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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 12:40 PM

Game 2 of the four game series between the Twins and Rangers in Arlington. Today it will be Minor versus Odorizzi, a matchup of surprise All-Stars. Runs should be hard to come by at least while the starters are on the mound.Minor had a lousy July (20 earned runs in 27.1 innings), but has thrown fifteen shutout innings so far in August. Odorizzi has similarly bounced back from a tough patch and has won his last two decisions and pitched effectively in his last three starts.

Both bullpens have had issues since the All-Star break. The Twins' pen will be rested because Pineda and Smeltzer combined to pitch all nine innings yesterday. There probably will be an additional arm in the bullpen for the Twins, since Devon Smeltzer was optioned back to Rochester after his four-inning appearance last night. While Minor's splits vs. left and right handers are pretty inconsequential, it figures the Twins will load up with right handed bats against the Ranger lefty.

Yesterday's play did not affect the pennant race. Both Minnesota and Cleveland won. Minnesota still holds a half game lead going into play today. The Tribe faces New York at Yankee Stadium again tonight. You might detect a halfhearted "go Yankees" from me, but I'll try to keep that on the down-low.

Picks to sit and picks to click: Polanco has struggled some offensively, particularly against LH pitching, if I'm managing the Twins, I rest Jorge against the tough left hander. Arraez has a .320 slugging percentage versus lefties--all of his hits vs. same-side pitchers are singles--and with the Texas heat, every possible player should get a break, so Schoop (.861 OPS vs. LH) for the rookie. Mitch Garver had raked against southpaws all year. I expect a couple hits including at least one extra-base hit. Marwin Gonzalez has been raking, especially from the right side and I expect his late-season surge to continue.

Go Twins!!

Twins

Garver c
Arraez LF
Polanco DH
Sanó 3B
Kepler cf
Cron 1B
Gonzalez RF
Schoop 2B
Adrianza SS

Odorizzi p

Rangers

Choo DH
Santana 1B
Andrus SS
Calhoun LF
Mazara TD
Odor 2B
DeShields cf
Kiner-Falefa 3B
Mathis c

Minor p
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:42 PM

Only if we had 3 healthy RH bats Buxton Cruz and Turtle man that would be a heck of a lineup

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:49 PM

Chief, Mrs Chief, three Chief offspring, plus grandchildren too numerous to list will be in attendance tonight.

We'll wave.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:52 PM

What's a Kiner-Falefa?


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:58 PM

Rosario with a breather tonight.

 

Cruz, get well soon. In the meantime, Sano keep doing what you're doing to pick up the slack.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:59 PM

Chief, Mrs Chief, three Chief offspring, plus grandchildren too numerous to list will be in attendance tonight.

We'll wave.

There's enough of you, you probably could.

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:00 PM

 

What's a Kiner-Falefa?

It's a fruity Pinot Grigio.Doesn't need to breathe very much, good for picnics and outdoor concerts.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:13 PM

 

Chief, Mrs Chief, three Chief offspring, plus grandchildren too numerous to list will be in attendance tonight.

We'll wave.

 

You're going to do the wave? Huh.

 

edit: ninja'd. I should, you know, read the thread....

Edited by Mike Sixel, 16 August 2019 - 05:14 PM.

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


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:57 PM

Chief, Mrs Chief, three Chief offspring, plus grandchildren too numerous to list will be in attendance tonight.

We'll wave.


We'll particle...

Er, party. Cool?
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:15 PM

Blue v. Blue tonight.

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


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:17 PM

Cmon Miguel! Base knock!

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:19 PM

Walk works

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:21 PM

Lots of Twins shirts in the seats right behind home plate. But overall pretty empty. Are they sure they need a new stadium?

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


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:21 PM

That was a fantastic at bat for Miguel.I will take that walk over a strike out any day of the week and twice on Sunday.Fantastic eye there.Really happy to see him making good decisions up there.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:23 PM

Did we win yet?

Come on! Hit the ball to Chief.
Or to his progeny.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:25 PM

Blue v. Blue tonight.


Will shades help?

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:29 PM

Is Arraez in left a subtle dig at Rosie about plate discipline or just giving him a day off or both?


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:30 PM

 

Is Arraez in left a subtle dig at Rosie about plate discipline or just giving him a day off or both?

 

Richard says he has a terrible record against Minor.

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


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:33 PM


Is Arraez in left a subtle dig at Rosie about plate discipline or just giving him a day off or both?


Richard says he has a terrible record against Minor.

So... No.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:35 PM

Nice hit Gonzalez....stay at first next time. Yeesh.

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