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Article: MIN 7, DET 3: Gibson, Offense Keep Rolling

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#21 rdehring

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

CAN YOU SMELL IT?

For the Twins not to make the playoffs, they will have to go 100% into the tank. With the young kids experienced winners from the minors AND 5 remaining against Detroit, that isn't likely.

And after dropping three to the Yankees this week, the Twins have them right where they want them....over confident!
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

I would not put Colon on the playoff roster (KOW, KOW, KOW). It would be like Hernandez in 08. Nice job. Thank you for your efforts. They were very valuable. Its time to go.


I would start Colon over Mejia in a LDS game 4, but have an extremely quick hook. Make it more of a bullpen game.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:07 PM

Great to see Kepler heating up. We need him. Hell, we need ALL the bats to be alive with this pitching staff that has no real consistent shutdown starter or reliever. The offense has to be able to outscore the opposition. I hope they get a chance to come from behind a couple times in late innings and win, especially against Cleveland, and build confidence for the playoff game(s).


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:32 PM

 

I would start Colon over Mejia in a LDS game 4, but have an extremely quick hook. Make it more of a bullpen game.

 

You've gotta be kidding me. 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:53 PM

You've gotta be kidding me.


Not especially. But I could be convinced otherwise with their next starts (mostly Mejia showing me something). For one game I'll take the experience over upside.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:17 PM

80 wins!

 

My preseason prediction was too pessimistic!!


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:19 PM

 

verlander IS pitching for the twins. four wins this month: angels twice, mariners twice.

All the better when you consider Falvey orchestrated that Verlander trade to the 'Stros.

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:57 PM

I would start Colon over Mejia in a LDS game 4, but have an extremely quick hook. Make it more of a bullpen game.


Colon may not pitch for the Twins again. His turn would be Monday and they are sure to skip him to keep the other guys on normal rest so Erv is set up for the wild card game. After that his next turn would be Saturday. A game which may mean everything or nothing.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

I would start Colon over Mejia in a LDS game 4, but have an extremely quick hook. Make it more of a bullpen game.

They can use a 3-man rotation in the playoffs, and go with Santana, Berrios, or Gibson again in a game 4 (depending on who starts the WC game and games 1-3).

That bridge is way too far off to consider at this point. They still have to take care of business in the reg season, then win a one gamer at Yankee Stadium or Fenway, then would have to win 1 of 3 games against Cleveland.

But, if for some reason a 4th starter we're to become necessary in the playoffs, it'll depend on the situation (are you facing elimination, up 2-1, etc?). But, I don't see any scenario when I'd want 44 year-old Colon and his 86 mph heater in a game of that magnitude. Mejia is much more likely to keep a team off the scoreboard for 5-6 innings, IMO.

It trust Mejia more than guys like Boshers, Duffey, etc right now as well. A bullpen game, with our bullpen, is a punt.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:06 PM

Sure would have been nice to have Verlander pitching for the Twins.......


Verlander had a no-move. Even if the FO had the ammo to win a bidding war, which they didn't, there is zero chance he's approving a trade to the Twins.

It would also be nice to have Sandy Koufax in his prime. Equally as plausible.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:22 PM

Colon may not pitch for the Twins again. His turn would be Monday and they are sure to skip him to keep the other guys on normal rest so Erv is set up for the wild card game. After that his next turn would be Saturday. A game which may mean everything or nothing.


Colon will start Tuesday.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:23 PM

They can use a 3-man rotation in the playoffs, and go with Santana, Berrios, or Gibson again in a game 4 (depending on who starts the WC game and games 1-3).

That bridge is way too far off to consider at this point. They still have to take care of business in the reg season, then win a one gamer at Yankee Stadium or Fenway, then would have to win 1 of 3 games against Cleveland.

But, if for some reason a 4th starter we're to become necessary in the playoffs, it'll depend on the situation (are you facing elimination, up 2-1, etc?). But, I don't see any scenario when I'd want 44 year-old Colon and his 86 mph heater in a game of that magnitude. Mejia is much more likely to keep a team off the scoreboard for 5-6 innings, IMO.

It trust Mejia more than guys like Boshers, Duffey, etc right now as well. A bullpen game, with our bullpen, is a punt.


Obviously all must be done to win the WC game.

But a 3 man rotation is intriguing. Would only go Gibson on short rest, not Berrios.
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#33 jimmer

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 05:41 PM

We really talking about Gibson starting a playoff game?

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

We really talking about Gibson starting a playoff game?


I suppose. I'm more looking forward to discussing how he won it.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 07:23 AM

Thanks again Tom for the game recaps!!! After being out of town for the weekend, it was nice to read them and catch up.

 

It will be interesting to see how Gibson does against a better team...

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 01:35 PM

Thanks again Tom for the game recaps!!! After being out of town for the weekend, it was nice to read them and catch up.

It will be interesting to see how Gibson does against a better team...


At this point, all the Indians are playing for is potential home field in the ALCS and the World Series. They'll play to win, to be sure. But they will be smart about it. They will play the guys who need to play, pitch the guys that need to pitch and rest the guys that need to rest.



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