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#41 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:08 AM

Now.Lets.Dagger.Them!


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:11 AM

I don't think it is about rest as much as about health. Kepler has made several awkward swings where he is definitely in pain, same for Cron, and probably also for Cruz. Replacing them today with healthier players makes sense for today and for the postseason IMHO.

 

It would be great if Cave and/or Gonzalez are ready to go because those two are big league players who will certainly be on a postseason roster and they probably need plate appearances to get ready. I don't relish the thought of seeing Miller, LaMarre or Wade get at-bats, but whatever it takes to get Kepler, Cron and Cruz as close to 100% as they can be is what is needed.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:22 AM

Everyone who thought the Twins would sweep the doubleheader raise your hands.

 

Liars.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:36 AM

What an outing by Graterol.Jumped off the couch when I saw that one pitch at 102.I know their plans are to have him be a starter.But can you imagine how he would do as a closer?Don't know if he is ready to start out of spring training or if he will need to begin 2020 at AAA.

 

After giving up very few walks while with the Twins this season, Thorpe lost sight of the strike zone yesterday.As rough as his stuff was, was great seeing him keep the game tied by striking out the side with the bases loaded.Still have faith this kid is part of future Twins rotations.

 

Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?

 

 


#45 Only Here in Negative

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:39 AM

 

 

Everyone who thought the Twins would sweep the doubleheader raise your hands.

 

Liars.

 

I legitimately did! My mother and cousin are huge Twins fans who tend towards despair. I spent Friday evening emailing and texting with both of them about how the Twins were going to sweep this weekend (not just the doubleheader). Every time this team looks like its down, it claws back. And with a mostly functional lineup, I thought they'd light up Clevinger (not exactly what happened but close enough) while the pen would hold serve.

 

I also predicted that the Vikings would stomp the Packers and this would be the greatest MN sports weekend since Game 163 weekend (which ended with Favre stomping the Pack on MNF). So let's hope I'm a seer!

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:47 AM

Interesting that Rocco pulled Smeltzer when things were going well and stuck with Thorpe when he really struggled. This club is never out of it and seem to know it

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:52 AM

 

 

 

Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?

 

That feels like forfeiting. I don't understand pushing Berrios back. If you start him today and Friday, you set up him to pitch Wed or Thursday before the end of the season which lines him up for game 1. If you stick with giving him 5 days rest, you pitch him tomorrow and next Sunday. That puts him in line to pitch the 2nd to last game of the season. You don't want that. And the alternative is he's on like 10 days rest.  

 


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:58 AM

Great saturday of baseball, how would it feel to be a fan of Baltimore and detroit,, Wehave more wins than them combined, Winning is Fun :jump:


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:58 AM

 

...every single pitcher except Thorpe did their jobs today.

After all is said and done, even he fulfilled a worthy role. He ate innings in a game his team won.


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 08:00 AM

 

Can we call out everyone at the FAN for giving up on the Twins too? Power Trip, Common, and Barreiro all buried the Twins on Friday, declared this series the beginning of the end for the club, blah blah blah. That made the doubleheader sweep even sweeter, I gotta say.

 

I love the depth and resilience of this club.

 

Bullpen has really been stepping up, and its great to see. 

I just can't stand to listen to that station any more.


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 08:02 AM

 

Hats off all around, but the bullpen deserves the lions share of the credit. Fantastic job.

I assume you are giving credit to Falvey and Levine for assembling the bullpen roster, specifically the trades made and trades not made. Right?

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 08:56 AM

Interesting that Rocco pulled Smeltzer when things were going well and stuck with Thorpe when he really struggled. This club is never out of it and seem to know it

I think that was contextual. In the first game, Rocco was managing to win. In the second game, Rocco was managing not to blow out his bullpen.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 09:04 AM

Lewis Thorpe was having a terrible time finding his groove, mostly because he was releasing his drive foot off the rubber and lunging towards home plate. Or, as Bert would say, he wasn't "staying back." The result was that his arm wasn't catching up to his body, thus all the pitches drifting high and left, arm-side. I suspect Thorpe will be doing a lot more work with Wes Johnson to keep his drive foot on the rubber longer, and then we will see Thorpe's command come back. We'll also see him start hitting the low areas of the zone with his fastball. 

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 09:05 AM

These bullpen games are the only blueprint I see for winning a playoff series. 9 starters, 2 bench players, 14 pitchers, seriously. Rosario-Kepler-Cave/Sano-Polanco-Arraez-Gonzalez/Garver, Cruz. Bench: Adrianza, Astudillo. And 14 pitchers. 


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 10:42 AM

These bullpen games are the only blueprint I see for winning a playoff series. 9 starters, 2 bench players, 14 pitchers, seriously. Rosario-Kepler-Cave/Sano-Polanco-Arraez-Gonzalez/Garver, Cruz. Bench: Adrianza, Astudillo. And 14 pitchers.


Agreed. Well, against Houston. I think they can beat anyone else in the AL. Not sure they will, but they match up with everyone else.

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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 10:47 AM

 

What an outing by Graterol.Jumped off the couch when I saw that one pitch at 102.I know their plans are to have him be a starter.But can you imagine how he would do as a closer?Don't know if he is ready to start out of spring training or if he will need to begin 2020 at AAA.

 

After giving up very few walks while with the Twins this season, Thorpe lost sight of the strike zone yesterday.As rough as his stuff was, was great seeing him keep the game tied by striking out the side with the bases loaded.Still have faith this kid is part of future Twins rotations.

 

Interesting question will be how long Dobnak can go today and who comes in after him?Harper, Romero, Alcala, Romo?

 

What is it with everyone wanting to take our best starting prospects and turn them into closers? Have you seen our starting pitching?

 

Graterol, in my opinion, stays a starter unless he cannot stay healthy (and this is definitely an issue right now) or be effective in MLB as one. Don't mind him getting good experience out of the pen right now, but he should be firmly entrenched in this team's plan as a starter until he shows he cannot be one. 

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