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9/15 PREGAME NOTES: Colon vs. Happ, Big Sexy Night, Sano Update

Posted by Brandon Warne , 15 September 2017 · 490 views

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Greetings from Target Field, where it is sunny and warm as the Twins look to make it two in a row over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. It’ll be righty Bartolo Colon (4.69 ERA, 4.94 FIP in 63.1 innings with the Twins) on the mound for the Twins and the second lefty in a row on the mound for Toronto in J.A. Happ (3.73 ERA, 4.00 FIP in 125.1 innings).

More on that in a bit.

It’s Big Sexy night at Target Field, and it’s not just because Colon is taking the mound. The Twins had a special ticket package that included a ticket to the game and a special t-shirt, and it sold out in advance of Friday night’s game.

What exactly encompasses the mystique of Big Sexy? Manager Paul Molitor tried to describe it.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have tried to describe it,” Molitor offered. “The fact he’s been able to continually deny the odds and do what he’s done in the game, do it in a way that’s colorful, doing it in a way that’s obviously very fun-loving in terms of his attitude toward the game. he knows the seriousness of baseball, but he could just as well be playing a little sandlot ball with his buddies. you just never know what particular antic he’s going to bring to a game.”

It’s not just a sideshow, though, Molitor said. The burly righty has done a good job cutting the tension for a club that’s in the middle of a race to the postseason.

“Added to that, he’s pitching pretty good baseball,” Molitor said. “(Colon) along with other guys out there, are like ‘Hey, everything’s going to be fine.’ Guys, for the most part, are just doing what they’re doing. We haven’t seen too many guys show up in terms of pressure affecting how they pitch or hit. There’s going to be moments — the game gets pretty big at times. We just try to slow it down. But having those veteran presences certainly helps.”

On a nice note, Jose Berrios and his wife Jannieliz welcomed their second child on Friday afternoon around 2:20. It’s a healthy baby boy named Diego, and Molitor said that he told Jose to take some time to be with his family before showing up to the ballpark sometime tonight.

There had been some chatter about Berrios dealing with fatigue of late, though Molitor said that’s more of a general fatigue as opposed to arm fatigue.

“I think it’s more general fatigue than arm,” Molitor said. “We’re just going to try to be smart, whether it’s how long we let him go on a given day to the fact that we all know how he works out. We’ve been trying to get him to back off a little bit. Not to stop working out, but just to conserve the best you can for the days you pitch. We’ll have to see when he goes out there how he looks on a given day and how he’s feeling. I’m not concerned to the point where I have to back him off a start or anything, but you have to keep an eye on these things late in the year.”

Molitor added that Berrios is not throwing full bullpens at this point in the year, and that his last one was limited to just 15 pitches.

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Florida Loggerman
Sep 15 2017 09:44 PM

Is it just me, why in the world with this current young team actully trying to get into the wild card play off picture, did the Twins think for one single minute that picking up fatso Colon, he would be anyting different than what he has been with the past two clubs, the Braves, and the mets before that, it's in my own opinion; a complete Joke, signing Colon made no business since what so ever. I personally would rather see the team bring up a young stud arm from with in our farm system, at worst, that young arm would get the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues, and possible come back later in his career to actually make the parent teams permanent roster, instead, we are stuck with this fat slob every 4 starts, he pitches into the 3=-4 inning does OK, and then starts to deliver beach balls to the opposing hitters, just like tonight, we have 3=1 lead, and just like his stint with the Braves, talk about pathetic effort here, we do what we always have done, sign and spend millions on the old worn out retread tires, ie; Mike Pelfrey, on and on and on, how's the millions and millions of $$ spent on Phil HUges doing these days, another example of poor ownership and worse knee jerk reaction to continue to hire over the hill fat unsuccessful players, ie Colon.to close, once again tonight, my most hated middle reliever, comes in, and quickly manages to give up runs, Pressley simply Sucks, yet, Molitor and Allan keep right on marching him out to take the ball, and he continues to hand out runs in close games, just hope we don't end up wishing that Pressley and Colon were not part of this final push to finally make the AL playoff picture,  

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The Wise One
Sep 17 2017 01:03 AM

If I click on your story twice does that count?

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The Wise One
Sep 17 2017 01:05 AM

 

Is it just me, why in the world with this current young team actully trying to get into the wild card play off picture, did the Twins think for one single minute that picking up fatso Colon, he would be anyting different than what he has been with the past two clubs, the Braves, and the mets before that, it's in my own opinion; a complete Joke, signing Colon made no business since what so ever. I personally would rather see the team bring up a young stud arm from with in our farm system, at worst, that young arm would get the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues, and possible come back later in his career to actually make the parent teams permanent roster, instead, we are stuck with this fat slob every 4 starts, he pitches into the 3=-4 inning does OK, and then starts to deliver beach balls to the opposing hitters, just like tonight, we have 3=1 lead, and just like his stint with the Braves, talk about pathetic effort here, we do what we always have done, sign and spend millions on the old worn out retread tires, ie; Mike Pelfrey, on and on and on, how's the millions and millions of $$ spent on Phil HUges doing these days, another example of poor ownership and worse knee jerk reaction to continue to hire over the hill fat unsuccessful players, ie Colon.to close, once again tonight, my most hated middle reliever, comes in, and quickly manages to give up runs, Pressley simply Sucks, yet, Molitor and Allan keep right on marching him out to take the ball, and he continues to hand out runs in close games, just hope we don't end up wishing that Pressley and Colon were not part of this final push to finally make the AL playoff picture,  

Did you miss the ineffectiveness of the multiple number of young arms tested? Maybe Berrios should pitch every other day,