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Parker Hageman
06-12-2012, 03:04 PM
I highly encourage all of you to put on your Thome Is My Homey (http://diamondcentric.myshopify.com/collections/sale-items/products/thome-is-my-homey-t-shirt) t-shirts right now. Today's Twins starting lineup brought to you by Joe Christensen (https://twitter.com/JoeCStrib/status/212631560959164416):

#Twins‬ (https://twitter.com/search/%23Twins) vs. RH Kendrick: Span 8, Revere 9, Mauer 2, Willingham 7, Morneau 3, Doumit DH, Plouffe 5, Dozier 6, Carroll 4 (Blackburn P)


By the way, in the past 14 days, Trevor Plouffe's .800 slugging percentage is the fourth-highest in baseball. In that time Plouffe (.371 BA) and Ben Revere (.370 BA) have been hotter than hell. I'm considering borrowing the line from Major League II "Black Hammer and White Lightening" when referring to them.

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J-Dog Dungan
06-12-2012, 03:27 PM
Too bad there is no like button on this site :D

James
06-12-2012, 04:25 PM
Too bad there is no like button on this site :D
Agreed. It may be a reference to second favorite major league movie, but the "Black Hammer, White Lightning" was well played.

Scheherezade
06-12-2012, 04:39 PM
What's Parmelee doing in the majors?

Thrylos
06-12-2012, 04:41 PM
So Plouffe has governor potential?

Chance
06-12-2012, 07:24 PM
nice leadoff homerun from Span!!

snepp
06-12-2012, 07:30 PM
Blacksie's arm must be sufficiently tired tonight, groundballs o' plenty.

Chance
06-12-2012, 07:33 PM
Blacksie's arm must be sufficiently tired tonight, groundballs o' plenty.

Love it. They say he needs his arm to be tired to pitch better. Why not let him go to 120 if hes pitching well?

Chance
06-12-2012, 07:41 PM
Plouffe!!!!!!!

striker_86
06-12-2012, 07:48 PM
What has gotten into Plouffe lately? I love it. I was skeptical of Gardy leaving him in the lineup every night. But clearly this kid has some serious major league power.

striker_86
06-12-2012, 07:49 PM
Okay Mauer, lets blow this game open with a double..

Chance
06-12-2012, 07:53 PM
not a double but got a hit. I'm so excited that this team is playing up to its potential. Mostly Plouffe, I have gotten so much grief for being a big Plouffe backer for the last 3 years. Happy I didn't lose hope or back off my opinion. hes making me look smart.

glunn
06-12-2012, 07:55 PM
not a double but got a hit. I'm so excited that this team is playing up to its potential. Mostly Plouffe, I have gotten so much grief for being a big Plouffe backer for the last 3 years. Happy I didn't lose hope or back off my opinion. hes making me look smart.

There are a number of us Plouffetists here, including our founding member, Bark's Lounge.

glunn
06-12-2012, 07:56 PM
I would be nice to wear out the Phils starter and bullpen tonight so that they have a thin bullpen for the rest of this series.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:00 PM
Well I'm happy to be one of you!

Well Kendrick has thrown 47 pitches but id be nice to take on another 2 runs and get him out of there

striker_86
06-12-2012, 08:05 PM
Especially with Blanton going on Thursday. Might be tough to know Hammels out tomorrow....

snepp
06-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Plouffe hit the piss out of that ball too.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:17 PM
Minor league update

Rochester losing 2-0 in the 7th. Valencia and Wilkin Ramirez 2 singles each.
NB postponed
Ft. Myers up 5-3 in the 7th. Danny Rams grand slam
Beloit losing 3-1 in the 4th. Matthew Koch double and a run scored.

Nick Nelson
06-12-2012, 08:18 PM
Do the Twins trade Valencia at the deadline? And do they get more for him than they got for, say, Delmon?

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:19 PM
Is Blackie falling apart?

glunn
06-12-2012, 08:20 PM
Phils seem to be figuring Blackburn out in the 4th -- we really need an out here.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:23 PM
Do the Twins trade Valencia at the deadline? And do they get more for him than they got for, say, Delmon?

If Plouffe continues to play this well I think that they trade either Valencia or Span. Span will draw more but be harder to part with. They might go that route if they value Valencia more than other GMs might. I say either one because they could move revere to center and Plouffe to right.

The Delmon trade isnt looking bad. Cole Nelson looks like he could be a very solid starter with K potential. And Oliveros could be a future closer.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:23 PM
this game got uncomfortable in the last five minutes

glunn
06-12-2012, 08:24 PM
This is getting bad.-- Blackburn can't seem to get that one out that we needed.

stringer bell
06-12-2012, 08:24 PM
Nick "BP" Blackburn. Willingham for DH?

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 08:25 PM
The Blackburn era can't end quick enough for me.

snepp
06-12-2012, 08:26 PM
The Blackburn era can't end quick enough for me.

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NorthwestTwinsFan
06-12-2012, 08:28 PM
Twins need to send Blackburn and his neck beard packing asap.

glunn
06-12-2012, 08:29 PM
The Blackburn era can't end quick enough for me.

He started well tonight -- just seems unable to sustain.

glunn
06-12-2012, 08:30 PM
Span needs to get on base -- we need more runs.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:30 PM
The Blackburn era can't end quick enough for me.

I wrote a blog the other day about my projected 25 man roster for next season and I had us trading him for a grounds worker.

He just isn't an MLB pitcher.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-12-2012, 08:34 PM
Mauer didn't miss that homerun by much.

snepp
06-12-2012, 08:34 PM
That @#$%@#$^@# abomination of a wall in center field rejects another home run ball.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:35 PM
Theres the Mauer double you were looking for earlier!

stringer bell
06-12-2012, 08:36 PM
Mauer tagged that double. It did produce a run, but not pulled enough for a 2-run homer.

stringer bell
06-12-2012, 08:39 PM
Thome bomb in 5, 4 3, 2,...

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 08:40 PM
Nice to see Mauer turn on a 2-0 pitch. Would like to see him do that more often.

Chance
06-12-2012, 08:46 PM
Think we get Swarzak or Burnett? Then Burton Perkins Capps if were leading by 3 runs or less

mike wants wins
06-12-2012, 09:06 PM
Blackburn, never been a fan. But you have to love the way the hitters are going right now. That's a HR in most parks, Mauer crushed that thing.

snepp
06-12-2012, 09:14 PM
That's a HR in most parks, Mauer crushed that thing.

I was wondering about that, is there another park in the league that doesn't go out in?

mikeee
06-12-2012, 09:16 PM
UGH.. Burnett....

J-Dog Dungan
06-12-2012, 09:17 PM
And Jim Thome bites us in the a$$ again; why does he keep doing that?

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 09:18 PM
Walk the RH hitting Pence on four pitches to bring Thome to the plate. Brilliant!

snepp
06-12-2012, 09:18 PM
UGH.. Burnett....

He's no Jeff Gray.

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 09:19 PM
UGGGGGH...one of those games!

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 09:22 PM
Gotta wonder if 8 runs gets it done tonight.

mikeee
06-12-2012, 09:27 PM
willieHAMMER!!!!

J-Dog Dungan
06-12-2012, 09:29 PM
Willingham and Plouffe continue to battle over who will lead the Twins in home runs this year. Recent advantage: Plouffe, but both of them have HR's tonight. They are also making Jim Thome look bad.

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 09:31 PM
willieHAMMER!!!!

He's no Plouffe.

mikeee
06-12-2012, 09:32 PM
Willingham and Plouffe continue to battle over who will lead the Twins in home runs this year. Recent advantage: Plouffe, but both of them have HR's tonight. They are also making Jim Thome look bad.

Yeah, plouffe has a lot less at bats..
Even Morneau with 10 homers has 30 or so less at bats than the hammer.

snepp
06-12-2012, 09:51 PM
Carroll has ever so slowly been working his numbers back to respectability.

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 09:53 PM
Dang Nabbitt... It appears the Twins might have a Third Baseman in their midst.

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 09:54 PM
Perhaps it's time to send Dozier back down to make some adjustments, eh?

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 09:56 PM
He's no Jeff Gray.

Burnett's been solid this yr...but Duensing has had his 2nd bad outing in a row.

glunn
06-12-2012, 09:56 PM
Nice catch by the Phillies FAN -- cost the Phils at least one run!

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 09:56 PM
Plouffe has been a tad warm lately!

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 09:58 PM
Carroll has ever so slowly been working his numbers back to respectability.

YUP he is!!!!

glunn
06-12-2012, 09:59 PM
HAMMER time!!!

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 09:59 PM
looks like Revere has figured it out too!

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 10:01 PM
Arrggh! coulda put this one away with one swing

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 10:03 PM
All three of Carroll's hits were 2-out hits. Very nice!

While Willingham has been a joy to watch, he follows up home runs -- too often and weirdly so -- by striking out LOOKING. What gives?

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:05 PM
No lead seems safe tonight -- these last 2 innings are going to be challenging.

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 10:06 PM
looks like Revere has figured it out too!

True Dat. Recently I have been liking our 1 & 2 spots in the order, very, very much. They are definitely swinging the sticks well. This offense seemingly has their engines running. Except for the hick-up here or there (like Sunday's game). Swing away Merrill!

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:14 PM
OK Pluoffe -- one more time.

Chance
06-12-2012, 10:15 PM
Time to build for the playoffs. Trade Liriano Blackburn and Valencia for an above average starter.

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:24 PM
Time to build for the playoffs. Trade Liriano Blackburn and Valencia for an above average starter.

Who would want Blackburn's contract even if it was for a bag of balls? Liriano and Valencia both have the potential to be good, but have also been very inconsistent. And with the extra wild card slot this year, I wonder if there are many teams are going to be willing to give up an above average starter unless they can get someone who is more consistent than these three

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:25 PM
Great defense by Plouffe and Morneau to make an important play. And I am glad that Revere and Span were able to avoid a collision. I am already sick about the Rosario injury.

Dilligaf69
06-12-2012, 10:27 PM
BALLGAME!...Sox, K.C win...Tribe, Tigers lose!

USAFChief
06-12-2012, 10:27 PM
A nice win. Give up seven and never trail.

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:27 PM
Three GREAT defensive plays to end the game -- Plouffe, Morneau, Span (with help from Revere) and Carroll all deserve praise.

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 10:28 PM
Besides the Duensing aberration, the bullpen shuts the door once again. Great to see the lineup click top to bottom. Plouffe's swing reminds me of Cuddy's, anyone else?

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 10:34 PM
Three GREAT defensive plays to end the game -- Plouffe, Morneau, Span (with help from Revere) and Carroll all deserve praise.

It seems that Plouffetism has some legitimacy.

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:38 PM
17 hits and every player got at least one except Dozier, who hit the ball hard twice.

glunn
06-12-2012, 10:41 PM
It seems that Plouffetism has some legitimacy.

BARK -- where have you been??? If this keeps up, then we need to petition Congress to re-name the month of June as "Plouffe."

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 10:43 PM
Besides the Duensing aberration, the bullpen shuts the door once again. Great to see the lineup click top to bottom. Plouffe's swing reminds me of Cuddy's, anyone else?

I am not sure about the Cuddy comparison, but it is damn clear that Target field does not intimidate Willingham or Plouffe power wise.

J-Dog Dungan
06-12-2012, 10:46 PM
Do the Twins still have a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs?

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 10:51 PM
...it is damn clear that Target field does not intimidate Willingham or Plouffe power wise.

I should think no. I think the Target field aura got into Kubel's head and became psycho-somatic (I think this goes for other current players as well), so it doesn't surprise me that new guys who haven't been inundated with the aura of 'vast expanses' of TF don't let it affect them. Regardless, I will opine that unless you are a pull-hitting power lefty, the park is easier on righties.

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 10:52 PM
Do the Twins still have a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs?

That's impossible, unless we've been mathematically eliminated already. :) IMO we have a 10% shot at this point.

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 10:55 PM
BARK -- where have you been??? If this keeps up, then we need to petition Congress to re-name the month of June as "Plouffe."

Word up Glunn! Sorry, I have been a bit busy with some things and have been missing. Changing June to Plouffe makes total sense... especially because Plouffe's B-Day is on Friday... Plouffe 15th... that is also my day of birth. If things keep going the way they are we might have a few cities named Plouffeapolis and St. Plouffe... "The Plouffe Cities".

J-Dog Dungan
06-12-2012, 10:56 PM
That's impossible, unless we've been mathematically eliminated already. :) IMO we have a 10% shot at this point.

I am not sure what website it is, but it was giving the Twins a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs. Of course, with their recent resurgence, this number probably isn't right.

Ultima Ratio
06-12-2012, 11:00 PM
Word up Glunn! Sorry, I have been a bit busy with some things and have been missing. Changing June to Plouffe makes total sense... especially because Plouffe's B-Day is on Friday... Plouffe 15th... that is also my day of birth. If things keep going the way they are we might have a few cities named Plouffeapolis and St. Plouffe... "The Plouffe Cities".

Heyyy, my birthday is Friday too!! Whoa!

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 11:02 PM
I should think no. I think the Target field aura got into Kubel's head and became psycho-somatic (I think this goes for other current players as well), so it doesn't surprise me that new guys who haven't been inundated with the aura of 'vast expanses' of TF don't let it affect them. Regardless, I will opine that unless you are a pull-hitting power lefty, the park is easier on righties.

I 100% agree with your Kubel theory and the fact that it has psychologically messed with the heads of a few other Twins in the power category. Willingham and Plouffe have been a delight to say the least!

Bark's Lounge
06-12-2012, 11:09 PM
Heyyy, my birthday is Friday too!! Whoa!

Well happy birthday my friend! June 15th... cool! A former Acquaintance of mine once told me "I am a Gemini. You will never get to know us." I always thought that was humorous.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-12-2012, 11:19 PM
I am not sure what website it is, but it was giving the Twins a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs. Of course, with their recent resurgence, this number probably isn't right.

Yeah, there's no way that's correct. A 0.0% chance would mean that even if the Twins won the rest of their games and teams ahead of them lost the rest of their games, they still wouldn't make the playoffs. As it stands now, the Twins are only 8.5 games out of first with 102 games remaining....far from impossible.

ashburyjohn
06-12-2012, 11:30 PM
Time to build for the playoffs. Trade Liriano Blackburn and Valencia for an above average starter.

Why be stingy? Throw in Nishioka and acquire yourself an ace.

glunn
06-12-2012, 11:39 PM
Word up Glunn! Sorry, I have been a bit busy with some things and have been missing. Changing June to Plouffe makes total sense... especially because Plouffe's B-Day is on Friday... Plouffe 15th... that is also my day of birth. If things keep going the way they are we might have a few cities named Plouffeapolis and St. Plouffe... "The Plouffe Cities".

I love those ideas, especially "St. Plouffe."