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Article: MIN 4, CHW 0: Mauer Reaches 2,000 Hits, Leads Twins to Victory

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:22 PM

Sometimes milestones are anticlimactic, but this one was pretty neat. With the Twins leading 2-0 in the seventh inning, Joe Mauer ripped a single up the middle for his 2,000th career hit. That drove in two runs and came in front of his home fans. If you ask for more than that, you’re just being greedy.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
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Of course, in order to get to 2,000 Mauer had to get 1,999. He delivered an RBI single in the third inning and also walked in the first.

Mauer has been one of the best hitters in baseball so far in this young season. He closed the night with a .412 batting average and 1.074 OPS.

Berrios was incredible. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter over seven shutout innings. Of his 99 pitches, 73 were for strikes. On the season, Jose has 24 strikeouts, one walk and an ERA of 2.18. Wow.

He’s on quite a roll heading into the Puerto Rico series.

According to Baseball Savant, Berrios racked up 17 swinging strikes tonight, 11 of them on the 37 curveballs he threw. That pitch is developing into one of the more formidable offerings in baseball.

Brian Dozier had an RBI double and scored twice. He has a hit in every game so far this season. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario also doubled. Byron Buxton stole a pair of bases, giving him four on the year already. He didn't swipe his fourth base until May 18 last season.

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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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:34 PM

I feel like that tweet by Twins Highlights was written by Joe himself!
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#3 Han Joelo

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:37 PM

Mauer's not flipping around this year, darn it. In fact, he was at batting practice, and the batboy asked him which bat was his, and Mauer finished dipping his French fry in mayonnaise, and then said, "It's the one that says Bad Mauer Flipper on it."

 

Mauer's a stud, and that is not fiction of any kind.

 

Berrios is a stud too.  A stud muffin even.

 

Pressly is gaining my confidence, and Moya has it.  I'll be bummed if he gets shipped out tonight.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:45 PM

Joe has 2,000 hits and is closing in on 900 walks. This year he will hit 3,000 times on base! Effing AMAZING. Hours on base % is closing in on .600 for the year! REALLY
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:47 PM

His on base %. Stinking autocorrect.
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:51 PM

Deserved kudos to Joe, but I can't resist saying that the starting pitcher was absolutely ... Berrilliant! The White Sox have to be saying "Do we really have to play against this guy for 4+ more years?"

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It's great to get out of the cellar ... as long as you bring something with you.


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:53 PM

On pace for 113 wins.Nice job Twins.Congrats Joe.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:56 PM

Berrios!

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:31 AM

I could only watch the condensed game (damn those are nice btw hope mlb.com runs them all year), Berrios looked like he was eating people alive with the curve.That is a +++ pitch when he has it going and makes his fastball a real danger as well.

 

Congratz Mr. Mauer, its a shame injuries made it take this long but thats a hell of a milestone.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 03:58 AM

One point of clarification...Berrios has 24 Ks on the season, not 20. So cool that he gets a start in Puerto Rico.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:31 AM

Sometimes milestones are anticlimactic, but this one was pretty neat.

Great choice of words to describe a Joe Mauer Milestone. “Neat”!
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:20 AM

Oh hey, look who is leading the league in fWAR for all pitchers:  https://www.fangraph...son1=2018&ind=0

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#13 Tom Froemming

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:39 AM

 

One point of clarification...Berrios has 24 Ks on the season, not 20. So cool that he gets a start in Puerto Rico.

Gracias, fixed. I had seven on the mind last night, so I shorted him four Ks. Either that or I ran out of fingers and toes :)

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:48 AM

I wish I could have watched this one. Nothing quite like seeing a 4-0 box score. Means every side of the team was working well. 

 

Hope this Mauer torrid streak continues. 

 

Only real thing I want to see is Sano and Buxton cutting down on the Ks. I know Sano's OPS looks good, but I really don't think either have really taken off yet. 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:56 AM

Pitching was dominate from start to finish. Can't say enough about Berrios, but it was also impressive watching Pressly and Moya just pickup where he left off.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:08 AM

It is nice that Joe's 2000th hit was one that mattered on a team that has some hope rather than a meaningless hit in a game we were sure to lose and in one of the dark seasons.Also nice that it was at a time that he finished the night leading the league in batting average and batting over 400.Not that the 400 is sustainable (although that would be nice).


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:10 AM

 


Only real thing I want to see is Sano and Buxton cutting down on the Ks. I know Sano's OPS looks good, but I really don't think either have really taken off yet. 

 

Buxton has really been cutting down on the K's. He's struck out just twice in his last 18 at-bats.

 

Sano on the other hand....P.U.He is hammering the ball when he makes contact, though. And at this point Logan Morrison has been so terrible that moving Sano in the batting order isn't realistic.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:30 AM

Gotta win about 14 against these guys. The way they looked last night I could see it happening. TheChiSox will probably be a better team at the end of the year than they are right now
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:18 AM

That was fun to watch. Mauer's having a nice late career run here these last two seasons. That's probably enough to get him in the HOF. 

 

Berrios has really looked good since last year. Let's just keep that going. 

 

Not worried about Sano and Buxton, they'll get there.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:23 AM

 

His on base %. Stinking autocorrect.

 

Although I'd be curious to see how many HOURS Mauer has spent on base over his career. New stat to track???

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