Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email
Photo

Article: MIN 8, KC 5: Twins Recover from Rough Start

brian dozier ryan pressly bobby wilson jake cave lance lynn
  • Please log in to reply
39 replies to this topic

#1 Tom Froemming

Tom Froemming

    Content Editor

  • Administrators
  • 1,288 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:16 PM

The Royals scored three runs in the first thanks to a Twins blunder and a Sal Perez blast, but Lance Lynn righted the ship, the bats got rolling and the bullpen had an outstanding game. Minnesota pulled out the victory, tying its biggest comeback of the season, and also sealed the series win over Kansas City. The heroes were Ryan Pressly, Brian Dozier and Bobby Wilson. Believe it.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Lance Lynn: 36 Game Score, 5.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 K, 3 BB, 57.9% strikes
Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 3-for-7 w/RISP, 9 LOB
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Dozier .399, Pressly .227, Wilson .208, Cave .144
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Lynn -.275, Escobar -.107
Download attachment: WinEx711.png
Credit to Lynn, he got back on track despite the awful start to the game. He struck out the leadoff man, gave up a single, but then appeared to induce a potential inning-ending double play. Instead, Jorge Polanco couldn’t handle the feed at second and everybody was safe. Perez went down and launched a three-run homer on a ball that was below the zone. From there, Lynn gave up just one more run through five innings.

Lynn went back out for the sixth inning and opened things up with a hit-by-pitch followed by a walk. Ryan Pressly came in and hit a batter of his own to load the bases with nobody out and the Twins holding just a one-run lead. Pressly retired the next three batters he faced to keep things clean in the top of the sixth. The bats provided some breathing room in the bottom of that inning, as Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and Logan Morrison added a solo shot.

Wilson had a great day at the plate. For real! He hit an RBI single with two outs in the second inning, added a run-scoring double in the fourth frame and then singled in the seventh. Altogether, the Twins had 15 hits with three from each of Wilson, Dozier and Joe Mauer. Jake Cave was 2-for-4 with a triple.

After Pressly’s impressive Houdini act in the sixth, Zach Duke followed with a scoreless seventh and Alan Busenitz, who was activated as Addison Reed hit the DL, handled the final two frames. Busenitz gave up a solo homer with two down in the ninth.

Next up for the Twins is a four-game series against the Rays at Target Field to close out the first half. After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start, Tampa Bay has gone 20-10 over its last 30 games.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Download attachment: Bullpen711.png
AL Central Standings
CLE 49-41
MIN 41-49 (-8)
DET 40-55 (-11.5)
CHW 30-61 (-19.5)
KC 26-66 (-24)

Next Three Games
Thu vs. TB, 7:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Blake Snell
Fri vs. TB, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Sat vs. TB, 1:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Chris Archer

Last Three Games
KC 9, MIN 4: Slegers Slayed by Royals
MIN 3, KC 1: Minnesota’s All-Star Shines
MIN 10, BAL 1: Twins Pick Up First Sweep of 2018

Click here to view the article
  • SwainZag likes this

#2 Tom Froemming

Tom Froemming

    Content Editor

  • Administrators
  • 1,288 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:44 PM

This is a fun game to look back through the play log over at FanGraphs.

 

After that Salvy homer, the Twins' win expectancy was just 25.9%. Then, despite holding a 5-4 lead at the time, they had just a 39.9% win expectancy before Pressly worked his magic to get out of that jam. Dozier's two-run blast swung the Twins' win expectancy all the way up to 89.8%. Such a huge sing there in the sixth inning.


#3 mikelink45

mikelink45

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 1,759 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:53 PM

I guess we have a new set of definitions.Lynn did not right the ship, he stumbled forward and the team rescued him.I am not a fan of the quality start and this was anything but quality. He was pitching against the Royals!Thank god we have the easiest schedule in the league going forward.Then we can pretend we righted the season - NO.  

 

Sorry to be so bitter Tom, you do a great job, but this team left my depot a long time ago. 

  • tarheeltwinsfan, Platoon and BJames like this

#4 h2oface

h2oface

    Lifelong since '61

  • Members
  • 3,226 posts
  • LocationTralfamadore

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:06 PM

Offense!! Now if Escobar could get going again. Cave is really fun to watch.

Edited by h2oface, 11 July 2018 - 05:44 PM.

  • tarheeltwinsfan likes this

#5 tarheeltwinsfan

tarheeltwinsfan

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 614 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:18 PM

I'm glad to see Dozier beginning his annual second half surge.

  • Danchat and Vanimal46 like this

#6 Doomtints

Doomtints

    Joe's Shades™

  • Members
  • 2,506 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:36 PM

 

I guess we have a new set of definitions.Lynn did not right the ship, he stumbled forward and the team rescued him.I am not a fan of the quality start and this was anything but quality. He was pitching against the Royals!Thank god we have the easiest schedule in the league going forward.Then we can pretend we righted the season - NO.  

 

Sorry to be so bitter Tom, you do a great job, but this team left my depot a long time ago. 

 

Baseball is a team sport. Everyone stumbles and it's OK. The others lifted him up like they are expected to do.

  • MN_ExPat likes this

#7 Rosterman

Rosterman

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 2,944 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:45 PM

Well, nothing like a little excitement.

 

10 games left against the Indians.

 

34 games left against teams weaker, perhaps, than the Twins.

 

Sell or standpat? 

 

Maybe Dozier is increasing his value, as is Lynn and Duke. Of course, it should be a slam-dunk on getting rid of potential free agents, if they are underperforming AND COULD possibly be replaced by hungry bodies in house (Goncalves, Moya and Gordon).

 

Hey, on a side note...seven doubles for Boibby Wilson, half of his hits (almost). 

 

 

Joel Thingvall
www.joelthingvall.com
rosterman at www.twinscards.com


#8 SwainZag

SwainZag

    Member

  • Members
  • 1,857 posts
  • LocationMontana

Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:48 PM

 

I guess we have a new set of definitions.Lynn did not right the ship, he stumbled forward and the team rescued him.I am not a fan of the quality start and this was anything but quality. He was pitching against the Royals!Thank god we have the easiest schedule in the league going forward.Then we can pretend we righted the season - NO.  

 

Sorry to be so bitter Tom, you do a great job, but this team left my depot a long time ago. 

 

After the 3 run HR in the 1st Lynn proceeded to pitch:

 

4.1 IP, 2H, 5K, 3BB, HBP, 1 ER

 

It's not lights out by any means, but I think righting the ship after what happened was a great way to put it personally.  

  • ashburyjohn, dbminn and MN_ExPat like this

#9 dbminn

dbminn

    Chattanooga Lookouts

  • Members
  • 508 posts
  • LocationSaint Paul, MN

Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:07 PM

Twins took 6 of 7 against a couple of bad teams. Just what they needed to do. Looking forward to tomorrow's game against a team playing well. Easy to be cynical, I guess. I'm enjoying the streak. 

  • SwainZag and MN_ExPat like this

#10 mikelink45

mikelink45

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 1,759 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:32 PM

 

Baseball is a team sport. Everyone stumbles and it's OK. The others lifted him up like they are expected to do.

Baseball is unique in that it is an individual sport played as a team game.  

  • Platoon likes this

#11 mikelink45

mikelink45

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 1,759 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:33 PM

 

After the 3 run HR in the 1st Lynn proceeded to pitch:

 

4.1 IP, 2H, 5K, 3BB, HBP, 1 ER

 

It's not lights out by any means, but I think righting the ship after what happened was a great way to put it personally.  

I will not argue - it is good for every fan to find what they can accept.For me he just pitched a mediocre game and got away with it 

 

  • BJames likes this

#12 OldTimeTwinkie

OldTimeTwinkie

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 156 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:57 PM

food for thought- with all the shifts due to analytics would the the Twins record be any different without them? From the Twins defensive standpoint.

Do you think Joe has adjusted right before our eyes his swing? Could he be beating the outfield shift with his swing geared more to up the middle?

Edited by OldTimeTwinkie, 11 July 2018 - 07:07 PM.

  • BJames likes this

#13 slash129

slash129

    Member

  • Members
  • 589 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:28 PM

Dozier 900 OPS last 15 games
  • Danchat and Vanimal46 like this

#14 SwainZag

SwainZag

    Member

  • Members
  • 1,857 posts
  • LocationMontana

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:15 PM

 

Dozier 900 OPS last 15 games

 

::Looks at calendar:::  

 

Seems about right.

  • Danchat, bluechipper, Jham and 3 others like this

#15 IndianaTwin

IndianaTwin

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 582 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:20 PM

I will not argue - it is good for every fan to find what they can accept.For me he just pitched a mediocre game and got away with it


I’ve always thought of having the ability to hang with it on a day when you don’t have your best stuff as being one of the marks of a good player in any sport. Sounds like that’s what Lynn did.

#16 Shaitan

Shaitan

    Chattanooga Lookouts

  • Members
  • 725 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:56 PM

Who will hit .200 first?

 

Morrison or Wilson?

 

Sadly, I think the latter.

  • mikelink45 and Doomtints like this

#17 jtkoupal

jtkoupal

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 167 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:00 PM

It's happening


#18 rghrbek

rghrbek

    Chattanooga Lookouts

  • Members
  • 555 posts

Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:13 PM

 

Well, nothing like a little excitement.

 

10 games left against the Indians.

 

34 games left against teams weaker, perhaps, than the Twins.

 

Sell or standpat? 

 

Maybe Dozier is increasing his value, as is Lynn and Duke. Of course, it should be a slam-dunk on getting rid of potential free agents, if they are underperforming AND COULD possibly be replaced by hungry bodies in house (Goncalves, Moya and Gordon).

 

Hey, on a side note...seven doubles for Boibby Wilson, half of his hits (almost). 

Love your semi optimism, but as long as LoMo, Grossman, Kepler, Cave ( we will see on him), are regulars, and our hammering the few guys in the bullpen, this team cannot, I mean cannot beat average or better teams.

It is time to sell.

  • mikelink45 and Platoon like this

#19 Platoon

Platoon

    Minnesota Twins

  • Members
  • 4,623 posts
  • LocationTwinsWorld

Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:29 AM

I'm glad to see Dozier beginning his annual second half surge.

Right on time, basically after we are buried for the season.
  • mikelink45 and wsnydes like this
TwinsWorld: Did you hear we just updated the Stadium Club?

If I wanted balls and strikes called by a robot, I would get an Xbox!

#20 Blackjack

Blackjack

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 824 posts

Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:57 AM

 

Right on time, basically after we are buried for the season.

 

His slump helped bury the Twins early on. Hopefully he's building his trade value.

 

Even thought the Twins are out of it, ten games back, its still nicer to listen to winning baseball. It will be interesting to see how they do against a team on a roll like Tampa.

 

On a side note, is there a spot on Twins Daily that lists the daily roster transactions?? I was listening last night and when they mentioned that Busenitz was pitching, I was wondering 'when did he get called up'?

  • Platoon likes this



Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: brian dozier, ryan pressly, bobby wilson, jake cave, lance lynn