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Game Thread: Twins v Astros, 6/7 @ 1:10 PM CT (or when the rain stops)

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#1 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:50 AM

Game-time forecast: Steady rain is falling at Target Field, but the game should be able to be played on Saturday.

Here's hoping ...

Astros:
SP, Feldman

Dexter Fowler CF
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jonathan Singleton 1B
Alex Presley LF
Jesus Guzman DH
Marwin Gonzalez SS

Twins:
SP, Gibson

Daniel Santana DH
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Eduardo Escobar SS
Aaron Hicks CF

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It's up to you now, Brian. Go forth, think, write, share. Thank you! :)
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No... Thank You

Things to think about:

1. Defense -- Watching the Houston Astros beat our Twins yesterday. It's pretty clear that defense was a major reason why. I've always doubted the ability of defensive metrics to fully paint the picture of what defense means to a baseball game. Yesterday was an example of why. The Twins were knocking the ball around pretty good late in the game. That diving catch made by Dexter Fowler was the first out of the inning... It's impossible to quantify how many runs he saved. He saved one for sure but with a full compliment of outs to play with it could have been a lot more. A great play by Matt Dominquez with a runner on third and two outs saved at least run and the Twins lost by one run. On the defensive side of the ball there is a whole lot of routine and on the fringes there are these moments and those moments take away outs or give up extra outs. As long as I've been following the game... I'm convinced those moments are huge... and we lost by one run.

2. Scott Feldman -- The 31 year old veteran was signed in the off season to a 3 year 30 million dollar contract. He was immediately slotted in as the opening day starter. Under the radar out of high school... He walked on at the College of San Mateo and produced a 25-2 record in two seasons. This led to a 30th round selection by the Texas Rangers. When you are drafted in the 30th round there is a ton of pressure on you to perform. Scott didn't crack under the pressure... He had Tommy John surgery right away and he just kept performing and was called up to the Rangers in 2005. After time in the bullpen and eventual conversion to a starter with Texas. In 2013 the Cubs signed him as a FA and later traded him to the Orioles that same year... The Orioles chose to not invest heavily in Feldman for 2014 and he hit the free agent market again and now here he is with the Astros. He was Born in Hawaii but spent his high school years in Northern California. I've seen him pitch a few times... He's a pretty good pitcher in my opinion. He throws from a three quarter arm slot and his slider will break down and his fastball has nice movement... I assume it's a cutter.

3. Nick Gordon -- Shame on me... But I didn't think about Nick Gordon yesterday. The Twins used their 5th round pick on Nick Gordon... The Son of former MLB Pitcher Commissioner Gordon and the brother of current Dodger second baseman Dee Dee Ramone. I don't offer opinions on Twins draft picks because I'm not comfortable doing so because I haven't seen them play and I don't know if what is written about them isn't floating around recycled from a monkey offering an opinion. I assume that the Twins sent their entire Planet of the Apes to check him out and are confident in their selection. I certainly hope what I'm reading is true. I hope he stays at SS and I hope the Twins finally break this streak of not producing a quality farm raised SS since forever. I understand that he has a bunch of speed and some decent power to go along with it. I love Speed and I love power... If a player has both. Sign me up.

4. Chris Parmelee... It's nice to see Chris back in the lineup. I'd rather see Oswaldo in RF but he's gimpy right now so... for the time being... It's nice to see Parm get on the lineup card. Thank You ChiTown for putting him there. Feldman will be good matchup for him since Feldman tries to stay low in the zone and Parm without question likes them low. However... He might be Tin Man Rusty.

5. Bottled Water -- I got done mowing the lawn and was feeling a little thirsty. So I opened the fridge and reached down to the bottom rack of the door. There was a bottle of Evian water... It was cold and I twisted the cap took a drink and looked at my wife and said... "Look at you buying the fancy water". She replied that it was just an old bottle that was refilled with tap water. I felt a little disappointment when she told me that. But then I thought... How do we know that Evian isn't just filling these things up with tap water and selling them to us all marked up. Then I took a closer look at the bottle with my now skeptical eyes. I looked at the word Evian and then I spelled it backwards. Ahh... Now I see.

Edited by Riverbrian, 07 June 2014 - 11:24 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:53 AM

Santana DHing again?

And then I guess the ankle injury to Arcia was worse than they said it was, after all.

Edited by jokin, 07 June 2014 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:55 AM

Wonder if we're trying out Kubel and Parmelee on alternating days to see which one gets cut first?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

Arcia pinch hit last night. (For the wrong guy imo, but he did pinch hit and almost put one out.)

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:02 AM

Arcia pinch hit last night. (For the wrong guy imo, but he did pinch hit and almost put one out.)


Per Berardino, and by Arcia's own admission, if Arcia had put one out last night, it would have been a Kirk Gibson-slow stroll around the bases. He's apparently not healthy enough to beat out Santana for the DH spot?

Edited by jokin, 07 June 2014 - 10:04 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:31 AM

[COLOR=#8899A6][FONT=Gotham Narrow SSm]Posted ImagePhil Miller [COLOR=#8899A6]@MillerStrib[/COLOR] · 18m
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[COLOR=#292F33][FONT=Gotham Narrow SSm]Arcia unavailable for all but pinch-hitting, Gardy says. Ankle still too sore.
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:53 AM

Still raining? I am in Florida but I watch on espn gamecast

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:57 AM

[COLOR=#8899A6][FONT=Gotham Narrow SSm]Posted ImagePhil Miller [COLOR=#8899A6]@MillerStrib[/COLOR] · 18m
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[COLOR=#292F33][FONT=Gotham Narrow SSm]Arcia unavailable for all but pinch-hitting, Gardy says. Ankle still too sore.
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Hopefully for a walk off situation :)

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:03 AM


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

I miss Pinto. I like his scrabbly beard and round cheeks. I wonder what he thinks about when he sits on the bench? Does he daydream about playing in the bigs?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:10 AM

I miss Pinto. I like his scrabbly beard and round cheeks. I wonder what he thinks about when he sits on the bench? Does he daydream about playing in the bigs?


Hopefully he's thinking about throwing guys out:

http://blogs.twincit...-throwing-woes/

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:10 AM

Hopefully for a walk off situation :)


I'll even take a Kirk Gibson gimp off situation

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:13 AM

Hopefully he's thinking about throwing guys out


Is Suzuki much better?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:14 AM


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:15 AM

Is Suzuki much better?


Not much but it's probably a little late to work with him.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

It's rainy and gloomy out. I'm outraged. Outraged, I say. It's time for <random person on the team> to go!

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:34 AM

There does seem to be a bit more life in the Twins clubhouse this season:

http://blogs.twincit...ndingly-bright/

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

There does seem to be a bit more life in the Twins clubhouse this season:

http://blogs.twincit...ndingly-bright/

I hope we get to see lots of pictures of this.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:44 AM

I swear this is ridiculous. Santana has to be a better LF option than Willingham.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:45 AM

I hope we get to see lots of pictures of this.


Me too.

Pretty sure that Perkins will post photos if no one else. He seems to love this kind of stuff. And if you're taking the pics, you're often not in them. :)

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

Me too.

Pretty sure that Perkins will post photos if no one else. He seems to love this kind of stuff. And if you're taking the pics, you're often not in them. :)

Two things in that article I thought 'interesting:' that Nuñez commented on how the Yankees were never fun; and that stoic Joe Mauer was one of the planners of this.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:55 AM

5. Bottled Water -- I got done mowing the lawn and was feeling a little thirsty. So I opened the fridge and reached down to the bottom rack of the door. There was a bottle of Evian water... It was cold and I twisted the cap took a drink and looked at my wife and said... "Look at you buying the fancy water". She replied that it was just an old bottle that was refilled with tap water. I felt a little disappointment when she told me that. But then I thought... How do we know that Evian isn't just filling these things up with tap water and selling them to us all marked up. Then I took a closer look at the bottle with my now skeptical eyes. I looked at the word Evian and then I spelled it backwards. Ahh... Now I see.


Mind. Blown.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

Two things in that article I thought 'interesting:' that Nuñez commented on how the Yankees were never fun; and that stoic Joe Mauer was one of the planners of this.


Just waiting to see what color Joe picks!

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

And if you're taking the pics, you're often not in them. :)


I was looking for some pictures of my Dad for a celebration, and going through all the Christmas and birthday etc. celebrations, if you went by the pictures it was as if he did not exist (if my mom took a picture - everyone pretty much came out headless). I am pretty sure the concept and the word "selfie" would have been pretty incomprehensible to him.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:03 PM

Then I took a closer look at the bottle with my now skeptical eyes. I looked at the word Evian and then I spelled it backwards. Ahh... Now I see.


Bottled water .... one of the planet's greatest scams. At least with tap water, you get to read the test results once a year.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:03 PM

if you went by the pictures it was as if he did not exist (if my mom took a picture - everyone pretty much came out headless).


Photoshop.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:06 PM

Bottled water .... one of the planet's greatest scams. At least with tap water, you get to read the test results once a year.


I put in an RO filter when I set up my reef tank. It's the best water I've ever tasted.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:07 PM

I am pretty sure the concept and the word "selfie" would have been pretty incomprehensible to him.


Pretty sure its incomprehensible to me, too.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:09 PM

Bottled water .... one of the planet's greatest scams. At least with tap water, you get to read the test results once a year.

Absolutely.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:13 PM

Just waiting to see what color Joe picks!


Whatever it is, it won't be the first thing offered.
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