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#1 Andrew Gebo

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 02:42 PM

Today’s contest was the last of a long 10-game road trip and Minnesota was looking to finish strong, with a 6-4 record. They had the right guy on the mound in Jake Odorizzi, who has been nothing short of dominant all season, but even more so as of late. Over his last seven starts prior to today, Jake was 6-0 with a 0.65 ERA and 16 1/3 scoreless innings.Box Score
Odorizzi: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 70.7% strikes (70 of 99 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Home Runs: Cruz (11), Sano (6), Buxton (8), Rosario (19)
Multi-Hit Games: Cruz (3-for-6, HR), Rosario (3-for-6, HR), Cron (2-for-5, 2B), Sano (2-for-5, HR), Adrianza (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Buxton (2-for-5, HR)

WPA of +0.1: Cruz .125, Garver .111
WPA of -0.1: None
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(chart via FanGraphs)

Scoring Comes Early
Early run support was one of the FSN broadcast keys to victory and Minnesota did exactly that. Jorge Polanco and Mitch Garver jumped on Detroit pitcher Ryan Carpenter before most fans had time to find their seats. A single from Polanco and a double from Garver scored the Twins first run on only the fourth pitch of the game. The first inning scoring did not stop there.

With Garver standing on second and nobody out, Nelson Cruz stepped into the box and quickly found himself in an 0-2 hole. He battled back to even the count at 2-2 before blasting a high fastball over the left field wall, giving Minnesota a 3-0 lead and marking the fourth consecutive game in which Nelson Cruz has homered.


The fourth inning would also prove to be advantageous for Minnesota. Miguel Sano led off the inning with a solo blast to right center. Adrianza followed with a single, then advanced to third when Buxton singled through a wide-open shifted infield. The table was set for Polanco, with runners on the corners and nobody out. Polanco lifted a sacrifice fly, scoring Adrianza. Mitch Garver walked, moving Buxton into scoring position. Now it was time for Eddie Rosario to join the fun and get his first knock of the series and he did exactly that, singling to center field and scoring Buxton.

The RBI single from Rosario was the end of the line for the Detroit starter. Our old pal Austin Adams was next in line to be abused by the red hot Minnesota offense. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, C.J. Cron doubled off the wall in right field, scoring both runners and giving the Twins a five-run fourth inning. By the time the fourth inning was over, every starter in the Twins lineup had recorded a hit.

The early offensive output should come as no surprise. Minnesota has entered the fifth inning with a lead 42 times and have trailed going into the fifth only 16 times. Another way of saying that is they have entered the fifth inning with a lead in 65% of their games. Minnesota has also crushed left-handed pitching to the tune of .300/.366/.506 and an .872 OPS, which makes them the best in the league when facing left-handed pitching.

Let The Good Times Roll
The Minnesota offense did not cool off after their early onslaught of runs. They added another run in the fifth, thanks to an RBI single from Nelson Cruz. In the sixth inning, Adrianza reached base for the third time, after being hit by a pitch. He would also cross home plate for the third time, following the two-run home run from Buxton - his eighth of the year. Eddie Rosario launched his 19th of the season with a solo blast in the seventh inning.

The home runs from Buxton and Rosario were the 124th and 125th of the season for Minnesota, tying the franchise record for home runs before the All-Star break.

Bold prediction: The 2019 Minnesota Twins will set a new franchise record for team home runs before the All-Star break. You can quote me on that.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Not even Stevie Wonder could stop Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins. The 12 runs scored by the offense would certainly be more than enough run support for the American League ERA leader, Jake Odorizzi.

Jake turned in another quality start and bolstered his case for being the AL starter in the All-Star Game as well as the front-runner for the AL Cy Young. His final line was: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. He lowered his season ERA to 1.91.

Postgame With Baldelli


Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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#2 RaymondLuxuryYacht

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 02:49 PM

Now enjoy the home stand

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 02:59 PM

 

Bold prediction: The 2019 Minnesota Twins will set a new franchise record for team home runs before the All Star break. You can quote me on that.

I would love to share your optimism on this but with 25 games left before the break they would have to hit 4 a game for 25 straight games to tie the franchise record. These guys are crazy good but not that good, I can't see this happening. Sorry

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:01 PM

 

I would love to share your optimism on this but with 25 games left before the break they would have to hit 4 a game for 25 straight games to tie the franchise record. These guys are crazy good but not that good, I can't see this happening. Sorry

I just re read your comment and I now get what you're saying, you sir are correct

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:13 PM

I'm floored at the home runs these guys can hit! We are looking at shattering the record for home runs in a season with a current pace of 316 HRs on the season, that's absolutely mental!

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:20 PM

Currently in the American League Central Division there are 15 players with 10 or more home runs. The Twins have 7 of those players.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:27 PM

Odorizzi continues to astonish me. This is a Scott Erickson type run.
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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:27 PM

FWIW, I think I could strike out Stevie Wonder (assuming I could find the strike zone).

It's great to get out of the cellar ... as long as you bring something with you.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:31 PM

Not even Stevie Wonder could stop Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins.

FWIW, I think I could strike out Stevie Wonder (assuming I could find the strike zone).


Louisville Slugger did make him a braille baseball bat. That could make the difference.
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Stevie would probably tell you himself that he could also do some damage as an umpire.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:38 PM

Today is Sunday, June 9 and it was the 64th game of the year. The Twins are now 40% of the way through the season. Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 33rd on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 316 home runs this season.
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#11 Andrew Gebo

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:32 PM

I just re read your comment and I now get what you're saying, you sir are correct


Yeah I was making a joke because it’s not a bold prediction at all. It’s more so a matter of fact at this point haha. Thank you for reading!
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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:39 PM

Adrianza is playing like it is Spring Training again. Impressive.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:51 PM

As I sat in my bed rubbing my eyes, I said to myself, "I think the Twins won today's (yesterday's) game 8-2." I was happy to get it wrong.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:42 PM

 

I just re read your comment and I now get what you're saying, you sir are correct

It is kind of crazy, though, in that 4 per game for 25 games is not beyond the realm of possibility with this team.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:21 PM

Buxton was feeling the pressure after Sano homered—has to keep his lead. Those two guys will join the double-digit HR parade soon enough.
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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:12 PM

Tyler Duffey needs to refine his command of his amped-up heater. He's a power pitcher now, with a great curve for finishing off hitters, if he can make them respect the heat. He needs those low corners to go with his high heat. 

 

The other thing Duffey should do is work on a straight change to go with his fast ball. If he can throw a change-up for strikes, then his 93- to 95 mph heat will have a chance to miss more bats. Doesn't even need to be a plus pitch, just something in the zone with 10 mph knocked off. Throw it once per at-bat, so they can't guess between just fast ball and curve. 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 12:54 AM

I think it was great that Cruz could take that much rest to heal his sore wrist. He is looking as fresh as he did in those first couple of weeks at the start of the season.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:21 AM

"If you are annoyed with someone, you should first walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, you're a mile away from them.  And, you have their shoes."  --Jack Handey.

 

This kick-butt recap of a butt-kicking needed a bump!  And I'm here to bump.

 

After reading MadBum's comments about his little spat with Muncy and the homer trot, I'm not sure he'd fit in with this fun-loving crew.  He's got Cardinals or Yankees written all over him, should he get traded.  Still, I love the guy anyway.  

 

The whole thing reminded me of a Seinfeld, where George thought he had the ultimate comeback, so he flew to Cleveland or wherever just so he could zinged with the classic line:  "The ocean called, and they're all out of you."  

 

To which George furiously stammered, "I slept with your wife last night."

 

To which someone said, "George, his wife is in a coma."

 

What does any of this have to do with yesterday's game?  (Not a rhetorical question--I really don't know where I was going with any of this.  Just trying to bump a more relevant game thread to the top of my queue.)

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:36 AM

 

Adrianza is playing like it is Spring Training again. Impressive.

He's been doing it for about a month now. He hit his low water mark on May 12th with a .433 OPS. It has been climbing steadily since.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:39 AM

 

I think it was great that Cruz could take that much rest to heal his sore wrist. He is looking as fresh as he did in those first couple of weeks at the start of the season.

It has been almost impossible to complain about player management this season. Baldelli is doing an outstanding job of making sure these players are in a position to succeed with the rest needed to get through a long season.

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