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#21 birdwatcher

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:19 AM

 

6 IP and we already won the Dozier trade. 

 

 

The Dozier trade was won simply by his departure. Schoop's success is frosting. This is piling on.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:20 AM

 

I didn't get to watch the game. Smeltzer was obviously cruising, so why did he get pulled after 6 innings?

 

 

I think he was just gassed. 


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:32 AM

The bullpen is usually the hardest part of the game for a manager to learn to negotiate. Overall, I do agree that Rocco has done well with his pen. He had some early bumps, but he appears to have learned from them. I would think that he'll learn from letting guys sit too long without game action too. That job gets a bit more difficult when the starters are as effective as they have been. Talk about good problem to have. He's a rookie manager, there will be some learning involved. 

 

Also, congrats to Smeltzer. Heck of a debut. I look forward to seeing what your future holds!

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:39 AM

Twins may have something with Smeltzer here. Think about some of the other debuts of recent AAA guys: Stewart, Gonsalves, Littell....last night's performance reminded me more of what Romero was doing last year in his first appearances. Smeltzer just may stick.

 

That said, regardless of what his MLB future holds, the kid is playing with house money. He's already beaten the toughest opponent he'll ever face. Awesome job last night, what a story and it was great to see his family supporting him big time. They were emotional and proud of him. Too cool.

 

Buxton almost had that catch. Chief was right, this game felt almost like a playoff game or at the very least a late-season important game. Crowd was into it, good fight from both teams. Overall an entertaining little series for sure.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:43 AM

 

 Used to kill me how Molitor would use his best RP's in a 4-5 run deficit game in the hopes of a comeback. 

 

Good point, but...I'm struggling to remember the last time Baldelli had a 4-5 run deficit to worry about.Maybe he'll get to make that mistake himself but he's not had many opportunities so far.

 

What a season.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:48 AM

How about keeping Yelich to one sac fly RBI in the series! Go Twins!
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:51 AM

Baldelli has done a fine job managing the bullpen. But honestly, the starters have made the job a lot easier in 2019. The Twins have the 2nd fewest IP by a bullpen this year.Add another 40 IP for the RP and Baldelli's job gets tougher.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:00 AM

 

I noticed that all of the runs the Twins scored were earned...I thought there was an error on the throw to second that contributed to the five runs...it's a curious curiosity.

 

I didn't see the play, but it appears that the play was ruled a fielders choice on the grounder, suggesting that the scorer placed Castro at second in reconstructing the inning. The doink-off-the-helmet error allowed Castro to advance to third and Astudillo to second. But because Kepler and Cron doubled, the runs would have scored anyway, so the error didn't make a difference in the scoring. 

 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:00 AM

Last year the bullpen was over used. This year the bullpen is under used. 

 

I've have some friends who are farmers and it is either not raining enough or raining too much. 

 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:03 AM

After watching Smeltzer last night. 

 

This morning I'm thinking."I really love baseball". 

 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:16 AM

Not only were the starting pitchers outstanding but so was the home plate umpire. He was very consistent and did a great job calling strikes on the edges. IMO
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:20 AM

What a wonderful first start for Smeltzer.Need to see more, but he just might be part of the answer for 2020 and beyond.

 

Looking at that bullpen usage chart, it sure appears there is no reason for this team to not cut back to 12 pitchers when Cruz/Garver come off the IL.  

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:29 AM

Putting the Smetlzer stuff aside (its an amazing story and I got choked up when they talked to his parents, but I have nothing new to add to it) that was a fun ball game to watch. Both teams had chances, both pitchers locked down with RISP. Twins got a lucky bounce (off of Castro's helmet) and took advantage of it. Brewers tried to come back, but couldnt. It was just a fun game to watch. I like #Bombas as well, but sometimes a tense, close game is a nice change of pace. 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:37 AM

What a game he pitched! Some of his KO pitches were just downright nasty! I'm sure teams will make adjustments and back off those breaking balls, but it will be hard for batters to do so. Is it 7 runs he has given up across 3 levels this year, that is amazing!
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:38 AM

 

Okay. That’s my favorite Twins game in years.

Mine too.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:48 AM

Fun game and crisp at 2:40. Smeltzer just goes to work and we may just have something there. I would like to see one more and give him another week with Wes. He is one guy I do not see using in the pen. For me he makes better sense as much needed rotation depth.
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:56 AM

 

Fun game and crisp at 2:40. Smeltzer just goes to work and we may just have something there. I would like to see one more and give him another week with Wes. He is one guy I do not see using in the pen. For me he makes better sense as much needed rotation depth.

 

Yeah. And well, the entire Twins braintrust look like freaking geniuses right about now.

 

I mean, how can you write a script like this for Smeltzer, and then come out smelling like a rose for the weekend series with the Rays?

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:59 AM

With Buxton exiting, Rocco put Gonzalez in left, Eddie in right, and Kepler in center. In previous games, with the same three outfielders, Rocco put Gonzalez in right. This was the configuration I expected (Gonzalez has very little experience in RF). Has there been any word why the moves were made last night?

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:30 AM

Better game tonight. Especially with less Brewers fans in the stands. Hearing Lets go Brewers and MVP chants when Yelich was up was nauseating. I despise everything Wisconsin sports. 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:40 AM

Call me crazy, but I see a lot of Chris Sale in Smeltzer. Thoughts?



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