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KC 9, MIN 4: Slegers Slayed by Royals

Aaron Slegers faced 11 Kansas City hitters Tuesday night, seven of them recorded hits. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and gave up five runs. That doesn’t give a team much of a chance to win a ballgame.

The Twins’ bullpen did a nice job getting things pointed in the right direction until Addison Reed had yet another bad outing in the ninth. It was a bad loss to a bad team, but Cleveland may have had an even worse night.
Image courtesy of © Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Aaron Slegers: 13 Game Score, 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 65.9% strikes
Bullpen: 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 8 K, 4 BB
Lineup: 2-for-7 w/RISP, 6 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: None
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Slegers -.381
Attached Image: WinEx710.png
Logan Morrison made one of the worst baseball plays you’ll see all year. Down 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning, he hit what appeared to be a leadoff double. Nice, right? Well, LoMo decided he’d try to stretch it into a triple and was thrown out.

You just can’t do that. A rookie wouldn’t get a free pass for that kind of a mental error, let alone a veteran like Morrison. You’re down 5-1, there are no outs … honestly, dude what are you doing?

Something has to be wrong with Addison Reed. He gave up three runs on three hits; a single, a triple and a home run. Since the start of June, Reed has surrendered 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings pitched.

Reed’s average velocity on his four-seamer has been holding pretty steady over the past few years. He was right around 93 mph from 2014-2017, but he started out this season sitting more like 92 mph and things have continued to dip. Tonight, he topped out at 91.6 mph per Baseball Savant, but averaged 90.3 mph.

Maybe Morrison and Reed need to go down to Single A too.

On the plus side, Taylor Rogers was great in an extended appearance. He threw a season-high 37 pitches over 2 1/3 no-hit innings. He struck out two and walked one. Also, Brian Dozier hit his 14th home run.

Not a great night for the Twins, but things aren’t exactly going swimmingly for Cleveland either. The led 4-0 heading into the ninth inning of their game tonight. Closer Cody Allen gave up three runs, and then a miscommunication played a part in the Reds scoring four more runs en route to victory. From Cleveland’s reporter from The Athletic:

Uff da. That bullpen is a nightmare. Gotta love the AL Central.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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AL Central Standings
CLE 49-41
MIN 40-49 (-8.5)
DET 40-54 (-11)
CHW 30-61 (19.5)
KC 26-65 (-23.5)

Next Three Games
Wed vs. KC, 12:10 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Burch Smith
Thu vs. TB, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Fri vs. TB, 7:10 pm CT: TBD

Last Three Games
MIN 3, KC 1: Minnesota’s All-Star Shines
MIN 10, BAL 1: Twins Pick Up First Sweep of 2018
MIN 5, BAL 4: More Baltimore, Please


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Brock Beauchamp
Jul 12 2018 08:21 AM

6. The ball was hit to left field. I mean, sure, judge each play on its own merits; but the default should be stop at second unless you are very sure.

7. ???

8. PROFIT!

9. Logan Morrison is very, very, very slow.

Yeah, the left field aspect of the ball has two elements worth noting:

- The runner gets a VERY good look at the ball and fielder

- The fielder has to make a 50 ft throw, not a 150 ft throw

Again, that play was all on Morrison and there’s a good chance it cost the Twins a shot at the win. Kennedy couldn’t pitch and a four run deficit can be overcome in 6-7 innings (can’t remember if it was the second or third when it happened).
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