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GAME THREAD 8/9/2020: Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royal...

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Is it time to panic yet?   Of course not! Honestly, after the last three games, I am just as confident in this team being a contende...
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2020 Twins Transactions

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 03:16 PM
There haven't been many yet, but I'll start this today...   The Twins just announced that Zack Littell (hamstring) has been placed o...
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Where are they now? Ex-Twins in 2020

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I said in the 2019 thread that I would start this forum thread...    Let's start populating it. How many former Twins are on ro...
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Option C(astellanos)

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We missed out on our big money aces. A big impact 3B will either cost age/money (Donaldson) or top prospects and money (Arenado/Bryant)....
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Future Roster Transactions

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:41 AM
Jake Odorizzi gets activated today to face the Royals, filling out the 28-man active roster which will include 16 (!) pitchers. The way t...
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Twins Notebook 8/1: Will Maeda Pitch Into the 6th Inning? Alcala Up, Littell to the IL

To this point, no Twins starting pitcher has eclipsed five innings, but with an afternoon game tomorrow Rocco Baldelli may look for more out of Kenta Maeda tonight. The Twins made a roster move this afternoon, placing Zack Littell on the IL and calling up Jorge Alcala to replace him.
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ROSTER MOVE
Zack Littell has been placed on the 10-day Injured List and Jorge Alcala will take his place.



LAST NIGHT’S GAME RECAP
Twins 4, Cleveland 1: Dobnak Delivers 5 Shutout Innings

TODAY
Twins vs. Cleveland, 6:10 pm CT
Betting Lines: MIN -1.5, -125, 8.5 O/U

Twins: Kenta Maeda, RHP
Last outing: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 pitches

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Info via Baseball Savant

Maeda has noteworthy platoon splits — he’s given up a .592 OPS to right-handed hitters and a .765 mark to lefties over his career. Cleveland has a quartet of switch hitters in its infield and left-handed hitter Bradley Zimmer in the outfield, so Maeda will likely face a lefty-heavy lineup tonight.

Cesar Hernandez, who spent his entire career with the Phillies up to this point, has a .286/.444/.643 (1.087 OPS) batting line against Maeda in 18 plate appearances. He and both Franmil Reyes and Domingo Santana have hit home runs off Maeda.

Cleveland: Carlos Carrasco, RHP
Last outing: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 87 pitches

Attached Image: Carrasco.png
Info via Baseball Savant

Carrasco missed time last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was able to return to the team in September to pitch out of the bullpen. Wednesday, his first start since the diagnosis, Carrasco dominated. He needed just 87 pitches to complete six innings and struck out 10 batters.

Nelson Cruz is 10-for-27 with four bombas vs. Carrasco over his career.

LINEUP


NEWS & NOTES
— Josh Donaldson was removed from last night’s game due to a calf injury, and is listed as day-to-day.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred informed MLBPA chief Tony Clark the season could be shutdown if COVID-19 isn’t managed better. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report added that a four-pate memo was sent to all clubs, and among the items covered was that each team must identify a compliance officer to help ensure players are following protocols.

— Today's St. Louis-Milwaukee game has been postponed after more Cardinals players tested positive for coronavirus.

— The Twins are averaging 5.71 runs per game, the fifth-most in baseball, and are tied for second in home runs. Who leads the league? We’ll get to that in a second. The Twins pitching staff has a 3.34 ERA, good enough for sixth in the league.

— Over the past four games the Twins bullpen has combined to give up just two earned runs over 20 innings pitched, a 0.90 ERA.

— The Twins rank in the bottom half of baseball in terms of future salary obligations, slotting in at No. 18 per MLB Trade Rumors. This seems like a good time to remind everyone that both Derek Falvey and Thad Levine signed contract extensions to stay in Minnesota through 2024. Those extensions were reported in mid-November, and I totally forgot about them until just now.

— Mookie Betts made a great throw last night:



— Yankee reliever Tommy Kahnle has been placed on the IL and will likely need Tommy John surgery.

AROUND THE AL CENTRAL
CHW 3, KCR 2
DET 7, CIN 2

1. MIN 5-2 (+17)
2. CLE 5-3 (+6)
2. DET 5-3 (-6)
4. CHW 3-4 (-8)
5. KCR 3-5 (-1)

How ‘bout them Tigers!? Detroit leads all of baseball with 15 home runs, with Miguel Cabrera, JaCoby Jones and former Twin Jonathan Schoop leading the way with three a piece.

SEE ALSO
Getting to Starters Early Will Be Imperative for the Minnesota Twins
Early Report on Eddie Rosario's Plate Discipline
Trevor May and the Next Adjustment

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They let Dobnak toss 90 pitches last night in his 2nd start. Maeda hit 84 last time out but pretty much cruised through his first 4 innings. One would speculate he's being targeted for 90 today and hopefully 6 IP.

Can you imagine how good this team may be when we start hitting just a little bit better?
    • JoshDungan1 and Tom Froemming like this

A fine summary, Tom. Another tough matchup tonight. This series has definitely raised my intensity level about Twins baseball. I'm going to enjoy these games as long as they last. 

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Tom Froemming
Aug 01 2020 11:04 AM

 

A fine summary, Tom. Another tough matchup tonight. This series has definitely raised my intensity level about Twins baseball. I'm going to enjoy these games as long as they last. 

I especially enjoy the types of games these two teams seem to play against each other. The Twins were 9-10 against Cleveland last year with the run differential at an even 79-79. That's only 4.16 runs per game on average for each team, so it makes for something a bit different to watch. I wouldn't mind seeing the Twins trounce them 10-0 every time out, of course, but these make for good games to watch.

    • mikelink45, dbminn and JoshDungan1 like this

These games are always close games to watch.Both games really came down to single at bats.First game Lindor homer only runs scored.Second game Eddie 2 run double the main at bat.We had a lot of chances later in the game to add on but in terms of runs scoring that was the big one.I expect both teams to make playoffs this year.  

 

If Detroit can keep it up they may leapfrog the sox, who are lacking pitching and defense, for a wild card spot.Remember last year Detroit got off to strong start too and fell off, but this year a strong first 30 games is half the season.I am just glad the Twins have not stumbled out of the gate.  

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FlauerPauer
Aug 01 2020 02:03 PM

Twins looked pretty good last night. Big time win. Time to get another big one tonight! Go Twins!

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stringer bell
Aug 01 2020 03:48 PM

You can continue the discussion of tonight's game versus the Cleveland team in the Game Thread. Enjoy!

 

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