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The 5 Rule Draft

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:24 PM
This year's Rule 5 draft we lost Akil Baddo and Tyler Wells. So I thought I'd check to see how they were doing. 1st I checked on Baddo, h...
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Why isn't Buxton on MLB OPS leaders list?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Buxton is listed only on the MLB HR leaders list. Not on OPS or AVG or SLG or OBP. He should be the leader in several of these. He has as...
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2021 Regular Season Game Threads

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:40 PM
Welcome to the 2021 edition of Twins' Baseball. Twins Daily plans to have a game thread during the regular season for every game (one thr...
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Morneau

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:58 PM
I thought he was was really good last year. Maybe I'm on an opening day high (Not high) but he is so good.Who would have thought he would...
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Fun with Numbers 2021

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:27 PM
Nelson Cruz is on pace to hit over 150 home runs if he gets 500 at bats.   Josh Donaldson slash line:1.000/1.000/2.000/3.000
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MIN 3, DET 2: Colomé Holds on for 6-Out Save

Alex Colomé didn’t make the best first impression, blowing a lead on Opening Day, but he certainly impressed this afternoon in Detroit. The veteran right-hander protected a one-run lead over both the eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory. Continue reading for more on today’s series-clinching win.
Image courtesy of © Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Box Score
Maeda: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Home Runs: None
Top 3 WPA: Colomé .374, Polanco .235, Robles .114
Bottom 3 WPA: Garver -.185, Sanó -.080, Cruz -.032
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs):
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Baddoo Stays Hot

Akil Baddoo continued to torture his former organization in today’s game. In the bottom of the second, Baddoo got the scoring started with an RBI triple. He followed that up in the next half inning, when he made a great play and throw to nail Andrelton Simmons, who was trying to turn a single into a double, to leadoff the inning.

Matthew Boyd Controls Twins Bats Early

The Twins stacked their lineup with right-handed hitters against the lefty Matthew Boyd, but they were unable to get anything going against him through the first four innings of the game, as they mustered just two singles, with five strikeouts. It wasn’t until Byron Buxton drilled a double off the right-field wall to leadoff the fifth that the Twins even had a runner in scoring position. The Twins were able to capitalize off Buxton’s leadoff double, as he advanced to third on a groundout from Miguel Sano, and then came in to score on a sac-fly off the bat of Willians Astudillo, evening the score at one a piece.

Wilson Ramos Home Run

The game didn’t stay tied for long, thanks to Wilson Ramos who drilled a one-out home run down the line in left. Off the bat, the ball didn’t appear to be hit high enough to get out, but the ball was hit hard enough that it stayed up just enough to clear the fence, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Twins Have Big Sixth Inning

After the Tigers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Twins put together a strong sixth inning to give themselves the lead. In the top of the inning, the Twins bats put together a two out rally that started with a single from right-fielder Kyle Garlick. Nelson Cruz followed that up with an infield single, where he was initially rule out, but after a successful challenge from Rocco Baldelli the call was overturned. Jorge Polanco then came up huge, driving a double in the left-center field gap that was able to bring Cruz to score all the way from first, giving the Twins the 3-2 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, it was the defense that bailed out Kenta Maeda, who was struggling to get hitters out. First it was Andrelton Simmons, who completed a strong relay on a Miguel Cabrera double to throw out Willi Castro at home. After a Jeimer Candelario walk and a Nomar Mazara single, the bases were loaded with just one out, with Jonathan Schoop coming to the plate. Maeda was able to get Schoop to flyout to Kyle Garlick, who ended the inning with this great throw.



Kyle Garlick’s Big Start

With a lefty on the mound for the Tigers, it was not surprising that Kyle Garlick replaced Max Kepler in the lineup. However, it was surprising that he was he was hitting second in the order ahead of Nelson Cruz. Garlick proved that to be a great move, as he collected two singles to get on base in front of Cruz, which included the two-out single in the sixth that sparked the Twins rally to take the lead. Then he backed it up in the field with that throw to get Miguel Cabrera at home to preserve the Twins 3-2 lead.

Colome Secures Two Inning Save

With Taylor Rogers and Tyler Duffey having pitched yesterday, and Alex Colome coming off three days rest, Rocco Baldelli turned to Colome in the eighth inning to get six outs to end the game, and that is exactly what he did. Colome allowed a single in the eighth, but that was erased with an inning ending double play. He then got the middle of the Tigers order 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game with Akil Baddoo standing in the on-deck circle.

Postgame with Maeda


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41 Comments

solid start for what should be a good team. Can't say I love having 9 #@$^%#^%@#$# pitchers in the bullpen, though. It's just a waste.

 

Hard to complain too much about a team that's only lost in extra innings so far.

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Baddoo is an interesting story.I wonder how he will be doing in 1 month? But so far, he has been awesome for the Kittens. We were thinking and posting that there was no place for him to play and so the Twins were correct to let him be selected...plus the Twins did not think he woud be selected. I sure wish he was still on the Twins. The Kittens lineup looks like it is full of former Twins.

 

If he hadn't been taken, he wouldn't have even started playing yet, and the Twins would have trapped him in the low minors in some A ball all season probably, and it would have been a waste. All these so called "experts" that say a player isn't ready. Baddoo is proof that some are, and the only way you find out is to get them in the show sooner than later to see. Too bad he couldn't have stayed unhurt and played the last two years.

So speedy Polanco can't be sent from second but Cruz can from first. Looks like Diaz got a talkin' to..... 

 

The sure thing is..... that if you don't send the runner, he definitely can't score.

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stringer bell
Apr 07 2021 06:40 PM

 

Do the people who were crying for brining Garlik with from ST instead of Rooker feel stupid yet? Its a long season. Everyone who deservers it will get the chance to contribute at some point. 

 

I know I sure do. After racking up 2 hits in his lone start this season I'm ready to pencil him in at the top of the lineup for the the foreseeable future.

Garlik's bust will be next to Baddoo's in the Hall of Fame.Seriously, we're a week in to the season and there's a lot of baseball to be played. At this moment, Garlik is contributing, as is Astudillo, the two guys who were being debated about as far as their place on the roster. 

 

I am concerned about two Twins hitters at this early point in the season--Garver and Sanó--both seem to be getting beat on breaking pitches and fastballs. Garver's 2019 season is looking more and more like an outlier and frankly I hope he can be as productive as he was as a rookie. I don't think he as good an overall receiver as Jeffers, so he needs to hit. Sanó seems to be descending into Mark Reynolds territory. The droughts are too deep and periods of dominance are too short. 

 

Maeda hasn't had great command in his first two starts, but I'm less worried about him. He seemed to find his groove in the middle innings today, but lost it in the sixth. 

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As I said in another thread, I would make Kiriloff the every day first baseman. The Sano occasional bomb is not worth the automatic outs.
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If he hadn't been taken, he wouldn't have even started playing yet, and the Twins would have trapped him in the low minors in some A ball all season probably, and it would have been a waste. All these so called "experts" that say a player isn't ready. Baddoo is proof that some are, and the only way you find out is to get them in the show sooner than later to see. Too bad he couldn't have stayed unhurt and played the last two years.

While I sometimes wish the Twins would promote guys at different rates than others Gaddoo isn't proof of anything. He was a .249 hitter in the minors. He is 5-11. Pretty much any hitter A ball and above are capable of a 5-11 stint.I might be wrong but I know there are lots of minor league players capable of hitting well for a SSS in the majors.More power to him and maybe he never looks back. You are right that he would not be on the Twins nor should he be. He did nothing with the Twins to deserve such a shot.

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Old Twins Cap
Apr 07 2021 08:41 PM

Watching the Yankees-Orioles game in extras. Great game ending DP by the O's as Urshela slides in at the plate and gets his face slammed by a tag on a would-be Sacrafice Fly. Love it when Yanks lose at home. Laughed kind of hard.

 

Just wondering, if you are the away team and you don't score in the 10th-- which the Twins did twice this week--, why the hell would you not walk the first batter in the bottom of the 10th and set up a force-at-any-base situation?

 

Granted, maybe you feel a match-up advantage for a hitter. But, in general, it's do or die in extras, and the defense needs every advantage. Here we have all the analytics in the world, but they can't figure out that walking the first or second batter when one run loses you the game might help the defense?

 

Kind of slow on the uptake.

 

 

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stringer bell
Apr 07 2021 08:55 PM
Right now if Cruz or Buxton would be the first hitter in the bottom of the tenth, I’d walk either of them.
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Nicw bounceback game for the Twins. Early this season, injuries and illness have kept the lineup in flux. Betno one expected Astudillo to contribute so soon. Concern about Garver and Sano justified. I'd give Sano till the end of April tops to straighten out. Then if he doesn't, its time to try someone else. He looks a lot like Chris Davis these last two seasons.

4-2 start is fine.

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Aerodeliria
Apr 07 2021 09:39 PM

I'm just happy that they didn't cough up another game with Maeken on the mound. He'll be on the news tonight for sure. He's a fighter.

 

Game lacked quite a bit of energy once again, but we got the win. 

I suspect that a 12 noon start had something to do with that.

 

If he hadn't been taken, he wouldn't have even started playing yet, and the Twins would have trapped him in the low minors in some A ball all season probably, and it would have been a waste. All these so called "experts" that say a player isn't ready. Baddoo is proof that some are, and the only way you find out is to get them in the show sooner than later to see. Too bad he couldn't have stayed unhurt and played the last two years.

It's only six games. Maybe he is the real deal, and maybe pitchers will figure out how to get him out. It's when they start changing approach we'll see whether he can also figure out how to respond - if he can, then we can pronounce him ready.

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So speedy Polanco can't be sent from second but Cruz can from first. Looks like Diaz got a talkin' to..... 

 

The sure thing is..... that if you don't send the runner, he definitely can't score.If 

If you send him and he's out, he definitely can't score. If you don't send him, he still might score. It's a case-by-case decision.

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Defense was the difference in this game.Twins got 2 outs at the plate to keep the lead.The first out was a great relay.The second out the runner should never have been sent, but still took a good throw that was made.  

 

Also old man Cruz showing off his legs helped get the win too.  

Finally we have a real short stop. And it feels so good.

 

Sano has an approach, he’s just not executing. He is walking at a good clip and is going deep into counts, he’s just having the same problem he has every year to open a season: he can’t hit the damned ball.

Which is really frustrating to watch every single season.

Don't you just love how his "hard hit rate" or exit velo is what we hear about?But in the first 6 games his whiff % is around 47%!!Which is scarily similar to 2020.At some point, we may have to realize that this is who he is.I thought he'd be the DH next year, assuming Cruz will not be back.But maybe Sano is the one who isn't back.