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#1 AJ Condon

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 10:36 PM

The Minnesota Twins’ offense got off to a great start in their final series before the All-Star break by exploding for 13 extra base hits and 15 runs. Martin Perez shined in his first six innings, but struggled finishing out his start, and Polanco and Schoop made some highlight plays in the field amidst an offensive explosion.Box Score
Starter: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 62.8% strikes (59 of 94 pitches)
Bullpen: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Home Runs: Arraez (2), Polanco (12), Schoop (14), Garver (13)
Multi-Hit Games: Kepler (2-4, BB), Polanco (2-5, HR), Garver (2-4, 2B, HR, BB), Gonzalez (3-4, 2 2B, HR), C.J. Cron (2-5, 2 2B), Arraez (2-5, HR), Schoop (3-5, 2B, HR), Buxton (2-5, 2 2B)

Top 3 WPA: Perez .125, Arraez .091, Buxton .081


Twins’ Offense Erupts
After a quick first inning by Adrian Sampson that included two strikeouts, the Twins batted around in the second with eight hits, six of them being extra-base hits to score six runs. Five of those runs were scored with two outs in the inning.



In the second inning there clearly wasn’t enough damage to Sampson, as the Rangers left him out there for the third and fourth. After getting five straight outs, Sampson gave up three straight hits, and another run to end his night after giving up seven runs on 11 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Schoop extended the Twins lead to nine on a two-run shot in the fifth to really put this game out of reach.

After a little comeback by the Rangers in the seventh, the offense felt the game getting a little too close for comfort and put up a three spot in response. Garver hit a solo shot for the team’s 166th home run of the season, extending their MLB-record of most home runs hit before the All-Star Break. Schoop's third extra-base hit of the night grabbed two more RBIs to get the lead back to seven.

The Twins’ offense combined for a season-high 20 hits, 15 runs, club-tying 13 extra base hits, four home runs, and every batter had at least one hit!

Perez Battles Old Team
Martin Perez got his first start tonight against his old team after spending his first seven seasons with the Rangers. This was definitely a game Perez wanted to start, seeing some familiar faces and trying to gain bragging rights against some of his old buddies.

Perez had all the fun in his first six innings but ran into trouble before exiting the game in the seventh. Perez gave up just four hits in those first six innings with the first three of them being weak singles with exit velocities of 69.8, 84.1, and 76.7, respectively.

The seventh inning is where Perez ran into trouble, and it started with a walk. A leadoff walk was exactly what got things started in his last start when he gave up two runs in the second inning to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tonight, the leadoff walk was a little more detrimental, though the offense gave Perez room to work. Following the walk, Perez gave up three straight hits for two runs which ended his night. He was responsible for two more runs as Harper wasn’t able to get out of a second and third no-out jam.

Middle Infielders Shine
When talking about this team’s highlight-reel defense, it usually has to do with Buxton and making some ridiculous catch look easy. Tonight, it was the middle infielders who rose above the rest.

The first highlight-reel play was courtesy of Polanco, Schoop, and Cron’s first double play of the night. Choo grounded a ball towards the middle but Polanco grabbed it out of the air with his glove, didn’t even bother using his other hand, flipped it to Schoop who gunned it to Cron to end the inning.

Schoop tried to top Polanco’s acrobatic play the next inning when he made a running backhand stop and delivered a bullet to Cron for the third out. Just when the Rangers thought they had a threat, Polanco and Schoop combined with Cron again for an inning-ending double play.

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 10:39 PM

Yesterday was Friday, July 5, it was the 87th game of the year and the Twins hit 4 home runs.The Twins are now 54%of the way through the season.Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 13th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 307 home runs this season.

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 11:22 PM

Yay! It's nice to not have to sweat out the game until the last out.

 

BTW, please don't send Arraez down and don't trade him...

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 12:00 AM

How do you NOT schedule a full schudule of games with some teams having FRIDAY on a 4th of July weekend ark. Go figure. The one three-day weekend you are almsot assured of full houses (if playing well) and the chance to blast fireworks every nite in the sky (if not on he field).

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 04:32 AM

Yesterday was Friday, July 5, it was the 87th game of the year and the Twins hit 4 home runs.The Twins are now 54%of the way through the season.Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 13th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 307 home runs this season.


And yet none of our players were invited to the HR Derby?
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:00 AM

The Twins surpassed 500 runs as a team last night. The Tigers have yet to score 300.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:23 AM

And yet none of our players were invited to the HR Derby?


Another reason to break from baseball for four days

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:30 AM

 

Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 13th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season

 

The Twins are cheap have not historically been a power hitting team.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:39 AM

At 165 homeruns, the Twins now hold the record for most homeruns before the All Star game and are only 103 homeruns short of the Yankees Major league single season record. Three more homeruns this weekend will vault them into the Twins single season top ten - at the All Star break!
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:41 AM

And yet none of our players were invited to the HR Derby?


if you look at who is in the HR derby, I think those individual players, most of them, anyway, have more HRs than our top HR hitter. What we’ve accomplished with HRs has been an exceptional team effort. Besides, I don’t want any of our players jinxed or ruined for the rest of the season.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:43 AM

The Twins are cheap have not historically been a power hitting team.


You must be too young to remember the many years of Killebrew, Allison, Mincher, Battey, Hall, Oliva in the lineup.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:47 AM

 

You must be too young to remember the many years of Killebrew, Allison, Mincher, Battey, Hall, Oliva in the lineup.

 

When that lineup worked it was paired with good pitching. When the Twins have been good, it's been the pitching. This isn't historically a power hitting club.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:59 AM

When that lineup worked it was paired with good pitching. When the Twins have been good, it's been the pitching. This isn't historically a power hitting club.


That made no sense at all. Are you talking about power hitting teams, good pitching teams, overall team performance? Those are three separate topics. Your initial comment was that the Twins were not known historically as a power team and I pointed out that for many years, they were. What's pitching got to do with it?

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 08:13 AM

 

The Twins are cheap have not historically been a power hitting team.

 

If serious... I disagree.

 

If not serious... I find the strike-through clever.:)

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 08:25 AM

You must be too young to remember the many years of Killebrew, Allison, Mincher, Battey, Hall, Oliva in the lineup.

He is correct, though, that in recent decades the Twins haven't had much power. They went for something like 15 years between 30 HR hitters, for example.

I also present, your honor, prosecution exhibit B...playoff DH Jason Tyner.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:31 AM

At 165 homeruns, the Twins now hold the record for most homeruns before the All Star game and are only 103 homeruns short of the Yankees Major league single season record. Three more homeruns this weekend will vault them into the Twins single season top ten - at the All Star break!


All this while having the 4th fewest strikeouts in baseball. This has been a special season.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:31 AM

I just read this in MLB Rumors. The Red Sox are rumored to be actively pursuing another starting pitcher for the playoff run. The article said that after Mark Price, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, their starters drop off.

Anyone feeling sorry for them?
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:33 AM

I'd gladly trade them Chase De Jong. I wouldn't even ask for much in return.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:39 AM

 

I just read this in MLB Rumors. The Red Sox are rumored to be actively pursuing another starting pitcher for the playoff run. The article said that after Mark Price, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, their starters drop off.

Anyone feeling sorry for them?

 

This stuff, right here. I envy that the Red Sox are always seemingly looking to upgrade and improve - their goal is to win championships while sustaining a long term vision. Why can't the Twins do it the same way? They recognize their weakness, and they pursue options to improve that. It isn't a tough model to follow, really.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:52 AM

This stuff, right here. I envy that the Red Sox are always seemingly looking to upgrade and improve - their goal is to win championships while sustaining a long term vision. Why can't the Twins do it the same way? They recognize their weakness, and they pursue options to improve that. It isn't a tough model to follow, really.


And currently they have a depleted farm system, are only a few games over.500, and are 11 games out of first place.



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