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Article: Twins 6, Mariners 2: Berrios Cruises, Gimenez Bruises

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:58 PM

Jose Berrios completed eight innings for the first time in his career, Chris Gimenez hit two home runs for the first time in his career and the Twins coasted to a victory Thursday afternoon.Twins 6, Mariners 2
Box Score

Win Expectancy (via Fangraphs)
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This one was a bit uneventful after the first inning, not that we’re going to complain. Thanks in large part to Gimenez’s three-run homer, the Twins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first frame. Berrios settled in and ended up throwing a career-high 108 pitches. Jose eclipsed 95 mph on seven occasions, one of those coming on his 105th pitch of the game.

It didn’t seem like Berrios had his best command today, but he made up for that in aggressiveness, which is exactly what you want to see out of your starter when he’s spotted a big lead early. He walked just one batter. Here are all the pitches he threw after falling behind 1-0 in the count:
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There was a bit of a scary moment when Byron Buxton flew into the center field wall attempting to catch a ball. He bounced right back up and finished the game.

Eduardo Escobar racked up another three hits, including a homer. He’s so hot right now there’s just no way Paul Molitor is going to put him back on the bench anytime soon. Escobar is now hitting .295 with an .823 OPS. Seattle left Minnesota thinking Escobar, Gimenez and Eddie Rosario should probably all participate in the Home Run Derby.

Here’s a look at Gimenez’s second homer, which he had to talk into staying fair (see postgame interview below):

Postgame With Gimenez

Postgame With Molitor


Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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Friday
Twins (Nik Turley, 9.00 ERA) vs. Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 3.36 ERA), 7:10 pm CT

Turley gets another shot after giving up four runs over four innings in his major league debut. Carrasco has been struggling a bit against lefties this year, giving up a .427 slugging percentage (.309 vs. RHB). Brian Dozier is only 4-for-21 off Carrasco, but three of those hits have been homers. Joe Mauer is an even .500 off him (11-for-22) with a home run and four doubles. Combined, the Twins have a .917 OPS in 101 plate appearances against Carrasco

AL Central Standings
Twins 34-29
Cleveland 32-31 (-2)
Detroit 30-34 (-4.5)
Kansas City 30-34 (-4.5)
Chicago 29-36 (-6)

It was announced that Adam Wilk will start one of the games of Saturday’s doubleheader. He’ll need to be added back onto the 40-man roster.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:15 PM

I hope Buxton stops running into things.One of the catches he made in the last week or two where he stretched and landed on his back, the back of his head hit the ground pretty hard.

 

I want him to keep playing all out, I just hope he can stay uninjured.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:52 PM

 

I hope Buxton stops running into things.One of the catches he made in the last week or two where he stretched and landed on his back, the back of his head hit the ground pretty hard.

 

I want him to keep playing all out, I just hope he can stay uninjured.

Yeah.  Being able to see him play over the past few years, I don't know if Buxton has a read feel for where the outfield wall is.  In the video above, I don't see him even looking.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:53 PM

Great seeing Berrios working his way through the game and pitching into the 8th.  Twins bullpen really needed a day off.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:07 PM

Yeah I don't see a lot of wall sense out of Buxton. Kepler was noticeably much more adept with the wall when he was in center. That would be Buxton's only defensive flaw.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:35 PM

It would be easy to joke they should rebuild the warning track about 10 feet shallower because Buxton's so fast that he needs more warning. But he missed that ball, so I infer that he was aware of the fence - it looked barely catchable if there were no obstacle. He just seems to have a Plan B that he'll cushion the impact somehow. Somebody needs to explain to him that he's not indestructible.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:45 PM

Wilks?  No is my response - give one of our young guys a chance.  What is the love affair with waiver wire pitchers?

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:57 PM

Yeah. Being able to see him play over the past few years, I don't know if Buxton has a read feel for where the outfield wall is. In the video above, I don't see him even looking.

I think he has a feel for it, he simply doesn't care. I hate to see him do it but damn, it's fun to watch a fearless defender.
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:59 PM

Wilks? No is my response - give one of our young guys a chance. What is the love affair with waiver wire pitchers?

Unfortunately, there aren't any young starters. Gonsalves is probably next in line but he hasn't been going deep into games and he's not on the 40 man.
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:11 PM

 

Unfortunately, there aren't any young starters. Gonsalves is probably next in line but he hasn't been going deep into games and he's not on the 40 man.

Wilk isn't on the 40 man either.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:22 PM

 

Wilk isn't on the 40 man either.

Yeah, but he's entirely disposable. Gonsalves is not.

 

If Gonsalves was ready, I don't think we'd be seeing Wilk right now.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:20 PM

 

Unfortunately, there aren't any young starters. Gonsalves is probably next in line but he hasn't been going deep into games and he's not on the 40 man.

The days don't line up for a regular start, but how unusual would it be to call a guy like Fernando Romero up for just the doubleheader? It would seem like a win win, especially when the alternative is Adam Wilk, who you can't expect a whole lot from anyway.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:32 PM

The days don't line up for a regular start, but how unusual would it be to call a guy like Fernando Romero up for just the doubleheader? It would seem like a win win, especially when the alternative is Adam Wilk, who you can't expect a whole lot from anyway.

I hated when the Twins did it to Polanco so I'm not going to advocate they do it to Romero. Call the guy when he's ready, don't disrupt his development for a game or two of play.
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 10:24 PM

Tom, I know this has been said in all of your recaps, but I think it deserves repeating.

 

These write-ups are beyond fantastic, doubly so for anyone that couldn't partake in the game itself.

 

 

Thank you.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 11:06 PM

 

I hated when the Twins did it to Polanco so I'm not going to advocate they do it to Romero. Call the guy when he's ready, don't disrupt his development for a game or two of play.

 

I see the "disruption" a little differently for a starting pitcher versus a position player. A position player who gets called up and sits for 6 days with only a pinch hitting appearance or an 8th inning substitution definitely seems like he's being disrupted. A starting pitcher who gets called up for a start or two, knowing that he's going to go back down? That doesn't seem all that disruptive, even if he doesn't make it through the 3rd inning.

Of course, if a pitcher is called up and then doesn't get used for 12 days like what happened last year...that also would seem to qualify as disruptive.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 12:11 AM

I see the "disruption" a little differently for a starting pitcher versus a position player. A position player who gets called up and sits for 6 days with only a pinch hitting appearance or an 8th inning substitution definitely seems like he's being disrupted. A starting pitcher who gets called up for a start or two, knowing that he's going to go back down? That doesn't seem all that disruptive, even if he doesn't make it through the 3rd inning.

Of course, if a pitcher is called up and then doesn't get used for 12 days like what happened last year...that also would seem to qualify as disruptive.


I agree with this.

But I wonder if Brock wasn't referring to putting someone on the 40 man before they're useful.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:48 AM

I agree with this.

But I wonder if Brock wasn't referring to putting someone on the 40 man before they're useful.


Romero is already on the 40-man (was required for Rule 5 protection last winter). Same for Polanco when he first came up to Minnesota.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:17 AM

I am pretty sure he was talking about using 2 option years for Polonco to play in about 6 games.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:24 AM

 

Tom, I know this has been said in all of your recaps, but I think it deserves repeating.

 

These write-ups are beyond fantastic, doubly so for anyone that couldn't partake in the game itself.

 

 

Thank you.

Thank you. These have been fun to put together, I'm happy people are enjoying them. This is gonna sound like I'm just blowing smoke up everybody's backsides, but I'm just honored to have the opportunity to contribute to such a great site and in front of such a great community. I am on cloud nine right now.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:29 AM

 

I am pretty sure he was talking about using 2 option years for Polonco to play in about 6 games.

Polanco was already using those options -- he had to be added to the 40-man in November 2013 to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, thus he had to be optioned to be sent to the minors out of spring training in 2014 and 2015 (and 2016) anyway.  Calling him up for a few days in those seasons did nothing to affect his option or contract status (other than give him a couple days service time).

 

Like Randy Rosario this year -- he was already on the 40-man, so the option was already used this spring.  So calling him up and sending him back down later this season was a "free move" as far as options are concerned.

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