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Article: Twins Game Recap (7/26): Pineda Fuels Twins Easy Win In Chicago

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#1 Thieres Rabelo

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

Behind another great performance from Michael Pineda, who continues an amazing stretch since the All-Star break, the Twins got another easy win against the White Sox in Chicago, 6-2. The bats weren’t as productive as they were last night, but they came up big early on, providing plenty of run support for Pineda.Box Score
Pineda: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 64.5% strikes (62 of 96 pitches)
Bullpen (Thorpe): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Home Runs: Kepler (27), Cruz (26)
Multi-Hit Games: Cruz (3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI), Sanó (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Pineda .192, Kepler .188, Cruz .122

A record-breaking 200th home run
The best offense in baseball continues to destroy records. Max Kepler hit a three-run home run in the second inning, the 200th for the Twins in the season, which makes them the fastest team to reach that many dingers (103 games). The previous record belonged to the 2005 Texas Rangers, who hit their bicentennial homer in their 122nd game. Minnesota is now on pace to hit 316 homers in the year. Kepler also extended his home run leadership among German born players, now with 83 career bombas, five more than former Mariners infielder Mike Blowers.

That homer was part of yet another relentless effort by Minnesota bats, who were able to score five runs in one inning. Young White Sox starter Dylan Cease gave up six hits in the second, including an RBI-single to Nelson Cruz, as well as a sac fly to Byron Buxton with the bases loaded. Curiously enough, such productive offense has the second worst batting average in the majors with the bases loaded, now with .193, and is one out of five teams in the league with one or no grand slams this season.



Pineda continues to rise
Twins starter Michael Pineda once again had an outstanding outing, delivering the third quality start in his last four starts. For the first time since June 28, the Twins had two back-to-back seven inning outings from their starters. Overall it was an uneventful start for him, who only had issues during the third inning, in which he gave up a walk and three hits, one of which was a two-run homer to Adam Engel.

In his last eight starts, Pineda’s now posted a 2.87 ERA, 9.0 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9. He’s come up big for the Twins when they needed the most and is making a strong case to lock his rotation spot in an eventual post-season run, even if the club trade for rotation help.

The bullpen also thanked Pineda for his outing, as the Twins were able to use only one reliever for the third straight game. Lewis Thorpe had yet another very good outing, pitching two scoreless innings. In that three-game span, the Twins relievers gave up only one earned run.

Nelson Cruz still hot
Nelson Cruz refuses to cool down. In the seventh inning he hit his 26th home run of the year, his tenth since the All-Star break. This was also the fifth consecutive game in which he homered, making him the first 39-year-old to do so since Barry Bonds, in 2004. The Boomstick is now on pace to hit over 40 home runs in the season.



The Twins are now 63-40 and maintain a two-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians beat the Royals. Minnesota goes for its first series win in two weeks tomorrow, as Martín Pérez faces Ivan Nova.

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#2 FlauerPauer

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:37 PM

Nice win for the boys!


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Twins have "struggled" since the beginning of June.

 

Their high water mark of being over .500 was 25 games.

 

That came on July 13th.

 

They're now 23 games over .500.

 

Wow, this team is falling to pieces.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:04 PM

Also,I'm a Thorpe bobo but he didn't look good tonight.

 

He got a bunch of bad hitters out and lucked out against the good hitters he faced. He was missing the mitt all over the place and threw wayyyyy too many pitches out of the zone.

 

Disappointing, for sure. 


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:15 PM

Pineda has been surprisingly solid.
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:28 PM

 

Pineda has been surprisingly solid.

I don't find it surprising at all. He had over a year off baseball and scuffled a bit. After a couple of months of scuffling, he's good again.

 

He's not a guy I want around forever but for a one year deal, he's a great addition.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:05 PM

I don't find it surprising at all. He had over a year off baseball and scuffled a bit. After a couple of months of scuffling, he's good again.
 
He's not a guy I want around forever but for a one year deal, he's a great addition.

Disagree, depending on price would like to see a two to three year extension
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:05 PM

Good, solid win today.

 

Jeepers, I didn't notice, though, we have 10 games left with the Tribe! 10!

 

Fortunately, 7 of 'em at our park, but that's a lot of time to tell which team is going to finish on top.

 

On another note, I don't get the crying about how Cleve. has a 'soft' schedule these days- all teams play the same sched, and the month of August will be as soft on us as it will be tough for them- so, July and Aug are going to be a wash. Let's see if the boys can make some hay next month when it's our turn through the Chi-KC-Detroit portion, while Cleveland deals with the Yanks, Red Sox, and Rays.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:28 PM

Also, I'm a Thorpe bobo but he didn't look good tonight.

He got a bunch of bad hitters out and lucked out against the good hitters he faced. He was missing the mitt all over the place and threw wayyyyy too many pitches out of the zone.

Disappointing, for sure.

I guess that’s why I’m happy Thorpe is in the bullpen right now. I’m sure he’ll make some mistakes, but in my mind nothing is better than facing live MLB hitters. Sure tonight Thorpe lucked out, but I’m sure even with 2 scoreless innings pitched Thorpe will have gained some more confidence and probably will have somethings the coaching staff will further work on with him.
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:31 PM

I really appreciate these summaries but please be accurate in the reporting. Pineda has not pitched 8 times since the all star break. #factsmatter

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:57 PM

Pineda has been very underrated in regards to his importance to this team. He's an almost guaranteed quality start every time he pitches recently. If the playoffs were tomorrow, I'd have him as the Twins #3 starter in an ALDS. 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:43 AM

Yesterday was Friday, July 26, it was the 103rd game of the year and the Twins hit 2 home runs giving them a total of 201 home runs for the season. The Twins are now 64% of the way through the season. Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 4th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 316 home runs this season. They are now 66 home runs behind the single season MLB record. The next Twins team to pass is the 2017 team that hit 206 home runs.
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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:20 AM

 

I really appreciate these summaries but please be accurate in the reporting. Pineda has not pitched 8 times since the all star break. #factsmatter

Fixed.

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:52 AM

 

Also,I'm a Thorpe bobo but he didn't look good tonight.

 

He got a bunch of bad hitters out and lucked out against the good hitters he faced. He was missing the mitt all over the place and threw wayyyyy too many pitches out of the zone.

 

Disappointing, for sure. 

 

The skill of getting away with not having it, is very valuable. 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:54 AM

 

Yesterday was Friday, July 26, it was the 103rd game of the year and the Twins hit 2 home runs giving them a total of 201 home runs for the season. The Twins are now 64% of the way through the season. Out of 59 years, the current team ranks 4th on the all-time list of Twins' home runs in one season and are on a pace to hit 316 home runs this season. They are now 66 home runs behind the single season MLB record. The next Twins team to pass is the 2017 team that hit 206 home runs.

 

Making the case for raising the mound back up to pre-1969 levels....

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:57 AM

Having Buxton back really helps this team.

 

Time to run off six, seven, eight in a row.

 

Rip the beating heart out of Cleveland's chest and stomp it into dust as a parade of players round the bases, bomba upon bomba.

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:06 AM

The White Sox sure are the cure for what ails ya, huh?

 

Kepler is having an excellent season, just excellent. I was ok with the contract extension because Kepler's ability to play CF gave him significant value even if his hitting never really broke out. Maybe its the baseball, maybe he's just unlocked his power stroke, but regardless of what it is he's slugging it like you expect from a guy playing RF. Now that deal looks like a steal.

 

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:08 AM

Here are some highlights. It was nice to see some good defensive plays by the infield and some aggressive baserunning. 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:11 AM

 

Good, solid win today.

 

Jeepers, I didn't notice, though, we have 10 games left with the Tribe! 10!

 

Fortunately, 7 of 'em at our park, but that's a lot of time to tell which team is going to finish on top.

 

On another note, I don't get the crying about how Cleve. has a 'soft' schedule these days- all teams play the same sched, and the month of August will be as soft on us as it will be tough for them- so, July and Aug are going to be a wash. Let's see if the boys can make some hay next month when it's our turn through the Chi-KC-Detroit portion, while Cleveland deals with the Yanks, Red Sox, and Rays.

 

I think we tend to spend too much time discussing hard or soft schedule. 

 

The hardness or softness of schedule is a moving target. 

 

Play the Tigers while you are playing like crap... They will sweep you. 

 

Play the Giants while they are winning everything and they will sweep you. 

 

The Padre fans were probably pretty excited to see the Giants on the schedule around the first of July. In hindsight... not so much. That was about the time the Giants got on a month long roll.  

 

I'll leave assessing the schedule strength to others and look at them skeptically each time they try.

 

What the Indians, Giants and Cardinals are doing right now is pretty damn impressive. Let's see who looks pretty damn impressive in August. I don't know who it will be but it will probably be three different teams. 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:58 AM

I guess that’s why I’m happy Thorpe is in the bullpen right now. I’m sure he’ll make some mistakes, but in my mind nothing is better than facing live MLB hitters. Sure tonight Thorpe lucked out, but I’m sure even with 2 scoreless innings pitched Thorpe will have gained some more confidence and probably will have somethings the coaching staff will further work on with him.

True. Expecting him to be dominant out of the gate is probably unfair, it’s just that the bullpen doesn’t have a lot of margin for error right now.



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