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Game Thread: A's@Twins 4/7 3:10PM

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#1 Riverbrian

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:53 AM

Gametime weather forecast: Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Temperature around 55.

A's:
SP, Kazmir

Fuld CF
Lowrie SS
Donaldson 3B
Moss 1B
Cespedes LF
Callaspo DH
Reddick RF
Norris C
Sogard 2B

Twins:
SP, Correia

Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Plouffe 3B
Colabello RF
Pinto DH
Kubel LF
Suzuki C
Hicks CF
Florimon SS


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Things to Think About:

1. The Home Opener -- The Twins have a record of 30-23 in home openers dating back to 1961. They last won a home opener April 8th, 2011... Beating these same Oakland A's 2 to 1. Carl Pavano outdueled Brett Anderson in that game.

2. RBI's -- Some will tell you that RBI is a meaningless stat... I won't get into that argument because today I want to trumpet the fact that Chris Colabello is leading the American League in RBI's with 11. Trevor Plouffe is tied for 3rd with 7... Drive in those runs... Keep doing it... Don't let anybody tell you it's meaningless.

3. Chris Herrmann -- Welcome back to the show... With injuries to Hammer and Arcia... All of a sudden a position of depth has become a position of need. Chris Herrmann has been called up from Rochester to help shore up the OF Corners.

4. Jason Bartlett -- It wasn't a stunning OF debut for Jason Bartlett... I will tell you that I loved the effort made by Jason. I will also tell you that Willingham probably would not have gotten to any of those first 3 balls hit Bartlett's way.

However... I will say that Jason showed absolutely no OF defense instincts on those 3 balls. Willingham would have most likely limited the extra bases by playing the wall correctly or cutting off the ball before it got past him. Will Jason improve as an OF??? I believe he will... but should he be playing OF and potentially CF until he does actually improve?

5. Home Opener -- 2 years ago on the Home Opener... I decided to leave my front door open with a sign that said "Home Opener". All that stopped by for my Home Opener was a squirrel being chased by a Cooper Hawk right through the front door. The Cooper Hawk watched the game with me while it waited for the squirrel to come out from under the couch. Nick Blackburn was pitching and getting rocked by the Angels. The Cooper Hawk couldn't take anymore and he left.

Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 07 April 2014 - 11:37 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

Sounds like CCrakes is in right field today.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:37 AM

Think about 62 k's in 6 games and also drawn 29 walks. 29 walks (5 a game) makes me think we've seen some bad pitching, how many k's will we have against good pitching.

May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

Do we know who got put on the disabled list yet?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:08 AM

Do we know who got put on the disabled list yet?


Just announced: Bartlett, with an ankle injury. Herrmann activated, so we may see Pinto DH today.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:17 AM

Interesting stat: A's have beat the Twins 6 straight and 11 of last 13.

A's love to play the Twins. If that's not bad enough, Scott Kazmir, last season while with the Indians, was 3-0 with a 1.45era and striking out 31 batters.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:41 AM

Think about 62 k's in 6 games and also drawn 29 walks. 29 walks (5 a game) makes me think we've seen some bad pitching, how many k's will we have against good pitching.


Winston!!!

You must post a 6. In front of that thought so we can stay organized. ;)
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:46 AM

Thanks for the lead-in Brian ... and yes, lineups are sweaty ... an hour with a personal trainer followed by an hour of cardio tennis ... no shower, straight home to get those lineups posted! Yay Twins ... go go go! (And time for me to hit the showers ... I don't want to continue to sweat over my keyboard.)
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

Kubes and Cobes in the corners. Wind blowing out. Maybe we should give up a middle infielder and go with four outfielders?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

Almost the exact lineup I suggested yesterday on the Herrmann thread (Kubel and Pinto switch). Let's just hope they hit the ball at people. Does that leave our bench with Escobar and Herrmann?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

Winston!!!

You must post a 6. In front of that thought so we can stay organized. ;)


6. ......

May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:41 PM

Thanks for the lead-in Brian ... and yes, lineups are sweaty ... an hour with a personal trainer followed by an hour of cardio tennis ... no shower, straight home to get those lineups posted! Yay Twins ... go go go! (And time for me to hit the showers ... I don't want to continue to sweat over my keyboard.)


Talk about dedication!!
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Edited by Winston Smith, 07 April 2014 - 12:44 PM.

May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:18 PM

Can't wait! Go Twins!
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:35 PM

Temp around 55! That's getting tempting. But 225 miles north of there things could be much different. 4 feet on the level in my yard 3 days ago leaves me thinking the asphalt highway can wait awhile. Game day will have to do for the Twins game.

Let's see over .500 once.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:41 PM

Beautiful day for some baseball!!!

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:44 PM

Nice hand for Nick Punto.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:44 PM

And a cold beer.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:00 PM

Did they really boo Kubel in the intros? :) no booing today - it's the home opener!!!

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:01 PM

I have to confess that Nick Punto used to be my favorite player. Along with Torii Hunter
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:03 PM

I have to confess that Nick Punto used to be my favorite player. Along with Torii Hunter


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:05 PM

Hahahaha ... being out of market, hadn't seen that commercial with Hrbek throwing TC off 1st base.
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:08 PM

Another great setup. Let's hope that the Twins can win this one.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:11 PM

Do the Twins have anybody healthy on the bench?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:11 PM

Hahahaha ... being out of market, hadn't seen that commercial with Hrbek throwing TC off 1st base.


I wonder if someone will break it to them that Michaelangelo was a sculptor. He only took the painting gig because of the incentive laden contract.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:13 PM

Man! I should have gone.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:14 PM

I wonder if someone will break it to them that Michaelangelo was a sculptor. He only took the painting gig because of the incentive laden contract.


My visit to the Sistine Chapel a few weeks ago says otherwise.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:15 PM

Game time!!!

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:15 PM

Do the Twins have anybody healthy on the bench?


Herrmann and Escobar

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:16 PM

Hahahaha ... being out of market, hadn't seen that commercial with Hrbek throwing TC off 1st base.


I sat and watched them film that, and Mauer and Dozier, for a good hour and a half. It was hot, and I don't know how TC lived thru it. TC and Herbie were in the sun most all the time, while Joe and Brian were shaded. They must have had 50 retakes. It was funny.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:19 PM

I sat and watched them film that, and Mauer and Dozier, for a good hour and a half. It was hot, and I don't know how TC lived thru it. TC and Herbie were in the sun most all the time, while Joe and Brian were shaded. They must have had 50 retakes. It was funny.


That makes sense, finally nuanced acting performances like Mauer's sometimes take a bit of time.