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The Perfect Length of a Baseball Season?

Other Baseball Today, 01:43 AM
So Twitter got me thinking... What's the perfect length of baseball season? And then what's the perfect playoffs to be paired with that s...
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Twins postseason game times, TV

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:21 PM
Dust off that antenna, folks: the Twins 2020 postseason debut is over the air on ABC (albeit at 1 PM on a Tuesday, pre-empting some soap...
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My thoughts on Tyler Duffey..

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:38 PM
First of all, congratulations to the entire Twins organization, fans and friends for winning the AL Central!This was a tough division in...
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A (pretty accurate) look at the seedings

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:21 PM
Going into the final weekend of the season, the eight-team AL field is nearly set, though no team is locked into its seed. Here's what I...
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Twins Notebook 8/10: Looking to Brew Up Another W

The Minnesota Twins couldn’t get out of Kansas City fast enough. After a strong start to the season, they’ve now lost four straight and are fresh off a sweep by the Royals. Moving on to Milwaukee, the Brewers are hovering around .500 and are expected to be in the thick of the NL Central race when the dust settles.
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KCR 4, MIN 2: Bad Day for Berríos, Bats

Would you rather the Twins had gotten off to a slower start, but have the exact same record?

Twins at Brewers 7:10 pm CT
Betting lines: Minnesota -114, O/U 8.5

Twins starter: Randy Dobnak RHP, 2-1 0.60 ERA
This really isn’t just a cute story anymore. Randy Dobnak has pitched 43.1 big league innings and has a miniscule 1.25 ERA to show for it. His 0.60 mark in 2020 is the lowest in baseball, and eight starts into his Major League career, he continues to find ways to get the job done.

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Dobnak doesn’t put the ball by many hitters, as evidenced by the 4.8 K/9 in 2020. What he has been doing this season is inducing a ton of ground balls. The 52.9% ground ball rate last year was nice, but this season it’s all the way up to 68.2%. His hard hit rate remains a consistent 45% but giving up so few fly balls (just 15%) negates possibility for those events to hurt him.

None of his offerings are going to break the radar gun, but the heavy sink on his fastball and the frequency he goes to it is the name of the game. A 40% chase rate happens with much of those instances coming below the zone. If there’s a guy willing to let you get yourself out, it’s this type of pitcher.

Brewers starter: Adrian Houser RHP, 1-0 0.75 ERA

The former second round pick is off to a fast start for the Brewers in 2020. He’s given up just a single run in 12.0 IP and has won one of the two outings he’s been on the bump for. Like Dobnak, Houser doesn’t light up the radar gun, and his ability to generate ground balls is what sets him apart.

It’s an incredibly small sample size thus far, but Houser is generating grounders on 74.1% of the balls he’s had put in play against him. The 40.7% hard hit rate is a career high however. Houser utilizes a sinker as well and has gotten a career best 11% whiff rate and 30.2% chase rate this season.

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Free passes are something to keep an eye on with him. He’s allowed 5 walks in 12 innings already and owns a 3.1 BB/9 over the past two seasons.


News and notes:
  • The St. Louis Cardinals season remains on pause as they deal with their COVID-19 outbreak. They have not played since the end of July and have just 5 games total under their belt this year. The series with the Pirates through Wednesday has been postponed.
  • Indians starter Zach Plesac made a dumb and selfish decision over the weekend. He was told to pack his toys and go home.

Around the AL Central
DET 2, PIT 1
CLE 5, CWS 4 (F/10)

MIN 10-6 (+23 run differential)
DET 8-5 (0)
CLE 10-7 (+22)
CWS 8-8 (-3)
KC 7-10 (-5)

Tomorrow’s game
Minnesota @ Milwaukee, 7:10 pm CT
TBD vs Josh Lindblom

See Also
Jose Berrios, Velocity and Where Do We Go From Here
The Starting Pitcher Trade Market at a Glance
What’s Happening at the Alternate Site?

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I'm pleased with the record and run differential; we have the same record as the Yankees. I'm not worried about Garver or Sano starting slow either. They're good major league hitters and will adjust. What concerns me is the players who are already on the IL, especially in the rotation. Already there is way too much reliance on the bullpen with consecutive short starts. 


However, starting pitching injuries in particular seem to be happening all across MLB.  

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Time to right the ship and forget the past 4 games. It's up to the coaches and players to forget and look forward. Can they do that? I think from injury and performance, it's obvious the short ramp up proves how important a normal ST is. Guys all over baseball are still trying to figure stuff out while playing games that count. Who settles in quickest may determine how this season turns out.

And the game thread is up ... just in the nick of time!


Join us there --> http://twinsdaily.co...s-810-710pm-ct/

To answer question of the day.It does not matter to me at this point how they got to their record.Every season has ups and downs, just this seasons they are magnified.Lets hope they starting a winning streak.I am mostly concerned at the lack of runs across innings.They have been very boom or bust with big run innings or nothing lately.  

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