08-06-2012, 09:03 PM #21
Stolen from tonight's game broadcast, but thought it was worth sharing here in case folks missed it: Since the end of July last year (I think the 29th was the date they gave), the Willinghammer leads the league in home runs with 45.
08-06-2012, 09:07 PM #22
Cdog, I'd love to read your comment but some State Farm ad is blocking it.Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
08-06-2012, 09:12 PM #23
Oh good, the ad moved now. That is an impressive and encouraging stat.Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
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08-06-2012, 09:24 PM #25
75-87 would be a nice finishing mark considering where the team started, but I wonder if Sept call-ups may change your record?
The run differential has to be +10 or so since the horrid start. We were minus -80 almost after opening day.
I don't know what exactly to think about 2013:
Diamond is certanly promising, but can he realistically put up a 2.91 ERA again?
I am starting to like our line up more and more, if Plouffe can continue his improvement, it could be a real nice line-up.
And why in the world haven't we extended Morneau before we can't afford him? Multi year contract when his value was low would have made sense. Waiting now is going to drive up the price a lot I fear.
08-06-2012, 09:40 PM #26
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I agree. He's much more of a risk under his current cost, but if you added 2 years on at roughly half of what he is making now (made up figure, no idea what he is worth), he is more affordable and easier to move if he regresses a bit or we simply want to get younger at 1B. If he continues to rake like he has been these last few games (very small sample size I realize, but he is approaching his career BA) he's going to be getting closer to his $14 M a year value anyway
08-06-2012, 09:48 PM #27
Pedro Hernandez debut for Rochester tonight, demonstrating that he has the pitch-to-contact concept down pat:
2I/10H/6ER/2K/.625OBA/27.00ERA/40 strikes in 60 pitches
08-06-2012, 09:49 PM #28
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why exactly would Morneau want to extend? He extends now, he's leaving significant dollars on the table. He knows he is returning to normal, just like we do. He plays out his contract and does decent next year and someone gives him a nice deal.
08-06-2012, 10:12 PM #29
08-06-2012, 10:17 PM #30
Jeff Gray > Jokin
Revere has broken the dry spell of first round picks who haven't had much of an impact for the Twins. Hopefully Hicks and Gibson can both help next year.
08-06-2012, 10:24 PM #31
OK, how about this one. The Twins now have the best one-two catcher/pitchers in all of baseball (with Rivera debuting tonight in Roc.):
Butera 1IP/0H/0ER/1BB/1K/1.00 WHIP 17 pitches- 9 strikes....clocked at 94MPH
Rivera 1IP/1H/0ER/0BB/1K/1.00 WHIP 10 pitches-10 strikes
08-06-2012, 10:25 PM #32
08-06-2012, 10:28 PM #33
The Houston Astros are 4 and 30 in their past 34 games.
Just remember even during our awful April it could always be, much, much, much, much worse.
08-06-2012, 10:41 PM #34
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I don't think I can even name 1 player on the Houston Astros today. . . . Checking Roster . . . . And the only players I recognize are on their DL. I'm impressed they've won 4 out of 34.
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08-06-2012, 11:13 PM #38
In the meantime, continuing to stay positive, the Twins are #4 (in the Central Division and in MLB ballpark rankings)! Even the Indians and 'Stros parks can't touch TF. The Astros have been cursed since they signed a 30 year deal with Enron, just before the biggest financial scandal in history hit the company. Their park looks good on TV and I always thought that playing in the "Field Formerly Known as Enron" or "The Juice Box" made all the losing at least somewhat palatable, but nope.
The NY Times rates ballparks:
4) Target Field
16) Progressive Field (Cle.)
20) Minute Maid Park (Hou.)
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