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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 8/20 @ 6:05pm CT

Everybody is pretty crabby in Minnesota right now. I know this because I can hear them all screaming in Michigan. It's hard to keep things relaxed when the bullpen coughed up two nice sized leads at Yankee stadium. On paper it isn't over yet and Baltimore is the team we face next... and Baltimore is one of the teams that we have to catch. It's kinda funny how the Twins have become major players in the AL East race: the Yankees... the Blue Jays... and now the Orioles. That's the top of the of the division and right now we are helping all of them by nicely getting swept.

The Bullpen has struggled all year... It was nice to add Jepsen but we needed more help; and now Perkins is hurt and we really don't have an 8th inning guy to slide into the 9th inning guy. We got a lot of 4th inning guys and this is why a lot of Twins Fans are little bit crabby.
1. Baltimore -- A major city on America's East Coast that lies in very close proximity to Washington DC and Philadelphia and Delaware so nobody knows that it's there. Visit Baltimore, the official tourism department, has been working hard to raise the profile of the forgotten location with clever campaigns. In 2013... "Baltimore: Don't just Drive By" In 2014... "Baltimore: Come see why there are so many Drive By's". This year in 2015, tourism numbers increased from 17 to 36 with the new slogan... "Baltimore: We've got Crabs". Those blue crabs are tasty even if they come with the side effect of severe itching.

2. The Orioles -- Whoever had the idea of putting a sweet cream filling in between two chocolate wafers hit a home run. Everybody loves those Oriole Cookies. On the package it says that a single serving size is two cookies, so I'm just letting everybody know that I have the ability to eat 75 serving sizes in one sitting... provided I have enough milk. Of course the Baseball team was named after the cookie because the pitching staff routinely serves them up to hitters. There is nothing like an Oriole Cookie.

3. The Playoff Chase -- Well, now I've done it... I am publicly mentioning that the Twins are still in the playoff chase. The Twins are and nobody in Minnesota believes it. As a matter of fact... back when the Twins were 5 games ahead for the final wild card spot... nobody in Minnesota actually believed it. Here are some of things Minnesotans have said when told that the Twins are in contention.

Melvin Anderson from Red Wing: "Paul Molitor... are you kidding me? This is all his fault. I can't understand why they hired him in the first place."

Josh Olson from Baxter: "Playoff contention means nothing... This team is last in K/9 and DRS."

Steve Nelson from Bloomington: "The Vikings are starting soon."

Brian Peterson from Proctor: "I know the Gophers wish they were playing Hockey in the NCHC."

Randy Jenson from Moorhead: "Yeah but I don't have a single Twins player on my fantasy team so I don't watch."

Ole Larson from Oslo: "It doesn't matter what I say... Someone is going to twist my words into a joke about my wife and me."

Lena Larson from Oslo: "Ole... Da Turn Signals are Vorking... No Der Not... Yes Day are... no der not... yes day are... no der not... yes... no... yes... no."

Terry Ryan from 1 Twins Way: "Playoff Contention Smatention... Blah Blah Blah... What's the use?"

4. Miguel Sano -- We may be upset with the bullpen... We may be upset with Joe Mauer... We may be upset with Shane Robinson... but... not many are upset with Miquel Sano. Nine home runs now in 137 at bats... that's a home run every 15.22222 at bats for the rookie. To put that in perspective... Sano is out pacing Jonathan Schoop who has 9 home runs in 153 at bats.

5. Catching Crabs -- I went to Baltimore just a few months ago on my epic road trip. To get a true Baltimore experience I decided to do some crabbing. I rented a boat and went out on the Chesapeake Bay and I caught one. Much to my surprise you need a license and I didn't have one. A DNR official floated by and came on to my boat. He asked for my license and was ready to handcuff me when I couldn't produce one. I told him that I wasn't crabbing... I was just boating which caused him to point at my crab and ask, "What's that?" I told him that it was my Pet Crab and to prove it was my pet... I told him that I would put him in the water and he would come back to me. The DNR guy agreed to witness this... So I did and the crab didn't come back. This caused the DNR official to say... "So Where's your Crab?" and I replied, "What Crab?"

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Game-time forecast: 82 deg F, humid, 69% chance of precipitation (thunderstorms), winds from the SSE at 8mph. Hmm, I see a doubleheader in our future perhaps.

Lineups:

TWINS
Buxton CF
Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Sano DH
Plouffe 3B
Rosario LF
Hunter RF
Suzuki C
Escobar SS

Duffey P

ORIOLES
Machado 3B
Parra RF
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Schoop 2B
Clevenger DH
Hardy SS
Urretia LF

Gonzalez P

Play ball! Go Twins!

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Still in the playoff chase? This series will answer that question, GO GET THEM TWINS!!!!!

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I think it's tricky how they let you drive into those tunnels in Baltimore, and then when you get out on the other end, they tell you that you have to pay! If I had known that I would have used the bridge instead!
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twinsnorth49
Aug 20 2015 08:12 AM

Here hoping!!

 

I put my pitchfork back in the garage and extinguished my torch, just want to see some good baseball. Is that too much to ask?

 

Go Sano!

Go Twins!

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My question is; can Buxton catch Rosario for the lead in triples (I think 9, at the moment) by the end of the season?

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Brock Beauchamp
Aug 20 2015 08:42 AM

While it's exciting to see Buxton play again, the Twins aren't a better team than they were yesterday and are probably a bit worse.

 

Hicks, at the very least, is as good as Buxton will be in the short-term. Probably better.

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Kirby_waved_at_me
Aug 20 2015 08:53 AM

 

My question is; can Buxton catch Rosario for the lead in triples (I think 9, at the moment) by the end of the season?

If it's a matter of speed, I wouldn't bet against Buxton - he just has to find a way to make contact!

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While it's exciting to see Buxton play again, the Twins aren't a better team than they were yesterday and are probably a bit worse.
 
Hicks, at the very least, is as good as Buxton will be in the short-term. Probably better.

Which in a nutshell is what the Twins choice was this year. They could lose with veterans, or they could lose while giving acclimation time to rookies. The month of May seems to have caused them to be somewhere in between!
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twinsnorth49
Aug 20 2015 09:25 AM

As excited as I am to see Buxton again, I'm sorry to see Hicks out, I was really enjoying watching him play the last while.

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Good one Riverbain!!!

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OMG, those crabs---  My long time sweetheart was a Baltimore gal, and those are some of my fave times- Nick's at Cross Street Market, bucket of crabs laid out on newspaper, plastic buckets of local brew, oh.... heaven.  

 

Then she met the jagoff with the yacht, and I moved to China.  Oh, well.  

 

So, I used to kind of like the O's, and back then, Camden Yards was still a showplace. Now---  I just wanna the see boys beat the living hell out of them Birds. 

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I've put away the hopes of playoffs.  To quote Jim Mora - "Playoffs!  Playoffs!?".  Here is my goal.  Finish above the White Sox.  Above Detroit would be gravy.  Please, please, please don't finish in last place.  That's it.  No more mention of wildcards or anything silly like that.  

 

I really don't see the bullpen being fixed anytime soon.  There are other problems too with the rotation.  The numbers are not good for 32+ year old pitchers and we've got plenty of them that are there or about to be there.  Signing these guys to 4 year contracts is insane.  So, I don't see much contribution coming up from Santana, Nolasco, Pelfrey (will we resign him?), or anyone else on the pitching staff that has hit the magic age when the skills take a sharp turn downward.

 

As much as I like Sano, I really like watching Rosario play.  He's got some fire.  Bummed about Hicks injury.  He is a physical specimen.  The dude is big and can run really fast.  I thought from the first time I saw him in spring training that he was the real deal and was really surprised how he struggled.  Glad to see him finally realize his talent.  Think about an outfield of Rosario, Buxton, and Hicks.  All 3 with speed and great arms.  Should be fun down the road.

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sampleSizeOfOne
Aug 20 2015 10:08 AM

 

My question is; can Buxton catch Rosario for the lead in triples (I think 9, at the moment) by the end of the season?

 

My answer is; yes.

 

But rather unlikely, what with Rosario still hitting triples and that big a lead. I wouldn't complain if it turned out to be competitive like Rosario and Sano's homer totals way back when...

 

And thinkin' of Crabs just drives home the need for a Molly/Tommy Milone parody... Throwin' fastballs and Sliders alive, alive oh! (Now you've done it...)

 

At least that'll be a different game this series.

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@LaVelleNeal: Buxton, on being in the lineup with Sano "It's just like double-A, but better."
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If the Twins starting pitching doesn't step up and start really pitching well than you might as well put a fork in the Minnesota Twins 2015 season. Hopefully at least playing for something against these other teams will motivate them to be resilient and try. Dozier is going to have to start hitting a little bit or Mauer is going to have to go on a patented hot streak. That or some other sources are really going to have to step up there games. It's kind of too bad they didn't pull off two of those three games against the Yankees because that was a four game swing to the bad side of the equation. Hopefully there are not these continued 1 game heartbreaking losses to us fans, because that would almost be worse than tanking. 

 

The math in theory to stay or still be in the playoff chase get's pretty tricky from here on out unless you can take 3 to 4 from Baltimore. Any hangover from the Yankees series you might as well say forget about it. 

If the target magic number for the number 2 Wild card team wins wise is 87 or 88 wins the Twins will have to go either 29 and 13 or  30 and 12 the rest of the way or better to just have a chance to take a stab at hat final Wild card playoff spot. Not just the rest of this road trip but the rest of the season 57 % of the remaining games are against potential playoff teams that still have a potential shot at it. The money on the line is for sure there this weekend and both the Twins and Baltimore know that. Take 3 of 4 games it is just about a TKO from the other side, and you have done a good job of extinguishing the other teams playoff hopes. Twins have to just about sweep Tampa in all three games and go 2 for 3 both Astros series and Angels series. Teams are going to beat up on each other a little but the Twins at the back of the line are going to have to play well above 500 ball. 

 

Your talking about playing 550 to 560 baseball the rest of the this season for this team to have a shot.

Baltimore and the Angels and Astros  are the targets because the Twins still have 4, and 3, and 6 games against those teams and those teams are the most likely contenders the Twins will have to catch for that final spot. It is my belief Toronto or the Yankees will maintain the top Wild card spot and one will win the east because they have a softer schedule than the other three teams.

 

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Here hoping!!
 
I put my pitchfork back in the garage and extinguished my torch, just want to see some good baseball. Is that too much to ask?
 
Go Sano!
Go Twins!


Possibly, yes.

Wish the Twins would bring Polacno, Vargas and Berrios up(even if you need stash him in the pen)

and put your best foot forward for the rest of the season. They already know what they will get from most of the roster, besides Buxton these other guys with there enthusiasm and energy would bring a shot in the arm to the team. Adios, Nunez, and Robinson(That or put Hunter on the 15 day DL)  and send down an Achter or O'rourke from the bullpen for Berrios. Berrios is not intimidated and the one thing he is and has always been is a strike thrower that strikes people out. 

It will not happen, but it would be a better gamble in my opinion than staying status quo. 

 

 

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I spent my college days in Baltimore at the height of the Orioles playoff runs and when you couldn't get a ticket to Camden Yards without a 30-day notice.  I watched numerous Twins losses in that stadium...in fact, I don't think I ever went to a win there (and given they were 6-8 in that span of time, I had really bad luck).  I then came to dub Camden Yards the Twins House of Horrors.  But they are 8-9 since 2010 there so the name has lost its luster.  Hopefully it won't come back to the spotlight this weekend.  That short porch in left is just BEGGING to catch a few Sano blasts.

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Anyone know how long the rain delay is going to be? Is it possible they end up rescheduling a double header? Looks like 2 hours worth of bad weather or more right now. 

 

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bulldozier14
Aug 20 2015 05:10 PM

 

While it's exciting to see Buxton play again, the Twins aren't a better team than they were yesterday and are probably a bit worse.

 

Hicks, at the very least, is as good as Buxton will be in the short-term. Probably better.

This is more about Buxton's future than fighting for a wildcard spot with no pitching and inconsistent offense. 

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twinsnorth49
Aug 20 2015 05:13 PM

Rain makes me crabby.

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My answer is; yes.

 

But rather unlikely, what with Rosario still hitting triples and that big a lead. I wouldn't complain if it turned out to be competitive like Rosario and Sano's homer totals way back when...

 

And thinkin' of Crabs just drives home the need for a Molly/Tommy Milone parody... Throwin' fastballs and Sliders alive, alive oh! (Now you've done it...)

 

At least that'll be a different game this series.

Heh...  Usually it's a hateful song that gets stuck in your head.  I don't mind that one- with the original lyrics of course.  The less I think about Milone these daze, the better.

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Rain makes me crabby.

That's when you go out and dance madly in it! Good times!

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Rain makes me crabby.

and blue?

 

blue crabby?

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sampleSizeOfOne
Aug 20 2015 05:48 PM
Rain sounds like good weather to go to the water park, eh?

Fewer lines, and all, and if your going to be wet anyways...

hmmm... He jumps off the rubber, and scoops up that nubber,
weak contact on sliders alive, alive o! (sorry, a continuation of a thought)
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sampleSizeOfOne
Aug 20 2015 05:53 PM

That's when you go out and dance madly in it! Good times!


"What a glorious feeling, i'm
happy again!"

(imagine your own splish splash sound effects...)
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