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#1 Nate Palmer

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:45 PM

It wasn’t that the Twins offense was completely on vacation with most of the rest of Twins Territory for most of their Labor Day finale against the Tigers, but it certainly wasn’t finishing the job either. Finally, in the eighth inning the winning run crossed the plate Monday afternoon for the team's 85th win. A total that matches the 2017 playoff team's win total.Box Score
Starter Jake Odorizzi: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 69.2% strikes (63 of 91 pitches)
Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Home Runs: Ehire Adrianza (5)
Multi-Hit Games: Max Kepler (2-for-5), Jorge Polanco (3-for-5), Nelson Cruz (2-for-5), Luis Arraez (3-for-4), Ehire Adrianza (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Kepler (.368), Arraez (.227), Adrianza (.204)
Bottom 3 WPA: Cron (-.247), Cave (-.246), Rosario (-.128)

Miguel Cabrera struck first for the Tigers with a solo shot off Jake Odorizzi in the first inning. The Twins quickly answered, with Ehire Adrianza playing third for Miguel Sano and doing his best impression of the big man. Adrianza went ahead and launched a two-run shot to deep right-center field.

The Tigers added two more runs to retake the lead in the fifth inning, making the score 3-2. After Jake Cave bobbled a grounder in the sixth inning it looked like the Tigers might extend their lead, but Tyler Duffey was able to strike out two batters, which stranded runners on second and third. The solid appearance comes off of a good August where Duffey put up a stat line of 10.2 IP, 0 ER, 17/5 K/BB and a 0.00 ERA.

Kepler comes up clutch once again.

Max Kepler gave the Twins the lead in the eighth inning with a two-out, bases-loaded single to score LaMonte Wade and Luis Arraez. Once again the lefty showed off just how important he is to this team.



Garver leaves game early

After getting hit in the mask, Mitch Garver was removed from the game in favor of Willians Astudillo. Thankfully according to all reports coming mid-game Garver doesn’t seem to have any concussion symptoms. Instead he was removed because of a sore jaw.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:49 PM

Yesterday was Monday, September 2. It was the 137th game of the year putting the Twins 85% of the way through the season. The Twins hit 1 home run upping their MLB record-breaking season total to 269 home runs.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:54 PM

These are the type of games we need to keep winning to make the whole Cleveland thing mute before we even begin to play them again.  Let's take it to Boston next!

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 03:31 PM

This is why they should consider Garver at first.....
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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

Good team win. Arreaz, Adrianza, Kepler all clutch. Even a walk by Wade.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 03:50 PM

Garver at first sounds great! Especially if they can re-sign Castro. It lets you play both without giving up the DH in case of injury, and gets more ABs for Garver, while protecting again concussions and knee damage.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 04:04 PM

 

These are the type of games we need to keep winning to make the whole Cleveland thing mute before we even begin to play them again.  Let's take it to Boston next!

 

Yes, let's silence Cleveland!

 

 

 

 

I think you mean "moot." :) 

It's a common confusion -- you mute the television; irrelevant things are moot.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 04:04 PM

 

Garver at first sounds great! Especially if they can re-sign Castro. It lets you play both without giving up the DH in case of injury, and gets more ABs for Garver, while protecting again concussions and knee damage.

 

I think Garver should stay behind the plate. 1st base will occupied by Kirilloff either next year or the next. I think the Twins will sign Cron to a 1 year deal and then keep groming Kirillof to be the 1st baseman of the future. I do think Garver should get some reps at first as a backup though. 

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 04:08 PM

Great clutch hit from Kep, really nice win.

However...Adrianza's decision to go 1st to 3rd on that hit was really, really bad. Terrible. He made it, but close enough that he never should have went. That could have cost the Twins the go ahead run.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:07 PM

Very nice win.

 

Are we beginning to expect Arraez to get 3 hits in games?Usually when someone comes to bat having already gotten 2 hits, you kind of expect them to make an out.Not Arraez, at least not for me.

 

Nice clutch hitting by Max.And another good bullpen game.  

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:10 PM

 

Great clutch hit from Kep, really nice win.

However...Adrianza's decision to go 1st to 3rd on that hit was really, really bad. Terrible. He made it, but close enough that he never should have went. That could have cost the Twins the go ahead run.

I agree. I think Arraez scored before Adrianza was tagged but one could easily imagine him slowing down a bit knowing he was scoring and then not have that huge run count.Wasn't the only base running mistake. Not enough gain taking 3rd when a run likely scores him from 2nd anyway but compounded by Kepler not taking 2nd on the play.Given Adrianza's bad play, I don''t know how Kepler doesn't take the extra base.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:21 PM

Wouldn't it be great if Cleveland would lose the wild cards to Oakland and Tampa Bay? I would absolutely love to see it. I like both Oakland and Tampa Bay, have great respect for both teams. It sure would be a wonderful ending to this year and it's very possible because when a team goes on a tear as Cleveland had done in July and August, you know what they say: What goes up must come down. I think the way the Twins have stayed on an even keel has actually helped them. There haven't been major winning streaks but there also have not been bad losing streaks. I think this is a more successful model then to have a stretch of amazing baseball as Cleveland seems to be tiring from that streak. 

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:40 PM

Twins need to win games like this when playoff time comes. Good practice for it.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:44 PM

Agreed that it was a great team win and fun to see some Kepler get the big clutch hit. I was worried that they would end up with 14 hits and only 2 runs to show for it.

 

What do people think Wade's ceiling is? Is a high obp with the ability to steal some bases? Defensively he has looked pretty good in limited duty.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:21 PM

Another good win against a bad team. Keep rolling Twins. I think I can.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:24 PM

Agreed that it was a great team win and fun to see some Kepler get the big clutch hit. I was worried that they would end up with 14 hits and only 2 runs to show for it.
 
What do people think Wade's ceiling is? Is a high obp with the ability to steal some bases? Defensively he has looked pretty good in limited duty.


IMO, the ceiling is low. The OPS at Rochester this season well below league average. So far, he’s a corner outfielder with no power. Meanwhile, the OBP has come from BB, not BA (or BABiP). Hard to imagine that being sustainable over time in the bigs with as little power as he has shown. Don’t really think he’s going to be much of a base stealing threat in the majors either...to the extent there are still going to be “base stealers” the way the game is played now...they will be guys with elite speed. That’s not Wade.

On the other hand, the floor is probably what we see. Maybe plus defense in the corners, good first-to-this base runner...and able to take professional at-bats and put the ball in play. 4th (or 5th) outfielder.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:47 PM

I feel almost guilty when I look at the bullpen chart lately
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:51 PM

Given the choice of Cave or Wade, I think the choice is Cave, Wade is more like AAAA depth. 

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 07:05 PM

Agreed. Cave is better than Wade. We’re in trouble if Wade is the 4th OF given how much we use that spit with Buxton's injuries.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 07:35 PM

An even .600 clip for the last 25 games gets Minnesota to 100 wins.Magic number is 20 unless the Chisox get hot in their last three innings tonight.If the Twins hit that 100 win pace, the Indians _must_ win 22 of 25 (including today) in order to finish ahead.If the Twins go 13 and 12 for 98 wins, Cleveland still has to win 20.We are in the driver's seat for the division title, folks.

 

Overtaking HOU and NYY is a tough problem at 4 games back.If both play .500 ball to go 102 - 60, The Twins must play at a .720 clip to catch them.They don't call it the final stretch for nothing.

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