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  1. CHC 11, MIN 10: Epic Comeback Falls Short

    Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
    Current record:
    Lance Lynn: 8 Game Score, 1.2 IP, 7 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 53.2% strikes
    Bullpen: 6.1IP, 4 ER, 6 K, 3 BB
    Lineup: 5-for-13 w/RISP, 11 LOB
    Top three per WPA: Garver .100, Cave .090, Dozier .080
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    The Twins got the scoring started in the top of the second inning, as Jake Cave hit a monster blast to center field for a 1-0 lead:

    Cave would finish the game 3-for5 with two RBI, adding an RBI double and a single later in the game.

    In the bottom of the second however, Lance Lynn was chased after giving up two more walks, five hits, and six runs. The biggest of those hits was a three-run home run to opposing starter Jon Lester:

    An inherited runner would be added on to Lynn’s line in the eight-run inning, and his 1 2/3 innings pitched was the first time he hadn’t gone at least five innings in his last eight turns.

    With the scoreboard reading 9-1 after four frames, the Twins did not go away. Mitch Garver added an RBI single to Cave’s RBI double in the fifth. Brian Dozier clubbed his twelfth home run of the season in the top of sixth, a two-run shot to make it 10-5.

    It still wasn’t looking good with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the score 11-5, but that’s when things got weird in a good way. Eduardo Escobar hit his major league leading 34th double, Dozier drew a walk, and Logan Morrison drove in one to cut the lead to five. Astudillo then drove in two more with a triple, and Mitch Garver made it 11-10 with his third home run on the season before the Cubs summoned closer Brandon Morrow to escape the two-out rally:

    Minnesota got Eddie Rosario into scoring position in the ninth but were unable to bring him in and left Chicago being swept by the Cubs, who outscored them 35-25 in the series. The game marked the first time since 1930 the Cubs have scored ten or more runs in four consecutive games.

    Postgame With Molitor

    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 45-37
    MIN 35-45 (-8.5)
    DET 37-48 (-9)
    CWS 28-54 (-16.5)
    KC 25-57 (-19.5)

    Next Three Games
    Mon @ MIL, 7:10PM CST – RHP Kyle Gibson (2-6, 3.48 ERA)
    Tue @ MIL, 3:10PM CST – RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 4.62 ERA)
    Wed @ MIL, 3:10PM CST – RHP Jose Berrios (8-6, 3.52 ERA)

    Last Three Games
    CHC 14, MIN 9: It’s Not the Heat, It’s … Actually, It Is the Heat This Time
    CHC 10, MIN 6: Hey, Remember Joe Mauer?
    MIN 2, CWS 1: Walking Away With a Win

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    Revisiting Molitor vs. Lovullo

    • Jul 01 2018 07:47 PM
    • by Steve Lein
  2. Report: Darvish Decision Expected This Week, Twins In Consideration

    Darvish Decision Looming
    Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network is reporting that Darvish is expected to make his decision this week. He also adds that the Twins are one of the teams still in discussion with the star pitcher.

    It is interesting that his only note about a current team is the Twins. However, there have been plenty of other teams connected to Darvish in recent weeks. The list of teams includes the Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Dodgers and Brewers.

    Gimenez Signing
    Former Twins catcher Chris Gimenez signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs this week. Sporting News compared this move to when the Cubs brought in David Ross to be paired with Jon Lester in 2015. Gimenez worked with Darvish in Texas and helped the pitcher on his way back from Tommy John surgery. Darvish has also called Gimenez his “all-time favorite catcher.”

    Five-Year Offer
    Darvish will turn 32 next August and he has only pitched one season of more than 200 innings. This might make it tough for team’s swallow a long-term deal. With many big free agent signings, there is some “dead” money at the end of the deal where the player isn’t playing at the same level as prior to his contract signing.

    According to reports, Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table. There are still multiple teams in the mix for Darvish’s services but it sounds like his decision will be made by the end of the week.

    What are your thoughts on the latest Darvish news? Will he be in a Twins uniform by the end of the week? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

    • Jan 24 2018 07:59 PM
    • by Cody Christie