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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/16): Twins Prevail Behind Clutch Schoop HR, Great Bullpen Performance

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#1 Thieres Rabelo

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:47 PM

It wasn’t an easy one, but the Twins managed to defeat All-Star lefty Mike Minor and the Rangers in the second game of the series in Arlington, 4-3. Jonathan Schoop hit a clutch game-winning two-run dinger and the bullpen combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball.Box Score
Odorizzi: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 59.6% strikes (59 of 99 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Home Runs: Kepler (33), Schoop (17)
Multi-Hit Games: Gonzalez (3-for-4), Adrianza (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Schoop .288, Romo .230, Rogers .155
Bottom 3 WPA: Cron -.115, Polanco -.113, Garver -.098

Cleveland dropped the second game of their series against the Yankees in New York, which brings the Twins lead to a game and a half atop of the AL Central. That’s the highest advantage the Twins have since Aug. 7, as they now own a 74-48 record, still the fourth best in baseball.

Unlike the series opener, it took Minnesota a bit longer to get on the board. After throwing a 26-pitch, but scoreless, first inning, Mike Minor managed to keep the Twins scoreless until the fourth, but they took advantage of a Rougned Odor error, who dropped a Miguel Sanó routine pop-up. Right on the first pitch after that, Max Kepler homered to right field, to give Minnesota a two-run lead.

Wunderboy keeps adding accomplishments to his career year. This was his 33rd home run of the season, which moved him closer to the single season record for a Twins outfielder, as informed by our Twins Daily own Ted Schwerzler. He also moved the Twins a bit closer to the all-time single season home run record. All with this bomb:



Odorizzi continues to bounce back
After the worst month of his career after his rookie season (7.43 ERA this July), Jake Odorizzi continues to show signs of recovery. He couldn’t hold on to the one-run lead he took into the sixth, but he was one out short of a quality start. After tonight, he is now posting a 2.07 ERA in three August starts and 1.95 if you count his last July start, against the Marlins. His improvement brings Twins fans a little more optimism for a playoff run, since he’s starting to look much more like the All-Star he was during the first half of the season--in a much needed time.

Other than a rare wild pitch during the fourth inning (only his second as a Twin), he basically didn’t have big problems in his first five innings of the game, allowing the Rangers to score only one run on three hits. But Texas got to him during the sixth and made him pay after he allowed a leadoff double and a two-out walk. Nomar Mazara became the last batter he faced, as he hit a two-out double to deep center field, giving the home team its first lead in the series. But that wouldn’t last very long.

The unlikely hero
Batting only .217 in his previous 15 games coming into tonight and having hit his last homer in Jul. 28,, I guess it’s hard to say many people envisioned Jonathan Schoop being the one to push Minnesota toward the win. But that’s the magic with this year’s Twins. The Bombas simply won’t stop. He crushed a 2-2 changeup over the plate, following a Marwin Gonzalez single and the Twins retook the lead.



Other than hopefully providing Schoop’s season with a sparkle he’s been looking for in the past two months, that home run was the 238th for the Twins this year and they now need 30 to break the Yankees single-season record established last year. Minnesota is on pace to hit 316 this year.

The bullpen takes care of business
When Odorizzi gave up that lead-blowing double in the sixth, Tyler Duffey was called to put out the fire. He struck out Odor to end the inning and started a very efficient night for the Twins ‘pen. Sam Dyson recorded his third consecutive scoreless outing for Minnesota. He did get some help from the defense, which turned an inning- ending double play after he allowed two runners to reach.

In his first appearance since giving up a tenth inning grand slam on Sunday, Taylor Rogers came into the game in the eighth and also held the Rangers scoreless. When most people thought he would come back to record another six-out save, Baldelli decided to bring in Sergio Romo and he also got the job done, earning his 20th save of the year.

Hats off to Margo
Despite the colder than usual night from the offense, Marwin Gonzalez simply refuses to cool down. After a four-hit night on Thursday, Margo led Minnesota with three hits on the night and he’s now batting .404 since the start of the Atlanta series.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:49 PM

Good game ... good win!

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:53 PM

This looks like our playoff bullpen rotation, probably in different orders depending on teams and in game batter match ups. If it holds (pun intended) that would be great.

 

I just really, really, really wanted Minor at the trade deadline and I still really really really want Minor in our rotation now. He would have been huge for us.

 

Would like to know the details of that specific discussion. I think there were intense talks and I suspect they may have held on to their prospects too tight....but we'll never know....

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:55 PM

Didn't think Romo was gonna get it done, and Schoop the hero, who knew?
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:00 PM

Best thing of the game: Tie between Dyson and Schoop. Twins desperately need Dyson to be what he was for the Giants, and today he got close. Schoop meanwhile has been riding the bench a lot lately as Sweet Luis wows the league with his rookie debut. Schoop looked very...well rested, and he played with happy enthusiasm. 

 

Adrianza and Sano also were good things, but not so surprising. Kepler...well, he's just looking like a core player for this talented wave of Twins squads. Each new season he appears to get noticeably better. 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:04 PM

 

Best thing of the game: Tie between Dyson and Schoop. Twins desperately need Dyson to be what he was for the Giants, and today he got close. Schoop meanwhile has been riding the bench a lot lately as Sweet Luis wows the league with his rookie debut. Schoop looked very...well rested, and he played with happy enthusiasm. 

 

Adrianza and Sano also were good things, but not so surprising. Kepler...well, he's just looking like a core player for this talented wave of Twins squads. Each new season he appears to get noticeably better. 

I predict that next year Kepler explodes and ends up entrenched as our #3 hitter

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:09 PM

Adrianza over the last 50 games has an ops of close to 1.000
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:13 PM

1. Arraez

2. Polanco

3. Kepler

4. Cruz

5. Sano (1B)

6. Rosario

7. Garver

8. Gonzalez (3b)

9. Buxton

 

Good God will that line up rake

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:17 PM

 

I predict that next year Kepler explodes and ends up entrenched as our #3 hitter

On pace for 44 homers. Could make a fair case for team MVP.Kind of interested to hear what you think exploding would look like.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:23 PM

 

This looks like our playoff bullpen rotation, probably in different orders depending on teams and in game batter match ups. If it holds (pun intended) that would be great.

 

I just really, really, really wanted Minor at the trade deadline and I still really really really want Minor in our rotation now. He would have been huge for us.

 

Would like to know the details of that specific discussion. I think there were intense talks and I suspect they may have held on to their prospects too tight....but we'll never know....

Same here. I really liked Minor. He is a gamer. He is exactly the pitcher Twins need in the post season.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 11:51 PM

I told my wife in the 6th that Rogers needed to come in to face Mazara. Partly cuz Odorizzi was at the end of his usual stint and also because Smalley said Odorizzi's outing was fantastic only allowing 1 run in 6 innings.Havven't he and Dick every heard of jinxes. Or about counting chickens before they hatch?Really glad we came back to win that one.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 11:59 PM

 

I predict that next year Kepler explodes and ends up entrenched as our #3 hitter

Kepler needs to raise his average quite a bit to be #3 hitter though, he is a legit #4 hitter behind Cruz though. Sano #5 Rosario #6


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:03 AM

 

1. Arraez

2. Polanco

3. Kepler

4. Cruz

5. Sano (1B)

6. Rosario

7. Garver

8. Gonzalez (3b)

9. Buxton

 

Good God will that line up rake

Polanco

Arraez

Cruz

Kepler

Garver

Rosario

Sano

Gonzalez

Buxton

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 03:59 AM

Small nit to pick, Dyson is the winning pitcher? I thought Duffey was the pitcher of record.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:13 AM

Very nice win. A depth win. What I want to see is Rocco getting a win today without using Rogers, Dyson or Romo.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:14 AM

Nice to see Jonathan Schoop get a clutch hit. Also, I wonder what Odo's ERA is for just the 6th inning of each game. I bet it isn't pretty. He reminds me of the Big Red Machine's Don Gullett who was a great pitcher but a 5 inning pitcher.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:25 AM

Nice to see Jonathan Schoop get a clutch hit. Also, I wonder what Odo's ERA is for just the 6th inning of each game. I bet it isn't pretty. He reminds me of the Big Red Machine's Don Gullett who was a great pitcher but a 5 inning pitcher.


His 6th inning ERA this year is 3.00 (4 ER/12IP).

His worst inning is actually the 1st inning, and by a lot. (5.16)
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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:38 AM

Between a fine play at 2B and the two-run homer, a really, really nice game for Jonathan.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:40 AM

Yesterday was Friday, August 16.It was the 122nd game of the year putting the Twins 75% of the way through the season.The Twins hit 2 home runs upping their record-breaking season total to 238 home runs.They are now only 29 home runs behind the single-season MLB record.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:43 AM

 

 

I just really, really, really wanted Minor at the trade deadline and I still really really really want Minor in our rotation now. He would have been huge for us.

 

Would like to know the details of that specific discussion. I think there were intense talks and I suspect they may have held on to their prospects too tight....but we'll never know....

+1. Especially since he is under contract for ~9 million next season. 

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