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Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 07:26 AM
Lineups:

Tigers:
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Don Kelly LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B
(Rick Porcello P)

Twins:
Aaron Hicks CF
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Jamey Carroll 2B
Pedro Florimon SS
(Mike Pelfrey P)

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 08:57 AM
Twins still haven't released their lineup. I'm curious to see if we're going to see a getaway day lineup or just 1-2 guys sitting for the day.

At the very least, I'd expect to see Carroll start... But do you replace Florimon or Dozier?

Willihammer
04-04-2013, 08:59 AM
Take a drink every time Bert says "Peltrey"

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 09:02 AM
Take a drink every time Bert says "Peltrey"

I expect to hear a lot of confusion from Bert as he spends 5+ innings trying to figure out why the Orioles are wearing grey and blue uniforms before dismissing it as some throwback Negro League thing he doesn't understand.

stringer bell
04-04-2013, 09:29 AM
Third straight day game (but three hours earlier), I would guess that Mauer and Doumit flip-flop positions, but I would expect everyone else to stay where they are. I'm sure Gardy would like to see Parm and Hicks get off the schnide before they get a day off.

stringer bell
04-04-2013, 10:28 AM
Third straight day game (but three hours earlier), I would guess that Mauer and Doumit flip-flop positions, but I would expect everyone else to stay where they are. I'm sure Gardy would like to see Parm and Hicks get off the schnide before they get a day off.Carroll for Dozier. Otherwise status quo. Some might say this is the best lineup the Twins can put out there.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 10:34 AM
Interesting. I thought Florimon might get the day off. Oh well, no great loss one way or the other.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 12:13 PM
Cue the Benny Hill theme.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 12:14 PM
Mauer had power behind that throw but again, it tailed off to right field.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 12:14 PM
No worries, Pelfry will strike out the side. (optimism)

stringer bell
04-04-2013, 12:21 PM
Earned or unearned?

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 12:24 PM
So after the blown save the tigers signed Valverde to a minor league contract.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 12:26 PM
Mauer had power behind that throw but again, it tailed off to right field.

It's his 2-seamer

kydoty
04-04-2013, 12:36 PM
So after the blown save the tigers signed Valverde to a minor league contract.

I hate you but I can't imagine life without you!

Tcrose3636
04-04-2013, 12:39 PM
Florimon can "pick it" but can he throw it....sounds like he hops everything to Morneau.

Chief_Roberts
04-04-2013, 12:51 PM
Another backwards K for Parmelee 3665

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 12:54 PM
Parmelee has looked lost the last couple of games. Well, time for Brunansky to do his job.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 12:57 PM
That was bound to happen, and happen many more times.

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 12:58 PM
Methinks it's time to maybe give Escobar a starting shot at SS. Why not? He certainly has more pop than Florimon, if anything.

GCTF
04-04-2013, 12:58 PM
Florimon can "pick it" but can he throw it....sounds like he hops everything to Morneau.

And he does it again.

kydoty
04-04-2013, 12:58 PM
Cabrera is an RBI assembly line.

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 01:00 PM
On the bright side, at least Pelfrey looks really sharp.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:01 PM
Florimon and Morneau better get their defense sorted. Two unearned runs isn't helping matters one bit.

Florimon has to play D or he serves no purpose.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 01:02 PM
Methinks it's time to maybe give Escobar a starting shot at SS. Why not? He certainly has more pop than Florimon, if anything.

Given their respective ages, I'm fine with giving Florimon the first shot at the starting job, and I'd not be ready to pull the plug after three games. But to me Escobar is the one with greater promise in the long run, probably as a utility infielder but he could dial it up and win a starting job eventually.

I see Florimon as being out of baseball in a couple of years if he can't make the most of this opportunity right now.

big dog
04-04-2013, 01:06 PM
Not a great first week for Hicks so far. 0-9, six Ks.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:06 PM
Hicks hasn't even made contact (fouled off) with an off speed pitch yet, I believe.

Tcrose3636
04-04-2013, 01:09 PM
Nice!

Chief_Roberts
04-04-2013, 01:09 PM
Florimon has to play D or he serves no purpose.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Florimon is actually making me miss Little Nicky and Alexi Casilla.

big dog
04-04-2013, 01:09 PM
Hammer time!

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Hammer!!!!

Good thing Mauer is batting second!

GCTF
04-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Home................run?

Does not compute.

spycake
04-04-2013, 01:11 PM
Just tried to compare minor league stats for Florimon and Escobar, and my goodness they are similar. Escobar's two years younger, Florimon's been at bit better at taking a walk, but otherwise they seem virtually identical with the bat and on the bases.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:14 PM
After three innings we got us a new game... Hopefully this new game will include better Twins defense.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:15 PM
Hammer on pace for 54 homers.

In all seriousness, the ball must really be dead in the air. That homer didn't clear by much and was hit on the screws.

glunn
04-04-2013, 01:18 PM
Pelfrey is looking sharp?

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:22 PM
Glunn, Very similar approach and results as KC yesterday.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:24 PM
I love the first week of baseball... Free MLB extra innings... Between innings I can turn over to any game and I just had a question/thought.

Is it possible to watch Lucas Duda bat without Camp Town Races coming into your head?

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:26 PM
Pelfrey is looking sharp?

He's doing his job my friend.

snepp
04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Plouffesie!

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Plouffe... There is #1 of 34 this year.

$tryf4Life
04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Ploufffeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

GCTF
04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Crushed.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Hey, everybody! Let's party like it's June of 2012!

mikeee
04-04-2013, 01:29 PM
PA-floof!!!!

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:29 PM
Wow. Parm. Easy guy.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 01:29 PM
He's doing his job my friend.

He's done well enough.

As odd as it is to say, he doesn't look as good as Correia did yesterday.

GCTF
04-04-2013, 01:29 PM
Is it possible to watch Lucas Duda bat without Camp Town Races coming into your head?

Because he looks like Foghorn Leghorn, right?

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 01:30 PM
Nice game so far. Pelfrey pitching well, some good home runs. Let's knock Porcello out now!

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:32 PM
He's done well enough.

As odd as it is to say, he doesn't look as good as Correia did yesterday.

It's that low expectation thing of mine... All I want is for our starters to keep us in the game.

We are in the game!

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 01:33 PM
Pelfrey has come back from Tommy John surgery in just less than 11 months, is hitting 92-93 on his sinker, getting ground balls, and pretty much showing great control. No strikeouts, but did we expect any? I'd say that "sharp" is an apt definition.

Halsey Hall
04-04-2013, 01:38 PM
Before long Gardy will probably move Hicks down in the order til he catches on. Swap spots with 2nd base probably.

buckninetyone
04-04-2013, 01:40 PM
brandon maurer is joe's other drunk brother.

mike wants wins
04-04-2013, 01:43 PM
Home runs are so elegant. Prety. Efficient. Effective. They are the epitome of elegance.

LaBombo
04-04-2013, 01:43 PM
Pelfsie needs a dp to last another inning.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 01:44 PM
It's that low expectation thing of mine... All I want is for our starters to keep us in the game.

We are in the game!

Hey, I'm not complaining. So far, so good.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 01:46 PM
Before long Gardy will probably move Hicks down in the order til he catches on. Swap spots with 2nd base probably.

Fine by me to put Hicks in the 9 hole if his woes continue -- but only as long as Carroll is starting a batting #1.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Hey, I'm not complaining. So far, so good.

lol... I was pretty sure you weren't. Zero earned runs not warming the heart would be a real cold heart.

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Web gem by Mr. Plouffe!

glunn
04-04-2013, 01:50 PM
He's doing his job my friend.

Thanks. It also appears from what I can see that he is not getting good defense -- 2 errors and a passed ball.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:50 PM
Tight spot wiggled out of.

big dog
04-04-2013, 01:52 PM
Nicely done, Mr. Pelfrey. Assist to Mr. Plouffe.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:52 PM
Yeah the errors were unfortunate. However... The passed ball was clearly a cross up. New battery combo... It happens.

Joe was clearly expecting the ball to break and it didn't.

glunn
04-04-2013, 01:54 PM
A lot of people have picked the Tigers to win the AL, and they have a murderer's row of hitters. Maybe it's the cold weather, but maybe the Twins pitching is a lot better than expected?

fairweather
04-04-2013, 01:56 PM
Mauer should change his last name to power as in warning track power.

fairweather
04-04-2013, 01:57 PM
or maybe this is baseball.

fairweather
04-04-2013, 01:58 PM
Sure is nice to have teams best hitter in the 3 spot!

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 01:58 PM
A lot of people have picked the Tigers to win the AL, and they have a murderer's row of hitters. Maybe it's the cold weather, but maybe the Twins pitching is a lot better than expected?

Too soon to tell... The Starters just need to avoid looking like Blackie, Liriano, and Marquis from last year.

They can absolutely do that in my opinion.

LaBombo
04-04-2013, 02:02 PM
A lot of people have picked the Tigers to win the AL, and they have a murderer's row of hitters. Maybe it's the cold weather, but maybe the Twins pitching is a lot better than expected?
The pitching has been a pleasant surprise so far, but it's waaaaaay too early to get excited about any of them, just like it's too early to worry about Hicks or Parm.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:07 PM
The pitching has been a pleasant surprise so far, but it's waaaaaay too early to get excited about any of them, just like it's too early to worry about Hicks or Parm.

Wouldn't mind seeing The Mastro get a start in CF, just to give Hicks a breather since he's clearly pressing.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:08 PM
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4716734023731687&pid=1.7&w=102&h=140&c=7&rs=1TUIASOSOPO!!!!!!!!!

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:08 PM
I like bringing in Deunsing now -- Pelfrey was at 96 pitches and considering his TJ surgery, this makes sense to me.

snepp
04-04-2013, 02:10 PM
Mauer should change his last name to power as in warning track power.

or maybe this is baseball.

Sure is nice to have teams best hitter in the 3 spot!

If all you're going to do is whine about Mauer, at least put it all in the same post. The "Edit Post" function is your friend.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:20 PM
The pitching has been a pleasant surprise so far, but it's waaaaaay too early to get excited about any of them, just like it's too early to worry about Hicks or Parm.

Depends on your definition of excited. Is anyone a lock for Cy Young? No. Does the prospect of a suddenly-watchable team loom on the horizon? That excites me.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:22 PM
Big chance for Parmelee to kickstart his season. If they had brought in a LH, I have to wonder if they would have gone to Wilkin Ramirez.

mikeee
04-04-2013, 02:24 PM
Be nice to see parmalee smack one here.

$tryf4Life
04-04-2013, 02:25 PM
boy...
Parmelee is struggling

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:28 PM
boy...
Parmelee is struggling

I am not ready to even consider giving up on him, but I would not mind seeing him get a day off and let Mastro take his place tomorrow.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:31 PM
Leadoff walk....ugh

$tryf4Life
04-04-2013, 02:31 PM
I am not ready to even consider giving up on him, but I would not mind seeing him get a day off and let Mastro take his place tomorrow.

I agree. I understand it is early but the fact he is not putting hardly anything in play upsets me. I would like to see him get the day off tomorrow as well.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 02:32 PM
Big strikeout of Hunter there. They can walk Miggy and pitch to Fielder to set up the double play.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:33 PM
What's with Tigers lead-off hitters being absolute Twin-killers?? I'm having Curtis Granderson flashbacks here....

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 02:34 PM
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4716734023731687&pid=1.7&w=102&h=140&c=7&rs=1TUIASOSOPO!!!!!!!!!


I was wondering if I was the only person thinking that every time I heard the name.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:34 PM
I am not ready to even consider giving up on him, but I would not mind seeing him get a day off and let Mastro take his place tomorrow.

Can Mastro cover for two struggling outfielders at once?

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 02:35 PM
Would be a great time for anyone other than Tyler Robertson to come in the game...

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 02:35 PM
Big strikeout of Hunter there. They can walk Miggy and pitch to Fielder to set up the double play.

Hunter strikes out on three pitches with runners in scoring position....ahhh, memories! Was strike three in the dirt??? :)

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:35 PM
Big strikeout of Hunter there. They can walk Miggy and pitch to Fielder to set up the double play.

A pitching change would also be nice.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:35 PM
Big strikeout of Hunter there. They can walk Miggy and pitch to Fielder to set up the double play.

I need to check with RiverBrian to determine whether Fielder has the wheels to upset this strategy.

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:36 PM
Can Mastro cover for two struggling outfielders at once?

He could play RF tomorrow and CF on Saturday, if Hicks is still struggling.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 02:37 PM
The best thing Tyler Robertson has going for him (other than being left handed) is that he's absolutely monstrous looking.

So glad they took him out after the Fielder K. Good job, TRob.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:38 PM
He could play RF tomorrow and CF on Saturday, if Hicks is still struggling.

I could joke that if he's good enough to play every day he should be a starter, but actually I think he can be one of the better 4th outfielders in the league and such usage isn't ridiculous.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:39 PM
The best thing Tyler Robertson has going for him (other than being left handed) is that he's absolutely monstrous looking.

Yeah, but by the time he gets to the majors he's facing batters who have seen a ton of guys who look like him and topped out at AAA.

$tryf4Life
04-04-2013, 02:40 PM
He could play RF tomorrow and CF on Saturday, if Hicks is still struggling.


Yea I am less concerned with Hicks for some reason. I guess I kind of expected him to struggle at first.

buckninetyone
04-04-2013, 02:44 PM
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpg
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/greyjoy2.jpg

mikeee
04-04-2013, 02:45 PM
got out of the jam!

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:46 PM
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpg
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/greyjoy2.jpg

Great post, Rookie!

glunn
04-04-2013, 02:46 PM
got out of the jam!

Amen. Clutch pitching there.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 02:50 PM
Great post, Rookie!
He's an old friend.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 02:55 PM
Amen. Clutch pitching there.

And nice, confident use of the bullpen by Gardy. Nothing out of the ordinary. But he's good at telling his players "be ready for anything, but here's how I see your role." Not taking out Roenicke, and getting the clutch strikeout that set up the rest of the success, was key.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 02:59 PM
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpg
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/greyjoy2.jpg

I prefer:

3666

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:00 PM
I always thought Carroll looked a little more like Dinklage....

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5016411065550288&pid=1.7&w=176&h=150&c=7&rs=1

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:02 PM
I always thought Carroll looked a little more like Dinklage....

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5016411065550288&pid=1.7&w=176&h=150&c=7&rs=1

Game of Thrones was just renewed, so if Carroll retires next year, maybe he can begin a new career.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 03:08 PM
I always thought Carroll looked a little more like Dinklage....

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x143/buckninetyone/jameycarroll.jpghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5016411065550288&pid=1.7&w=176&h=150&c=7&rs=1Half-man is accurate.

mike wants wins
04-04-2013, 03:12 PM
Cannot wait to watch season 1 again, and then to watch season 2 for the first time.....depends on the weather this weekend....

robbie111
04-04-2013, 03:17 PM
Nice 11 pitch walk Morneau worked.

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:18 PM
Nice 11 pitch walk Morneau worked.

Agreed. And Doumit came through. An insurance run or two would be great now.

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 03:19 PM
Calling it now. This is Parm's first hit.

big dog
04-04-2013, 03:20 PM
Rocket by Parmalee, assist to Fielder.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 03:20 PM
Way not too **** up, Parmball.

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 03:24 PM
Go me! Go Twins! Wouldn't it be great to get a series win to open the year?

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 03:26 PM
Pretty surprised no pinch hitter here for Florimon.

big dog
04-04-2013, 03:26 PM
Pedro...do not swing.

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:27 PM
Go me! Go Twins! Wouldn't it be great to get a series win to open the year?

This game is going really well, and it is thrilling that Parmelee broke out with a clutch hit.

big dog
04-04-2013, 03:28 PM
Bloop 2-run double. You can't stop Pedro Florimon, you can only hope to contain him.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 03:28 PM
Pretty surprised no pinch hitter here for Florimon.

I like it. Two run lead, you don't have to send the guy a message that he'll be pinch-hit for every time this season. Let him go up there.

snepp
04-04-2013, 03:28 PM
Pedro Florimon, run producer.

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:29 PM
The way this inning is trending.....I predict 3-run jack by Hicks.

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:29 PM
Florimon!!! This game just gets better.

snepp
04-04-2013, 03:29 PM
Attaboy Hicksie.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 03:29 PM
Hicks!!

big dog
04-04-2013, 03:30 PM
And Hicks is on base with a two-run single!!!

mikeee
04-04-2013, 03:30 PM
Hicks is on the board!!!!

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:30 PM
Ok, fine....two run single!

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 03:30 PM
I like it. Two run lead, you don't have to send the guy a message that he'll be pinch-hit for every time this season. Let him go up there.I was thinking that, but still. Glad he produced. The SS position has produced more RBIs than any other position (I believe).

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:31 PM
Are we dreaming or is this really happening?

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:31 PM
Are we going to get a Rule 5 Ryan appearance in the 9th?

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:32 PM
So should Pressly pitch the 9th? Or let Perkins get some work in?

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 03:33 PM
Pressly, IMO. This game is going right according to script.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 03:34 PM
Are we going to get a Rule 5 Ryan appearance in the 9th?

That'd be my guess. Any idea who's up in the pen right now? I assume Perkins just sat down.

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 03:35 PM
So should Pressly pitch the 9th? Or let Perkins get some work in?

Perkins pitched yesterday and the team is headed for a road trip. I doubt we'll see Glen today.

buckninetyone
04-04-2013, 03:38 PM
aaron hicks- the reverse reggie cleveland?

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:41 PM
Is it a Twins rule that Rule 5 pitchers that make the team out of Spring Training get #57? Or did it just work out so well the last time that they thought it might be a good omen for Pressly?

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:42 PM
1-2 to Hunter....just throw it in the dirt!

ShaeTwins
04-04-2013, 03:44 PM
What a fantastic way to celebrate our first winning record since 2010!

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 03:44 PM
W00t!

SirLoin
04-04-2013, 03:45 PM
Two of three from the Tigers! Well done!

glunn
04-04-2013, 03:47 PM
What a great way to end the series and to start the first road trip!

Brock Beauchamp
04-04-2013, 03:47 PM
Hard to say many negative things about how this season has started.

Now, the Orioles!

IdahoPilgrim
04-04-2013, 03:50 PM
Granted, this is still a small sample size, but...

How many of those who were predicting a 90 loss season want to change their votes? Let's see those hands...

big dog
04-04-2013, 03:51 PM
Good things from Pelfrey, Plouffe, Parmalee, Hicks, and Roenicke. Great to see.

robbie111
04-04-2013, 03:58 PM
Also nice to see Mauer and Morneau hitting well to start the year. I know it's a super small sample size but seeing Morneau with only 1 K and 3 BB should tell you he's seeing the ball well. I'm especially happy though with the pitching and seeing clutch hitting with Escobar, Floriman and power from Plouffe and Willingham. A dream start to the year is right. Much better than I thought they were going to start.

glunn
04-04-2013, 04:02 PM
My Vegas bet that the Twins will win more than 58 games is looking pretty good right now -- only 57 more to go.

buckninetyone
04-04-2013, 04:02 PM
Granted, this is still a small sample size, but...

How many of those who were predicting a 90 loss season want to change their votes? Let's see those hands...


*keeps hand firmly in pants*

SpiritofVodkaDave
04-04-2013, 04:12 PM
Hard to say many negative things about how this season has started.

Now, the Orioles!

I will be at that game tomorrow followed by the Royals series then the Mets series. Roadtrip!

Twins Twerp
04-04-2013, 04:22 PM
I know it is early, but man it feels good to quiet those sabre metrics who hate the twins yet are twins fans.

mcrow
04-04-2013, 04:22 PM
I'm not ready to change predictins based on 3 games but I like what I've seen of this team so far. Surprisingly, three good pefermances from the starters and none of them were Diamond. The Twins exposed the Tigers BP issues some as well.

All-in-all, can't complain.

Would liked to see more out of Hicks but he had a nice final AB.

ScottyB
04-04-2013, 04:23 PM
All of a sudden, the schedule to start the season looks managable. Every one is 1-2 or 2-1, and we get to play KC, the Marlins, the Mets, and the dredded White Sux after the Orioles. We have an outside shot at .500 (or dare I say, a little better for April). It helps when we don't start the season against the Yankees, Toronto and Boston.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 04:32 PM
I need to check with RiverBrian to determine whether Fielder has the wheels to upset this strategy.

Let me go to my wheels chart.

Mark Fidrych... Not any more
Jim Field... Not any more
Nate Field... Nope
Cecil Fielder... Nope
Prince Fielder... Umm... Let's see... No... He does not have the wheels to upset this strategy.

ashburyjohn
04-04-2013, 04:34 PM
I know it is early, but man it feels good to quiet those sabre metrics who hate the twins yet are twins fans.

I'm still right here, brother. :)

snepp
04-04-2013, 04:36 PM
I know it is early, but man it feels good to quiet those sabre metrics who hate the twins yet are twins fans.

How do you quiet a statistic?

And how does a statistic hate something?

Have they achieved sentience?

mcrow
04-04-2013, 04:41 PM
All of a sudden, the schedule to start the season looks managable. Every one is 1-2 or 2-1, and we get to play KC, the Marlins, the Mets, and the dredded White Sux after the Orioles. We have an outside shot at .500 (or dare I say, a little better for April). It helps when we don't start the season against the Yankees, Toronto and Boston.

Yeah, well get Baltimore's 4th and 5th starter to start the series, then the middle of the KC rotation. So, getting out of the Tigers series with 2 wins looks good right now.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 04:42 PM
*keeps hand firmly in pants*

Hey Now... Oh... You mean... You are not raising your hand... Carry on.

Top Gun
04-04-2013, 04:42 PM
Twins win again! A playoff team at last.

Ultima Ratio
04-04-2013, 04:49 PM
****, I had to run errands with the Mrs. and missed the 8th and 9th. Guess I'll have to stay away more often. Never would imagine a series win over the Tigers, never. Let the good times roll....

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 04:49 PM
How do you quiet a statistic?

And how does a statistic hate something?

Have they achieved sentience?

Surely Snepp... You have a GIF for this somewhere.

USAFChief
04-04-2013, 04:49 PM
Pedro Florimon, run producer. Take note, Joey.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 04:50 PM
****, I had to run errands with the Mrs. and missed the 8th and 9th. Guess I'll have to stay away more often. Never would imagine a series win over the Tigers, never. Let the good times roll....

Man...They were good innings... Probably the best two innings of the game.

mike wants wins
04-04-2013, 04:51 PM
Sigh. A great thread about a win, ruined by "there is a wrong way to be a Twins fan" post again. So tiring.

USAFChief
04-04-2013, 04:52 PM
As well as Worley and KC looked, I thought Pelfrey looked the best of the three. He obviously started to run out of gas, but he was up to 93 on the FSN gun, had really good command for the first 4 innings, and it didn't look like a fluke at all. That was very encouraging, and a bit surprising for a guy less than a year off TJS.

Lesser Dali
04-04-2013, 04:55 PM
Geez, 2 wins in less than 24 hours.

I am not sure how to describe the feelings I am experiencing - could it be optimism? Could it be happiness? Could it be that I am feeling the effects of a few adult beverages?

Whatever it is, I think it is a good feeling.

It is nice to get a quick start out of the gate.

jokin
04-04-2013, 05:01 PM
And Hicks is on base with a two-run single!!!

If a pitcture is worth a 1000 words- there were 3 pictures in just a couple of seconds that must be worth 3000- 1) that look of relief on Hicks' face as he stood on First Base after the hit 2) Scott Ullger trying to intercept the delivery of the ball to Hicks, only to be abruptly rejected by Fielder 3) Fielder's giant mitt of a hand pushing that ball into Hicks hands- as Hicks continued with that look of relief and then a very brief smile... baseball, gotta love it!

mcrow
04-04-2013, 05:02 PM
Geez, 2 wins in less than 24 hours.

I am not sure how to describe the feelings I am experiencing - could it be optimism? Could it be happiness? Could it be that I am feeling the effects of a few adult beverages?

Whatever it is, I think it is a good feeling.

It is nice to get a quick start out of the gate.

Lets just hope we don't all go on binges because we are confused about this feeling. :th_alc:

jokin
04-04-2013, 05:03 PM
As well as Worley and KC looked, I thought Pelfrey looked the best of the three. He obviously started to run out of gas, but he was up to 93 on the FSN gun, had really good command for the first 4 innings, and it didn't look like a fluke at all. That was very encouraging, and a bit surprising for a guy less than a year off TJS.

Did you catch Gardy's post-game comments about him (he completely flip-flopped on the guy who he now knows as "The Horse" from the comments he made last Sunday)? You'll love him even more! He's defying all of the conventional wisdom with a performance like today and DicknBert said he is obsessive in his training and rehab regimens. That's why I wish that Ryan would have gotten that 2nd year team option on the "Big Horse" (he's still bound to have at least one setback in 2013).

jimbo92107
04-04-2013, 05:45 PM
Figured out why Hicks wasn't hitting from the left side. In his stance, he's twirling the bat in the wrong direction. Seriously. If you want to create an inside-out motion, you can't twirl the bat to brush up your hair, or when you bring your hands forward, the bat will open up early in a big, lazy loop, the "waving a garden rake" swing. You wind up fighting the bat. If you think I'm dippy, check out vids of Ruth and Ted Williams. If you brush back your ear with the twirl, moving your hands towards the pitch will compress the bat down and in, so you get good lag, which keeps you inside the flight path of the ball. Then you get outward snap at the ball, which translates into everything you want - a controllable swing with lotsa pop. It also creates natural lift, which comes in handy if you like hitting the ball over the outfielders.

Florimon's throwing problem was indecisiveness. All he needs to do is pound the glove really hard, then fire a laser shot. Don't pat the glove, pop it sharply, so everybody can hear!

Based on what I saw today, it wouldn't surprise me by mid season to see Escobar at SS and Brian Dinkelman at 2B. Dinkelman hit .300 last year (small sample), and Escobar looks to have more of a bat than Florimon. He and Dozier better find some hitting rhythm before their easy outs pile up and start to smell bad.

Too bad about Tyler Robertson. If he simply learned good posture, he'd be a great pitcher. Guy's been slouching in chairs too long.

IdahoPilgrim
04-04-2013, 06:17 PM
How do you quiet a statistic?

And how does a statistic hate something?

Have they achieved sentience?

They do tend to have a life of their own, sometimes.

snepp
04-04-2013, 06:24 PM
Surely Snepp... You have a GIF for this somewhere.

Alas, I've drawn a blank.

Riverbrian
04-04-2013, 06:37 PM
Alas, I've drawn a blank.

How do you actually draw a blank? Seems impossible. :go:

glunn
04-04-2013, 06:42 PM
If a pitcture is worth a 1000 words- there were 3 pictures in just a couple of seconds that must be worth 3000- 1) that look of relief on Hicks' face as he stood on First Base after the hit 2) Scott Ullger trying to intercept the delivery of the ball to Hicks, only to be abruptly rejected by Fielder 3) Fielder's giant mitt of a hand pushing that ball into Hicks hands- as Hicks continued with that look of relief and then a very brief smile... baseball, gotta love it!

Thanks for this post. It made me very happy to read this.

Monkeypaws
04-04-2013, 06:49 PM
All of a sudden, the schedule to start the season looks managable. Every one is 1-2 or 2-1, and we get to play KC, the Marlins, the Mets, and the dredded White Sux after the Orioles. We have an outside shot at .500 (or dare I say, a little better for April). It helps when we don't start the season against the Yankees, Toronto and Boston.

I'm more worried about the Royals than the Spankees - they might actually suck this season.

snepp
04-04-2013, 07:54 PM
How do you actually draw a blank? Seems impossible. :go:

Let me show you.



















Creative genius hard at work.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 08:38 PM
Let me show you.



















Creative genius hard at work.Did you use the spacebar or cheat and hit return?

snepp
04-04-2013, 10:15 PM
Did you use the spacebar or cheat and hit return?

Everyone's a critic.

PseudoSABR
04-04-2013, 11:05 PM
Everyone's a critic.Too soon.

snepp
04-04-2013, 11:52 PM
Too soon.

Eh?

GCTF
04-05-2013, 11:04 AM
Eh?

Check the dead pool. Roger Ebert, no longer breathing.