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Article: OAK 7, MIN 1: Puckett 2,304, Mauer 2,086, Carew 2,085

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 09:30 PM

Joe Mauer passed Rod Carew on the all-time Twins hit list with a fifth-inning single Friday night at Target Field. With 2,086 hits, he now trails only Kirby Puckett on the Minnesota Twins franchise leaderboard. I’m sure he would have preferred to reach that milestone in a victory, but unfortunately the Twins fell to Oakland 7-1.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Odorizzi: 68 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 66.7% strikes (72 of 108 pitches)
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Rosario (2-for-4), Grossman (2-for-3)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Rosario .143, Odorizzi .139
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Sano -.107, Drake -.215
Download attachment: WinChart824.png

Jake Odorizzi pitched seven innings … wait, hold up, that can’t be right.

Odo, as was on his Player’s Weekend jersey, managed to hold Oakland to two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk, throwing 108 pitches in the process. This was the first time Odorizzi recorded an out in the seventh inning for the Twins. The last time he completed seven innings was July 17, 2017.

The bullpen was not as good. Not at all. Oliver Drake gave up three runs in the eighth and then Addison Reed gave up a pair of runs in the ninth.

Mauer’s big milestone hit was the highlight of the night for the bats, as the only run of the game for the Twins was driven in on a Miguel Sano sacrifice fly. Memorable accomplishment for Joe, forgettable night for the Twins.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Download attachment: Bullpen824.png
Next Three Games
Sat vs. OAK, 6:10 pm CT: Stephen Gonsalves vs. Mike Fiers
Sun vs. OAK, 1:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Brett Anderson
Mon: OFF
Tue at CLE, 6:10 pm CT: TBD

Last Three Games
MIN 6, OAK 4: Twins Top Red-Hot A’s
CHW 7, MIN 3: Sox Get to Gibby
MIN 5, CHW 2: Wild Final Inning Puts Twins Over

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#2 tarheeltwinsfan

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:01 PM

Bullpen was awful tonight. Please bring up Reed, Curtiss and Anderson. Can you select 3 BP guys to be sent down and/or released? I can.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:48 PM

If we could see more 7 inning outings from Odorizzi, then I'd be on board bringing him back next season. Still, the bullpen found a way to implode in his longest start of the year. Time for Addison to hit the DL and see if he can come back for next season at full strength.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:06 PM

Sometimes the pen has a bad night.

Sometimes the SP has a bad game.

Sometimes the offense or defense has a bad night/game. It happens!

And I wouldn't throw Drake under the bus for a bad game. Again, it happens.

And maybe, maybe, the FO really thinks they stumbled on a find they can fix. (To be fair, in SSS, he's done well so far and has good SO-IP in his career). But hes bounced around to so many teams for how long now? I get it, why not look at him for now in a lost season.

But, for whatever reason, Reed is toast right now. Drake is a flier at best. But the arms in Rochester are what? Inconsistent? Compared to Reed and Drake? So who might actually be young enough to work with and have potential vs someone who might be on his last chance? And who might have potential to step forward for the future if the franchise if given a chance?

Hmmmm.....
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 12:57 AM

We all love Joe, but the strip is leading a 7-1 loss glorifying hit 2086?  Let the blogs glorify him, but the twins took a beating...the lead should say, twins get destroyed, Joe hits milestone.

 

It's just words but maybe I still hate losing.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 04:04 AM

Mauer’s player name nickname is “Mauer”
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:21 AM

Mauer’s player name nickname is “Mauer”

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:44 AM

Mauer’s player name nickname is “Mauer”


Well played, Mauer.
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 07:19 AM

Rod Carew 3,053 hits.The only reason he went elsewhere was Calvin Griffith's racism.Joe has a long ways to go to beat Carew. 

 

Odorizzi did what a starting pitcher is supposed to do - see my most recent rant/blog 

 
What is wrong with Addison Reed, Oliver has a history of not continuing his production, but we have Reed next year - how does he get fixed?
 
I would say more, but what is there to say except bring up the young guys and test the waters, what we have is not working.

 

 

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 07:39 AM

Mauer also trails Sam Rice, Clyde Milan, and Joe Judge, but alas the franchise record omits mention of time served with the old Senators.

 

Coincidentally, 2086 is also Killebrew's career total, only a tiny portion of which was not with this franchise.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 08:04 AM

 

If we could see more 7 inning outings from Odorizzi, then I'd be on board bringing him back next season. Still, the bullpen found a way to implode in his longest start of the year. Time for Addison to hit the DL and see if he can come back for next season at full strength.

 

He's arbitration eligible, but there's no reason not to bring him back. He's a solid back of the rotation guy who gives up a few too many hits and walks to be great. If he dropped 1 walk per 9 and 1 hit per 9 while keeping the K/9 where they're at this year (nearly a career high) he'd be a very nice pitcher. As it is, he's useful but not someone you give a multiyear deal to. But having a guy like him while you develop your younger guys with more upside is a good idea. I'm baffled by the idea he wouldn't be considered for the rotation next year.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 08:12 AM

Dirty shame that they lost on a night when Odorizzi pitched his best game of the year.  

 

And congrats to Mauer.Hopefully, he will sign on for two more years (or two one year contracts) so that he can have the most hits of any Minnesota Twin.Got to expect 2400-2500 hits would also give him a much better chance for the Hall.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 08:20 AM


Rod Carew 3,053 hits. The only reason he went elsewhere was Calvin Griffith's racism.


And Griffith's frugality. Carew immediately got a massive pay increase when he went to the Angels.
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 08:43 AM

Carew left because of racist things Calvin said and money. It took Joe nearly 600 more at bats to get those hits compared to Carew. Carew had a .334 ave with the Twins (12 years) compared to Joe's .306 (15 years). 

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 09:15 AM

A career .306 is not too shabby. 

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 09:42 AM

 

A career .306 is not too shabby. 

Not shabby at all. Pre concussion it was about .320.  As far as HOF goes it might be one of those rare cases where longevity hurts his chances.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 09:59 AM

Yuck, brush this one under the rug.

 

Gonsalves has another chance tonight, let's see if he makes this count. I've been hearing "wait 'til Gonsalves gets here" and "Gonsalves should be the Twins' #3 starter" all year long...I think many of us are eager to see this much-hyped prospect do the thing he's supposed to do. How about 7 shut-out innings tonight, no walks and 8 K's?


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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:12 AM

Agree on Gonsalves. His struggles and those of Romero and Stewart this year and Mejia last year Just illustrate that we can’t expect to contend next year (if that’s possible) with a rotation of Berrios and four guys who are now in AAA. Gibson has to stay for sure. Odorizzi Probably needs to stay now that it looks like Santana won’t be coming back as a number three starter. I do think though that we are doing the right thing. You are probably to open rotation spots next year. We’ve seen enough of Mejia to know what he can do, Romero got a chance early in the season it should come back in September for a start or two, and we should try it out Stewart and Gonsalves’ at least two or three more times each. The other wildcard is Pineda. Looks like he is being lined up to come up on September 1 and get at least three or four starts also. I know that’s a lot of guys fighting for starts. I would even be willing to shut down Berrios, Gibson or Odorizzi a Couple of starts early to give those to these other guys. I would love to see them choose three or four of the five candidates, six if you count the work, and then think about trading one of them not named Romero or Thorpe to the Marlins for Starlin Castro to play second base.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:19 AM

I agree Gonsalves. His troubles and those of Romero earlier this year, Mejia last year, and Stewart now just illustrates that we can’t go into next year hoping to contend (if that’s possible) with a rotation of Berrios and four guys from AAA. Gibson has to stay for at least next year and probably beyond if we can re-sign him. Odorizzi may have to stay now that it looks like Santana will not be able to come back as a mid rotation starter.

I do like what the Twins are doing now even though it can be ugly to watch sometimes. Give Stewart and Gonsalves at least two or three more starts, and bring up Romero and even Thorpe after September 1 and give them two or three starts. Most importantly, Pineda is being lined up to come up after September 1 and should get as many starts as we can work out safely because he’s the one most likely to be ready to slide in next year. We already know what we have in Mejia from the last two seasons. I am even willing to shut down one of the three veterans starters, or even two, to provide extra starting opportunities for the young guys.

I would love to see them choose three or four of the six as the “keepers” and then trade one of the other two not named Romero or Thorpe to the Marlins to get Starlin Castro. We could even throw in Gordon to make that deal happen. Gives us a potential long-term second baseman while trading from what at the moment appears to be a surplus of starting pitching possibilities.



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