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06-20-2012, 10:03 AM
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snepp
06-20-2012, 03:39 PM
Sticky this bad boy.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 03:45 PM
We'll see if these lineups are correct (found a new source):

Twins
Span CF
Revere RF
Willingham LF
Morneau 1B
Plouffe 3B
Dozier SS
Carroll 2B
Butera C
(Liriano P)

Pirates
Tabata LF
Harrison RF
McCutchen CF
McGehee 1B
Walker 2B
Alvarez 3B
Barmes SS
McKenry C
(Bedard P)

Nick Nelson
06-20-2012, 04:11 PM
With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 04:15 PM
With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.

Along with the bad Bedard. He has been lit up in two of his last three starts so there's hope for that.

SpiritofVodkaDave
06-20-2012, 04:38 PM
With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.

Hopefully Liriano shows up at the plate, as of now he is our 7th best hitter in the lineup.

spideyo
06-20-2012, 05:20 PM
Wait, who is the other hitter worse than Liriano?

And hey, Butera's WHIP and ERA are WAAAY better than Liriano's, so he's got that.

SpiritofVodkaDave
06-20-2012, 05:36 PM
Wait, who is the other hitter worse than Liriano?

And hey, Butera's WHIP and ERA are WAAAY better than Liriano's, so he's got that.

It was in jest, but the other one I was referring to was Morneau who is sporting a .093/.110/.203 line against LHP this year. Against LHP Morneau needs to be dropped in the lineup at the very least, in a perfect world I would like to see this lineup against LHP until Morneau gets his **** together:

1.Span
2.Revere
3. Mauer
4. Willingham
5. Plouffe 1B
6. Doumit DH
7. Dozier SS
8. Valencia 3B (I know he is in the minors, but Valencia is a solid option against LHP)
9. Carroll

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 06:13 PM
Interesting. They just said on the telecast that the opening home run Pittsburgh hit last night should have only been a ground rule double. Apparently (and they showed the rule) once it bounced off the fence it became a "bounding ball" which, if it goes out of play off a fielder, is only 2 bases.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 06:26 PM
Had trouble getting my proxy server working and missed the first half of the inning. Who scored?

glunn
06-20-2012, 06:29 PM
Interesting. They just said on the telecast that the opening home run Pittsburgh hit last night should have only been a ground rule double. Apparently (and they showed the rule) once it bounced off the fence it became a "bounding ball" which, if it goes out of play off a fielder, is only 2 bases.

Too bad the Twins did not ask for a replay.

glunn
06-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Tonight would be a good time for Plouffe to hit a home run (or three).

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Butera struck out. Didn't see that coming.

JB_Iowa
06-20-2012, 06:32 PM
Apparently Willingham didn't realize it had bounced off him and they couldn't see it from the dugout.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 06:35 PM
It's a little frustrating to see the Twins put two pitchers at the back of the lineup in tonight's game. Add in Morneau against a lefty and 1/3 of this lineup is entirely useless.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 06:43 PM
Butera struck out. Didn't see that coming.

Be careful - your tongue might poke all the way through your cheek.:)

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 06:48 PM
Be careful - your tongue might poke all the way through your cheek.:)

We should have a Quality AB comparison of Butera, Liriano, and Bedard.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 06:53 PM
We all know the Pirates offense is inept but Liriano is looking pretty good out there tonight.

snepp
06-20-2012, 07:03 PM
A fantastic plate appearance there by the greatest defensive catcher in the history of the game.


That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 07:07 PM
That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.

A 2:1 hit/walk ratio is good, right?

USAFChief
06-20-2012, 07:18 PM
A fantastic plate appearance there by the greatest defensive catcher in the history of the game.


That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.

Huh. I was informed on this very website just a month or so ago that Bruno had turned Butera into a good hitter.

snepp
06-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Huh. I was informed on this very website just a month or so ago that Bruno had turned Butera into a good hitter.

It's just a minor hiccup, he'll be back to his .500 OPS ways soon enough.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 07:29 PM
It's just a minor hiccup, he'll be back to his .500 OPS ways soon enough.

An empty .500 OPS.

If that's even possible.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 07:35 PM
Man, we've got to do better at the plate - Frankie deserves more run support than he's been getting. Let's hope he can give us a couple more good innings.

JB_Iowa
06-20-2012, 07:47 PM
Huh. I was informed on this very website just a month or so ago that Bruno had turned Butera into a good hitter.

But the Bruno pill only lasts a little while. Butera needs to go back for more.

snepp
06-20-2012, 07:51 PM
But the Bruno pill only lasts a little while. Butera needs to go back for more.

This drew a very pronounced smirk out of me.

JB_Iowa
06-20-2012, 07:53 PM
Drew must have called Bruno between innings.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 07:53 PM
Wait, what? He can do that?

snepp
06-20-2012, 07:54 PM
What just happened?

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 07:54 PM
Way to go, Drew. Who said pitchers can't hit?

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 07:55 PM
Way to go, Drew. Who said pitchers can't hit?

If a pitcher drives in a pitcher and no one is watching, does the run count?

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 07:58 PM
If a pitcher drives in a pitcher and no one is watching, does the run count?

Only in a National League park.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:05 PM
Ugh, Plouffe. Ugh.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 08:05 PM
OK, time to get him out of there. It looks like the magic stops after six tonight.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:06 PM
That's where Butera earns his paycheck. The jog between the plate and the mound.

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:09 PM
Looks like it's sink or swim with Frankie.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:11 PM
Revere would have caught that twice.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 08:11 PM
I tell you, I am REALLY warming up to Span as our all-star rep.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:12 PM
And Liriano stays at 1-7 for the season. Ouch.

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:13 PM
Son of Sal really saved them there, no way that ball is caught without his abilities in situations just like these.


The verbal slathering Dickbert does over the Butera clan is nauseating.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:14 PM
The verbal slathering Dickbert does over the Butera clan is nauseating.

I chose to listen to the Pirates broadcast.

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:15 PM
If I say something nice about what Burton has done this season is he going to follow it up by imploding?

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:15 PM
If I say something nice about what Burton has done this season is he going to follow it up by imploding?

Almost certainly.

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:15 PM
I chose to listen to the Pirates broadcast.

You missed a real gem this inning.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 08:15 PM
If I say something nice about what Burton has done this season is he going to follow it up by imploding?

Better to not take the chance.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:16 PM
You missed a real gem this inning.

That's why I chose to listen to the Pirates broadcast.

Chance
06-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Really decent outing for Frankie though. Just no offense. Either we Get 15 hits or 5, 8 runs or 1. We can't seem to be consistent

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:18 PM
That's why I chose to listen to the Pirates broadcast.

I debated between Dickbert and an icepick in the ear.


I lost.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:21 PM
No doubt about that one.

snepp
06-20-2012, 08:23 PM
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adjacent
06-20-2012, 08:43 PM
Can somebody explain to me why Gardy chose the worst hitter of all the available ones to pinch hit?

USAFChief
06-20-2012, 08:44 PM
Can somebody explain to me why Gardy chose the worst hitter of all the available ones to pinch hit?

Savin' the better ones for extra innings?

It's all I got.

EDIT: in case it's not obvious, this was snark.

Chance
06-20-2012, 08:45 PM
If they tie the game and we need a pinch hitter later we have better options. No one on the bench is going to hit one out anyway so not a big deal.

glunn
06-20-2012, 08:46 PM
Liriano deserves this win -- hopefully Perkins will end this thing.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:48 PM
Liriano deserves this win -- hopefully Perkins will end this thing.

Liriano isn't in line for the win... Burton got the last out in the seventh.

Brock Beauchamp
06-20-2012, 08:50 PM
And there you go.

IdahoPilgrim
06-20-2012, 09:36 PM
Liriano deserves this win -- hopefully Perkins will end this thing.

He certainly pitched well enough the first six innings. My only gripe is why didn't they have somebody ready to come in at the start of the seventh, just in case? I would have pulled him at the first sign of trouble - he's never gone this deep in a game this year, and when he tires, he tires quickly.

glunn
06-21-2012, 01:01 AM
I missed the game -- got stuck at work and barely had time to check ESPN. I just watched highlights and it looks like Liriano's slider was filthy good, and Span made a great catch. Also, Plouffe and Willingham got solid, clutch hits.