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#61 Mike Sixel

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:48 AM

Congrats to Mr. Smeltzer on his debut! I am very happy for him.

It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:57 AM

Yes. Some things may be dumb luck, but plucking a struggling reliever from the Dodgers, listening to and agreeing with him that he deserves another shot as a starter, putting him on the right program to do that? Getting him prepared to dominate, really dominate, in AA and then in AAA? And then to have THAT debut?

Doesn't seem like luck to me. Feels like the professional scouts weighed in on Smeltzer and Raley, the FO extracted a major haul (although their BEST decision was to not SIGN Dozier in the first place), and the field staff executed the development plan.

Just in time, too, given that Stewart, Littell, and maybe Mejia are our next best depth options now.


Luck is the residue of design, perhaps?
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:19 AM

Since Pineda was only supposed to miss one start, what happens to Smeltzer?? Are we really gonna demote him after such an impressive performance?? I mean, he would be a nice addition to the bullpen, but that would be kind of waste wouldn’t it, especially after what he showed what he’s capable of yesterday.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:22 AM

 

An early nomination for "Homerun Call of The Year" goes to Jack Morris's laugh and Dick Bremer's silent reaction to Eddie Rosario's two-run homer in the 7th tonight. Sometimes the crowd reaction is response enough.

 

And on the very next pitch Bremer once again fooled me with another one of his misleading calls on Sano's towering 130 foot pop out. That tricky Dick.

Edited by Taildragger8791, 29 May 2019 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:54 AM

A great night of baseball, and a great story.

 

I'll admit it immediately made me recall the Anthony Swarzak debut as the second coming of Cy Young.

 

I hope this is different, but baseball can be cruel.

 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:59 AM

 

[Smeltzer] will get dealt for a reliever.

 

You might be on to something.Value is very high right now.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:07 AM

 

Since Pineda was only supposed to miss one start, what happens to Smeltzer?? Are we really gonna demote him after such an impressive performance?? I mean, he would be a nice addition to the bullpen, but that would be kind of waste wouldn’t it, especially after what he showed what he’s capable of yesterday.

I have a feeling Pineda's knee will be sore for a bit longer...

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:13 AM

 

A great night of baseball, and a great story.

 

I'll admit it immediately made me recall the Anthony Swarzak debut as the second coming of Cy Young.

 

I hope this is different, but baseball can be cruel.

 

Andrew Albers was another one who had a similar debut.I'm not smart enough to read between the stat lines, so for now I'm going to go with the Tom Glavinesque comp for Smeltzer.

 

For those keeping score, Jose De Leon has pitched a total of 19.2 innings for the Rays, with a 6+ ERA.Currently on the 60 Day DL.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:16 AM

 

I have a feeling Pineda's knee will be sore for a bit longer...

 

Baldelli stated during his interview that the current plan was for Smeltzer staying with the team and getting another start.I suppose it will be at Cleveland.I suppose the plans could change too.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:21 AM

I remember when I was younger and the broadcast would cut away to the parents of a player getting interviewed in the stands, I'd think they were just killing time with some dopey hubbub for the grandmothers who were watching the game to talk about in their sewing circles the next day.

 

Now they make me cry and I wish they'd spend the whole damn inning with the parents.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:29 AM

Yesterday was Tuesday, May 28 and it was the 54th game of the year.The Twins are now 33%of the way through the season.Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 48th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season.

 

I've got this in an Excel spreadsheet that I'm going to try to update and post in the game recap each day.If you see any errors, let me know.I lot of the spreadsheet is formula driven (and also the written summary) so an error may pop up.

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#72 MMMordabito

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:36 AM

 

 

Now they make me cry and I wish they'd spend the whole damn inning with the parents.

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:37 AM

Great game for Smeltzer. Baffled them. A few timely hits. Fun game. A win.
Go TWins. Wow.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:25 PM

And on the very next pitch Bremer once again fooled me with another one of his misleading calls on Sano's towering 130 foot pop out. That tricky Dick.


Provus even did that on the radio! Before he had to sheepishly report that the ball was caught by the shortstop...
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:46 PM

When Jack Morris is genuinely gushing over a pitching performance you know it was impressive!Case closed.

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I WAS TOLD I WOULD NEVER MAKE IT BECAUSE I AM TOO SHORT. WELL, I'M STILL TOO SHORT. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR HEIGHT IS. IT'S WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:48 PM

 

And on the very next pitch Bremer once again fooled me with another one of his misleading calls on Sano's towering 130 foot pop out. That tricky Dick.

That's Richard if you are LaTroy or TK...yes he was tricky indeed.

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I WAS TOLD I WOULD NEVER MAKE IT BECAUSE I AM TOO SHORT. WELL, I'M STILL TOO SHORT. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR HEIGHT IS. IT'S WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:59 PM

 

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

Jack Morris has your back :)


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 01:11 PM

 

A great night of baseball, and a great story.

 

I'll admit it immediately made me recall the Anthony Swarzak debut as the second coming of Cy Young.

 

I hope this is different, but baseball can be cruel.

 

 

Let's not cry too much for Swarzak, who's still pitching (poorly last night for another new team). A second-rounder making it 11 years, accumulating 4.8 WAR, albeit with 8 different teams.

 

Not sure I wouldn't take that deal if I was Smeltzer and it was offered.

 

But yeah, great story and game, so fun.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 01:44 PM

Watch out Twinkies, Tribe is comin... Our .069 hitting center fielder hit his first homer of the year and the indians accidentally beat Boston at Fenway last night..Jose Ramirez (consensus top 5 player in baseball for 3 years, who now is maybe the worst statistically), got TWO hits... all in one game.. he's scorching at .201 now, and is primed to hit more homers than the entire Twins lineup combined.Tribe right on your tails only 10 GB.... Be afraid, my Minny friends...be very afraid :)

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 01:48 PM

 

Watch out Twinkies, Tribe is comin... Our .069 hitting center fielder hit his first homer of the year and the indians accidentally beat Boston at Fenway last night..Jose Ramirez (consensus top 5 player in baseball for 3 years, who now is maybe the worst statistically), got TWO hits... all in one game.. he's scorching at .201 now, and is primed to hit more homers than the entire Twins lineup combined.Tribe right on your tails only 10 GB.... Be afraid, my Minny friends...be very afraid :)

Im honored to provide comedic relief to my Twin fan buddies, lol

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