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MIN 4, DET 3: Austin Homers, Hildy Survives Save Chance

Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Twins debut and Trevor Hildenberger earned the first post-Fernando Rodney save as the Twins squeaked by the Tigers Saturday night. It was certainly an experience, as Hildy gave up two runs, but whatever works, I guess. Maybe he was paying too close attention to Rodney?
Image courtesy of © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Kyle Gibson: 65 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 67.6% strikes (75 of 111 pitches)
Home Runs: Tyler Austin (9)
Multi-Hit Games: Joe Mauer (2-for-4, BB), Logan Forsythe (2-for-5), Miguel Sano (2-for-4, BB)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Gibson .302, Austin .179
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Polanco -.124
Attached Image: WinChart811.png
Austin’s homer was his ninth of the season in the majors, matching his season total in the minors. He now has 16 home runs in 86 MLB games. We also saw Austin’s contact issues on display, as he also struck out swinging twice, but the power is most definitely legit.

Kyle Gibson did a great job of staying aggressive tonight. He didn’t have his nastiest stuff going, but he threw a ton of strikes en route to holding Detroit to one run over seven innings pitched. Trevor May pitched a perfect eighth inning, but then things got a little too interesting.

The Twins led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, creating the first save opportunity of the new-look bullpen. Despite his recent struggles, Trevor Hildenberger got the call.

It was an experience.

The inning opened with an eight-pitch walk to Victor Martinez, then Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer. Jim Adduci singled, prompting a mound visit. Hildenberger responded by striking out James McCann, getting Victor Reyes to fly out and then striking out JaCoby Jones to pick up his second career save.

Oh, and this happened:

Postgame With Austin

Update: In his postgame interview, Paul Molitor revealed that the move to add Kohl Stewart will not only be Logan Morrison headed to the DL, but LoMo will be having surgery on his hip and will miss the rest of the season.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Attached Image: Bullpen811.png
AL Central Standings
CLE 64-51
MIN 54-62 (-10.5)
DET 48-69 (-17)
CHW 42-73 (-22)
KC 35-80 (-29)

Next Three Game
Sun at DET, 12:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Matt Boyd
Mon: Off
Tue vs. PIT, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Jameson Taillon
Wed vs. PIT, 12:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Chris Archer

Last Three Games
DET 5, MIN 3: Is There Anything Left?
CLE 5, MIN 4: Walks and a Walk-Off
CLE 5, MIN 2: Cleveland Prevails on Lindor Walk-Off Homer


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So long Morrison.Sorry you did not produce for us, but I hope you move on to success.From a personal fans view I am pleased to see someone else take those at bats because you have already had enough plate appearances to replace the Mendoza line with the Morrison line.

 

Still waiting for more of those prospects to get their chance in the BP.I think we have seen this week that Hildy and Reed are not closers.

 

Is anyone else anxious for September call ups?I want to see some minor leaguers up here.Our team is just good enough to be mediocre, but there seems to be some potential for the future and I want to see more.  

 

Please FO - no more great finds, just spend some time checking out our own prospects.

 

 

Molitor's continuous use of Hildenberger has to be just to troll us, right?

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Molitor's continuous use of Hildenberger has to be just to troll us, right?

 

I'm not the traditional closer role guy so I don't spend a lot of time worrying about who is in the 9th.

 

If I had to choose, I like low WHIP guys in the 9th and Hildenberger used to be that prior to this deep funk he is in so I'm not completely in opposition to this being his role... I'm just more in opposition of the static role itself.

 

Because sometimes you have a 3 run lead in the 9th where it makes sense to give Brandon Workman the ball and sometimes you have a 1 run lead in the 7th where it makes sense to give Craig Kimbrel the ball.Just pitching Kimbrel in the 9th exclusively if it's a 3 run lead or a 1 run lead is just another form of auto-pilot managing that I am a little sick of at the moment. 

 

I understand that as long as players are compensated for saves, the players will demand the role and this puts me firmly against the wind but I'm pointing this out to say that I don't care if Hildy is our closer. 

 

So with that said and knowing that Molitor doesn't share my thoughts on the subject and knowing that he is going to require a 9th inning guy. The selection of Hildenberger is interesting. Hildy is in a deep funk and Molitor went there anyway.  

 

Not surprising... Molitor is pretty consistent, he has his chosen guys and he is going with those guys come hell or high water. 

 

LoMo to have hip surgery? Did he play all season with a bum hip? That might explain the lack of explosion from his bat. Hard to swing a stick with a sore hip.

 

Yeah it does but at the same time doesn't explain the unwavering reward of playing time.:)

Instead of 2 out of 5... If he could make that 1 out of 4.:)

What's your plan for that 5th chance? A home run every time? :)

 

What's your plan for that 5th chance? A home run every time? :)

 

You know me.

 

I don't like the structure of a starting 9.

I don't like the structure of players only playing one position. 

I don't like the structure of a traditional bullpen.

 

No way I'm gonna structure that 5th AB for him... I'm just gonna be happy it's no longer a strike out.:)

 

 

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You know me.

 

I don't like the structure of a starting 9.

I don't like the structure of players only playing one position. 

I don't like the structure of a traditional bullpen.

 

No way I'm gonna structure that 5th AB for him... I'm just gonna be happy it's no longer a strike out.:)

I'm partial to the structure of home runs.

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If we consider that Castellanos is probably the biggest threat in the Tigers lineup, May was definitely brought in during the "high leverage" situation.

 

I'm not going to defend the overuse of Hildenberger or the call to use him when he has obviously been getting shelled, but a couple things to consider:

 

1) The poster calling Molitor an idiot for using Hildenberger against left-handed hitters must not have noticed that Martinez and Goodrum are both switch-hitters.That argument needs at least more development.

 

2) Hildenberger's change-up has been the pitch that's been getting drilled. I think hitters are sitting on it, and it's been the frisbee that they're looking for.He did ditch that pitch after the Goodrum bomb.Using his only sinking fastball, which did have some movement, during what became a high leverage situation, he actually was quite effective.He probably can't go with being a one-pitch pitcher for the balance of the season, but in this situation, it was the right move.

 

 

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ChrisKnutson
Aug 12 2018 10:19 AM
Dear FO,

Please send Hildy down to AAA to work out of this funk, it’s not like we’re contending anymore.
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LA VIkes Fan
Aug 12 2018 11:00 AM

Maybe Hildenberger needs a 10 Day DL stint? He looks out of sync and has for about 10 days. I think he has a physical issue as the result of over use. Call up Busenitz now, and use Magill, Rogers, Busenitz and May as the late inning guys. The chances of that working aren't real high but they're really what we have unless Reed is ready to come back and pitch like he did the first month (speaking of guys who may have a physical issue from overuse...). At least let's find out what we have for next year. 

 

 

 

Will Tyler Austin produce enough? I don't know but lets find out. 

I suspect the answer to this question will depend on how many RH pitchers he faces.

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I suspect the answer to this question will depend on how many RH pitchers he faces.

 

Right now in a small sample size of 6 AB's... It's looking like the answer to this question will depend on how many balls are thrown low in the zone. 

 

 

Right now in a small sample size of 6 AB's... It's looking like the answer to this question will depend on how many balls strikes are thrown low in the zone. 

ftfy

 

ftfy

 

No it's the balls that he is swinging at.:)

If we consider that Castellanos is probably the biggest threat in the Tigers lineup, May was definitely brought in during the "high leverage" situation.

I'm not going to defend the overuse of Hildenberger or the call to use him when he has obviously been getting shelled, but a couple things to consider:

1) The poster calling Molitor an idiot for using Hildenberger against left-handed hitters must not have noticed that Martinez and Goodrum are both switch-hitters. That argument needs at least more development.

2) Hildenberger's change-up has been the pitch that's been getting drilled. I think hitters are sitting on it, and it's been the frisbee that they're looking for. He did ditch that pitch after the Goodrum bomb. Using his only sinking fastball, which did have some movement, during what became a high leverage situation, he actually was quite effective. He probably can't go with being a one-pitch pitcher for the balance of the season, but in this situation, it was the right move.

HELLO = Yes, I DO KNOW they are switch hitters. From which side do they bat when a RHP is on the mound? If a LHP was used instead of Hildy, both those switch hitters would have been turned around.

 

Is there anybody on the planet, except for maybe MoY, who isn't willing to give Trevor MAY a shot in the closer role? Maybe he just got the wrong Trevor in the wrong inning.

Or maybe it's just better to have a burned-up sidewinder who's put up a WHIP over 2.00, and ERA of 12+ lately?

I really like May, as well. The thing about Hildy, though, is that of the 12 runs he's given up in the past 9.2 innings in 10 games, none of them cost us a win except for the Lindor walkoff HR.

 

HELLO = Yes, I DO KNOW they are switch hitters. From which side do they bat when a RHP is on the mound? If a LHP was used instead of Hildy, both those switch hitters would have been turned around.

 

I'm not trying to start anything I promise since you are already capitalizing...

 

But Both Martinez and Goodrum have hit left-handers better this year and V-Mart also has hit left-handers better for his vast career... so I'm not sure what you gain by turning them around. 

I really like May, as well. The thing about Hildy, though, is that of the 12 runs he's given up in the past 9.2 innings in 10 games, none of them cost us a win except for the Lindor walkoff HR.

Does that speak to the pitcher's craftiness, or to the manager not putting him in when a run would matter? :)

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Does that speak to the pitcher's craftiness, or to the manager not putting him when a run would matter? :)

Why, yes, of course.

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I'm not trying to start anything I promise since you are already capitalizing...

But Both Martinez and Goodrum have hit left-handers better this year and V-Mart also has hit left-handers better for his vast career... so I'm not sure what you gain by turning them around.


And to add to that, Hildy is actually better against lefties, both this year and last.
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yarnivek1972
Aug 12 2018 03:17 PM

I'm not the traditional closer role guy so I don't spend a lot of time worrying about who is in the 9th.

If I had to choose, I like low WHIP guys in the 9th and Hildenberger used to be that prior to this deep funk he is in so I'm not completely in opposition to this being his role... I'm just more in opposition of the static role itself.

Because sometimes you have a 3 run lead in the 9th where it makes sense to give Brandon Workman the ball and sometimes you have a 1 run lead in the 7th where it makes sense to give Craig Kimbrel the ball. Just pitching Kimbrel in the 9th exclusively if it's a 3 run lead or a 1 run lead is just another form of auto-pilot managing that I am a little sick of at the moment.

I understand that as long as players are compensated for saves, the players will demand the role and this puts me firmly against the wind but I'm pointing this out to say that I don't care if Hildy is our closer.

So with that said and knowing that Molitor doesn't share my thoughts on the subject and knowing that he is going to require a 9th inning guy. The selection of Hildenberger is interesting. Hildy is in a deep funk and Molitor went there anyway.

Not surprising... Molitor is pretty consistent, he has his chosen guys and he is going with those guys come hell or high water.


Are they though?

Addison Reed was guaranteed 4 times the money that Fernando Rodney was. Even Duke was guaranteed $ 2 mil to Rodney’s $4 mil and change. He’s just a loogy.

Maybe, just maybe, the market is catching on to what kind of relievers are truly valuable.

 

Are they though?

Addison Reed was guaranteed 4 times the money that Fernando Rodney was. Even Duke was guaranteed $ 2 mil to Rodney’s $4 mil and change. He’s just a loogy.

Maybe, just maybe, the market is catching on to what kind of relievers are truly valuable.

 

I agree that adjustments have been trending the figures together but the Closer still makes the money. In Arbitration ruling and Free Agent Deals. 

 

agreed he should be a reliever, but i’d rather May be more of a fireman ala Miller. Heart of the lineup in the 7th or 8th get May warmed up.

 

I could live that!!!

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agreed he should be a reliever, but i’d rather May be more of a fireman ala Miller. Heart of the lineup in the 7th or 8th get May warmed up.

 

Except he has repeatedly said he wants to be a starter.

 

Except he has repeatedly said he wants to be a starter.

Has May expressed that recently? I wonder if he has changed his tune at all after his surgery. At the very least, he might be sick of the back-and-forth, which another return to starting now would represent.


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