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#41 Gibby

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:11 PM

Well, with 9 easy payments...


...but will it blow my hair back?

#42 zenser

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:13 PM

Is anyone concerned that Mauer has 8 Ks in 29 ABs?

#43 Jaykay

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:14 PM

Anyone think Phil is going to pitch a complete game today?

He's on pace to throw 252 pitches in 9 innings.

#44 Winston Smith

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

Well at least we are keeping up the chase for most strikeouts by a team in a season.

On pace for 1620 record is 1935. Always nice to have goals!

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


#45 LaBombo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:20 PM

Well at least we are keeping up the chase for most strikeouts by a team in a season.

On pace for 1620 record is 1935. Always nice to have goals!

Gaining ground on the record so far today. On pace for 15 in the game.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:20 PM

Anyone think Phil is going to pitch a complete game today?

He's on pace to throw 252 pitches in 9 innings.



Well, that's an improvement. He was on pace for over 360 after the 1st.

#47 LaBombo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:21 PM

Anyone think Phil is going to pitch a complete game today?

He's on pace to throw 252 pitches in 9 innings.


In addition to the pitch count, the pace for 12 ER's and 9 walks may be an issue.

#48 mike wants wins

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:22 PM

Plus his ERA is down to nine now.....strong trend, soon it will be 1.

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :) Also, I am NOT trying to convince anyone I am correct, I'm just talking here, not arguing.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:33 PM

Nice play there by Plouffe

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:36 PM

Good play to cut it off, terrible relay

#51 gocgo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:36 PM

Good news - we have 4 guys in the lineup all hitting over .300 and none of them are named Joe Mauer.

Bad news - we have 4 guys in the lineup all hitting under .200 and none of them are named Joe Mauer.

#52 gocgo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:38 PM

Is anyone concerned that Mauer has 8 Ks in 29 ABs?


No. He usually starts slow and one of the K's was on a pitch 6 inches outside. I'm finding that the umps are really having a tough time figuring out the strike zone early and so are the batters.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

After the last 3 years I really wish I had these to take before every game!
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

Good news - we have 4 guys in the lineup all hitting over .300 and none of them are named Joe Mauer.

Bad news - we have 4 guys in the lineup all hitting under .200 and none of them are named Joe Mauer.


Bad news- We have one guy hitting under .100 and his name is Pedro Florimon

#55 LaBombo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

Nice job by Herrmann cutting off the gapper. Hoping he and Colabello will continue to give Ron absolutely no reason to play Bartlett in an outfield corner again.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:42 PM

Well, at least Florimon didn't strike out.

You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.


#57 LaBombo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

Well, at least Florimon didn't strike out.

Baby steps...
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#58 Gibby

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:55 PM

I'm watching my kid totally dominate on a volleyball court in Italy. I wish I was there for it.

#59 LaBombo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:59 PM

No. He usually starts slow and one of the K's was on a pitch 6 inches outside. I'm finding that the umps are really having a tough time figuring out the strike zone early and so are the batters.

After 7 straight seasons of swinging strike rates that never exceeded 4.3%, Mauer swung and missed nearly 6% of the time last year, and he's started out this season at 6.9%.

It's too early to be worried, but it's something to watch. Two percent doesn't sound like much, but over the course of the season it's dozens of additional swings and misses.

It will be interesting, especially after two more looking K's today, to see if Mauer gets tired of letting umpires still struggling with their strike zones determine the outcomes of his AB's.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

1.) Jesus Christ on Ice Skates is Mauer's approach to hitting frustrating. At bats like his last one make me want to scream at him. His 2nd at bat he jumped on the 1st pitch for a single. Why doesn't he do that more often?!?!?!?

2.) That base running by Plouffe just made me cringe.