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Yankees Enter and No Twins Care, Literally None

Posted by Ted Schwerzler , 22 July 2019 · 1,148 views

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Every single time the New York Yankees square off against the Minnesota Twins you hear the statistics. Minnesota has been dominated by the Evil Empire. Ron Gardenhire’s division winning teams consistently found their season cut short by Yankees lineups. Whether at Target Field or the Metrodome, Twins fans have long looked at these series and circled them to highlight impending doom. Now leading the AL Central, I can all but assure you that when the Yankees filter into the opposing dugout this evening the number of Twins players caring about historical relevance will be zero.

Two years ago, a Paul Molitor Twins squad popped up out of nowhere to win 85 games. Not much was expected from that group and grabbing the Wild Card spot was a surprise to plenty within the organization. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead after their first at bats the Twins quickly gave back the runs only for the dust to settle with an 8-4 defeat. That starting lineup included just four regular starters from this current squad. The leadoff batter moved to the National League while the number two batter has retired to his couch.

It’s in the turnover that this discussion of history really goes to die.

Rocco Baldelli currently manages a very good Minnesota Twins squad. They lead the majors in longballs, have pitched above their heads for over half the season, and even with a slight downtick in production, employ the third best offense in the sport. All those things are factually true right now, today. C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver, and Marwin Gonzalez have never faced the Yankees in a Twins uniform. Each of those players are directly responsible for the great season Minnesota is having and that impact will be felt much more than the numbers Justin Morneau or Michael Cuddyer compiled against New York.

If there’s a significance in this series, it’s that the two teams are good and playing against good opponents should provide somewhat of a measuring stick for a club. The Yankees have taken over the title of best record in the American League and having won five of their last six contests. Aaron Boone’s team hasn’t been on the road since the All-Star Break, but they do own a solid 26-17 record away from Yankees Stadium. Minnesota is an even 30-19 both at home and away, but having dropped the series 1-2 in the Bronx, will look to at least end the season total with a split.

There’s also a get right opportunity here for the Twins in that the Yankees employ just the 13th ranked starting unit in baseball. New York has scheduled two lefties in the matchup and that plays into the hands of the righty bombers for the Twins. Producing a full run less per game over the past couple of months, favorable pitching matchups should be something this group salivates over.

At the end of the day this series is a big one for both clubs. Each of these teams is looking to improve their positioning for the stretch run, and they’ll be looking to notch quality wins against quality competition. Call the Twins and underdog if you’d like, but no one on either side of this matchup is worried about what has taken place in previous years. Minnesota has tracked towards one of the best teams in organization history, and while that’s uncharted waters on its own, so is the writing of their story against the club leading the AL East.

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tarheeltwinsfan
Jul 22 2019 03:28 PM

My pastor is a lifelong Yankee fan. He invited me over for steaks and to watch the game tonight. I just hope I can be a good sport as the Twins lay a whooping on the Bronx Bloopers.

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Ted Schwerzler
Jul 22 2019 03:29 PM

 

My pastor is a lifelong Yankee fan. He invited me over for steaks and to watch the game tonight. I just hope I can be a good sport as the Twins lay a whooping on the Bronx Bloopers.

Just make sure to bring plenty of the Lord's drink. One of you will need it haha!

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My pastor is a lifelong Yankee fan. He invited me over for steaks and to watch the game tonight. I just hope I can be a good sport as the Twins lay a whooping on the Bronx Bloopers.

Since the Reverend is supplying the steaks and hospitality make sure you remember the 11th commandment when the game ends. "Thou shalt say little when you lose, and even less when you win"! :)
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diehardtwinsfan
Jul 23 2019 05:17 AM

yeah, it seemed as if the Gardy run teams just tucked their tails between their legs and cowered... I don't see that with this team...

 

Now the flip side, is that I'd like to see this team make a statement. Yesterday was a step in the right direction... Let's do it two or three more times.

It occurred to me that a few of the new guys have some more extensive experience playing the Yankees, and may not share the old deer in the headlights feel that has seemed to dominate.

 

Baldelli

Schoop

Odo

Cron--all four Al East guys that are used to the idea that the Yankees bleed just like everyone else.

 

Gonzalez and Cruz have both won enough not to be intimidated.  

 

As my 8 year old could say, "these aren't your father's Twins!"

The annual ‘Twins won’t be intimidated against the Yankees’ narrative is so cute. The Twins will best the Yankees when they have a better team than the Yankees. There is no jinx or intimidation factor to agonize over when one team is simply better than the other. The fact that the gap is smaller than it’s been in recent memory is really no consolation.