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MIN 6, PHI 2: Twins Find Power Stroke, Slug 3 Homers in Victory

With Joe Mauer’s retirement, the Twins are lacking a face of the franchise-type player. But if there’s anyone who has an argument to be the leader for that title, it’d have to be Eddie Rosario. Nobody’s been as good for as long in the organization as Rosie. That seems weird to say.

Rosario busted out of a season-opening slump by banging a big three-run home run off the foul pole, giving the Twins some much-needed insurance.
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Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Box Score
Pineda: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 63.8% strikes (51 of 80 pitches)
Home Runs: Kepler (2), Astudillo (1), Rosario (1)
Multi-Hit Games: Kepler (2-for-5, HR)
WPA of +0.1: Rogers .137, Buxton .121, Pineda .114, Hildenberger .106, Kepler .103
WPA of -0.1: Cave -.160
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The Twins held a 3-2 advantage heading into the ninth inning, but the Phillies seemed to be gaining momentum. They left the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and it was starting to feel like it was only a matter of time before they busted loose, as if bad things were to come in the bottom of the ninth.

Luckily, Rosario took a lot of the tension out of this game by blasting that three-run homer.

It's been rough going early on for Rosario. He actually started today's game on the bench, but here's hoping that big pinch hit homer breaks him out of this mini seson-opening funk.

That meant Blake Parker, who was already warming in the pen at the time the homer was hit, entered the bottom of the ninth with a four-run cushion. But prior to that, his bullpen mates Adalberto Mejia, Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers did a great job at protecting the lead.

The bullpen combined for four scoreless innings and gave up just three hits, two of which were fluky infield singles. It was an impressive performance against a formidable lineup.

Two-Out Rally
Prior to that big homer from Rosario, the Twins haven’t had a ton of luck batting with runners on base so far this season, but they found a workaround today. In the third inning, Byron Buxton singled, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Max Kepler and Willians Astudillo followed that up with back-to-back two-out home runs.

Possibly the most shocking thing we saw today, however, was Astudillo draw a walk.

Lots to Like About Big Mike
There were no shortage of candidates, but my pick for biggest x-factor on this Twins club was Michael Pineda. So far, so good.

It’s only been two starts and a grand total of nine innings pitched, but Pineda has been strong. He’s only yielded five hits and two runs, walked a pair and has 10 strikeouts. The big issue with him has been staying healthy, but if Pineda can be a pillar in this rotation it’ll go a long way toward this team finding consistency.

The only run Pineda surrendered while on the mound was on a Rhys Hoskins solo home run. Mejia allowed an inherited runner of Pineda’s to score. Speaking of which ...

Rubber Arm Mejia
Mejia wasn’t exactly a workhorse as a starting pitcher. I’d have to imagine he’s still getting acclimated to work in the bullpen, but manager Rocco Baldelli seems motivated to break him in out there.

Mejia threw 42 pitches Wednesday and 37 more last night, but was back on the job again this afternoon. He was brought into the sixth inning to face Bryce Harper, which makes a lot of sense to set up the left-on-left matchup, but he gave up a double, a walk, a sac fly and then got bailed out by some good defense by Byron Buxton and a poor risk taken by Harper.

A shallow fly ball was hit to center, Buxton did a nice job of getting himself set to make a play, but Harper took off for home anyway. The throw was a bit up the line, but Willians Astudillo was able to reel it in and tag out a leaping Harper for a double play.

Mejia only ended up with 12 pitches today, but it’s still pretty striking to see a guy all the way up at 91 on the bullpen usage chart. Trial by fire, I guess.

Roster Move
Needing some extra length in the bullpen, the Twins called up Chase De Jong, who also needed to be added to the 40-man roster, and designated Tyler Austin for assignment. This was probably bound to happen to Austin sooner or later, but he was a great guy to have around as insurance in case C.J. Cron or Nelson Cruz got hurt.

Austin would need to clear waivers in order to remain in the org, but since he’s been DFAd once before already, he’ll also have the chance to elect free agency if he clears. That’s probably a moot point anyway, since I imagine one of the rebuilding teams will happily put in a waiver claim on Austin.

As for De Jong, it’s a surprising to see him be the first man up, especially considering the Twins dropped him from the 40 man this offseason. It’s possible the Twins think it’s more important to keep the Kohl Stewart, Zack Littell and Stephen Gonsalves types on their starting schedules for developmental purposes. Stewart also just started Thursday.

Postgame With Baldelli

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Attached Image: 46bullpen.png

Next Three Games
Sun at PHI, 12:05 pm CT (Berrios-Eflin)
Tue at NYM, 6:10 pm CT (TBD-deGrom)
Wed at NYM, 6:10 pm CT (TBD-Syndergaard)

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PHI 10, MIN 4: Polanco Cycles in the Rain, Rest Is All Pain

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La Tortu-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-g-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!!!!

 

A perfect superhero to win a long pennant race!

 

He needs to play everyday.

 

I totally respect the front office forward thinking....but don't overthink this one.

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Twins are winning the division this year. You heard it here first.

 

Unless it doesn't happen. Then I heard it from Seth first.

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wallyrichards
Apr 06 2019 09:37 PM

Sweet!!!! Got to like the way this team is playing. 

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Said a couple times to my wife that very thing. They look like they're having fun, and they look confident. Never had that look last year.

 

Last year...

 

Or any of the past 8 years

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 That the umpiring was better than the refereeing in the Final Four ?(how was that double dribble not called?)   

 

Missed the double dribble, but refs also made two inaccurate foul calls on Jerome, forcing him to the bench, that allowed Auburn back into the game.

 

As officiating/reffing goes.... These things tend to even out.

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Absolutely agree with Twodogs on the lineup and this team getting contributions from all over, and not relying on a single player, or two. This lineup has a chance to be deep and dangerous with a quality bench. Kepler and Rosario coming alive after such profound cold streaks, (sarcasm!) They won today and fought back Friday without Cruz. A clunker of a second start by Odorizzi after a great first one and the pen has been very effective thus far. Early? Yep. But I am encouraged. Let's just please not burn out Mejia before the break.

 

Pitching situation dictated hitting the panic button. Mejia was apparently eager and ready to answer the call. Looks like he could be a real work horse out there, hopefully, he's well past his injury bugaboo from last year.

 

Back to panic buttons, I have to think there might have been another way to bring up pitching help without DFAing Tyler Austin. IL list, demoting another player/pitcher, etc. IE-> Surely, Garver has an option left? I also would have rolled with and relied on Berrios, giving him the ball and telling him we need 7+ (or more) innings on Sunday- the emerging team ace is up for that kind of challenge.

 

Cruz is (apparently) already sitting out the next 3 NL games. Plus, Austin is/was a great piece of insurance against something catastrophic happening to Cruz/Cron down the road. (Astudillo is not a very legit option at 1st).

 

 

 

 

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You can't have everything. I think we need to get over it on Austin. That 40 man spot will come in handy hopefully. Plus Austin is pretty one dimensional while Cron appears to be a ballplayer.
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You can't have everything. I think we need to get over it on Austin. That 40 man spot will come in handy hopefully. Plus Austin is pretty one dimensional while Cron appears to be a ballplayer.


That 40 man spot already went to DeJong.
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AlwaysinModeration
Apr 07 2019 05:45 AM
I think Arrieta served up the homer to Max because he was irritated that Buxton scored.

And then Willians hit a pitch at his eyeballs 15 rows deep.

The double play from Buxton to Willians was a thing of beauty all the way around.

Those two guys are quickly becoming “must see TV” on both sides of the ball.

My only problem with this game was that Pineda got charged with a run after exiting with a man on first base, doubling his ERA from 1 to 2. Such a dumb system. I think that inherited runs scored should be divvied proprionally to the exiting and incoming pitchers, .25 to the exiting pitcher / .75 to the incoming pitcher for a runner on first, .50 to a runner on second, etc. Thus Pineda should have a 1.25ERA, not 2.
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That 40 man spot already went to DeJong.


I meant that the 40 man spot could be used for relief pitchers as needed throughout the season. Dejong is the first of what I hope will be many.

Back to panic buttons, I have to think there might have been another way to bring up pitching help without DFAing Tyler Austin. IL list, demoting another player/pitcher, etc. IE-> Surely, Garver has an option left?


They needed both a 25-man AND a 40-man spot to add a guy for Saturday's game.

They could have made an extra move, I suppose: option someone (I'd pick Harper before Garver), DFA someone already in the minors (Duffey?), then add De Jong.

I meant that the 40 man spot could be used for relief pitchers as needed throughout the season. Dejong is the first of what I hope will be many.


It's handy to have a "flex spot" on the 40-man, but hopefully they don't have to use it many times -- that would mean both the MLB club is desperate and the 40-man players in the minors are all hurt or performing poorly...

Whenever Astudillo gets into the on deck circle, I'm absolutely glued to the TV/laptop to watch his at bats. You're right it's absolutely "must see" at this point. Hope they find a way to get him into the lineup today. If I was guessing, Marwin will be back in the lineup today and Castro starts at catcher.

 

Maybe Rocco gives Schoop the day off, and moves Marwin to 2nd? A-Stud starts at 3rd?

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Also hoping they can find a way to get Cruz into the game today. Pinch hit, RF, whatever.

And then there is the forgotten man. Don't the Twins still have a player on the roster named Miguel Sano? But does anyone really care at this point?

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Now that's the way to play baseball.What a fun game to watch.

 

Expect the FO knew that Austin was the first to go when they needed that next roster spot (12th pitcher after next week or Sano).Just ended up pulling the trigger early. 

 

Still have a big decision when Sano is healthy.Will it be Cave or one of the two catchers with options to the minors?Or will they do something with one of their two backup infielders.Has to be one of those 5.Or maybe there will be another injury by then which will delay the inevitable.

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terrydactyls1947
Apr 07 2019 08:49 AM
Sano has been inactive for so long that perhaps the Twins should put him in the minors for an extended period until he proves he is ready to displace a current roster member.
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Yes Duffy is still on the 40 man. They must see something. I'm afraid of what they'll do with Addison when he comes off the 10 day.

Great to see Astudillo batting 2nd in the line-up.I don't think Molitor would have done that.Also, It's good to see Cave, Gaver, Adrianza getting AB's.The Twins Bench is solid, so its good to keep everyone involved.Looks like De Jong was called up to fill the long relief role.Mejia and Perez have the most inning in relief. Friday we'll need to go back to a 5 man rotation, so this was a couple game early. 

 

They needed both a 25-man AND a 40-man spot to add a guy for Saturday's game.

They could have made an extra move, I suppose: option someone (I'd pick Harper before Garver), DFA someone already in the minors (Duffey?), then add De Jong.

 

Harper, Garver, Cave...?

 

Definitely DFA Duffey over axing Austin. It seems dumb to just axe him before April 12 decision day. And as expected, Berrios did fine and DeJong wasn't needed. I preferred risking one game shorthanded at pitching versus losing Austin as an insurance policy for whatever the duration was of his Twins career.

 

Do the Twins think they can sneak him through waivers?

Have to think Austin's agent will try to find him a team with less options at 1st.

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And then there is the forgotten man. Don't the Twins still have a player on the roster named Miguel Sano? But does anyone really care at this point?

 

Who? Wu?

 

Harper, Garver, Cave...?

 

Definitely DFA Duffey over axing Austin. It seems dumb to just axe him before April 12 decision day. And as expected, Berrios did fine and DeJong wasn't needed. I preferred risking one game shorthanded at pitching versus losing Austin as an insurance policy for whatever the duration was of his Twins career.

 

Do the Twins think they can sneak him through waivers?

Have to think Austin's agent will try to find him a team with less options at 1st.

Is there something special about April 12th?

 

We didn't wind up needing De Jong on Saturday, but the odds of needing him that day were almost certainly higher than the odds we'd find a path to playing time for Austin in the near future.

 

Austin has been a walking DFA candidate for awhile now. That it finally happened on April 6, rather than April 12, or April 1st, doesn't seem all that important of a distinction.

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yarnivek1972
Apr 08 2019 10:50 AM

Is there something special about April 12th?


My foster daughter has an ice skating performance that evening. 😎

 

My foster daughter has an ice skating performance that evening.

Perhaps Tyler Austin can attend! :)

 

Is there something special about April 12th?

 

We didn't wind up needing De Jong on Saturday, but the odds of needing him that day were almost certainly higher than the odds we'd find a path to playing time for Austin in the near future.

 

Austin has been a walking DFA candidate for awhile now. That it finally happened on April 6, rather than April 12, or April 1st, doesn't seem all that important of a distinction.

 

Insurance policies are good until they expire, or until the holder lets it lapse. (And remember, the Twins appear to have chosen not to play Cruz in NL road games.)

 

Austin was clearly always the odd man out, but, he certainly has more potential value vis a vis a potential calamity via injury/suspension than risking one game with your young, healthy ace on the mound.

 

 


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