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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

The Tigers are next for the Twins. They are 3-2 against Detroit, with a split in Minnesota and then two of three in MoTown. Detroit was playing great a few weeks ago, but has fallen on hard times since. After the Twins play the Tigers, they get the Red Sox, who are on another down cycle, mostly due to injuries.

Back to the Kitties. Miggy and V-Mart are two of the very best hitters in baseball. Everyone else on the Tigers, not so much. Kinsler is the third best hitter and his OPS is 200 points below Miggy and V-Mart. Except for shortstop, the Tigers have respectable, but not outstanding starters at the rest of the positions. The rotation is strong, but the Twins miss a diminished Verlander and a really good Scherzer. The bullpen is a mess, but they got to get to it, so maybe forcing a lot of pitches will be a good thing.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:38 PM

I think that if the Twins get thru these games, with around a .500 record, they will be contenders for the Wild Card into September.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

This should be very interesting, and it will have a great deal to say about both clubs. Just too bad Hughes isn't going, but missing Verlander and Scherzer more than evens that out. Nathan has been getting roughed up a bit too, lately.
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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:43 PM

I think that if the Twins get thru these games, with around a .500 record, they will be contenders for the Wild Card into September.


Agreed. It's between now and the All-Star game that we have to stay close, and thankfully the Tigers have come back to the rest of the division. Get past that and we'll see if we are buyers or sellers.

#5 Kirby_waved_at_me

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 06:58 AM

Hmm - The Twins are 3.5 games back right now. If the Sox beat Detroit tonight, a sweep this weekend would tie the Twins and Tigers. Not a bad place to be for a last place team.

They are definitely still in the thick of the race for the division, and a good showing against the Tigers (and the Red Sox) could move the Twins up significantly in standings.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 07:58 AM

Then add in a 4 game series with Chicago at home after the Detroit and Boston series. Right now on the schedule on ESPN has the Twins missing Sale in that 4 game series too.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:04 AM

Sweep!!!

#8 Beezer07

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:04 AM

Just my opinion, but the Twins need to be several games UP in the WC race come ASB time. And the Tigers will get around to rolling through the Central eventually. They ran off a bunch of wins earlier this season, then lost a bunch. I'm guessing the former is their most likely outcome given their roster.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:49 AM

Just my opinion, but the Twins need to be several games UP in the WC race come ASB time. And the Tigers will get around to rolling through the Central eventually. They ran off a bunch of wins earlier this season, then lost a bunch. I'm guessing the former is their most likely outcome given their roster.


I think the Tigers are going to struggle if Verlander doesn't get back on track, and at this point, something seems to be wrong with him. I don't think he's getting back to his elite level. The Tigers should still be favorits to win the division, but I think they are going to be an over-priced team that hovers just over mediocrity most of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if the winner of the AL Central once again is a team that would have missed out on a Wild Card opportunity had they not won their division.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

I'm going to the Red Sox game on Monday and possibly Tuesday, chalk up at least one loss for that.
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:54 AM

Besides what I listed--MIggy & V-Mart hitting, great starting pitching--there isn't much to like about Detroit. Their bullpen is a mess and the rest of the regular lineup is so-so, with a huge hole/question mark at short.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:14 PM

I still wonder why they traded Fister??

#13 daveha

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 01:13 PM

I assume Fister was traded for the same reason they traded Prince: money. Fister came out of Spring Training with minor arm issues but has absolutely dominated National League teams.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 02:41 PM

I'm going to the Red Sox game on Monday and possibly Tuesday, chalk up at least one loss for that.


I wonder if the Twins (or really any MN team) could get a restraining order against you from appearing within a half a mile from any of their games. Would be worth investigating.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:16 AM

Is this really a discussion right now? Its hard to believe the Twins are actually this close this late in the year. One more clunker by KC and/or Deduno we could see May in the rotation too. Let Rosario keep burning up AA and he could be added depth later in the year if Escobar or Santana hit a slump.

Can't reasonably hope for the Twins to make a push this season. Next year is a much better possibility with Sano, Rosario, Meyer, and May likely to be spending a lot of time with the Twins. Vargas, Buxton, Berrios not very far behind.
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#16 PseudoSABR

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:18 AM

I more excited about this series than I have been about a non opening-day series in years!

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:35 AM

If I remember correctly this is a 4 game series against Detroit. The good news is we still have 10 games left with them this season after the series. So as long as we win at least 2 we will have opportunities to rebound later. Though 3 or 4 wins is the preferable outcome here.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:12 AM

I wonder if the Twins (or really any MN team) could get a restraining order against you from appearing within a half a mile from any of their games. Would be worth investigating.


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#19 gunnarthor

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

Pohlad vs VodkaDave would make it all the way to the Supreme Court

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