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Posted 06 July 2019 - 04:29 PM

The Twins raging inferno, I mean offense, kept their scalding hot pace, with some essential late-inning insurance runs to stomp any chances of a Ranger recovery. The offense wasn’t nearly as prolific as yesterday’s 13 extra-base performance, but a nearly carbon copy script of the second inning of yesterday’s game, spearheaded a series win.Box Score
Pineda: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 61.5% strikes (59 of 96 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Home Runs: Gonzalez (10)
Multi-Hit Games: Castro (2-for-3, 2B), Polanco (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Pineda .220, Rogers .182, Buxton .118

Starting Strong in the 2nd, Nailing the Coffin in the 8th
It was in the second inning, when the Twins drew first blood against recently converted starting pitcher Jesse Chavez. It began with a stinging double by our Man on Fire Luis Arraez, followed by a stellar plate appearance by Miguel Sano producing a walk, then a short pop-up to the infield by LaMonte Wade and then a Johnathon Schoop walk that loaded the bases for Jason Castro with nobody out. A sac fly that produced an astoundingly impressive overthrow by Joey Gallo set the stage for our Moment of the Day.



It was that two-run single by Byron Buxton that gave the Twins the lead for good.

Shaky Bullpen Lately
In the top of the seventh, there was a notable comment that deeply resonated with me, and perhaps should resonate more with Tyler Duffey himself. On the FSN broadcast, newly minted booth color commentator Tim Laudner mentioned that Tyler Duffey, “took a page out of the book of Jake Odorizzi”, namely how his fastball has become a strength from a weakness.

Well, maybe I have some criticism on how the Twins have been unleashing that animal in Tyler Duffey.

It was in the seventh inning that provided the first nervous murmur at Target Field with an announced crowd of 36,969, when left-handed hitting Willy Calhoun torched a hanging slider, the fourth of that sequence to momentarily startle the crowd.

Throughout the season we’ve been noticing a trend in how the starting pitchers pitch in the best way to conduce success. In other words, putting yourself in the best position to succeed.

How often this season have we seen Jose Berrios, Martin Perez and Jake Oddorizzi vary their breaking ball distributions to gravitate to the results they desire.

Now bear with me, this might be hard to understand. But below here is a rolling distribution of Jose Berrios and Martin Perez’s rolling breaking ball usage by K%:

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This might be one of the points of practice that pitching coordinator Wes Johnson and company are hammering home. Ride with what you feel is getting the best results (in this case weak contact and Ks), not what should be your best pitch.

This is not to say that Taylor Rogers was beyond straight filth today. I mean my goodness, flawless seven outs turned, five strikeouts and topping out at 97 mph! He truly reminded me of peak Andrew Miller

Well, Duffey faltered again, it may be interesting to note this and see if Tyler does rely on his newly improved fastball above the zone in high-leverage situations. It seemed abundantly clear that the Texas hitters were ambushing Duffey in anticipation of fastball usage in two-strike situations.

Adding to the Injured List
While Micheal Pineda was lights out in arguably his best performance (from a stuff standpoint) at Target Field, he did serve his only cookie of the day when Elvis Andrus belted a shot into the Twins bullpen that barely cleared the wall in right. It was then that LaMonte Wade collided with the wall in right, and dislocated his right thumb, according to this report….



Postgame With Baldelli


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Posted 06 July 2019 - 04:57 PM

Michael Pineda (for the win) and Rocco Baldeli (for the bailout) owe Taylor Rogers a steak dinner (or other entree of his choice). I am very glad we kept the damage low enough to get Big Mike the win. He was throwing flames out there.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:01 PM

Outstanding performance from Pineda. He's done some really good work over the past month.

Get some bullpen help, stat.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:06 PM

Pineda was terrific and what can you say about Rogers?
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:10 PM

Poor Wade. He still hasn't gotten his first hit...

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:11 PM

Pineda was terrific and what can you say about Rogers?

I can say whatever I want about him. This is America~
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:03 PM

Last year that little opposite-field single by Buxton would have been an embarrassing swing to pull it.

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So, in conclusion, what was your question again?


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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:18 PM

Today is Saturday, July 6, it was the 88th game of the year and the Twins hit 1 home run.The Twins are now 54% of the way through the season.Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 12th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 306 home runs this season.They are now 101 homeruns behind the single season MLB record.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:44 PM

This might be one of the points of practice that Pitching coordinator Wes Johnson and company are hammering home. Ride with what you feel is inducing the best results (in this case weak contact and K’s), not what should be your best pitch.

I agree completely. Despite the lack of big names in the bullpen and frankly some insanely good luck at times, I think there’s a method to the madness. I think many times the team really does know what will get the opponent’s batters out, and is able to successfully translate that information back to the pitching staff and catchers, and they have been executing well! We are a long way from “attacking the zone” and getting that “first pitch strike” though that 0-1 count, if you can get to it, is still important too, obviously.
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:48 PM

Well I hope Mr Rogers has a nice relaxing break! Here here! I raise my glass to ya!
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:53 PM

Harper yesterday and Duffey today did nothing to stop the angst and anger that demands some new BP arms. 

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:08 PM

With Marwin Gonzalez going deep today, the Twins now have 10 players with at least 10 HR. Byron Buxton has 9...
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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:25 PM

Give Rooker a chance for a game. Cave hasn't done much of anything for the Twins when he's been up.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:30 PM

 

I agree completely. Despite the lack of big names in the bullpen and frankly some insanely good luck at times, I think there’s a method to the madness. I think many times the team really does know what will get the opponent’s batters out, and is able to successfully translate that information back to the pitching staff and catchers, and they have been executing well! We are a long way from “attacking the zone” and getting that “first pitch strike” though that 0-1 count, if you can get to it, is still important too, obviously.

 

I have no idea but something agreeable is happening. 

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:32 PM

Give Rooker a chance for a game. Cave hasn't done much of anything for the Twins when he's been up.

Rooker's not on the 40-man roster. You don't make a consequential move like that "for a game".

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So, in conclusion, what was your question again?


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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:34 PM

Give Rooker a chance for a game. Cave hasn't done much of anything for the Twins when he's been up.

They would have to add him to the 40-man and for a game or two, there is no reason to do that.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:41 PM

I would like to see Tyler Duffey trust his fast ball more and just mix in the off speed stuff. When his fastball is clicking and he is using it a lot he can be really tough.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:46 PM

I would like to see Tyler Duffey trust his fast ball more and just mix in the off speed stuff. When his fastball is clicking and he is using it a lot he can be really tough.

... as long as the opposing batters have to respect the breaking pitches. I've seen too many times where Tyler can't throw anything but the fastball for strikes. When that's the case, fastball fastball fastball, blammo.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:51 PM

Terrible luck for Wade, I hope he heals up quickly.

 

I was a little surprised to see how the Rangers jumped all over Duffey. He does need to improve his fastball command, so hitters can't sit on one pitch. Also, it seemed like his curve ball has become average, which ain't good enough to get the whiffs it used to get. I remember guys missing Duffey's curves by a foot. Now, they're fouling them off. Bring back the big bender, Duffey!

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 08:15 PM

 

With Marwin Gonzalez going deep today, the Twins now have 10 players with at least 10 HR. Byron Buxton has 9...

 

Give Rooker a chance for a game. Cave hasn't done much of anything for the Twins when he's been up.

 

If we give Rooker a game, will he get 10 HR? :)

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