from a pariah to a savior. How did that happen?


Resiliency Defines 2015 Minnesota Twins

This season for the Twins started on just about the flattest note possible. The club's prized free agency acquisition was nailed for steroids and suspended for half the year three days before the opener, then the team went 1-6 in its first week of games, getting outscored 45-16 by division rivals in the process.

Few would have guessed that almost six months later, the Twins would be angling for a playoff spot with a win total in the 80s.


My Twins Award Ballot

I don’t have a lot of patience for debates surrounding end-of-year awards. Too often, it becomes a platform for arguing about methodology instead of appreciating the players. But when Seth asks a bunch of us for our end-of-year choices, I’m obliged to reply. He’ll give the overall results next week, but here's the ballot I'm sending to him, as well as my reasoning.


Twins Notes: Top Ten Plays

It isn’t just the Twins postseason hopes that are in need of medical attention - the Twins players are too. You can also include my heart in that list if I have to put up with another week of games like the 4-2 win over Cleveland last night. For a complete breakdown, check out Seth’s game story. Instead, we’ll dive into the top ten plays of the game in chronological order, along with what you need to know about each one.


Milone Leads Twins To Win Number 81

On Monday night, the Twins began their final week of the 2015 regular season with the first of four games in Cleveland. It won't be an easy task and it started with a game against reigning Cy Young Corey Kluber.

Hours before the game, Tommy Milone was told that he would make the start in place of an ill Phil Hughes. He gave the Twins all they could have hoped for. The bullpen finished the job.

The Twins pulled out a 4-2 win. It was the team's 81st game of the season, guaranteeing them a .500 record for the first time since 2010.