06-09-2012, 04:54 PM #1
The hottest team in baseball..
The Twins are 9-2 in their last 11 games, and have won their last 4 series..'
Playin good ball.
Will is last?
I know some of the teams have been easy.
06-09-2012, 05:04 PM #2
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Depends on how the starting pitching holds up - the last couple of weeks they've done fairly well. They've lowered their collective starting ERA to 5.99
06-09-2012, 05:18 PM #3
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06-09-2012, 05:51 PM #5
How about that Scott Diamond!?!?!?
06-09-2012, 06:15 PM #6
I believe the Pirates are the hottest team in baseball, actually! Routing for them too, of course!Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
06-09-2012, 06:30 PM #7
06-09-2012, 06:31 PM #8
Ok, I know we have played some weak teams too... lol
It just feels good to win...
06-09-2012, 06:40 PM #9
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Yeah, it does feel good to win.
It's too bad we dug ourselves such a deep hole so early.
So far, it's a similar script to last year. Bad start, followed by a June surge against weak teams.
It'll be interesting to see what happens next as the season wears on and the competition gets tougher.
I'm not expecting the unstoppable freight train that we saw from June on in 2006, but I'm hopeful that it will be better than the second-half train wreck of 2011.
06-09-2012, 06:41 PM #10
We still have the worst record in the AL. We have pulled even with KC at 24 wins. I think we can play .500 ball for the rest of the season and end up with 76 wins. I think that makes us sellers. Winning at an 80% clip isn't going to happen with this pitching staff.
06-09-2012, 06:42 PM #11
06-09-2012, 06:47 PM #12
We only have 2 more losses then the Tigers.
Who would have thunk it ?????
06-09-2012, 06:54 PM #13
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I remember going to games with my Dad as a kid, and being down by like 12 runs in the 8th inning, and he'd ask if I wanted to go. And I would defiantly insist on staying because, dammit, it's ain't over 'til it's over. Guess I wasn't able to completely mature out of that.
06-09-2012, 07:02 PM #14
It ain't over till it's over...
I remember this box score from a game with Cleveland and Seattle the year that the mariners had like 117 wins....
M's were up 14-2 in teh 7th....
06-09-2012, 07:19 PM #15
On a string of positive notes: 1) Blackburn and Liriano are back, showing at least a pulse in Blackie's case and a case for hope in Frankie's. 2)Hendriks, barring one anomalous performance, has been lights out in Rochester 3)Pavano has a history of bouncing back from the brink of extinction 4) Can't say this enough, Marquis is out of his, and our, misery, 5) Diamond appears to be the real deal, completely reversing most of his negative patterns from last year (at or near the top in ERA, BB/9 and GB%). Probably not sustainable, but even a regression to the mean of his two years combined in the majors qualifies for Ace on this staff.
06-09-2012, 07:29 PM #16
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Twins win! So great to see them battle back last night with a great pen performance and big hits. Mauer looks rested and could go on a tear. Parmalee might even hit a little and show us whether the Twins can deal Morneau.
06-09-2012, 07:43 PM #17
We are all happy but.......
At 24-34.....MN is
16-13 in last 29
14-8 in last 22
9 of last 11
Chicago is 33-26 and in first place. Their .559 winning percentage is good for 91 wins
If the Twins play at that pace over their next 59gms.....
they are 57-60 after AUG 13th.....
06-09-2012, 07:49 PM #18
06-09-2012, 07:50 PM #19
This really feels like last year. There was a horrible start, a recovery in June to give us some hope. I think 46-51 was the record before the bottom fell out.
Last year the injuries really hit in July. If they can stay healthy and if the pitching holds together (big ifs) they have enough offense to win a weak division.
A couple of weeks ago I looked at the schedule and thought that maybe they could make a run and get to .500 by the end of June. It was wishful thinking from an irrational optimist, and even now it's a bit of a stretch. If they can go 15-4 for the rest of the month... (Finish the sweep of the Cubs, then 2 of 3, 2 of 3, sweep; repeat).
Diamond seems to have figured something out and it might be sustainable. I'm not so confident in Walters. I'm still hopeful about Liriano, although I have accepted reality about my preseason Cy Young prediction for him. (I bought a Liriano replica jersey for $30 on Amazon during the off season and it affected my brain. I guess I should have gone with the Morneau jersey, but then I probably would have tagged him for MVP.)
Pavano and Blackburn are both big question marks, bot hfor health and performance, and the DL might be the safest place for both of them. (I suppose they could just alternate.) Manship (or is it Shipman or Manhsip?) might finally be ready and healthy. Either Duensing or Swarzak would be OK in the rotation if needed. I know Devries is a MN guy and it was a nice story, but AAA is his place.
OK, the pitching scares me, but it's possible to put together a good, young rotation with this bunch. If that happens (I said possible, not likely) then we might have a season after all.
06-09-2012, 08:05 PM #20