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Minnesota Vikings Talk Yesterday, 11:17 PM
This is pretty much a must win in my opinion. We need to go to Soldier Field and take them... which means we won't. 
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Twins Minor League Coaches/Coordinators

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:05 PM
The Twins made some changes this offseason already in their minor league system. Pitching coaches Ivan Arteaga and Henry Bonilla were let...
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Article: Welcome to the New School

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:05 PM
Major League Baseball is changing before our eyes, with its fabric being rewoven in the age of analytics and forward thinking. Against al...
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NBA 2018-19 Thread

Minnesota Timberwolves Talk Yesterday, 09:45 PM
You all probably know I’m a Lakers guy by now. But, I like you guys, so I want to keep talking hoops on TD. This season is going to be F...
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Article: Rundown: Target Field Security, Offseason Expect...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:21 PM
Target Field is undergoing yet another fairly major update this offseason, the focus being around Gate 34. Rochelle Olson of the Star Tri...
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DET 5, MIN 2: Bulldog Berrios and the Addison Reed Experience

On the mound for the Twins on Wednesday night, was phenom Jose Berrios. Heading into the game he got quite the compliment from a Hall of Fame pitcher.

Berrios did his best to live up to that comparison, also reminding Tiger’s manager Ron Gardenhire of a Twins Hall of Famer he used to coach all night.

Unfortunately, something may not be right with Addison Reed. He would be charged with his fourth blown save in his last seven appearances, making Berrios’ best effort at an impersonation all for naught.
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Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Current record: 29-35
Jose Berrios: 58 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7, 1 BB, 71.7% strikes
Bullpen: 2.0 IP, 3 ER (4 R), 1 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 1-for-4 w/RISP, 6 LOB
Top three per WPA: Berrios .304, Pressly .112, Escobar .108
Attached Image: WP chart.png
The Twins jumped on Tigers starter Matthew Boyd in the first inning, with Brian Dozier getting hit by a pitch to lead off the game in front of a double from Eddie Rosario and a two-RBI single from the still scorching Eduardo Escobar.

#OldFriend Niko Goodrum got to Berrios in the second with a solo shot (his sixth of the year) to close the gap to 2-1, but that would be it for Ron Gardenhire’s squad against him. After that blast, Berrios buckled down and picked up six of his seven K’s, several to escape scoring chances as the Tigers went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against him.

After a one-two-three seventh inning from Ryan Pressly, Twins fans were treated to the Addison Reed Experience. Again.

Five singles and an ugly throwing error from Robbie Grossman led to four runs in the eighth inning and it was all over. Reed has now allowed a run in five of his last seven appearances, raising his ERA over a full run from 2.60 to 3.78 over that time frame.

The offense again held much of the blame in this one, as they managed just two more hits on the game after putting up a crooked number in the first.

At least we were able to watch Berrios out-maneuver the Tigers for six innings in ace fashion.

Postgame With Molitor


Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Attached Image: bullpen usage chart.png
AL Central Standings
CLE 35-30
DET 32-37 (-5)
MIN 29-35 (-5.5)
CHW 23-42 (-12)
KC 22-46 (-14)

Next Three Games
Thu @ DET, 12:10PM CST – RHP Lancy Lynn (4-4, 5.08 ERA)
Fri @ CLE, 6:10PM CST – RHP Kyle Gibson (1-4, 3.45 ERA)
Sat @ CLE, 3:10PM CST – RHP Fernando Romero (3-2, 3.92 ERA)

Last Three Games
MIN 6, DET 4: More Grand Slams, Please
MIN 7, LAA 5: Jake Cave Sparks a Fire
LAA 2, MIN 1: Is This a Rerun?

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Reed has certainly been unreliable of late, but this outing was more unfortunate than purely bad pitching. Unlike the other recent outings full of walks, HBP and long balls, Reed was actually getting ahead of most the hitters and then giving up weak, seeing-eye contact on what always seemed to be an 0-2 pitch. He's been frustrating to watch, but this appearance isn't a microcosm of his struggles.

 

True, but the fact is he is sooo hitable. Every pitch can be touched and made contact with. And a single is a single is a single. In the end, it doesn't really matter. Every batter was hitting the ball.

 

Hosken Bombo Disco, on 14 Jun 2018 - 1:03 PM, said:

Really disappointing response by Molitor.
"Had a chance to hold a lead, I get all that, but gotta have more offense." Well, 2-1 games are worth winning, too. Just my opinion. If he wants 7-10 runs every night he should quit and join a softball league.

Well said!


I've been a big fan of Molitor for a very long time, but he threw the offense under the bus to protect his decision to bring in Reed? It's Reed's job to protect the lead, not give up four runs and expect the offense to score five in the ninth.

 

 

Exactly. It could have been 8-7. The one run lead in the 8th is the only important point at this time in the game.

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I remember suggesting Red Dawg as manager. He was available. Also, if they had let Gardy go a little earlier Tito Francona was available. 

 

or Torey Lovullo. He's done pretty well with the Diamondbacks. That was the guy i was pulling for from the original three candidates. Although Doug Mientkiewicz would have been okay as well. When the Twins announced Molitor's selection i was not super thrilled.  

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or Torey Lovullo. He's done pretty well with the Diamondbacks. That was the guy i was pulling for from the original three candidates. Although Doug Mientkiewicz would have been okay as well. When the Twins announced Molitor's selection i was not super thrilled.  

At the time I slightly preferred Lovullo over Molitor, mostly because he would have been an outside hire. I do wonder what would have happened if we hired him.

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Jun 14 2018 03:59 PM

 

Really disappointing response by Molitor.

"Had a chance to hold a lead, I get all that, but gotta have more offense." Well, 2-1 games are worth winning, too. Just my opinion. If he wants 7-10 runs every night he should quit and join a softball league. Sorry about the negativity.

 

I get the frustration, but it seems like every game is 3-2 or 2-1. They need to be able to win games 9-2 or 7-3 against lesser pitching. Outside of Berrios' complete game last week, they haven't played those types of games. They haven't lost a game by more than 3 runs in almost a month. Their run differential is world's ahead of where it was last year at this time. There are too many games of that nature where they can't come up clutch. The reason that Reed and Pressly have been overworked is because every game is close. Win an occasional game by an 8-3 score and they might start getting an occasional game off. 


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