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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 02:43 PM

You’re not going to win many games in which your starting pitcher goes less than four innings. On the other hand, you’re probably not going to lose many games in which Bobby Wilson hits a home run. Both of those things happened in Wednesday afternoon’s game, but it was the Twins’ bullpen that really turned in the performance that mattered.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Jose Berrios: 30 Game Score, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 66.3% strikes (57 of 86 pitches)
Home Runs: Bobby Wilson (2)
Multi-Hit Games: Logan Forsyhte (2-for-3, BB), Bobby Wilson (2-for-3, HR)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Forsythe .225, Wilson .183, Duffey .170
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Adrianza -.103, Berrios -.288
Download attachment: WinChart815.png
This was Berrios’ second-shortest outing of the year, but the third time in his last five starts he failed to complete five innings. It took him 86 pitches just to record 11 outs. He gave up seven hits, walked two batters and hit another.

To make matters worse for Berrios, the defense committed two errors behind him. Jorge Polanco skipped a throw that first baseman Ehire Adrianza couldn’t scoop, resulting in a run, and Eddie Rosario, playing right field for the second-straight game, couldn’t cleanly field a single.

Miguel Sano made a pretty nifty play on a foul popup. His momentum carried him into the Pittsburgh dugout, but luckily the Pirates were quick to come to Miguel’s rescue. Oh wait, that’s not how it happened at all …

How about a li'l help here fellas? Bad karma right there ...

The Twins managed to get to Chris Archer, taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the new-look Twins bullpen stood strong.

Oliver Drake kept things clean for 1 1/3 innings. He’s now up to 4 1/3 shutout innings since joining the Twins. Gabriel Moya gave up singles to three of the seven batters he faced, but thanks to Tyler Duffey, he also ended the day with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Since being called back up in late July, Moya has given up three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings (2.31 ERA).

Going back to Duffey, he took over with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. A huge spot with the Twins clinging to a one-run lead. He got the next two batters to fly out, ending the threat. Since his return, Duffey has now thrown 3-1/3 no-hit innings.

A couple more familiar faces took over from there, as Taylor Rogers handled the eighth before Trevor Hildenberger got the job done in the ninth for his third save. Altogether, the bullpen combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

Logan Forsythe was 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. He’s gone 17-for-44 (.386) since joining the Twins. Bobby Wilson had an RBI single in the second inning, then added a solo homer in the seventh. Karma.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Download attachment: Bullpen815.png
AL Central Standings
CLE 68-51
MIN 56-63 (-12)
DET 50-71 (-19)
CHW 44-76 (-24.5)
KC 36-83 (-32)

Next Three Game
Thu vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Ervin Santana vs. Francisco Liriano
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Kyle Gibson vs. Matthew Boyd
Sat vs. DET, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Artie Lewicki

Last Three Games
MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback
DET 4, MIN 2: Stewart Debuts, Bats Slump in Loss
MIN 4, DET 3: Austin Homers, Hildy Survives Save Chance

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#2 yarnivek1972

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:05 PM

Three different Twins relievers have thrown 40 plus pitches (and a 4th with 37) since the last time Trevor May threw 1.

Different names. Same idiotic usage.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:09 PM

There's a couple of quality wins right there.Let's change the culture.

 

They are building a very good home record for a team that is well below .500

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:48 PM

Bobby Wilson and Logan Forsythe carried the team to a win... Yay?

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:55 PM

Maybe there is a reason May hasn’t pitched. Arm troubles, or maybe having some discomfort. Think most of us want to see him pitching more. And so does Molitor.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:01 PM

Maybe there is a reason May hasn’t pitched. Arm troubles, or maybe having some discomfort. Think most of us want to see him pitching more. And so does Molitor.


Then he should probably be on the DL.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:33 PM

Bobby Wilson -- what more can be said? Well done! Women want to be like him. Men want to have his baby.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:43 PM

Magic Number Update:

 

Division: 56

 

Wild Card: 59

 

Red Sox Number to finish with best record in the AL: 33

 

For those a little more pessimistic:

 

Cleveland Magic Number for Division: 32

I'm going to need a Falvine definition of the word IMPACT in regards to MLB Hurlers


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:47 PM

So what’s wrong with Berrios? To be honest I think he can pitch better than this? Does he have a dead arm? Is he off mentally after his Cleveland start? I don’t want to be disappointed in the kid, I just wish he’d pitch better rather than falling in these ruts.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:28 PM

Another reason MOY shouldn’t be manager next year, Adrianza starting at 1st. Austin and Garver on the bench.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:37 PM

This is swell!  Just swell!  These young not old fellas in the  bullpen are stepping up to the plate toeing the rubber and getting her done.  That is, if the game of baseball has a gender.  If not, then they are getting it done.  Either way, I think this is just tops.  The cat's meow.

 

Pittsburgh's FO zigged where the Twins' zagged, and look who came out on top in this scrum!  Memo to Molly--and this is coming from a live-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of guy--Look out a couple of days ahead and try and give a guy like Mauer a day off from the field on days when...blah blah...so you don't end up with Ehire...nevermind.  Keep zagging.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:43 PM

Seeing Duffey pitch well and having Moya be decent... good thing we had Belisle pitch so many innings, right? I'd throw May's name in there but I guess he's the new Magill.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:23 PM

Maybe there is a reason May hasn’t pitched. Arm troubles, or maybe having some discomfort. Think most of us want to see him pitching more.
And so does Molitor.


Yup. Touch of the flu, actually.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:27 PM

They have stated they will be careful with May’s use. That is a tough mix with the need to get him in front of major league batters. They do have enough arms in the pen to manage his more limited use.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:28 PM

 

Yup. Touch of the flu, actually.

 

Makes sense to wait for official word before biting the manager's head off and throwing him under the bus.Feel better tomorrow Trevor.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:32 PM

A couple starts in a row pitching less than 5 innings for Berrios... Hope he breaks out of the funk.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:40 PM

 

A couple starts in a row pitching less than 5 innings for Berrios... Hope he breaks out of the funk.

 

Stuff happens, but with Berrios you hope that it does not get between his ears. He tends to overthink

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:44 PM

 

 

 

Thu vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Ervin Santana vs. Francisco Liriano

 

Hopefully not.Romero is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Rochester.Lewis Thorpe was promoted to Rochester tonight.Hopefully Romero will be starting for the Twins and Santana would go to his happy place #smellbaseball

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:53 PM

Hopefully not. Romero is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Rochester. Lewis Thorpe was promoted to Rochester tonight. Hopefully Romero will be starting for the Twins and Santana would go to his happy place #smellbaseball


Actually, Thorpe was called up yesterday and pitched for Rochester today at noon, I think taking Stewart’s place in the rotation.
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