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Game Thread: Twins v Indians, 6/16@7:10pm CT

Alright… Here come a bunch of TWO’s. TWO wins and TWO losses against the Mariners and a TWO game lead over the Indians. The Twins and Indians will play TWO games on Saturday and if that is not strange enough… they will play TWO Games on Friday and Sunday combined. Wait… it doesn’t stop there… the Twins have TWO starting pitchers that they can count on and neither of them will pitch against the Indians. The Twins also have TWO catchers on the roster and each player has two kidneys. (I can’t prove that last one… it is an assumption).

Here are some things to think about:
1. Grand Forks – A city of around 53,000 people... Grand Forks, North Dakota is a suburb of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The city got its name by popular vote. A list of three possible city names was created after much deliberation, with the majority of voters favoring Grand Forks. The other choices for consideration were Wonderful Knives and Fantastic Spoons. Grand Forks was where the block heater was invented. A man by the name of Andrew Freeman created it after discovering that his car wouldn’t start in subzero temperatures. His invention solved that problem but it failed to solve the problem that people still didn’t want to go anywhere in subzero temperatures even if the car was now able to take them somewhere. Grand Forks produced a few famous people… the Zen Master Phil Jackson, former Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, many NHL Hockey players and noted Twins Fan Riverbrian.

2. Our Twins – There has been a slight shift in who we rely on lately. Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler have been slumping lately but it hasn’t sunk the Twins because Eduardo Escobar, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario have risen up to replace their production and the Twins haven’t missed a beat as they have maintained their lead in the AL Central. This is a big series against the Indians… 4 games in 3 days and a 2 game difference in a battle for 1 place on top of the Central. That was a countdown… and something somewhere… just exploded… I don’t know what or where… but it happened.

3. The Indians – It’s called a World Series hangover and the Indians are possibly suffering from it. Here’s how it works… teams that reach the World Series expend so much energy getting there that they have nothing left for the following season. It happened to the Twins in 1992 and every subsequent year after that.

4. Today’s Joe M Conversation
Mauer: Here comes Joe… hey, Joe, we’ve been waiting for you.

Montana: I am hungry

McCarthy: What kind of sandwiches did you bring?

Maddon: I brought… Ta Da… tuna fish!

Mauer: Awesome… with those bits of celery? Chopped eggs?

Maddon: Yep… with some lemon juice and relish mixed in.

Montana: Tuna… fish? Why does 'tuna' get 'fish' after it?

McCarthy: Because it is fish… pretty simple to explain.

Montana: OK… I was hoping for a steak cow sandwich or a chicken bird
sandwich… Am I saying those right?

5. Italian Hospitals – A friend of mine got injured pretty badly while visiting Rome. He’s okay and back home now but it was an interesting story that he told. For example… in a Roman hospital… they don’t use IV’s… They use 4’s.

Lineups:

CLEVELAND

Jason Kipnis(L) 2B
Daniel Robertson® LF
Francisco Lindor(S) SS
Edwin Encarnacion® DH
Jose Ramirez(S) 3B
Carlos Santana(S) 1B
Yan Gomes® C
Lonnie Chisenhall(L) RF
Austin Jackson® CF

Carlos Carrasco P

TWINS

Brian Dozier® 2B
Robbie Grossman(S) DH
Joe Mauer(L) 1B
Miguel Sano® 3B
Max Kepler(L) RF
Jorge Polanco(S) SS
Jason Castro(L) C
Byron Buxton® CF
Eddie Rosario(L) LF

Nik Turley P

Weather: I'm in the TC for 12 hours. What I am experiencing is warm, humid and gray. I don't think it'll pour game-postponing rain, doesn't feel like it, but it might intermittently sprinkle.

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Shouldn't the 4th though have been Italian hospitals?

Italians sure are smart. Augie Ojeda (or Brett Fabre) is a fantastic way to give someone intravenous fluids.

Go Twins
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More like footnote, there, RB. :)

 

Good job, as per usual!

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twinsnorth49
Jun 16 2017 07:19 AM

In the interest of accuracy, Grand Forks itself has produced exactly 4 NHL hockey players, with a grand  total (no pun intended)  of 297 games played in the league.

 

Now, UND on the other hand has had many players go on to the NHL, but are we attributing those to Grand Forks?......I think not. 

 

 

Interesting, I know. 

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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 07:41 AM

I'm thinking if we struggle to score runs over this series then we will lose every game as our starting pitchers for these games are not the best that we have :cry: (not that we have many good pitchers lol)

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ScooterDance
Jun 16 2017 07:46 AM
Pretty crazy to me that we're trotting our two guys I'd never heard of before the season, and one guy (Gibson) who I wish we'd never trot out again, in the biggest series of the year (thus far).

Actually what's really crazy is that we are in first place, given the state of our pitching staff.

I'll enjoy it while it lasts. And in the meantime I'll populate a twins sweep.
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Loved that countdown!

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I am hoping for a split given the starters that are going to be going this weekend.Given the way this season has been, if the games were in Cleveland I would be hopeful for 3 wins out of 4 but since it is at home that isn't as likely. 

 

Which can I take a moment to say how odd it is that they have such a good road record and have the worst home record? 

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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 08:47 AM

Look I'll be very honest with you guys....if we win all the games against Cleveland, I'll be over the moon so send me up some air...thanks :jump:

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Big series early in the year.
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I've Got Small Hands
Jun 16 2017 08:54 AM
Carrasco vs Turley


Whelp... Bats are going to have to be hot tonight, and outside of Mauer, Dozier, and Sano this lineup hasn't faired very well against Carlos. Dozier has gone deep a few times against him, and Joe is batting .526 in 19 AB's against him.
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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 08:56 AM

 

Carrasco vs Turley


Whelp... Bats are going to have to be hot tonight, and outside of Mauer, Dozier, and Sano this lineup hasn't faired very well against Carlos. Dozier has gone deep a few times against him, and Joe is batting .526 in 19 AB's against him.

 

I'm understandably worried as well...realistically how many innings will he last till he's pulled? :o

 

I'm understandably worried as well...realistically how many innings will he last till he's pulled? :o

All of them?

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ashburyjohn
Jun 16 2017 10:25 AM

Alright… Here come a bunch of TWO’s. TWO wins and TWO losses against the Mariners and a TWO game lead over the Indians. The Twins and Indians will play TWO games on Saturday and if that is not strange enough… They will play TWO Games on Friday and Sunday combined. Wait… it doesn’t stop there… The Twins have TWO starting pitchers that they can count on and neither of them will pitch against the Indians. The Twins also have TWO catchers on the roster and each player has two kidneys. (I can’t prove that last one… it is an assumption).

It goes farther. Tonight's Weather Outlook (TWO) includes a chance of Thunderstorms With Occasionallightning (TWO). The omens are everywhere if you know where to look.

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In the interest of accuracy, Grand Forks itself has produced exactly 4 NHL hockey players, with a grand  total (no pun intended)  of 297 games played in the league.
 
Now, UND on the other hand has had many players go on to the NHL, but are we attributing those to Grand Forks?......I think not. 
 
 
Interesting, I know.


How many is that in metric?
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It goes farther. Tonight's Weather Outlook (TWO) includes a chance of Thunderstorms With Occasionallightning (TWO). The omens are everywhere if you know where to look.


Now you've gone two far.
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twinsnorth49
Jun 16 2017 10:51 AM

How many is that in metric?


6.4 players and 504.9 games.

Thanks for catching that.
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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 11:04 AM

 

Now you've gone two far.

 

To be, or not to be: that is the question

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twinsnorth49
Jun 16 2017 11:05 AM

Two be, or not two be: that is the question


FTFY
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ashburyjohn
Jun 16 2017 11:17 AM

To be, or not to be: that is the question

We are Hamlet, prince of Borg. Prepare to be or not to be.

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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 11:18 AM

 

FTFY

 

thanks pal ;) 

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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 11:19 AM

 

We are Hamlet, prince of Borg. Prepare to be or not to be.

 

:th_alc: 

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In the interest of accuracy, Grand Forks itself has produced exactly 4 NHL hockey players, with a grand  total (no pun intended)  of 297 games played in the league.

 

Now, UND on the other hand has had many players go on to the NHL, but are we attributing those to Grand Forks?......I think not. 

 

 

Interesting, I know. 

 

Yes... Once they come through Grand Forks we claim them. 

 

Toews is ours... You can't have him back. 

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I'm thinking if we struggle to score runs over this series then we will lose every game as our starting pitchers for these games are not the best that we have :cry: (not that we have many good pitchers lol)

 

I believe it works best if we demoralize them by scoring 10 in the first inning. 

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I am hoping for a split given the starters that are going to be going this weekend.Given the way this season has been, if the games were in Cleveland I would be hopeful for 3 wins out of 4 but since it is at home that isn't as likely. 

 

Which can I take a moment to say how odd it is that they have such a good road record and have the worst home record? 

 

What I love about baseball is that it never goes like it is supposed to. 

 

I've seen Aces face each other and the final score was 10-8. I've seen two starters with 6 plus ERA square off in a 2-1 final. 

 

I've seen the Twins bench Sano and score 20 runs. 

 

I've seen a ground ball go through Buckner's legs... I've seen Bartman... I've seen Randy Johnson Kill a Bird...  I've seen a ball player hit the ball for the first time in his life and then run directly to third because he had never hit the ball before and wasn't sure what direction.  (He was safe at third but unfortunately out at first.)

 

 

I love baseball. 

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brettbrett88
Jun 16 2017 01:01 PM

 

I believe it works best if we demoralize them by scoring 10 in the first inning. 

 

but we'll be pitching first so that wont work if we allow a few runs in the first inning?:PAlso, when is Hughes going to be back? Seems like we could do with Hughes back to bolster our pitching starters

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