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Game Thread: Twins @ Rockies, 7/12 @ 3:10pm CT

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#1 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:28 AM

Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy with a 50-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Temperature around 85. (Hmmm ... could there be a rain delay?)

TWINS:
SP, Correia

Dozier 2B
Escobar SS
Morales 1B
Plouffe 3B
Arcia RF
Willingham LF
Fuld CF
Fryer C
Correia P



ROCKIES:
SP, Matzek

Blackmon CF
Gonzalez RF
Tulowitzki SS
Morneau 1B
Arenado 3B
Dickerson LF
McHenry C
LeMahieu 2B
Matzek P

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Take it away, Brian! Well, don't literally take it away and walk off with it, just give us your spiel! :)
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I'm just going to put it over here

Things to Think About:

1. Rockies Daily -- Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort has gotten into an Email war with a fan and the fun turned around and went public with it. The fan accused owner Dick Monfort of hiring good ole boys and ruining baseball in the region. To which the owner replied "Maybe Denver doesn't deserve a franchise... maybe time to find a new home". Clearly Denver fans are the only ones across baseball who are not satisfied with their owners, front office, coaches and players. These type of comments would never happen around here.

2. Tyler Matzek -- He's left handed... 23 years old and originally from Mission Viejo California. Mission Viejo is the largest planned community in the solar system. Everything about the city was planned... The population of the Mission Veijo is 93,483 and they planned for everyone of them. The city plans the housing... the stores... when you mow your lawn and what you have for dinner. Mission Viejo is the safest city to live in according to statistics. That's because each crime is carefully planned. A bike theft is planned for next Tuesday. I haven't seen Matzek pitch yet but he sports a 4.79 ERA in 35 innings of work. A 4.79 ERA for the Rockies translates to a 1.34 for the Padres. Matzek was a 1st round pick 11th overall in the 2009 draft.

3. Troy Tulowitski -- Tulo was a 1st round pick that worked out. He was 1st round pick (7th overall) out of Long Beach State. He's a SS who can play the position very well. And I by very well.. I mean very well. On top of his defense... He's the best hitting SS in baseball and by best hitting SS in baseball... I mean... The best hitting SS in baseball. He maybe one of the best hitters in baseball at any position. He's has been public with comments saying that he wouldn't mind playing for a winner. I can't imagine the Rockies trading Tulo but if they decided to trade him. It would take 4 or 5 semi's to bring home the haul coming back to Colorado. I can't see Colorado getting enough in return to justify a deal.

4. Nolan Arenado -- Back when the Twins played the Blue Jays... I went on and on about the amazing defensive skill of Brett Lawrie. Lawrie is the 2nd best 3rd baseman defensively that I have ever seen. Yes... All you old timers... That includes Brooks Robinson. Lawrie is the 2nd best because Arenado is the best. The plays that he can make are off the charts. Before Sunday's game is in the books... There will be a time when he makes a play that very few can make.

5. Garage Doors -- Came home late yesterday from work... Parked in the Garage... hit the Garage Door button to close it and it went half way down and came back up... I Hit the Garage door button to close it again... It went half way down and came back up... Hit it a third time and it did the same thing. I fully admit I have no idea what I'm doing but I grabbed a ladder and climbed up to take a look at it. My wife came out to the garage and here's the conversation:

Wife: What are you doing?
Me: The Garage Door wouldn't close
Wife: And what are you doing?
Me: I have no idea but the garage door wouldn't close
Wife: What are you doing with that screwdriver in your hand
Me: These things here adjust how far the door goes down or up.
Wife: Where are the instructions?
Me: We still have instructions after... what... 10 years?
Wife: Don't touch anything?

(She goes in the house and comes back with instructions... Meanwhile... I've summoned the courage to place the screwdriver in the hole and am ready to turn it... when she comes back with the instructions).

Wife: (Screams) WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!

(I was alone for a minute and was very startled by the sudden wife scream so... I fall off the ladder)

Me: Ow... That hurt.
Wife (As I lay on the floor) Wait for the instructions... What is it about guys like you... What is about Men... That don't read instructions.
Me: Do you have instructions for how to treat broken ribs?
Wife: Seriously... Why don't men read instructions?
Me: I think I'm bleeding internally. Where's the screwdriver? I think it's inside me now... I landed on it... I'm sure I did.
Wife: Can you just look at the instructions?
Me: If God intended us to look at instructions he would have put them in a place where I could easily find them.
Wife: I found them... So God is a woman
Me: Well I'm going to hell for sure now... and I won't know why.

(My Son walks into the garage... I'm lying on the floor... He asks what's going on and I told him the garage door wouldn't close.)

He pushes the button and it closes without problem.

Son: Just hit the button Dad.

Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 12 July 2014 - 01:15 PM.


#2 Tibs

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 12:05 PM

I'm wondering why Colabello hasn't been in the lineup
I couldn't be a player because of bad eyesight, so I decided to be an umpire instead.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

Murderers Row at the bottom of our order!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

I'm wondering why Colabello hasn't been in the lineup


'Tis a puzzle.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:21 PM

I'm wondering why Colabello hasn't been in the lineup


Another maddening lineup decision. Both for 2013 and this season, as well, Colabello rates the Twin highest by far in HR/FB rate. Why, why indeed, would he be sitting last night and today in the HR/FB capital park of the whole league? And all he's been doing since his recall is hitting big flies for HRs and doubles.

Are there instructions from "on-high" to play certain other players, instead?

Edited by jokin, 12 July 2014 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:53 PM

[COLOR=#333333]Wife: Can you just look at the instructions?[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Me: If God intended us to look at instructions he would have put them in a place where I could easily find them. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Wife: I found them... So God is a woman

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[COLOR=#333333]AMEN!![/COLOR]

#7 Gibby

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:54 PM

[COLOR=#333333]Wife: Can you just look at the instructions?[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Me: If God intended us to look at instructions he would have put them in a place where I could easily find them. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Wife: I found them... So God is a woman

[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]AMEN!![/COLOR]


That would be just cruel.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:16 PM

Morales has been looking great lately!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:26 PM

I'm wondering why Colabello hasn't been in the lineup

Not to be argumentative, but where's he going to play? With no DH, not 1B. Take Arcia out? I don't think Cola is part of the Twins future.....

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:39 PM

Not to be argumentative, but where's he going to play? With no DH, not 1B. Take Arcia out? I don't think Cola is part of the Twins future.....


Good point 'bout no DH. Creates a log jam at the positions he plays.

I'm sure Mr. Colabello will be hitting the pinches later in the game.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:47 PM

That would be just cruel.


I think you are confusing 'just' for 'cruel.'

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

Not to be argumentative, but where's he going to play? With no DH, not 1B. Take Arcia out? I don't think Cola is part of the Twins future.....



Good point 'bout no DH. Creates a log jam at the positions he plays.

I'm sure Mr. Colabello will be hitting the pinches later in the game.


Arcia is batting .149 with a .458 OPS against LHP- guys have been run out of town who have posted better numbers than that. As bad as Cola is in the OF, it seems like you have to consider putting him out in RF last night and today. But yeah, Curt, "no part of the future" is probably right, and Gardy has been instructed, as such, on when and how much to play Cola.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:56 PM

Escobar!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:57 PM

LOL. Gotta love Escobar there. Head down, going for the double.

Then, while standing on second, he noticed it left the park.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:00 PM

Much more pleasant start to today's game than last night's.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:02 PM

LOL. Gotta love Escobar there. Head down, going for the double.

Then, while standing on second, he noticed it left the park.


He had me fooled for just a second that it was a ground rule double. Heh.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:10 PM

It was unfair of Bremer to imply that Correia's struggles had a lot to do with throwing to Pinto. When Josmil was sent down, I wondered about that but when I looked, Correia struggled earlier when throwing to Suzuki, too.



EDIT: Correction, now that I think about it, I looked at Pinto catching Hughes and couldn't find a correlation on performance. Don't think I ever looked at Correia/Pinto. Sorry.

Edited by JB_Iowa, 12 July 2014 - 03:14 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:11 PM

I've been hoping for Colabello and Parmelee to get into the lineup, but I guess not today. Plouffe, Willingham, and Morales haven't been doing that well lately.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:13 PM

Oh my gosh what a play by Dozier. That was just incredible anticipation.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

If that gets overturned ... I'm turning this game off and do my work.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:17 PM

If that gets overturned ... I'm turning this game off and do my work.


I was thinking about the same thing, but the umps agree with us!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

I'll be surprised if that isn't ESPN 's top play of the day!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:21 PM

Gotta love it! CORREIA!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:21 PM

Correia!! Building interest with NL teams looking for a pitcher! ;)

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:23 PM

Hey, big dog ... did you get hit with all that rain this morning out in the burbs?

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:23 PM

Is it my imagination, or does it sound like there are a fair amount of Twins fans there?

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

Is it my imagination, or does it sound like there are a fair amount of Twins fans there?


I think there are. LEN3 says it looks like more today than last night but doesn't say how many.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:25 PM

Hey, big dog ... did you get hit with all that rain this morning out in the burbs?


It was raining really hard early. We didn't get as much as the city did, though, or at least we don't have as much flooding.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

OK, whoever bought the square that said "Correia- RBI double", step up and claim your prize. What, no one?

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

It was raining really hard early. We didn't get as much as the city did, though, or at least we don't have as much flooding.


Well it our rain from this morning tracks east, you'll be getting more.