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#21 Nine of twelve

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:28 AM

4 starters. 7 relievers including one who can go at least 3 innings in the event of a blowout either way. 14 position players. Adrianza makes the team for sure because of defensive versatility and switch hitting.

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#22 In My La-Z-boy

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 07:03 AM

I wonder if we would go with 10 pitchers in the 1st series? Its only a best 3 of 5. We need a deep bench for the playoffs. Maximum flexibility. Pinch running ability. I wish we had 3 starters we could count on for a good 7 innings. My 6 man bench is; Schoop, Adrianza, Cave, Castro, Gonzalez, Gordon or whoever is the fastest runner on the 40 man. Love Willians but he runs like a turtle. 


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 08:31 AM

I recommend going very heavy on the relief pitching, including Littell. At the first sign of trouble for the starters, don’t hesitate to bring in the relief crew.
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 08:52 AM

I think there is a question if you leave off any of the starters and which one?You only need 4 in playoffs at most, and would you want any of them coming out of bullpen?I am a fan of bringing defense and runners to the playoffs for late game moves. 


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:36 AM

On pitching it really depends who is performing well over the next five weeks. If Smetlzer gets hot and has a string of quality starts I would have no problem with him being one of the playoff starters.

For the bench I wish there was a fast pinch runner/stellar defensive replacement player available. I'm guessing Cave would probably be the closest thing to that at this time.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:02 AM

There was speculation that Ian Miller, who is not on the 40-man roster was acquired last month for the purpose of being a pinch-runner and possible defensive replacement. Another player with a similar projection would be Ryan O'Rourke as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:41 AM

 

On pitching it really depends who is performing well over the next five weeks. If Smetlzer gets hot and has a string of quality starts I would have no problem with him being one of the playoff starters.

For the bench I wish there was a fast pinch runner/stellar defensive replacement player available. I'm guessing Cave would probably be the closest thing to that at this time.

 

What's the chances Smeltzer even sees multiple starts before the playoffs start?I think there's about zero chance he is even considered for a playoff start.Probably a much better chance he is left off the playoff roster IMO.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:21 PM

 

There was speculation that Ian Miller, who is not on the 40-man roster was acquired last month for the purpose of being a pinch-runner and possible defensive replacement. Another player with a similar projection would be Ryan O'Rourke as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.

 

Could put Gonsalves on 60 day DL and add Miller.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

The Twins have 39 on their 40-man, so they can get one "free add" before DFAing or putting someone on the 60-day list. 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:48 PM

If Astudillo is not on the 25-man player roster for the playoffs, is it possible they keep him on as a coach/cheerleader on the bench? 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:32 PM

I am for a ten man pitching staff and adjusting each series.I am not convinced that starting pitchers can be put in the pen and suddenly become good RP.Three starters!Lots of flexibility. 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 07:00 PM

I am for a ten man pitching staff and adjusting each series.I am not convinced that starting pitchers can be put in the pen and suddenly become good RP.Three starters!Lots of flexibility. 

I don't know whether marathon games are more frequent in the post-season than in the regular. I'd be kind of leery of an extremely lean pitching staff that pretty much sells out to every game being decided in 9, or 10 at most.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 07:57 PM

A great topic, and FUN ONE! Especially after last season.

To me, this seems pretty easy with the caveat everyone is healthy and ready to go, naturally. And a second caveat that September could bring an unexpected surprise: i.e. someone like Graterol could make things difficult, let me say I'm totally onboard for Graterol look see for September, along with others, but I'm just not buying in to him being a difference maker at this point.

Players: [13]

Rosario
Buxton
Kepler
Cruz
Sano
Polanco
Arraez
Cron
Gonzalez
Adrianza
Schoop
Garver
Castro

Pitchers: [11]

Berrios
Odorizzi
Pineda
Gibson

Perez
Dyson
Rogers
Romo
May
Duffy
Littell

Your 25th man spot comes down to a 14th position player or 12th pitcher. As much as I love a HEALTHY Astudillo and believe he is a quality bat when healthy, Cave would be the easy choice. He is a far better player than he showed most of the season until finally getting hot lately. Now, I don't expect him to keep up his currently torrid pace, but I think he makes the most sense. He also offers decent speed as a PR.

I'm pretty bullish on Littell as a member of the pen. And while there is no guarantee Perez would be successful out of the pen, he offers a LH in the pen who could assume a number of roles. Right now, we're the Twins to decide on a 12th pitcher, I'm not so sure it wouldn't be Thorpe. I love Smeltzer, but with a good September, Thorpe has better SO stuff.

There could be a surprise, of course, but to me it's Cave or the 12th pitcher.
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:15 PM

I agree.Plus, it would be odd and perhaps unprecedented to leave off a popular (and relatively productive) player who has been on the roster all season.

I'm completely in line with this logic regarding Schoop.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:18 PM

If Astudillo is not on the 25-man player roster for the playoffs, is it possible they keep him on as a coach/cheerleader on the bench?

Agree with the logic. However, I'm not sure that MLB would allow a non-roster player in the dugout for this purpose. I'm also guessing that the opposing team would need to buy off. Unlikely that would happen.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:25 AM

Agree with the logic. However, I'm not sure that MLB would allow a non-roster player in the dugout for this purpose. I'm also guessing that the opposing team would need to buy off. Unlikely that would happen.


Astudillo was frequently in the dugout during games while he was on the IL this season.
I don't believe there is any rule regarding who can or can't be in a team's dugout.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:22 AM

From http://m.mlb.com/glo...les-eligibility -

 

Teams carry extra players throughout the postseason in the event of injuries, and those players, as well as players on the injured list, can be in the dugout during games, within reason.

 

So Astudillo travels in case Garver or Castro go down with an injury, to be available the next game. He could probably even be a bullpen catcher or warm-up catcher if needed.

 

 

Astudillo was frequently in the dugout during games while he was on the IL this season.
I don't believe there is any rule regarding who can or can't be in a team's dugout.

 

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:25 AM

What's the chances Smeltzer even sees multiple starts before the playoffs start? I think there's about zero chance he is even considered for a playoff start. Probably a much better chance he is left off the playoff roster IMO.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:32 AM

Rosario Buxton Kepler Gonzalez Sano Polanco Schoop Cron Garver Cruz Adrianza Castro Arraez Pineda Berrios Perez Odorizzi Gibson Rogers Romo Dyson May Littell Duffey Harper. The only tough call is the last relief pitcher. If Buxton is injured, then Cave. Pineda Berrios and Odorizzi start. Gibson gets a start but only at home.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:01 AM

 

What's the chances Smeltzer even sees multiple starts before the playoffs start?I think there's about zero chance he is even considered for a playoff start.Probably a much better chance he is left off the playoff roster IMO.

I'd love to see them go the six or seven starters route (Smeltzer or Thorpe) in September or have those two guys step in and skip starts for the others. If either of them looks really good why not consider them as playoff starters. The rotation as it stands right now does not seem capable of playoff magic.




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