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Game Thread: 5/15/19 Twins vs. Angels 12:10 CDT

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#1 Diesel

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:01 AM

As Twins fans await further news on Mitch Garver, the team tries to win the series in an afternoon game against the Angels. Currently, the Twins are 26-15, an outstanding record given expectations. The Angels, however, have underwhelmed in 2019. With generational talents like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, shouldn't the Angels be contenders?

As a large market team, the Angels can afford to spend more money than the Twins. However, have they put that money to good use?

This year, the Angels spent money on several players. While Mike Trout will most likely be worth his enormous contract, many of their new players have not played to expectations. The pitching has been terrible. Matt Harvey (signed for $11 million) and Trevor Cahill (signed for $9 million) have been some of the worst starting pitchers in baseball. Cody Allen (signed for $8.5 million) seems to also not be a good pitcher anymore.

While the lineup has very intriguing players, like Trout, Ohtani, and Simmons, there are still many holes. Justin Bour and Zack Cozart are whiffing their way out of the lineup. Albert Pujols isn't getting any younger. Justin Upton is still hurt. As a whole, this team seems very old, with not a lot of room to get better. The starting pitching needs a complete overhaul, and buying players isn't going to cut it.

As a Twins fan, I am pretty grateful for a regime that is seemingly smarter than me in picking players. Having solid players throughout the roster seems to work better than having just a couple superstars (I am looking at you, Indians).

Pitching Matchup:
Trevor Cahill 2-3, 6.35 ERA
vs.
Jake Odorizzi 5-2, 2.32 ERA

Lineups:

Angels
TBD (someone can post it below)

Twins
M Kepler (L) RF
J Polanco (S) DH
E Rosario (L) LF
C Cron ® 1B
W Astudillo ® 3B
J Schoop ® 2B
E Adrianza (S) SS
J Castro (L) C
B Buxton ® CF

Let's Play Ball!
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#2 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:06 AM

Okay, so on paper, the Twins should pretty easily take this game. At home, super-favorable pitching matchup, good offense.

 

So that means they'll likely lose 8-2 because the team hates me.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:12 AM

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:39 AM

Garver to IL, Sano activated.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:40 AM

Sano is back! Wow, let's go Twins!

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:43 AM

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#8 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:47 AM

Sano is back! Wow, let's go Twins!

I’m pretty concerned about his strikeout rate in AA and AAA but hope it’s just SSS noise.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:02 AM

I hope our baseball team wins today.
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#10 MMMordabito

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:03 AM

 

Sano is back! Wow, let's go Twins!

 

I'm ignoring his first 20 or so PAs. He's been moving all over the place and rehabbing. No Spring Training and MiLB pitching aren't going to cut it.I hope the fans can give him at least a few games to adjust, see the ball and get his timing down. 

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#11 rghrbek

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:13 AM

Wow, Gardy would not field this lineup.  No back up catcher?  He prefers to have two back up catchers on the bench!

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:13 AM

I hope our baseball team wins today.

I hope our baseball team wins today by a lot.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:20 AM

LAA Lineup

Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
Mike Trout ( R) CF
Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
Andrelton Simmons ( R) SS
Brian Goodwin (L) RF
Jonathan Lucroy ( R) C
David Fletcher ( R) LF
Jared Walsh (L) 1B
Luis Rengifo (S) 2B

Edited by MMMordabito, 15 May 2019 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:30 AM

Can't wait to get Cruz back....one would have to think that both he and Sano will be starting in Seattle tomorrow night.

 

Polanco DH-ing today, how about that?

 

Here's keeping our fingers crossed for another good start from Odorizzi. The Angels look like they've got a pretty nice squad. Ohtani has been just killing the Twins so far when he's in the batters box.

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:37 AM

 

Best Bar Band Name Evar!

I'll have to check but it might have been one of Mouse Rat's former names.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:43 AM

 

LAA Lineup

Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
Mike Trout ( R) CF
Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
Andrelton Simmons ( R) SS
Brian Goodwin (L) RF
Jonathan Lucroy ( R) C
David Fletcher ( R) LF
Jared Walsh (L) 1B
Luis Rengifo (S) 2B

My mind must be scrambled. When I first read his name, I saw "Lou Ferrigno."

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:48 AM

 

My mind must be scrambled. When I first read his name, I saw "Lou Ferrigno."

That's okay, I keep reading Tommy Lasorda for La Stella for some reason.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:50 AM

 

I hope our baseball team wins today by a lot.

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:00 AM

 

My mind must be scrambled. When I first read his name, I saw "Lou Ferrigno."

 

I heard he's a teddy bear in real life...

 

ferrigno.jpg

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#20 MNT1996

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:01 AM

I know a lot of people are skeptical about Sano, but I'm so excited to see a lineup soon that features Polanco, Cruz, Rosario, Sano, and Garver.

 

Also, doesn't Garver have experience at 1st? That could be a way for him to get in the same line up as Cruz while giving him a rest at catcher.

Edited by MNT1996, 15 May 2019 - 11:03 AM.

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