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#41 dex8425

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:35 AM

 

Will people be upset if the 25th spot goes to Gibson? I don't think its the best use of the roster but perhaps there are other team morale/loyalty reasons that Rocco and co. would bring him along?

 

I think I would be fearful but not upset at the decision.

I wouldn't be upset. Maybe a little surprised, but if that last spot is down to Gibby, Perez, and Thorpe, then I'd get the rationale. I think I'd personally take Perez over Thorpe, but not sure between Gibby and Thorpe. Gibby has pitched really well in Yankee stadium before. He has strikeout stuff. If they determine he can give us an inning or two, I like his chances over Thorpe's.  

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:45 AM

 

I know, but then my next choice (before reading this article) for the final spot is Thorpe, and he brings even less to the table. All the righties in the remainder bin are going to serve up meatballs to batters from either side of the plate, I am afraid.

 

I might then argue for the extra bench bat if I thought neither Thorpe or Perez brought a net positive to the roster, and I don't.

 

Maybe I'd go with an extra bat if it's against Houston who has the superior rotation and could be a pinch hit away from getting to their pen, and the extra arm against the Yankees who are better offensively and might be more taxing on the bullpen.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

 

Will people be upset if the 25th spot goes to Gibson? I don't think its the best use of the roster but perhaps there are other team morale/loyalty reasons that Rocco and co. would bring him along?

 

I think I would be fearful but not upset at the decision.

 

If a WS title is the top priority, it's harsh to say, but loyalty shouldn't be in the equation at all.

 

With Gibson's situation seemingly stemming from an illness, chronic or otherwise, I'm not writing him off yet. I'm no doctor so if this is something that ebbs and flows and Gibson gets another outing or two and shows good stuff and doesn't look terribly taxed as he has recently, I'm not against giving him a roster spot.

 

I have no idea if he can bounce back from what ails him, but my unfamiliarity with this gives me less pause than if he was trying to play through an injury, which I've rarely seen work out. 

 

I mean aside from that other Gibson fella back in 1988.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 12:30 PM

Graterol has electric stuff. Not only is he a lock, I'd see if I could get the first 3-4 innings of game 3 out of him. He was a starter in the minors.


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 02:01 PM

 

A lotta steam in favor of Thorpe in these comments. I gotta say -- I don't get it.

 

Thorpe in 4 September appearances: 8.35 ERA with 16 hits and 7 BB in 12 IP. Opponents hitting .327/.404/.531.

 

Granted, Perez has also been bad in September, but not quite as bad, and he has the LHB advantage, more experience, etc. I get that people are really down on Perez but I'm not sure we're recognizing how poorly Thorpe's pitched since his first handful of outings.

Perez has been worse over a longer stretch? Idk 

 

6 locks plus 2 near locks along with Stashak & Littell means you're taking 2 of 3 from Graterol, Perez, and Thorpe. IMO it's pick your poison at that point. 

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#46 yarnivek1972

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 03:39 PM

I think 12 pitchers would be enough.


I guess it kinda depends on what Falvine and Baldelli come up with as a plan. A lot of us here are under the impression that two planned bullpen games (one of which is anchored by Dobnak) are a given. That may not be what they have in mind.

I like the idea that has been floated about going with Odorizzi in game one, Dobnak in 2 and Berrios in front of the home crowd in 3. I think he would feed off it more than Odorizzi. Game 4 I would go with Smeltzer for one trip through the order. He pitched well against the Yankees earlier this year, but the downside of that is that the hitters have seen him. And back to Odo in a potential game 5.

I don’t think you can plan out who is going to follow your “short starters” because you can’t be sure who gets used in the previous game. But, using the (expected) short starters in games 2 and 4 ensures a day off for the pen before the next game.

So, my staff would be:

Odorizzi
Dobnak
Berrios
Smeltzer

Rogers
Duffey
Romo
May
Littell
Stashak
Graterol
Perez (if the decision needed to be made today - Gibson, Thorpe and Harper are the only other candidates. I STILL think not bringing up O’Rourke to see if he could be a loogy was a mistake).

Smeltzer would be available for an inning in game one and Dobnak for a couple in game 5.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 10:42 AM

Gibson wasn't great last night, but his velocity was up 2 MPH from the most recent set back from his illness. If he gets one more outing where he's still sitting 94-95, I'd be much more amenable to giving him one of the bullpen spots. There's more to pitching than velocity obviously, but without any medical information to go on, I think it's probably the closest thing we can use to measure whether he's back to reasonable health.

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#48 DocBauer

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 10:00 PM

Lots of great opinions, so I will throw mine in as well.

I agree with the premise of a 12 man staff.

And I also agree Littell is a GIVEN.

*Note on Littell: I have already decided he is a mainstay for the pen, and a good one, for the next few seasons. He is no longer the inexperienced and nervous starter who just didn't look ready in 2018. But I forget about how young he is and guys who got their feet successfully wet in the pen before transitioning back to the rotation. Am I/we selling him short for 2020??? Regardless, he's a given for the playoffs.

GIVENS:

Berrios
Odorizzi
Rogers
May
Duffey
Romo
Littell
Dobnak

If you don't think what we have seen from him, especially after the Pineda suspension, and think Dobnak is not a lock, especially for a bullpen game or two, then one of us is either nuts or out of touch.

ALMOST GIVENS:

Stashak
Perez
Smeltzer

Stashak lacks experience, as do a few others on this list. But nobody can discount how well this kid has done. In fact, the only reason he doesn't have more appearances and IP on the season is because he rode the Rochester shuttle to bring in a fresh arm when needed.

At some point, the Twins will need a second LH arm out of the pen. But, they also may need length at some point as well. Smeltzer and Perez can both fall in to this category. Smeltzer has PERFORMED in whatever situation he has been brought in to. I think his future is pretty bright, but Perez has more experience. We can bang on Perez all we want after his hot start, but after a brutal stretch, he has been better to close out the year. By no means great, but better. And he remains good against LH batters. Is there room for both? I'm not so sure.

ALSO:

Gibson
Graterol
Thorpe

Let me make this clear, I LOVE the potential of Thorpe! And I love the glimpses I have seen of him. I believe he could be an outstanding RP as early as 2020 but that would be very short sighted as I think he has SP stuff and potential. And right now, crunch time, he is behind Perez and Smeltzer.

Despite allowing a run the other night, I was surprised what I saw from Gibson the other night out of the pen. He was throwing 94-96 and most of hits allowed were weak or against the shift. He brings experience in a variety or roles. But is he healthy and strong enough to do that NOW come playoff time?

Graterol, IMO, has a great career ahead of him. I laugh at times when some talk about him moving to the pen. You just don't do something like that with an arm and potential he has. But we are talking about contributions NOW, this year. We have seen him not yet ready, and we have seen him look outstanding. Are the Twins ready to ride this SSS in to the post season and hope for lightening?

Gibson vs Graterol is your 12th arm unless they decide to leave off one of Perez or Smeltzer.
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