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MIN 4, STL 1: Berrios is Back

Jose Berrios’ post-Puerto Rico funk has finally come to an end. He broke a streak of four-straight starts with four or more earned runs by tossing a gem against the Cardinals. Jose surrendered one run on just two hits to go with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.
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Berrios gave St. Louis a heavy dose of curveballs, offering it up 33 times among the 102 pitches on the evening. He got nine swinging strikes and five called strikes on that Uncle Charlie and the Cardinals only managed to put it in play three times. Altogether, Jose had 16 swinging strikes and topped out at 95.5 mph.

This started out as another frustrating night for the offense, as Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty held the bats in check over the first five innings, but they finally broke through.

With two down in the sixth inning, the Twins strung together consecutive singles from Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar to tie the game at 1-1. Logan Morrison led off the eighth with a double and scored when the Cardinals couldn’t properly field a Byron Buxton bunt.

Maybe baseball is fair after all. One night after losing because they misfired while fielding a bunt, the Twins scored the go-ahead run because the other guys misfired while fielding a bunt.

Bobby Wilson helped eliminate some drama by blasting a two-run homer to put the Twins up three runs. His last MLB home run was Sept. 21, 2016.

The bullpen locked it down, as Addison Reed retired the only two batters he faced on strikes and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save. He hasn’t given up a run in eight appearances and has surrendered just two hits over that stretch.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:Attached Image: Bullpen515.png

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Lynn can take the long reliever spot over Hughes. 

A part of me wonders if they'll cut Lynn before Hughes, due to the 1 year contract.

 

A part of me wonders if they'll cut Lynn before Hughes, due to the 1 year contract.

The way the game has gone, maybe both will be looking for another home.

 

Yeesh, Lynn is bad.

    • Shaitan likes this

But what happens if you don't have any relievers that haven't gotten much work lately? What happens when they're all being used, such as 2 weeks ago after the Puerto Rico games? Then they're stuck making changes to the 40-man roster based on immediate necessity, which usually means journeymen.

You have the right to disagree, of course, but I do think a mop-up pitcher is a vital role. Don't waste your core reliever arms on meaningless innings. They can get extra work in the bullpen. Anything can happen in a live game (e.g.: injury).


Maybe they should have planned better to have players with options. I would have. But they are filled with veteran pitchers without options.
    • wsnydes likes this

But what happens if you don't have any relievers that haven't gotten much work lately? What happens when they're all being used, such as 2 weeks ago after the Puerto Rico games? Then they're stuck making changes to the 40-man roster based on immediate necessity, which usually means journeymen.

You have the right to disagree, of course, but I do think a mop-up pitcher is a vital role. Don't waste your core reliever arms on meaningless innings. They can get extra work in the bullpen. Anything can happen in a live game (e.g.: injury).

You build your bullpen with a couple of guys that have options so that you can send them down and bring up some fresh arms when that happens.

Regardless of your thoughts on that, having two longmen in the pen is redundant. That's what Hughes or magill are.
    • Mike Sixel likes this

 

 

I love seeing Buxton get a bunt down that he can run on, because the fear and panic he inspires running down the line is delightful. He makes people rush throws, bobble a fielding opportunity, overthrow, and anything else bad you can think of. So much fun.

 

I was at the game on Tuesday and thought exactly the same thing. I'm really glad that happened (not just because we took the lead, there's that...) because it showed that Buxton doesn't even have to get down a great bunt (although that bunt was good) but he just has to get down a decent bunt and stuff like that is going to happen. I'm shocked that the pitcher committed an error though, aren't they supposed to be the best athlete on the team? 

 

My favorite game of the year so far - great pitching performance by Berrios, clutch hitting so he got rewarded with the win AND it was a beautiful night for baseball! 


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