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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:25 PM

Kyle Gibson delivered his first quality start of the year, Trevor Hildenberger stranded two more inherited runners and Taylor Rogers worked around an error to pick up his third save of the season as the Twins finished off a sweep at Baltimore. The O's nearly scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth, but Eddie Rosario made an excellent play to cut down a ball and relay it into the infield.Box Score
Gibson: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 61.8% strikes (55 of 89 pitches)
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Cron (2-for-3, BB), Adrianza (2-for-4)
WPA of +0.1: Hildenberger .340, Gibson .168, Cron .112
WPA of -0.1: Rosario -.108, May -.165
Download attachment: Win421.png
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Kyle Gibson had by far his best start of the season this afternoon, completing six innings for the first time in 2019. It took him only 89 pitches to do so. He got 14 swinging strikes, five alone on the 19 sliders he threw.

Gibson completed at least five innings in 29 of his 32 starts last season, going at least six innings in 21 of those outings. In three starts so far this season, Gibby had topped out at 5 1/3 innings and only completed five frames once.

Things got a bit hairy in the third inning, but Kyle worked his way through it and got back on track. The Orioles scored a pair of two-out runs in the third, but would only get one more baserunner over Gibson’s final three innings.

It seemed like the Twins used up all their power yesterday. Maybe should have saved one or two of those homers for this afternoon. They did all their scoring in the first four innings. Willians Astudillo and C.J. Cron had run-scoring hits in the first inning and Jake Cave had an RBI single in the third. Byron Buxton led off that fourth inning with yet another double. He advanced to third on a sacrifice fly and came around to score on another sacrifice.

We saw Taylor Rogers cover two innings in his outing during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader and today Trevor May, the first man out of the bullpen, came back out for the eighth after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

May gave up back-to-back singles and Trevor Hildenberger was summoned from the bullpen. Hildy came into today having inherited 17 runners already this season, three more than any other reliever in baseball.

Hildenberger got a huge strikeout, then induced a weak groundout to first base. He had a good battle with Renato Nunez, but ended up walking him to load the bases. That’s when you knew Hildy had them right where he wanted them. He had already faced seven batters with the bases loaded this season. Sure enough, he got a weak swinging bunt to end the threat.

It’s pretty remarkable how good Hildenberger has been so far this season after looking so lost in the second half of last season. The bullpen could still use some help, but Hildenberger’s continued resurgence would be a massive boost.

Speaking of Rogers, he came in to handle the ninth. It wasn’t his usual automatic inning. He hit a batter, gave up a pair of hits and an error was committed behind him. The Orioles scored a run, and might have had another if it wasn’t for an excellent play in the field.

Eddie Rosario did it all in this series. He hit three home runs and robbed the O’s of another one in the field during yesterday’s doubleheader. He was 0-for-5 at the plate today, but he prevented the game-tying run from scoring by cutting off a ball before it reached the fence and getting it back to the infield in time to keep a runner at third base.

With this sweep, the Twins are now 12-7. That’s a 102-win pace. Sure, there are some clouds lingering around the future sustainability of this success, as there are with any team this early in the season, but an impressive showing against the Astros would go a long way toward blowing those clouds away.

The Twins head to Houston with a 7-3 record on the road and a 4-4 record against teams with winning records.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Download attachment: Bullpen421.png
Next Three Games
Mon at HOU, 7:10 pm CT (Odorizzi-Peacock)
Tue at HOU, 7:10 pm CT (Pineda-Miley)
Wed at HOU, 7:10 pm CT (TBD-Verlander)

Last Game
Super Rosario Stars as Twins Sweep Doubleheader

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:39 PM

Is something up with Blake Parker? He hasn't pitched since last Wednesday and I was expecting him to close out the 9th inning. On another note, Hildenberger has been something to behold so far this season.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:03 PM

Is something up with Blake Parker? He hasn't pitched since last Wednesday and I was expecting him to close out the 9th inning. On another note, Hildenberger has been something to behold so far this season.


Heard a quote late in the game he was feeling better but maybe not ready yet. Don't know if it's injury related or if he has the same bug plaguing Kepler. Perhaps someone can shed more light?
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:11 PM

 

Heard a quote late in the game he was feeling better but maybe not ready yet. Don't know if it's injury related or if he has the same bug plaguing Kepler. Perhaps someone can shed more light?

It was said in the game thread yesterday that both Kepler and Parker were sick.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:20 PM

The Twins need to decide how much they like Adalberto Mejia. He didn’t pitch today. He didn’t pitch in either game yesterday. Meanwhile, Hildenberger and Rogers threw at least 18 pitches both days.

That’s how guys get overused. By not using guys that are there.

The Twins need to keep sending him out there until Falvine decides to take him off the roster. Not using him is simply not an option.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:25 PM

I really wanted to make some comments after the double header sweep but just didn't have opportunity. But after winning today, and sweeping the series, my points seem just as prevalent today.

Winning, and being 12-7 at this point is the most important thing. (Just stinks it feels like we gave up 2-4 wins we should have had, but you can't win them all). Despite a few questions and concerns, this has the loom of a pretty good and competitive team. Don't want to speak for anyone else, but I'm having a lot of fun right now!

A few thoughts/opinions:

1] Next to the Twins actually winning all 3 games, the biggest highlight was listening to Blyleven and Kaat in the booth for the weekend. Not only reminiscing and telling old stories, but their Basball knowledge and opinions about today's game, especially the changes in how pitchers are used prepared and developed was priceless.

2] This offense is just warming up and already looking dangerous.

3] As a team, the defense is much, much improved.

4] Can't we just admit Garver has improved behind the plate, may be one of the best offensive catchers around, and just admit he's the #1 guy back there at this point?

5] Can we also admit that the Cron signing was good? Yes, we can debate a power hitting 1B/DH type may be a dime a dozen. Guy is a decent hitter with power coming off his best season after a few adjustments and finally getting 500AB. He's starting to heat up now and is playing an excellent 1B. Without bringing in a certified All Star, could they really have done any better?

6] Don't worry about Gibson. His illness was as serious as it was unfortunate and untimely. He's been a little behind, has flashed his old self, has been building himself up still, and looked a lot more like his old self today. We have seen enough from Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi to at least be optimistic. We need to see more. But Gibson will not be a problem.

7] The pen has issues and is scary. But it's also been better than we feared. May settling in, Mejia adapting to his new role and settling in would go a long way to helping things. With luck, at least 1 of Magill and Reed will be back soon and improve things. FA, trade or successful promotion, we need at least one more good arm. But the pen has been better, thus far, than I think any of us expected.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:46 PM

The Twins need at least two more “good” bullpen arms. Maybe three. Whether that is May or Mejia improving, Reed and/or Magill helping or someone else. A team can’t contend with 3 reliable relievers in today’s game.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:52 PM

Audra Martin reported late in the game on FSN that Blake Parker had told her he was good to go today.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:28 PM

 

I really wanted to make some comments after the double header sweep but just didn't have opportunity. But after winning today, and sweeping the series, my points seem just as prevalent today.

Winning, and being 12-7 at this point is the most important thing. (Just stinks it feels like we gave up 2-4 wins we should have had, but you can't win them all). Despite a few questions and concerns, this has the loom of a pretty good and competitive team. Don't want to speak for anyone else, but I'm having a lot of fun right now!

A few thoughts/opinions:

 

2] This offense is just warming up and already looking dangerous.
 

 
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Umm,Top team OPS last year was Boston with .792. Twins are sitting at .860. I would love if this offense was just warming up but it is more likely that it is peaking.  3 years ago it was just absurd how badly the 9 guys projected as starters performed the first month of the season.Not a single one played up to expectations or to his history and the buy brought in as a reserve (Nunez) was the only one hitting worth a darn. Now we have everyone meeting or exceeding expectations except the guy brought in as a reserve (Gonzalez).  I would love if it is sustainable but that .860 OPS is really likely to come down rather than go up.  How much of a decline is what will define the season. The 2-4 losses you think we should have won is probably equaled by 2-4 wins other team fan bases thought they should have won but lost.

 

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:29 PM

I think they will need Mejia and Harper for length in the Astros series. Both are ready to go.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:47 PM

I find it interesting that I've heard a lot on the broadcast about the difference between "pitchers" and "throwers." I would like someone to share that with our pitching staff. I grow weary of watching these guys throwing the same pitch 3 or 4 consecutive times in the same quadrant of the strike zone, or just staying in the lower (or upper) part of the zone. My feeling is that they are not capable of making the hitter guess wrong very often, and it is only the effectiveness of the pitch itself that works. I would be curious to know how many of our pitchers actually had an in-game conversation with Colon or Rodney about how they would pitch a hitter or just get some pointers on what they need to be working on. 

Today it appeared that by the third inning Bundy had nothing, yet our guys looked totally out of sorts when he was pitching from the 4th to the 6th. Sure, we got a couple of hits, but it wasn't really impressive to me to watch them.


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 05:23 PM

I know this is beating a dead horse, but when the bullpen's best assets still end up making a game interesting against a team like Baltimore, it doesn't give me any warm fuzzies inside...
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 05:53 PM

Fun to play the Orioles! Lets see if that team from the crappy park in the crappy town down south is still any good. A good test. MESS WITH TEXAS! Texas is responsible for the all caps.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:15 PM

 

Fun to play the Orioles! Lets see if that team from the crappy park in the crappy town down south is still any good. A good test. MESS WITH TEXAS! Texas is responsible for the all caps.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:28 PM

 

I know this is beating a dead horse, but when the bullpen's best assets still end up making a game interesting against a team like Baltimore, it doesn't give me any warm fuzzies inside...

 

You have higher standards than I do.  Baltimore has scored more runs per game than Boston, Houston, Cleveland and 10 other teams this year.  Whenthe best reliever in Twins history has given up just under 3 runs per 9 and when the best reliever in MLB history gave up over 2 runs per 9 I'm not going to complain about the guy that just had two saves in two days and has a 2.31 ERA.  Did you ever watch Nathan pitch? Did he ever give you the warm fuzzies?  Perkins had a strong tendency to make things interesting as well. Every reliever gives up runs to every team eventually.  

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:08 PM

My concern is the bullpen overuse.Yes Rogers and Hildenberg look really good, but the season is young and already we are seeing them accumulate more than their fair share of innings and appearances.It is what Molitor was condemned for, but I understand - when you have only a couple you really trust there is a real tendency to keep going to them.But there is a bench coach and a pitching coach that need to help put the brakes on.We need them at the end of the season with live arms.  

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:43 PM

 

I really wanted to make some comments after the double header sweep but just didn't have opportunity. But after winning today, and sweeping the series, my points seem just as prevalent today.

Winning, and being 12-7 at this point is the most important thing. (Just stinks it feels like we gave up 2-4 wins we should have had, but you can't win them all). Despite a few questions and concerns, this has the loom of a pretty good and competitive team. Don't want to speak for anyone else, but I'm having a lot of fun right now!

A few thoughts/opinions:

1] Next to the Twins actually winning all 3 games, the biggest highlight was listening to Blyleven and Kaat in the booth for the weekend. Not only reminiscing and telling old stories, but their Basball knowledge and opinions about today's game, especially the changes in how pitchers are used prepared and developed was priceless.

2] This offense is just warming up and already looking dangerous.

3] As a team, the defense is much, much improved.

4] Can't we just admit Garver has improved behind the plate, may be one of the best offensive catchers around, and just admit he's the #1 guy back there at this point?

5] Can we also admit that the Cron signing was good? Yes, we can debate a power hitting 1B/DH type may be a dime a dozen. Guy is a decent hitter with power coming off his best season after a few adjustments and finally getting 500AB. He's starting to heat up now and is playing an excellent 1B. Without bringing in a certified All Star, could they really have done any better?

6] Don't worry about Gibson. His illness was as serious as it was unfortunate and untimely. He's been a little behind, has flashed his old self, has been building himself up still, and looked a lot more like his old self today. We have seen enough from Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi to at least be optimistic. We need to see more. But Gibson will not be a problem.

7] The pen has issues and is scary. But it's also been better than we feared. May settling in, Mejia adapting to his new role and settling in would go a long way to helping things. With luck, at least 1 of Magill and Reed will be back soon and improve things. FA, trade or successful promotion, we need at least one more good arm. But the pen has been better, thus far, than I think any of us expected.

Completely agree with everything except number 7. I think the bullpen has been pretty much as we expected - inconsistent and scary. The problem is we are at least one late inning guy short and it causes us to have to take 7th inning/middle relievers like May and Hildenberger and pitch them like reliable late inning guys. They aren't quite ready for that yet. Maybe this is the year they grow up into those roles but I for one would feel a lot more comfortable with one more proven late inning guy and with those two handling the late innings on occasion rathern than regularly. It's only us and 29 other teams looking for that guy....

 

Still a really fun team to watch and follow. Amazing what getting a solid a number 3 (Cruz) and number 5 (Cron) hitter does for the lineup.  


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:04 PM

Hildy may just prove the second half last year was the outlier and he is quite ready.
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Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:35 PM

Twins Daily Brothers and Sisters:

 

Go check out ESPN.com MLB page and CBS Sports.com MLB page and 

see if you can find ANY story on the Twins sweep of the Orioles or 11 home runs in Saturday's double header? Answer: Nope

 

If Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, Phillies, Astros and/or the Dodgers, it would be a greater story than Babe Ruth and hot dogs at stadium concessions?

Minnesota will be perpetually dismissed until the Twins win 3 consecutive World Series and then teeth-gnashing grudgingly by National Media...

We're off the radar guys....lets do a NORAD surprise attack in 2019?

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 12:30 AM

Twins Daily Brothers and Sisters:

Go check out ESPN.com MLB page and CBS Sports.com MLB page and
see if you can find ANY story on the Twins sweep of the Orioles or 11 home runs in Saturday's double header? Answer: Nope

If Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, Phillies, Astros and/or the Dodgers, it would be a greater story than Babe Ruth and hot dogs at stadium concessions?
Minnesota will be perpetually dismissed until the Twins win 3 consecutive World Series and then teeth-gnashing grudgingly by National Media...
We're off the radar guys....lets do a NORAD surprise attack in 2019?


Two teams that lost 90 games last year played each other. Can’t imagine why no one cares nationally.
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