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Potential rule change: require different DH for each pitcher

Other Baseball Today, 02:25 PM
I just read this potential rule change on Twitter and I am intrigued:   https://twitter.com/...4091739136?s=20     For th...
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White Sox make changes

Other Baseball Today, 02:22 PM
Both Manager Rick Rentaria and pitching coach Don Cooper were let go.     Was a bit surprised by this, because the White S...
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Nelson Cruz wants 2 years

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:31 AM
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Target Field Tax Status

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:35 AM
Been reading about all the losses (alleged or not) that MLB has (and maybe will again) taken with the pandemic, and wondered how the tax...
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What to do with Lewis Thorpe?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:22 PM
Lewis Thorpe is out of options. The Twins either need to keep him on the MLB team as their 5th starter or as a reliever out of the bullpe...
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Twins Notebook 9/23: Ace in the Hole

Following last night’s thrilling extra-inning walk off win the Twins will cap off the season series against the Tigers by putting their ace, Kenta Maeda on the bump. The game marks the final AL Central matchup for the Twins, as they sit just a half game behind the White Sox in the division standings.
Tuesday’s Game Recap

MIN 5, DET 4: Kepler Delivers Walk-Off Hit, Twins Half Game Back in Division

Today
Twins vs Tigers 6:40 pm CDT
Betting Line: MIN -286, DET +250, O/U: 8

Twins Starter: Kenta Maeda (5-1) RHP 2.52 ERA
Kenta Maeda is one of the best pitchers in the American League. In fact he’s ranked third amongst starting pitchers in the AL on ESPN’s Cy Young Predictor, only behind division foes Shane Bieber and Dallas Keuchel. And regardless of what the friendly folks at ESPN say, Maeda has earned the title of Twins ace.

However, Maeda’s one loss of the year came on August 30 at Detroit, when he gave up three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings. A bad outing? Not by any means, but it was the only start all year where Maeda gave up six or more hits. In his September 5 no-decision outing against the Tigers, Maeda gave up run runs on two hits in 6.0 innings.

Despite his 0-1 season record against Detroit, Tiger hitters have batted a meager .159 AVG against Maeda this season. Almost all of Maeda’s starts in 2020 have been quality starts, expect another one tonight.

Tigers Starter: Casey Mize (0-2) RHP 6.02 ERA
Drafted by the Tigers in 2018, the Auburn Tiger alum is still looking for his first Major League win. Mize has faced the Twins twice this year, earning a no-decision in both outings. The first of those was on August 30 when he faced off against Maeda in a game the Tigers won 3-2. Mize only lasted three innings in that game and four in his subsequent outing against Minnesota on September 6.

While the Twins haven’t recorded wins in both outings against Mize their bats have come alive against the young righty. The Twins have hit .297 against Mize and have forced him out of the game early in both matchups. Expect the Twins offense to plate more runs against Mize then they have all season.

Twins Lineup


Tigers Lineup


Playoffs?!
Three days ago it seemed as if the AL Central was out of reach for the Twins following their series defeat to the White Sox that put them three games back from the 'Southsiders' in the standings. But following last night's victory and two consecutive White Sox losses the Twins sit just .5 games back from Chicago. Cleveland ace Shane Bieber takes the mound tonight as the Indians look to sweep the White Sox. A Twins win and a White Sox loss tonight would put Minnesota atop the AL Central.

The Smell of October
The Postseason fever is in the air across the Majors with a large number of teams starting their projected Wild Card round game one starter.

Off all the great pitching matchups on the day Bieber vs. Giolito will be the marquee showdown as the Indians hope to continue their stretch of success and help out the Twins.

Around the AL Central
- Indians 5, White Sox 3
- Cardinals 5, Royals 0

1. CWS 34-21 0.0 GB
2. MIN 34-22 0.5 GB
3. CLE 31-24 3.0 GB
4. DET 22-31 11.0 GB
5. KC 22-33 12.0 GB

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Looks like Cincinnati is lining Trevor Bauer up for the possible opening game of the wild card round. I think it is really because he doesn't want to face Kepler this weekend!:go:

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Looks like Cincinnati is lining Trevor Bauer up for the possible opening game of the wild card round. I think it is really because he doesn't want to face Kepler this weekend!:go:

I so would have loved to see Kepler face him just to see if Kepler could hit 3 more HR, or only when it was in Cleveland. 

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Big last 4 games.We need to win 3 in my opinion to have a chance in our first round.We will keep home field, and very few teams have done well on the road this year.Got our Ace going tonight lets lock down the win.

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OK, I'm ready for a nice, solid, 11-0 victory. WHO'S WITH ME????

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I've been saying all roads do Not lead to NYY, at least not in round 1.

Twins win with Maeda tonight and take at least 2 of 3 vs. CIN and end up 37-23.

ChiSox lose vs. Bieber tomorrow and against both Darvish/Lester and (maybe anybody vs. Lopez) then end up 36-24 at best.

Prove me wrong. Worst case we'll still get home field vs. NYY and I can't see us losing 2 of 3 at home against them this year. We haven't lost 2 games in any series this year.

 

The Smell of October

The Postseason fever is in the air across the Majors with a large number of teams starting their projected Wild Card round game one starter.

 

 

Looks like Cincinnati is lining Trevor Bauer up for the possible opening game of the wild card round. I think it is really because he doesn't want to face Kepler this weekend!:go:

 

Actually, the NL wild card round begins a day later than the AL round, so even Friday starters this week will be able to pitch game 1 on regular rest in the NL.

 

I think Cincinnati moved up Bauer so they can *make* the playoffs -- they are in an extremely tight race and playing a direct competitor in Milwaukee, so tonight's game effectively counts double toward their playoff chances compared to this weekend's games vs the Twins. Plus, Bauer pitching tonight also leaves open the possibility of using Bauer again on Sunday on short rest, or out of the pen.

 

Probably a mini-version of how the Brewers used C.C. Sabathia late in 2008 before he left as a free agent. (Mini compared to Sabathia's workload and his frame :) )

Clevinger leaves the game after 1 inning for San Diego due to an apparent injury (after having this start pushed back due to "biceps tightness").

CLE with another walk-off win against ChiSox, Twins in 1st and up 6-0. Will be in sole possession in 3 innings. 

 

CLE with another walk-off win against ChiSox, Twins in 1st and up 6-0. Will be in sole possession in 3 innings. 

Don't count your innings before they're played!

 

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