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Game 65 - Twins vs Brewers - 6/17/12

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

Twins Lineup: Denard Span CF Ben Revere RF Joe Mauer C Josh Willingham LF Justin Morneau 1B Trevor Plouffe 3B Ryan Doumit DH Brian Dozier SS Jamey Carroll 2B SP: NickBlackburn

#2 Scheherezade

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:44 AM

Plouffe gets bumped up in front of the DH. It's nice to see Gardy breaking up the lineup (M&M boys would be another example), even if it means moving veterans around.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

Gardy had to move Plouffe ahead of Doumit to make pitchers pitch to Plouffe. Otherwise, they could pitch around him as they did yesterday. Plouffe now lead the team in homers--has 8 more than Doumit, and Plouffe is close to Doumit's rbi total. Who knows--maybe Morneau will also now get some better pitches to hit with Plouffe hitting behind him. Plus, Morneau has been way too anxious at the plate, swinging at first pitch balls sort of like Delman Young used to do. Pitchers right now know that can throw low balls on the first pitch, and Morneau is likely to swing and miss at such pitches.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

Unless someone else starts hitting, I believe that the Brewers will pitch around Plouffe no matter where he bats today.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:58 AM

Unless someone else starts hitting, I believe that the Brewers will pitch around Plouffe no matter where he bats today.


If only we could do the same to Braun...

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:01 PM

First post on the forum! Happy to see Gardy rolling out this line-up. It feel this is our best line-up right now with Mauer at C, Carroll at 2B, Plouffe at 3B, and Doumit at DH. Side topic - how nice would this game look with both clubs wearing throwbacks from early 80's. Brewer powder blue road vs Twins inaugural Metrodome home uni's.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

Amazingly, Blackburn gets ahead of Braun 0-2 then gets him to pop out.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:19 PM

I'm setting the over/under on Brewers homeruns today at 4.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:27 PM

I'm setting the over/under on Brewers homeruns today at 4.


There is good reason for your prediction. If we are lucky, the rain will kill this game. Otherwise, I am setting the over/under on Twins' being struck out at 10.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:30 PM

There is good reason for your prediction. If we are lucky, the rain will kill this game. Otherwise, I am setting the over/under on Twins' being struck out at 10.


I'm taking the over on both. This already has the makings of another long day for the Twins.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:32 PM

So do you all think it was intentional that Weeks tried to take Mauer out, and even moved inward to do so? I know that's part of the game, but Mauer was not really blocking the plate, and they could be testing his hamstring.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:37 PM

So do you all think it was intentional that Weeks tried to take Mauer out, and even moved inward to do so? I know that's part of the game, but Mauer was not really blocking the plate, and they could be testing his hamstring.


It's possible, although I have reason to believe Weeks probably does that no matter who's playing catcher. But you never know.

#13 NorthwestTwinsFan

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:39 PM

Plouffe hitting the ball hard again, but unfortunately right at the third baseman.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:48 PM

I almost hesitate to say this, not wanting to jinx this, but Blackie is pitching fairly well today. A couple of hard-hit balls, but he seems to have better control than we've seen recently.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:54 PM

There we go! Small-ball ties the game.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:29 PM

I almost hesitate to say this, not wanting to jinx this, but Blackie is pitching fairly well today. A couple of hard-hit balls, but he seems to have better control than we've seen recently.


Way to go. 3-run homer by Corey Hart. =P

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:42 PM

It's possible, although I have reason to believe Weeks probably does that no matter who's playing catcher. But you never know.


According to the radio announcers for the Twins, Weeks does indeed do that to a lot of catchers, and sometimes goes in standing up and trying to take them out like that. Mauer was probably lucky he decided to slide.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

According to the radio announcers for the Twins, Weeks does indeed do that to a lot of catchers, and sometimes goes in standing up and trying to take them out like that. Mauer was probably lucky he decided to slide.


Yeah, I remember seeing him deliver some pretty vicious hits on catchers in the past.

#19 IdahoPilgrim

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:51 PM

Well, it looks like the hamstring is affecting Mauer - that ball he hit to the wall could have been a double if he had been running hard.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:53 PM

Before Greinke joined the Brewers, it seemed like the Twins destroyed him every time they faced him, including that one game where they scored 19 runs. Now, they can't seem to do anything against him now that he is a Brewer.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

Is it just me, or are the Brewers bunting a hell of a lot in this game/series?

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

Interesting. They just said on TV that Matt Capps is not available - sore right shoulder. He'll be reevaluated on Tuesday.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

You know, I know he doesn't hit for power, but Span has been pretty constant on defense in CF. I'm starting to think he should be our all-star rep.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:05 PM

You know, I know he doesn't hit for power, but Span has been pretty constant on defense in CF. I'm starting to think he should be our all-star rep.


Willingham is not helping himself with his current cold streak.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:19 PM

Willingham kills the rally. In hindsight, Mastro would have been a better choice in left field today -- Willingham not sharp.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:23 PM

Baaaatting Third: Drew Buteeeraa!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:44 PM

Baaaatting Third: Drew Buteeeraa!


If we are lucky, Drew will drive in the winning run.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:48 PM

Carroll has been money today!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

Well that was some bad managing in the 9th by Gardy. Why wasn't Span bunting?

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:01 PM

Well that was some bad managing in the 9th by Gardy. Why wasn't Span bunting?


Good question. It would have put a lot more pressure on Rodriguez, and he might have beat it out.