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Twins vs. A's, 08-22-2012, 2:35pm

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#1 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:13 PM

Twins:
Ben Revere CF

Alexi Casilla 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Ryan Doumit DH
Matt Carson RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Drew Butera C
Pedro Florimon SS
(Liam Hendriks P)

Billy Beanes:
Coco Crisp CF
Stephen Drew SS
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Seth Smith DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
George Kottaras C
Cliff Pennington 2B
(Tommy Milone P)

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:26 PM

A .547 OPS "hitting" second, and just .424 since the start of July.


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:33 PM

I feel sorry for Hendricks. He might have to pitch a shutout to avoid a loss.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:38 PM

Twins:
Ben Revere CF

Alexi Casilla 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Ryan Doumit DH
Matt Carson RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Drew Butera C
Pedro Florimon SS
(Liam Hendriks P)

Billy Beanes:
Coco Crisp CF
Stephen Drew SS
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Seth Smith DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
George Kottaras C
Cliff Pennington 2B
(Tommy Milone P)


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:42 PM

For those of us unswayed by 'balance' in the lineup arguments, and more concerned with stringing hits together in succession to score runs, the lineup should read:

Revere, Mauer, Hammer, Doumit, Plouffe, Carson, Casilla, Florimon, Butera.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:46 PM

For those of us unswayed by 'balance' in the lineup arguments, and more concerned with stringing hits together in succession to score runs, the lineup should read:

Revere, Mauer, Hammer, Doumit, Plouffe, Carson, Casilla, Florimon, Butera.


I concur, with the exception of my own preference for an on-base guy at the bottom of the order to set up the turnover back to the top and improve the odds of hit-stringing- ie, I'd flip Florimon with Butera.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

For those of us unswayed by 'balance' in the lineup arguments, and more concerned with stringing hits together in succession to score runs, the lineup should read:

Revere, Mauer, Hammer, Doumit, Plouffe, Carson, Casilla, Florimon, Butera.


I agree that Florimon would be better ninth. I also wonder why bat Plouffe as high as he is - he is in a massive slump. Carson or even Casilla might be a better choice until he gets his bat working again.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

And Liam walks the first batter.

And now a wild pitch.

Aw, come on...

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:53 PM

What's the over/under on how many innings of this game I'm going to watch? 2?

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:54 PM

Hendriks' line predictions anyone?
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:59 PM

Well, I can live with one run. Hopefully he settles and stops throwing so high in the zone.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

He's so dang nervous... got to get past that or he'll never be effective. I'm thinking 4 ER on 5 IP 3K 3 BB
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

Bad luck, Trevor.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:07 PM

In the 1st inning, Coco Crisp did a fake bunt with a 3-0 count. That reminds me, the little League World Series is on.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

It'd be so great to get Liam a win right off the bat. He needs to get over the stigma of being winless, it seems.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:13 PM

Way to field your position, Liam!
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

Damn. What a play by Florimon.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

Good second inning for Stifler. Way to help your pitcher Pedro!
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

Damn. What a play by Florimon.


I don't think Dozier makes that play... Carroll either for that matter.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

I'm following the game on MLB's Gameday - it looks like the ump today has a small strike zone. Does that correspond to what people watching the game are seeing, or am I getting bad intel?

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

It'd be so great to get Liam a win right off the bat. He needs to get over the stigma of being winless, it seems.


It's obviously all in his head. He just needs a win to know he can do it and he belongs on a major league roster. Once he relaxes a little, I would think that he can have the same success he had in Rochester.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

I'm following the game on MLB's Gameday - it looks like the ump today has a small strike zone. Does that correspond to what people watching the game are seeing, or am I getting bad intel?


Nah... can't say that with any confidence at this point. Just that low ball which should have been a strike (Liam's pitch for the K).
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

Why did we have Dozier up all season with this guy playing in Rochester. I don't care if hits .500 or .200 if he can keep making plays like that every game, we need him at short.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:20 PM

Why did we have Dozier up all season with this guy playing in Rochester. I don't care if hits .500 or .200 if he can keep making plays like that every game, we need him at short.


Is that you, Gardy?

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:22 PM

Why did we have Dozier up all season with this guy playing in Rochester. I don't care if hits .500 or .200 if he can keep making plays like that every game, we need him at short.


Is that you, Gardy?


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

.255 OBP hitting 2nd...top notch Mr Gardenhire.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

The ump does seem to be giving some on the outside corner but he definitely does not seem to want to call the strike at the knees.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

Why did we have Dozier up all season with this guy playing in Rochester. I don't care if hits .500 or .200 if he can keep making plays like that every game, we need him at short.


To be fair, at the start of the season I heard a number of pundits thinking Dozier was ready (it was actually a little bit of a surprise he started in Rochester) and Florimon wasn't even on the radar scope. He's played his way into this over the season.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:27 PM

It'd be so great to get Liam a win right off the bat. He needs to get over the stigma of being winless, it seems.


It's obviously all in his head. He just needs a win to know he can do it and he belongs on a major league roster. Once he relaxes a little, I would think that he can have the same success he had in Rochester.


I would tend to agree. He clearly has the stuff to pitch up here. He just seems to be pressing. I would imagine that one good outing would really help his confidence and just let him focus on pitching.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:35 PM

Nice hit by Cespedes. Hard to do much about that (except not allow the bases to load in the first place).