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What do we think Twins payroll REALLY will be?

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I'm not looking for a lot of drumbeating here on what it SHOULD be. I'm wondering what we think it will be when the dust settles this off...
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Alex Kirilloff, the Twins No. 2 prospect and a top 15 prospect in baseball, has been pushing to make it to the big league club over the l...
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Front Page: Eddie Rosario's Actual Value Is an Offsea...

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I shouldn't be surprised anymore. I really shouldn't.Baseball's award voters have overemphasized traditional baseball-card numbers like w...
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Front Page: Jake Odorizzi Accepts Qualifying Offer, Will...

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Jake Odorizzi has accepted the Twins' qualifying offer, meaning he will return to the Twins starting rotation in 2020. The news means tha...
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Front Page: A Three-Step Plan to Drastically Improve the...

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In 2019 the Twins finished in the bottom third in Major League Baseball in errors, fielding percentage, DRS and UZR. Poor infield defense...
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Twins Game Recap (9/14): Sano Grand Slam Overcomes Rocky Start for Win

The second contest of Saturday's doubleheader provided another bullpen game, but that is about where the similarities ended. Things didn’t look to be going the Twins way early, but a five-run eighth inning ensured, and the Twins secured, the double-header sweep, beating Cleveland 9-5.
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Box Score
Starter: Lewis Thorpe 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 59% strikes (49 of 83 pitches)
Bullpen: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Home Runs: Eddie Rosario (29), Nelson Cruz (37), Miguel Sano (28)
Multi-Hit Games: Jorge Polanco (3-for-5)

Top 3 WPA: Jorge Polanco (.256), Eddie Rosario (.243), Miguel Sano (.213)
Bottom 3 WPA: Lewis Thorpe (-.302), Max Kepler (-1.00), Luis Arraez (-.077)

Eddie Rosario started game two of the doubleheader off right as he hit his 29th home run on the season to score Jorge Polanco and put the Twins up 2-0 early. That early lead wouldn’t hold nearly as long as one had hoped.

Lewis Thorpe continued the parade of bullpen arms that passed over the mound Saturday. While game one resulted in a shutout, Thorpe wasn’t as sharp. Instead the Indians scored two runs in the first and another three in the fourth before Thorpe left the game with the Indians leading 5-2.

In the sixth inning the Twins began to chip away at the Indians' lead with a Cruz home run. It was then in the eighth inning when all of Twins Territory could exhale and then celebrate as the Twins erupted for five runs. With Sano’s first career grand slam being the biggest of exclamation points on the Twins' night and putting the Twins up 9-5.

While Sano will be the one remembered, Polanco and the relievers should not be overlooked. Polanco, along with going 3-for-5 on the night also scored three of the Twins nine runs. After the exit of Thorpe, the Twins pitchers allowed only one hit, issued no walks or runs, and struck out six Indian batters.

That puts the Twins 5.5 games up in the Central and the Indians are now in danger of missing out on the playoffs all together. I will allow your imagination to insert an earlier tweeted premature farewell tweet here...

Postgame With Baldelli

Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet
Click here for a review of the number of pitches thrown by each member of the bullpen over the past five days.

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Brock Beauchamp
Sep 15 2019 08:56 AM

Interesting that Rocco pulled Smeltzer when things were going well and stuck with Thorpe when he really struggled. This club is never out of it and seem to know it

I think that was contextual. In the first game, Rocco was managing to win. In the second game, Rocco was managing not to blow out his bullpen.

Lewis Thorpe was having a terrible time finding his groove, mostly because he was releasing his drive foot off the rubber and lunging towards home plate. Or, as Bert would say, he wasn't "staying back." The result was that his arm wasn't catching up to his body, thus all the pitches drifting high and left, arm-side. I suspect Thorpe will be doing a lot more work with Wes Johnson to keep his drive foot on the rubber longer, and then we will see Thorpe's command come back. We'll also see him start hitting the low areas of the zone with his fastball. 

These bullpen games are the only blueprint I see for winning a playoff series. 9 starters, 2 bench players, 14 pitchers, seriously. Rosario-Kepler-Cave/Sano-Polanco-Arraez-Gonzalez/Garver, Cruz. Bench: Adrianza, Astudillo. And 14 pitchers. 

These bullpen games are the only blueprint I see for winning a playoff series. 9 starters, 2 bench players, 14 pitchers, seriously. Rosario-Kepler-Cave/Sano-Polanco-Arraez-Gonzalez/Garver, Cruz. Bench: Adrianza, Astudillo. And 14 pitchers.

Agreed. Well, against Houston. I think they can beat anyone else in the AL. Not sure they will, but they match up with everyone else.
Sep 15 2019 10:47 AM


What an outing by Graterol.Jumped off the couch when I saw that one pitch at 102.I know their plans are to have him be a starter.But can you imagine how he would do as a closer?Don't know if he is ready to start out of spring training or if he will need to begin 2020 at AAA.


After giving up very few walks while with the Twins this season, Thorpe lost sight of the strike zone yesterday.As rough as his stuff was, was great seeing him keep the game tied by striking out the side with the bases loaded.Still have faith this kid is part of future Twins rotations.


Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?


What is it with everyone wanting to take our best starting prospects and turn them into closers? Have you seen our starting pitching?


Graterol, in my opinion, stays a starter unless he cannot stay healthy (and this is definitely an issue right now) or be effective in MLB as one. Don't mind him getting good experience out of the pen right now, but he should be firmly entrenched in this team's plan as a starter until he shows he cannot be one. 

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