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MIN 7, LAA 5: Jake Cave Sparks a Fire

Injuries create opportunity. Unfortunately for the Twins, there hasn’t really been anyone who’s jumped out and seized those opportunities, until now … maybe?

In his first start since being recalled from Rochester, Jake Cave went on a rampage. He was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double and an RBI single, providing a much-needed boost to the Twins offense.
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Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Current record: 28-34
Fernando Romero: 52 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 64.9% strikes
Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
Lineup: 3-for-9 w/RISP, 7 LOB
Top three per WPA: Cave .225, Adrianza .158, Morrison .111
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Cave, who was acquired via a trade with the Yankees in mid March, hit a home run in his MLB debut back on May 19. He got only a three-game cameo before being sent back to Rochester. He reacted exactly as you’d hope. Cave went on a tear, hitting .315/.377/.556 with four home runs over 15 games with the Red Wings, forcing his way back up to Target Field.

With Byron Buxton out and Ryan LaMarre hitting just .194/.265/.258 over his last 24 games, Cave has an excellent opportunity to make an impression. Some players are never afforded such a chance. If today’s game was any indication, Cave intends on making the most of his opportunity.

I think it’s about time we start calling Eduardo Escobar “Double E.”

Escobar now leads all of baseball with 26 doubles. His career high is 35, which he achieved back in 2014. He’s on pace to nearly double that amount. The Twins have played 62 games, he has 26 doubles, so that’s a pace of …

Sixty-eight doubles!!!

That would break the all-time record, which is held by Earl Webb who hit 67 doubles back in 1931. The last time anybody hit even 60 doubles was 1936. Since the franchise moved to Minnesota, only seven Twins players have even reached 45 doubles, with Justin Morneau’s 47 two-baggers in 2008 representing the team high.

Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer, Mitch Garver was 2-for-4 and Ehire Adrianza was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run scored. Fernando Romero gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings.

Taylor Rogers, Addison Reed and Zach Duke each delivered a scoreless inning before the ninth inning was turned into a bit too much of an experience. Fernando Rodney gave up a couple runs in the ninth.

Postgame With Cave

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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AL Central Standings
CLE 34-29
DET 31-36 (-5.0)
MIN 28-34 (-5.5)
CHW 22-41 (-12)
KC 22-43 (-13)

Next Three Games
Mon OFF
Tue at DET, 6:10 pm CT
Wed at DET, 6:10 pm CT
Thu at DET, 12:10 pm CT

Last Three Games
LAA 2, MIN 1: Is This a Rerun?
LAA 4, MIN 2: Bullpen, Bats Spoil Strong Start from Lynn
MIN 7, CHW 2: Berrios CG, Power from the Eds Fuel Twins Victory


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32 Comments

So the Twins have an 1.000 winning record when Dozier sits,and a .443 when he plays...

    • Carole Keller, jun, mikelink45 and 3 others like this
We hadn't seen the FRE in at least five days, no wonder he came out for the nineth. Good thing he didn't overwork himself...
    • Mike Sixel, mikelink45 and whatyouknowtwinsfan like this
Glad Cave or Wade is getting a chance. About time. Let's see how much he plays.
    • Carole Keller, jorgenswest, jun and 3 others like this

Yes - we need this, a young OF who takes his opportunity.Time to move past LaMarre and Grossman.Cave and Wade should be getting their ABs.Was this Escobar's preview at 2B for next year?  

 

 

    • nicksaviking, jun, DocBauer and 2 others like this
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Carole Keller
Jun 10 2018 04:27 PM

So the Twins have an 1.000 winning record when Dozier sits,and a .443 when he plays...


Time to bring up Gordon and give Dozier some more rest.
    • Thrylos and D.C Twins like this

Grossman seems like a decent fit at lead off.

 

I would love it if Cave started putting up Aaron Hick-esque numbers.

 

The Angels seem like they made Romero work.  On one of my live gameday look ins, between chores ( I got a lot done this weekend--thanks for being mediocre, Twins) he was just finishing up an 11 pitch walk to Trout.  Or did it end with a hit?  Yeah, it did--the count was 2-2 for like 7 foul offs in a row.

 

Well, I'm going to try and keep an even keel with this team.  Yay.

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whatyouknowtwinsfan
Jun 10 2018 04:54 PM

 

Time to bring up Gordon and give Dozier some more rest.

 

While I think this is a bit of an exaggeration, might be smart to see what you've got in Gordon the 2nd half of the season. Dozier clearly isn't moving the needle for the team record wise in a positive way right now. Can this team be a winning group with Gordon and without Dozier? As we get closer to Dozier potentially walking, this needs to be a question that gets asked and somewhat answered.

    • Carole Keller, Thrylos, DocBauer and 2 others like this
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whatyouknowtwinsfan
Jun 10 2018 04:56 PM

I've never been an advocate of sending a big bat in the middle of the lineup out to the minors if they're struggling, but Sano has options left. When Polanco comes back, does Sano need to see some time at AAA just to get his swing right? Right now he's providing about as much offensive value as Adrianza and is a bigger liability in the field than Adrianza. Just a question.

The judges would have accepted “Cave-man Discovers Fire”.
    • ashburyjohn, USAFChief, Thrylos and 9 others like this
Didn't watch the game today, just kept checking in, I made a comment the other day it was too bad there wasn't room for Cave, (With LaMarre), since he seemed to have some ability and was doing well at Rochester. Lo and behold he comes up and creates a huge spark. If the team goes on a roll, you will know who to thank.
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ashburyjohn
Jun 10 2018 05:28 PM

The judges would have accepted “Cave-man Discovers Fire”.

Whoever works in a plausible reference to spelunking in a baseball headline will win teh internets.

    • jkcarew likes this

Whoever works in a plausible reference to spelunking in a baseball headline will win teh internets.

the strike zone was as narrow as the “Cave Connection” that links together the famous Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave

https://www.tripadvi...gion_Luzon.html
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milldaddy35
Jun 10 2018 06:14 PM

Glad to see Cave is being given a shot. He should be starting every game vs a RHP while Buxton is out. Every. Single. One. 

 

Escobar has been amazing, count me on board the "extend him" train. 

 

Sano has been disappointing, but so hasn't Kepler. We need him to pick up some slack. Nice to see a clean inning from Reed. Need 2 of 3 from Detroit. 

    • CUtomorrownight and bighat like this

 

So the Twins have an 1.000 winning record when Dozier sits,and a .443 when he plays...

Good thing Dozier only has approximately 7 weeks left in a Twins uniform :)

 

    • Thrylos likes this

Grossman still have an option?  Wouldn't mind seeing a platoon with Cave and LeMarre.  Line up is still atrocious

    • bighat likes this

 

The Angels seem like they made Romero work.  On one of my live gameday look ins, between chores ( I got a lot done this weekend--thanks for being mediocre, Twins) he was just finishing up an 11 pitch walk to Trout.  Or did it end with a hit?  Yeah, it did--the count was 2-2 for like 7 foul offs in a row.

 

 

Romero ended up striking out Trout on an outside fastball, but yeah. That Trout kid might be a decent bat!

Grossman still have an option? Wouldn't mind seeing a platoon with Cave and LeMarre. Line up is still atrocious


No option, but with his salary and limitations, there is a decent chance Grossman would clear waivers and could be outrighted to AAA.
    • rghrbek likes this
Or just let him go. He's not a difference maker at all.
    • Thrylos, adorduan, Platoon and 1 other like this

 

Glad to see Cave is being given a shot. He should be starting every game vs a RHP while Buxton is out. Every. Single. One. 

 

Escobar has been amazing, count me on board the "extend him" train. 

 

Sano has been disappointing, but so hasn't Kepler. We need him to pick up some slack. Nice to see a clean inning from Reed. Need 2 of 3 from Detroit. 

Regarding Reed, yes it was good that they didn't score a run on him, but I have to say that 2 of the outs were of the "loud" variety. He was lucky on those two

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Cap'n Piranha
Jun 10 2018 09:03 PM
Trout this year against Twins pitching:

2/22 with no XBH, 6 walks, 7 strikeouts, .091/.310/.091.

Best player in baseball my butt.
    • ashburyjohn, Jerr, blindeke and 1 other like this
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stringer bell
Jun 11 2018 04:33 AM
No, Ian Kinsler is! The Twins couldn’t get him out. SSS, I guess.

Romero ended up striking out Trout on an outside fastball, but yeah. That Trout kid might be a decent bat!

Trout? Totally overrated. Something like 1-12 over the weekend. Get someone in that lineup that could hit with RISP and they would have swept the series. Twins pitching handled him with ease. :)
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puckstopper1
Jun 11 2018 06:28 AM

 

The judges would have accepted “Cave-man Discovers Fire”.

 

I was expecting something like "Twins Cave-in on the Angels", or

 

"Angels Cave to Jake's bat..."

    • ThejacKmp likes this

Really good to see all the Dozier hate. That means he's about to bust out in a big way.

 

Strangely, I predict no one will be commenting "I really thought we should bench him for Gordon, my bad".

    • gocgo likes this

 

Grossman still have an option?  Wouldn't mind seeing a platoon with Cave and LeMarre.  Line up is still atrocious

 

No option, but with his salary and limitations, there is a decent chance Grossman would clear waivers and could be outrighted to AAA.

 

I think a better idea would be to drop Petit. It leaves you a little thin in the middle infield and in danger of losing the DH/needing to play Rosario at 2B in an emergency but Petit isn't playing and is 20 games from being superfluous when Polanco comes back.