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#1 sampleSizeOfOne

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:53 AM

Deja vu.

I think i have been waiting for this parade before, tasked with writing a game thread, not knowing what i would write...

But that (or those?) times the Twins weren't leading there division. I could away with substandard game intros. Ha. Jokes on them (you?) I got no standards to hold me down, to pick me up, to make me frown.

So this is it. The fire trucks are shining their wheels, all in fine uniforms. Parade might be over by the time the game begins, and i got an opportunity to car pool, so i can post on the game thread... if my phone has charge and signal.

They are handing out mucus (he means music...) percussionist asks if there is a triangle part, he says you gotta go ask pythagoras... squares on every side of me!
And you wonder why i am like this?

Anyway, i am a student of deja fu, so maybe i'll write a better intro this time? Remember rule 1.

Anyway, we go for a sweep with a line up we can get away with. I hope we get away with it.

Perez is pitching for us.

Lynn is pitching for them.

And i leave line ups to a benevolent soul, looking to acquire merit.

Discuss them when they appear, and tell bad jokes!

Ps. Sorry i don't know the Beckett well enough to riff off that. Feel free to show me up!
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:04 AM

What's/who's a Godot?  

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:27 AM

still waiting ...

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:27 AM

Anyway, i am a student of deja fu.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:29 AM

Ps. Sorry i don't know the Beckett well enough to riff off that. Feel free to show me up!

"We are all born Twins fans. Some remain so."

 

“There is man in his entirety, blaming his bat when his eye is guilty.”

 

“Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Sanó.”

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

"We are all born Twins fans. Some remain so."

“Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Sanó.”


I must admit it. You are better than me.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:59 AM

Pregame meal @ Tx Roadhouse near Ft Worth in my Twins jersey (and my wife, from Tx, in a Twins jersey she borrowed from one of my sons.) Seats for the game should be the best I've ever had - row 7 behind RH batter. $20 ea on Stub Hub. I guess not too many want to sit in the 100° heat today.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 11:02 AM

It is better to be inebriated than ill-informed.

 

Choose wisely.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 11:08 AM

1. Max Kepler CF
2. Miguel Sano DH
3. Jorge Polanco SS
4. Eddie Rosario LF
5. Marwin Gonzalez 3B
6. Luis Arraez 2B
7. Ehire Adrianza 1B
8. Jason Castro C
9. Jake Cave RF

Starting Pitcher : Martin Perez

 

Anyone see a common theme with today's lineup?8 of those guys will hit left handed.The other is Miguel Sano.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 11:14 AM

I must admit it. You are better than me.

Mister Googlez helped.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 11:44 AM

 

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When you snatch the baseball from my hand young grass hopper you will be a true Major Leaguer.

 

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:02 PM

 

What's/who's a Godot?  

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:14 PM

 

1. Max Kepler CF
2. Miguel Sano DH
3. Jorge Polanco SS
4. Eddie Rosario LF
5. Marwin Gonzalez 3B
6. Luis Arraez 2B
7. Ehire Adrianza 1B
8. Jason Castro C
9. Jake Cave RF

Starting Pitcher : Martin Perez

 

Anyone see a common theme with today's lineup?8 of those guys will hit left handed.The other is Miguel Sano.

I'm sure all-right-handed batting orders happen relatively often but I wonder how often a team starts an all-left-handed batting order.


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:18 PM

Ps. Sorry i don't know the Beckett well enough to riff off that. Feel free to show me up!

I prefer COMC over Beckett’s Price Guide.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:20 PM

 

I'm sure all-right-handed batting orders happen relatively often but I wonder how often a team starts an all-left-handed batting order.

I did a Google search and found this in the internets, posted by someone using a pseudonym:

 

On Saturday, 10 August, 1985, while playing the Philadelphia Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love, the St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog used a full 9 man lineup of left-handed batters. This was quite easy for Whitey to do, with 5 of these regulars being switch-hitters that were digging in from the left side. Jack Clark, the big right-handed bat on the squad, had been in the starting lineup the whole year up to this point, but was out of the order that day (his spot in the 4-hole was replaced by the veteran left-handed bat of Darrell Porter), and our pitcher, right-hander Kurt Kepshire, also batted left during his brief career.

The only 4 full-time left-handed hitters in the order were the above mentioned battery of Porter and Kepshire, as well as The Ripper's replacement at first (lefty Mike Jorgensen) and right-fielder Andy van Slyke. The other five men in the lineup that day were the usual Runnin' Redbirds' switch-hitting starters: Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, Tommy Herr, Terry Pendleton and Ozzie Smith. Here was the batting order that day:

1. LF Vince Coleman
2. CF Willie McGee
3. 2B Tommy Herr
4. _C Darrell Porter
5. RF Andy van Slyke
6. 3B Terry Pendleton
7. 1B Mike Jorgensen
8. SS Ozzie Smith
9. SP Kurt Kepshire

What was special about that game? Well, it was the second game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia that day, with the Cardinals winning both games to get to 23 games over .500 that year (65-42 when the day was done), but the second game featured the mirror image of the Cardinal lineup in the first match. What did Whitey's lineup in the first game look like against Philly southpaw Jerry Koosman? That's right, he batted a full 9 from the right side:

1. RF Tito Landrum
2. CF Willie McGee
3. 2B Tommy Herr
4. 1B Jack Clark
5. LF Brian Harper
6. 3B Terry Pendleton
7. SS Ozzie Smith
8. _C Tom Nieto
9. SP Danny Cox

That game featured the same switch-hitters (minus Vince), but also included straight right-handers Tito Landrum, Jack Clark, Brian Harper, Tom Nieto and pitcher Danny Cox.

The Cardinals won the first game against lefty Koosman, 5-4, and the second game against right-hander Kevin Gross, 13-4. I love those switch-hitting teams.

 

 

I thought this was a very interesting nugget.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:22 PM

Parade is over.

Got a ride back to the beginning from a couple of clowns.

I can follow the thread...

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:34 PM

Mister Googlez helped.


That Mister Googlez is smrt!
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:36 PM

Need a win today. Cleveland up 5-0 on CC and the Yanks.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:40 PM

As far as scoreboard watching goes, I'd like to see Oakland and Tampa lose occasionally. Winning the division is the priority, but having "a chip and a chair" in post-season is better than watching someone else play.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 12:53 PM

 

As far as scoreboard watching goes, I'd like to see Oakland and Tampa lose occasionally. Winning the division is the priority, but having "a chip and a chair" in post-season is better than watching someone else play.

Plus I believe we're only 2.5 games behind Houston, so they're worth watching too. We could catch them and get the 2nd seed (the Yanks are around 7 games ahead at this point).

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