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MIN 4, CHW 0: Mauer Reaches 2,000 Hits, Leads Twins to Victory

Sometimes milestones are anticlimactic, but this one was pretty neat. With the Twins leading 2-0 in the seventh inning, Joe Mauer ripped a single up the middle for his 2,000th career hit. That drove in two runs and came in front of his home fans. If you ask for more than that, you’re just being greedy.
Image courtesy of Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
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Of course, in order to get to 2,000 Mauer had to get 1,999. He delivered an RBI single in the third inning and also walked in the first.

Mauer has been one of the best hitters in baseball so far in this young season. He closed the night with a .412 batting average and 1.074 OPS.

Berrios was incredible. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter over seven shutout innings. Of his 99 pitches, 73 were for strikes. On the season, Jose has 24 strikeouts, one walk and an ERA of 2.18. Wow.

He’s on quite a roll heading into the Puerto Rico series.

According to Baseball Savant, Berrios racked up 17 swinging strikes tonight, 11 of them on the 37 curveballs he threw. That pitch is developing into one of the more formidable offerings in baseball.

Brian Dozier had an RBI double and scored twice. He has a hit in every game so far this season. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario also doubled. Byron Buxton stole a pair of bases, giving him four on the year already. He didn't swipe his fourth base until May 18 last season.

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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Next Three Games
Fri vs. CHW 7:10 pm CT
Sat vs. CHW 1:10 pm CT
Sun vs. CHW 1:10 pm CT

Last Three Games
MIN 9, HOU 8: Max to the Rescue!
MIN 4, HOU 1: Odorizzi, Twins Battle Their Way to Victory
HOU 2, MIN 0: Failure to Launch

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Was in KC August 2016 for Twins/Royals.Watched Berrios LABOR through about 3 innings.Seemed like every hitter was 3-2.Kept hearing "he needs to trust his stuff".What a difference 2 years makes.This kid is special.Don't overanalyze him folks, just enjoy him.

Berrios is becoming appointment viewing when he's on the mound. you really don't want to miss a start, because it might be something pretty special and almost certainly pretty fun to watch. That curve is filthy and he's spotting his fastball well.

 

I'm really happy Mauer is off to a fast start and got his 2000 last night. He looks like he's playing free and easy and that swing as just as smooth as it's always been. Kinda back to being surprised when Mauer strikes out. Hope he keeps slashing singles and knocking doubles all over the field.

 

Fun game, even with the replay delays and fails.

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Apr 13 2018 10:52 AM

 

Oh hey, look who is leading the league in fWAR for all pitchers:  https://www.fangraph...son1=2018&ind=0

 

 

Big deal. Only two wins.

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I wish I could have watched this one. Nothing quite like seeing a 4-0 box score. Means every side of the team was working well.


...... and.... I didn't have to see Rodney!

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