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Recent Baseball America Milb Organization Rankings

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Since I'm not giving everything away, assuming it's OK to just mention the Twins here. BA ranks the Twins 8th going in to the 2020 season...
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Good Cuts.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:13 PM
Mark Salas blocked the heck outta that plate.  
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Athletic article on the 2019 postseason baseball

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:11 AM
For those who have a subscription to the Athletic, there is a very interesting article I saw that was a deep dive into the 2019 postseaso...
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Get to know each other

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:48 PM
I did this once about 2-3 years ago, but it was during the offseason and well, it's been a long time ago... Let's get to know each other...
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VIDEO: Opposing Pitchers Getting Wasted By The Bomba Squad

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:51 PM
Here's an entire highlight reel of just pitchers reacting to Twins bombas. Enjoy.  
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Minnesota Twins MLB The Show Season Simulation: June

The first two months for the Twins went very well, but June was a much more difficult month. Cleveland was right on their heels the whole month and players were inconsistent the whole time. Let’s see how everything shook out.
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Today’s post will feature how the Twins did in June. Check out the previous editions of this series: April, May

Roster moves throughout the month:
  • 6/25: LaMonte Wade jr. called up. Jimmy Kerrigan sent down.
  • 6/28: Michael Pineda called up. Tyler Clippard designated for assignment.
AL Central at the end of June:
  • Twins: 52-34
  • Indians: 51-35 (1.0 GB)
  • White Sox: 42-44 (10.0 GB)
  • Royals 40-46 (12.0 GB)
  • Tigers 31-54 (20.5 GB)
Lineup with end of June statistics:
  • Buxton: .230/.291/.353 (.644), 3 HR, 22 RBI, 1.1 WAR
  • Polanco: .314/.388/.531 (.919), 13 HR, 37 RBI, 3.3 WAR
  • Arraez: .316/.386/.448 (.834), 8 HR, 32 RBI, 1.7 WAR
  • Sano: .282/.378/.637 (1.014), 24 HR, 61 RBI, 2.9 WAR
  • Cruz: .297/.375/.520 (.895), 18 HR, 51 RBI, 1.8 WAR
  • Garver: .246/.321/.496 (.817), 18 HR, 40 RBI, 2.9 WAR
  • Donaldson: .249/.350/.441 (.798), 12 HR, 36 RBI, 2.2 WAR
  • Rosario: .262/.282/.493 (.775), 17 HR, 43 RBI, 1.0 WAR
  • Gonzalez: .252/.325/.398 (.723), 5 HR, 13 RBI 1.3 WAR
  • Kepler (injured): .327/.415/.574 (.989), 9 HR, 23 RBI, 2.0 WAR
Bench Summary:

The four players on the bench to finish the month were Alex Avila, Ehire Adrianza, Willians Astudillo, and LaMonte Wade jr to replace Kepler. All three of Adrianza, Avila, and Astudillo continue to produce like they should and Wade jr has not had an AB yet.

May rotation with end of June statistics:
  • Jose Berrios: 7-6, 3.73 ERA, 8.76 K/9, 3.16 BB/9, 1.6 WAR
  • Kenta Maeda: 6-3, 2.98 ERA, 8.06 K/9, 2.10 BB/9, 2.4 WAR
  • Jake Odorizzi: 5-6, 5.08 ERA, 8.73 K/9, 3.55 BB/9, 0.6 WAR
  • Rich Hill: 8-5, 4.18 ERA, 9.48 K/9, 3.46 BB/9, 1.0 WAR
  • Randy Dobnak: 8-3, 2.81 ERA, 6.12 K/9, 3.41 BB/9, 1.2 WAR
Bullpen Summary:

The bullpen at the end of May consisted of Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey, Trevor May, Sergio Romo, Cody Stashak, Zack Littell, Homer Bailey, and Michael Pineda was moved there after his suspension. Everyone is performing well, especially Rogers, Duffey, Romo, and Bailey. Clippard was cut from the team with an ERA over ten. Pineda is likely to replace Hill in the rotation.

June summary for the Twins:

This was not a good month at all for the Twins. After two straight excellent months to start the season, they struggled through a 9-16 June that saw Cleveland get back within one game. The team dropped from first in win% to fifth at the end of the mont behind Boston, New York, Washington and the Dodgers.

Every single hitter suffered at least a small dropoff over the month except for Sano. Sano is having an MVP level season if he keeps this up. At the end of the month the Twins rank 3rd in AVG, 4th in OBP, 1st in SLG, and 1st in home runs.

On the pitching side, Berrios and Hill suffered a drop off that I statistically saw coming last month but the Twins will need Berrios to lead this rotation. Hill is moving to the bullpen as Pineda slides into the rotation. Dobnak and Maeda are pitching great, but Dobnak has a 4.20 FIP and a bad K/9 so he could struggle soon.

Around MLB: Division leaders
  • ALC: Twins (52-34)
  • ALW: Astros (49-35)
  • ALE: Red Sox (56-30)
  • ALWC: Yankees (53-33), Indians (51-35)
  • NLC: Cubs (51-35)
  • NLW: Dodgers (53-33)
  • NLE: Nationals (53-33)
  • NLWC: Marlins (49-37), Phillies (46-39)
League leaders:
  • AVG AL/NL: Bogaerts (.375), Ian Happ (.348)
  • OBP AL/NL: Bogaerts (.451), Ian Happ (.438)
  • SLG AL/NL: Bogaerts (.729), Ian Happ (.648)
  • HR AL/NL: Olson (29), Freeman (28)
  • ERA AL/NL: Nova (2.28), Hendricks (1.57)
  • SO AL/NL: Cole (152), Scherzer (159)
All Star voting has begun. Here is the AL/NL leader along with where Twins rank in the AL:
  • SP: Morton, Hendricks
  • CP: Rogers, Iglesias (Rogers 1sr)
  • C: Sanchez, Suzuki (Garver 2nd)
  • 1B: Olson, Freeman (Sano 5th)
  • 2B: LeMahieu, Albies (Arraez 6th)
  • 3B: Ramirez, E. Escobar (Donaldson 8th)
  • SS: Bogaerts, Segura (Polanco 4th)
  • LF: Martinez, Schwarber (Rosario 7th)
  • CF: Trout, Acuna Jr. (Buxton 12th)
  • RF: Reyes, Betts (Cruz 3rd)
Any questions about what’s going on in the league so far? Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to answer whether it's about a certain player, team, or anything else! What are your thoughts on this series I am putting together?

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I am enjoying this. Which big free agent signings or trades around the league have worked? Any busts? How’s Graterol doing?