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Game 39 - Twins @ Brewers - 5/19/12

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:36 AM

Twins Lineup: Denard Span CF Ben Revere RF Josh Willingham LF Justin Morneau 1B Brian Dozier SS Alexi Casilla 2B Drew Butera C Jamey Carroll 3B Carl Pavano SP Brewers Lineup Corey Hart RF Nyger Morgan CF Ryan Braun LF Aramis Ramirez 3B Jonathan Lucroy C Rickie Weeks 2B Tyler Green 1B Edwin Maysonet SS Yovani Gallardo SP

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:21 PM

Iron man Mauer needs a day off after the only game all year he actually came close to earning his paycheck???? Does he have bi-lateral weakness from counting his money? If he is sooo good he should be playing 1B against a RH starter. My guess is Mauer asked Gardy to take him out of the lineup since the BrewCrew has a front line starter on the mound and he doesn't want to put his precious OBP on the line against any top pitcher.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

My guess is that Pavano insists on Butera. Brutal. Just. Brutal. They can deny it all they want, but actions speak louder than words.

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 19 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

This looks more like a line-up Gardy uses on Sunday get away day. Don't like it very much, fast but no pop. Mauer will probably pinch it for Pavano and stay in the game around the 5th or 6th inning, though not sure if he play C, 1B, or RF.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

It's a (late) day game after a long night game. Given that Mauer had been struggling until last night's game, it made sense to sit him in one of the games in Milwaukee. Given Pavano's insistence that Son-of-Sal catch him, it doesn't surprise me that Mauer is not in the lineup.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

Iron man Mauer needs a day off after the only game all year he actually came close to earning his paycheck???? Does he have bi-lateral weakness from counting his money? If he is sooo good he should be playing 1B against a RH starter.

My guess is Mauer asked Gardy to take him out of the lineup since the BrewCrew has a front line starter on the mound and he doesn't want to put his precious OBP on the line against any top pitcher.


I am hoping that yesterday was the start of a turnaround for Joe and that Pavano will pitch a shutout today because he is more comfortable with Butera. Also, Butera seems to be hitting better this year, so maybe he can get a hit or two.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

Iron man Mauer needs a day off after the only game all year he actually came close to earning his paycheck???? Does he have bi-lateral weakness from counting his money? If he is sooo good he should be playing 1B against a RH starter.

My guess is Mauer asked Gardy to take him out of the lineup since the BrewCrew has a front line starter on the mound and he doesn't want to put his precious OBP on the line against any top pitcher.


Great, thoughtful post! Looking forward to your next op-Ed piece in the Times.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:21 PM

My guess is that Pavano insists on Butera. Brutal. Just. Brutal. They can deny it all they want, but actions speak louder than words.


This was part of my disagreement about Mauer's presence behind the plate with Alex in another thread. Mauer is 5 for 9 lifetime against RHP Gallardo coming off a game where he showed confident agressiveness at the plate, getting three hits on pitches out of the strike zone. Every pitcher on the team should have complete confidence in having The Face of the Franchise calling the game for them as the backstop. Hopefully mnfireman is right and Mauer gets the chance to build on his slump-busting performance last night and enter the game in the 5th or 6th.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

It seems like the plan coming into this series was to give Mauer today off no matter what. Otherwise, Gardy could've taken him out before the 8th inning of last night's blowout win so he could be ready to go today. When I saw Mauer still behind the plate in the 9th, I knew that we'd be seeing Butera starting today. With that being said, I don't think it's the worst thing in the world to give Mauer a day off here, especially with Morneau back playing first.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:20 PM

Catchers need days of. Yes, I understand that he is able to play other positions, but he needs days off. It's like playing Morneau every single day after some wrist surgery until his wrist is so sore that he needs to go on the DL and miss two weeks. Catchers need days off or they'll get weeks off eventually.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:24 PM

Great play by Span to help Pavano work around the leadoff double.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:41 PM

Carroll's slugging percentage may not be anything to write home about, but his defense has been fantastic so far this season, regardless of where he's played.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:48 PM

Carroll has been tremendous for the Twins. We'd all like a little more batting avreage, but every other facet of his game has been as expected. To be honest, his defense is far better than I ever would have guessed.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:49 PM

Not gonna lie. I have been watching the chick in the front row behind home plate. The one sitting above the O in brewers.com. She was there last night too. I am surprised Diamond didn't give up more runs.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

Carroll has been tremendous for the Twins. We'd all like a little more batting avreage, but every other facet of his game has been as expected. To be honest, his defense is far better than I ever would have guessed.


I wasn't trying to knock Carroll there. I was just saying that he's been a great pickup for the Twins, even if he hasn't set the world on fire with his bat.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

So anything going on in the actual game? Can't see it on mlb.tv thanks to Fox.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:03 PM

0-0 in the top of the 4th, Twins have runners on the corners with 1 out and Morneau coming up.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:07 PM

Morneau walks, here comes Dozier with the bases loaded and 1 out.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:26 PM

Hopefully the Twins can stretch this inning out a bit. Get Gallardo outta there and get into the pen.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

I am at work now and recording the game at home. Is Pavano pitching as well as it appears from the box score?