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Article: MIN 6, BOS 2: Bats Get to Boston Bullpen

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 10:14 PM

Chris Sale was his usual amazing self, but Jose Berrios kept the Twins in the game and Eduardo Escobar worked his Fogo magic once again. This one was scoreless through five, and Boston actually struck first. Things were tied up at 2-2 before the Twins broke out with a four-run bottom of the eighth inning.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Starting Pitcher: 59 Game Score, 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 3 BB, 58.1% strikes
Bullpen: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
Lineup: 3-for-9 w/RISP, 3 LOB
Top three per WPA: Escobar .491, Berrios .193, LaMarre .112
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The Red Sox are one of only three teams averaging more than five runs per game (along with the Yankees and Astros). Most of that feasting has been done against right-handed pitching. Not tonight.

This wasn’t the best start of Berrios’ young career, but the way he continued to work out of trouble against a great offense was impressive. He walked the leadoff hitter in two separate innings. He gave up back-to-back singles in the fourth. It didn’t matter. The only run Boston got off Jose was a solo homer by Rafael Devers in the sixth inning.

Escobar is simply unbelievable. Right after the Red Sox took that 1-0 lead, Escobar hit a two-run double (of course) to put the Twins on top. That was Eduardo’s 31st double. Boston managed to tie the game again in the eighth, but Esky was there to set things straight once again.

Ryan LaMarre drew a leadoff walk and Joe Mauer was hit by a pitch. After Eddie Rosario flew out, Escobar hit a single* to center. An error allowed both LaMarre and Mauer to score and Eduardo hustled all the way around to third base. Robbie Grossman followed with an RBI triple to put this game away.

*The official scorer’s ruling has been changed to a double. That seems a little generous to me, but hey it gives Double E 32 two-baggers on the year. That’s a pretty solid season total! While they're at it, maybe the official scorers should also credit Escobar with the victory :)

The biggest two outs of this game may have been the two Trevor Hildenberger was able to record. Berrios was lifted after he hit a batter with one out in the seventh. Hildy came in and walked the first batter he faced, then he got Xander Bogaerts to ground out. The Twins were holding a one-run lead at that point, and with two down and runners at second and third the call was to let Hildenberger pitch to J.D. Martinez. He struck him out.

Zach Duke gave up the game-tying run in the eighth, but he’ll end up being credited with the win thanks to the big comeback. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

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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AL Central Standings
CLE 39-33
DET 36-28 (-4)
MIN 32-37 (-5.5)
CHW (24-48 (-15)
KC 22-51 (-17.5)

Next Three Games
Wed at BOS, 7:10 pm CT - Lance Lynn vs. David Price
Thu at BOS, 12:10 pm CT - Kyle Gibson vs. Rick Porcello
Fri vs. TEX, 7:10 pm CT - TBD

Last Three Games
CLE 4, MIN 1: Lots of Traffic, Just One Run
MIN 9, CLE 3: That’s Our Eddie
MIN 6, CLE 3: Anything is Possible

On a Personal Note
I’ve done a series of tests on Twitter and have confirmed that I am officially a jinx. I’m not certain what I may have done to upset the Baseball Gods, but it’s crystal clear they do not want me to enjoy my favorite team playing well.

I had some other things keep me from tuning into this game for the first few innings. Then I just decided I wasn’t going to turn this one on until Chris Sale was out of the ballgame because I wasn’t going to like what I saw.

The Twins took the lead shortly thereafter.

I finally put the game on in the top of the eighth. The Red Sox tied it up. After the bottom half of the inning got off to a great start, I decided to perform a little experiment.

The next time I turned the game on, the Twins were up 6-2. The good news is Andrew is going to be handling the game recap tomorrow, so put all your money on the Twins :)

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 10:26 PM

Wow, doubles just keep coming for Escobar, he was credited for another double instead of single! Good for him! Hard work pays off. Go Escobar!


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 10:26 PM

Addison Reed in the eighth inning experiment as always eight inning guy can end please.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 12:44 AM

A great win for the Twins....really. The game seemed destined to be a repeat of about a dozen other games where the Twins have coughed up the lead and then lost in the eighth or ninth or extras.

 

BTW, Bradley doubled up Grossman on Adrianza's fly out in the 8th, but wasn't the obstruction play in order on that attempted tag up? Clearly, Leon used his foot to block Grossman's slide. I am just wondering if I understand the rule. I thought it was any attempt to hinder access to the plate and then obstruction would be called.


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:16 AM

A great win for the Twins....really. The game seemed destined to be a repeat of about a dozen other games where the Twins have coughed up the lead and then lost in the eighth or ninth or extras.

BTW, Bradley doubled up Grossman on Adrianza's fly out in the 8th, but wasn't the obstruction play in order on that attempted tag up? Clearly, Leon used his foot to block Grossman's slide. I am just wondering if I understand the rule. I thought it was any attempt to hinder access to the plate and then obstruction would be called.


Not if he has the ball.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:19 AM

Addison Reed in the eighth inning experiment as always eight inning guy can end please.


He hasn’t pitched at all in a week (since June 13) He essentially has been DL’ed.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 05:18 AM

 
BTW, Bradley doubled up Grossman on Adrianza's fly out in the 8th, but wasn't the obstruction play in order on that attempted tag up? Clearly, Leon used his foot to block Grossman's slide. I am just wondering if I understand the rule. I thought it was any attempt to hinder access to the plate and then obstruction would be called.


You have the rule down right. They looked at it via replay and determined it was not obstruction. Dick & Bert said replay was looking for obstruction and those guys are never wrong.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:22 AM

Escobar continues to simply amaze, he and Rosario are simply carrying this team. Can you imagine if Dozier, Sano, Buxton, and Morrison were even having average seasons next to those two? It would be a much different look in the standings. Unfortunately we just have to hope and wait.

 

Great win, especially nice to see some fire from this team. Hope this gets contagious.

 

Duke could use a 1-2-3 inning for a change. Hildy has the hot arm in the 'pen. Hope he doesn't fall victim to overuse.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:26 AM

 

 

Addison Reed in the eighth inning experiment as always eight inning guy can end please.

 

Duke pitched the 8th and he blew the lead.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:32 AM

If Escobar keeps up his play at even 80% of his current play....there's no reason he shouldn't win the MVP. Even if they don't make the playoffs. Pitching has kept us in more games than not and Escobar along with Rosario have kept the offense rolling seemingly by themselves for most of the year. Pretty crazy.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:42 AM

Told my son last night when Berrios came out in the 7th, that he would be pulled as soon as somebody got on base, and you could see on Berrios face he knew he was out when he hit the guy.

IMO, how do these pitchers ever learn to pitch deeper into games if they aren't ever given a chance unless they are perfect?

I will also say the Red Sox did the Twins a favor taking Sale out after 7, with LaMarre, Mauer and Rosario (he looked lost against him last night)up.

 


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:44 AM

Tom, for the greater good of Twins Territory, please make the personal sacrifice to the Baseball Gods. Ill buy you a beer (or a few) sometime. Thank you.

 

PS love the recaps, keep up the good work.

 

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:57 AM

Extend Escobar, now.

 

And I thought Berrios was getting squeezed by the ump in the early innings.Don't recall the inning, but saw three pitches to back-to-back hitters that were almost entirely inside the FSN Box, just touching the line.All were called balls.  

 

About the same time Sale threw several pitches that were nearly entirely outside the box, just touching it, that were called strikes.Late in the game, I didn't see Berrios getting squeezed.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:12 AM

If Escobar keeps up his play at even 80% of his current play....there's no reason he shouldn't win the MVP. Even if they don't make the playoffs. Pitching has kept us in more games than not and Escobar along with Rosario have kept the offense rolling seemingly by themselves for most of the year. Pretty crazy.


I think the last MVP on a sub .500 team was A-Rod with the Rangers like 10-15 years ago. The voters tend to give the award to guys on contending teams. Speaking of which, the Indians have a pretty good third baseman as well.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:22 AM

 

Duke pitched the 8th and he blew the lead.

 

I thought the moves around Duke vs. Leon were fascinating. Two outs and a switch hitter coming up. Leon has relatively wide splits (.637 OPS vs. RHP, .713 OPS vs. LHP) but is not a strong hitter. You'd think it would be smart to get Pressley, Reed (warming), or Rodney in there.

But if you do, maybe the Red Sox pinch-hit lefty Brock Holt, a much better hitter. And you have left-handed hitting Jackie Bradley up next so if Leon/Holt gets on you’ve either got to have Reed/Pressley/Rodney pitch to Bradley (who has struggled against lefties but been much better vs. righties this year) or burn one of those guys on one batter (in a tie game with a dearth of runs) to bring in Taylor Rogers vs. Bradley.

 

I know it didn’t work out but I thought Molly was smart to leave Duke in there. He deservedly gets some crap but sometimes it’s also about just trusting guys and not trying to get too smart.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:31 AM

 

If Escobar keeps up his play at even 80% of his current play....there's no reason he shouldn't win the MVP. Even if they don't make the playoffs. Pitching has kept us in more games than not and Escobar along with Rosario have kept the offense rolling seemingly by themselves for most of the year. Pretty crazy.

I love me some Escobar, but I think Trout might be having one of the best seasons ever. ESPN has Trout's WAR at 6.6 and Escobar's at 2.2.

Plus Trout's OPS is .217 higher at this time.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:32 AM

Told my son last night when Berrios came out in the 7th, that he would be pulled as soon as somebody got on base, and you could see on Berrios face he knew he was out when he hit the guy.
IMO, how do these pitchers ever learn to pitch deeper into games if they aren't ever given a chance unless they are perfect?
I will also say the Red Sox did the Twins a favor taking Sale out after 7, with LaMarre, Mauer and Rosario (he looked lost against him last night) up.

Berrios has been allowed to go deep into games quite often and he didn’t have his best stuff last night, not even close. You thank the guy for his effort and let the bullpen take it from there.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:32 AM

 

Told my son last night when Berrios came out in the 7th, that he would be pulled as soon as somebody got on base, and you could see on Berrios face he knew he was out when he hit the guy.

IMO, how do these pitchers ever learn to pitch deeper into games if they aren't ever given a chance unless they are perfect?

I will also say the Red Sox did the Twins a favor taking Sale out after 7, with LaMarre, Mauer and Rosario (he looked lost against him last night)up.

Or the Twins did a good job getting Sale up to 105 pitches through seven so the Red Sox would be foolish to bring him back out there?

Berrios was given a chance but once a guy gets on base, the odds of the tying run scoring go way up. At that point, you want a fresh arm throwing heat rather than giving the Red Sox lineup a 4th look at Berrios. I thought it was a great time to go get someone and a great spot for Hildy. He’s got a funky delivery that is a jarring transition from Berrios. He’s also young – Benintendi and Bogaerts had each only seen him once and Martinez had never seen him. That’s another nice advantage.

 

Thought giving Berrios a shot was great but realizing the leverage of the situation and the better bullpen option was smart.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:33 AM

 

If Escobar keeps up his play at even 80% of his current play....there's no reason he shouldn't win the MVP.

Escobar is doing great, but he's on pace for ~5.5 WAR. Jose Ramirez already has 4.6 WAR, on pace of 10.4. Where do you think Cleveland would be without him? Then of course there's Trout, and Betts (whose team seemingly doesn't "need" him to compete, but whose exemplary play could very well be the difference avoiding the wild card game).

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:33 AM

Or the Twins did a good job getting Sale up to 105 pitches through seven so the Red Sox would be foolish to bring him back out there?

Berrios was given a chance but once a guy gets on base, the odds of the tying run scoring go way up. At that point, you want a fresh arm throwing heat rather than giving the Red Sox lineup a 4th look at Berrios. I thought it was a great time to go get someone and a great spot for Hildy. He’s got a funky delivery that is a jarring transition from Berrios. He’s also young – Benintendi and Bogaerts had each only seen him once and Martinez had never seen him. That’s another nice advantage.

Thought giving Berrios a shot was great but realizing the leverage of the situation and the better bullpen option was smart.

Agreed. I’ve been as hard on Molitor over his bullpen usage as anybody but didn’t have a problem with how he managed the game last night.
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