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#1 Nash Walker

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:17 PM

The Twins recovered after a poor performance on Friday to take the series from Detroit and finish the homestand with a 3-3 record. The 7-4 win increases their lead in the AL Central to 3 1/2 games, as Cleveland fell to Kansas City 9-8.Box Score
Pérez: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 68% strikes (68 of 100 pitches)
Bullpen: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Home Runs: C.J. Cron (21), J.Schoop (18)
Multi-Hit Games: None

Top 3 WPA: Pérez .214, Garver .154, Schoop .101

Martín Pérez returned to Target Field after a very successful road trip in which he allowed just two runs in 11 innings. The bullpen and bats restricted Pérez to no decisions in both starts.

The Twins allowed 8-of-9 leadoff batters to reach base in last night’s victory. On Sunday, Pérez surrendered just one. C.J. Cron assisted Pérez to his first win since before the All-Star break with a three-run blast in the fourth inning. Pérez twirled six strong innings, allowing two runs and striking out five. Pérez has walked 3.8 batters-per-nine this year, but gave a free pass to just one hitter on Sunday. His cutter was extremely effective to right-handed batters, which is an important development after the pitch was dominant during the first half of the season, but not so during the middle part of the schedule.

Left-hander Matthew Boyd started for Detroit and allowed seven runs in six innings. Jonathan Schoop had one of the four Twins’ hits, as he laced a two-run homer down the left field line in the sixth. The Twins lead the league in OPS against left-handed pitching (.885). Catcher Mitch Garver doubled off the wall in the third to improve his torrid numbers against lefties. Boyd walked five and struck Max Kepler with a pitch in the fourth. The Twins figure to see Boyd at least once more, as they have seven more head-to-head matchups with Detroit. They have scored 10 runs off him in two starts.

Cody Stashak continued to be a reliable low-leverage arm out of the bullpen, pitching two innings of one-hit ball with a strikeout. He was helped out by an outstanding catch in left field by Jake Cave.



Lewis Thorpe entered in the ninth with less luck, surrendering three hits and two runs. Thorpe escaped the jam and finished the job. Stashak and Thorpe saved the arms of Rogers, Dyson and Romo. All of which will receive two days of much-needed rest.

The Twins will enjoy an off-day tomorrow before facing Chicago for a three-game series against Lucas Giolito and the White Sox.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:24 PM

Very nice win. The Twins ave a 3.5 game lead and a very rested bullpen heading into Chicago.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:31 PM

The 2019 Twins have now hit 253 home runs this season. That moves them into a tie with the 2006 Orioles for 6th all-time. Next on the list are the 1996 Orioles and the 2010 Blue Jays both of whom hit 257.

 

They are also 15 ahead of the Yankees for the most in MLB this season.

 

Here is hoping that the Bomba Squad adds several more in Chicago this week.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

Today is Sunday, August 25.It was the 130th game of the year putting the Twins 80% of the way through the season.The Twins hit 2 home runs upping their record-breaking season total to 253 home runs.They are now only 15 home runs short of setting a new single-season MLB record.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

Nice outing for Martin Perez. 

 

I hope Schoop and Cron continue to face any LH pitching the Twins see.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

The push to the end has begun. I like our chances!

 

Bring it Yankees!  I'm betting on Minnesota!

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:50 PM

Nice to see Perez step up. Thought for sure KC would lose after Cleveland tied it. Stashak helped a lot.
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Posted 25 August 2019 - 05:06 PM

 

Nice to see Perez step up. Thought for sure KC would lose after Cleveland tied it. Stashak helped a lot.

I've seen more than a few games where a team will make a furious comeback and then the other team gets mad, scores a run, and the team that had done such a great job to come back is out of gas and loses the game anyways. I have seen that more than a few times in all of my days watching baseball. Glad to see KC take one of those games from Cleveland! The series with Detroit turned out to be a decent series when it was all said and done. The Twins played their best game of the series today against Detroit's best pitcher too!


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:02 PM

It's baseball, so I'm never going to complain about a series win. I know everyone wants a sweep, but if the Twins keep winning series like this, they're going to be just fine and will raise that flag for a division title.

 

Nice to see CJ rip a dinger like that; he's been scuffling in the second half and it sure has felt like he's never gotten fully healthy. But he's an important asset so getting him right by the end of the year is important.

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:40 PM

KC was just toying with Cleveland, forcing them to go deeper in their bullpen. Thanks Royals!

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:20 PM

Taking 2 out of 3 against Detroit is acceptable... now go beat the White Sox this time. Being on the road should help. 

 

The Indians will also be on the road against Detroit and Tampa Bay this week... that Tampa series will be big for them, as the Rays are just a half game back from them. Also worth mentioning is that the A's are just a single game behind Cleveland too.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:27 PM

The Twins' 9th-best home run hitter (Marwin Gonzalez) has as many home runs (14) as the Tigers' best home run hitter (Brandon Dixon). They could field a lineup in which every player save one had more homers than anyone on the Tigers.
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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:36 PM

Great to see Perez pitch a quality start and for the Twins to take this series. Here's more on the pitching:

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:46 PM

Cave contributing with the glove to go with a hot bat..Nice.His detractors have seemed to disappear...

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:53 PM

I like Thorpe and have high hopes for him overall, but he didn't have a great outing today. Meanwhile, Stashak had a pretty solid outing, but he's been shakier overall. It's evened out a bit for those two, as in their limited innings of work each has posted similar (not that good) numbers. 

 

I imagine we'll see Littell up again relatively soon, as he has come the closest to cementing a spot in the bullpen of all the AAA guys. Although for now, it looks like the Twins will go with seven in the bullpen and Buxton back up for this Chicago series. But there's a clear opening for a guy like Hildenberger to make his return, or a guy like Graterol to make a triumphant debut.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:32 PM

It feels like it’s been years since seeing Cron and Schoop mentioned positively in the same post-game. If Schoop and Cron could get hot down the stretch and into the playoffs....lookout.

Think about taking the team from May and adding 1.000 OPS Miguel Sano and Arraez to that. The team could carry a tee to serve as the whole pitching staff and still have a shot at the World Series.

Edited by Darius, 25 August 2019 - 09:55 PM.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:53 PM

 

Cave contributing with the glove to go with a hot bat..Nice.His detractors have seemed to disappear...

Yes - he has really help absorb the loss of Buxton lately. Too bad for him Buck will return soon.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:54 PM

The Twins' 9th-best home run hitter (Marwin Gonzalez) has as many home runs (14) as the Tigers' best home run hitter (Brandon Dixon). They could field a lineup in which every player save one had more homers than anyone on the Tigers.

It reminds me of the Twins in the late 90s. Nearly everyone was juiced out of their minds. Sosa and Big Mac were hitting 2 HRs a night.

Meanwhile, Matt Lawton, Ron Coomer, and Terry Steinbach led the Twins with 21, 15, and 14, respectively. David Ortiz hit 9. Clearly, the Twins we’re behind the times (aka, had subpar pharmacists). It was reflected in the standings. Fans lamented the lack of power-hitters. Similarly, the Tigers seem to be one of the last to embrace some of the analytic-based things.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:37 AM

 

Yes - he has really help absorb the loss of Buxton lately. Too bad for him Buck will return soon.

His bat is going to make it tough to take him out of the lineup even when Buxton returns. If Eddie isn't 100%, Cave should (IMO) continue to see regular playing time in LF. Nice luxury to have!

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:14 AM

I hope the strong game by Perez is the start of MORE quality starts by the Twins. That starting rotation has been looking ugly lately, so it was refreshing to see a strong start again. And nice games by the forgotten guys, Schoop and Cron too. Now we just have to forget this win came against a weak Tigers team.




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