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Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers 9/25/19 5:40 PM CT, now Cleveland @ White Sox

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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:56 PM

The Twins visit Detroit in the second game of a three game season with only five games to play. Their magic number is two. Any combination of two Twins wins or Cleveland losses wins the Central for Minnesota, their first division championship since 2010. 

 

Detroit is wrapping up a terrible season, they are 46-110 and they have talent commensurate with their record. They have hit pretty well against the Twins, but lack power. The Tigers will face Twins folk hero Randy Dobnak today. Dobnak has climbed from independent minor league to the major leagues and has pitched very effectively, first as an opener and in his last two starts as a legitimate starter. Dobnak started 2019 in Class A Fort Myers and now stands a legitimate chance of starting a postseason game for the Central champions, if the Twins get there.

 

Health. IMHO, is the key element of the Twins hopes in postseason. If they are to compete against either the Astros or Yankees, they must put forward the best possible 25-man roster and currently about a half dozen players are not as full strength. Today's starting lineup features the return of Mitch Garver and another start for CJ Cron. Marwin Gonzalez and Max Kepler are out, as is Ehire Adrianza. 

 

The Twins have a rested bullpen, which will be leaned on heavily, most likely. 

 

Regarding the aforementioned magic number, Cleveland plays Chicago again and the White Sox are putting out a less-than-stellar starter. I am not counting on the Sox helping the Twins clinch the division.

 

Minnesota 97-60

 

Garver c

Polanco ss

Cruz dh

Rosario rf

Sanó 3b

Arraez lf

Cron 1b

LaMarre cf

Schoop 2b

 

Dobnak p

 

 

Detroit 46-110

 

Reyes rf

Castro, H. cf

Cabrera dh

Candelario 1b

Stewart lf

Lugo 3b

Mercer 2b

Greiner c

Castro, W. ss

 

Norris p

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:04 PM

kind of wanted to see Keplers name in there. 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:06 PM

kind of wanted to see Keplers name in there.


I doubt even if he were healthy he would play his first game against a LHP.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:09 PM

 

 

 

The Twins have a rested bullpen, which will be leaned on heavily, most likely. 

 

Regarding the aforementioned magic number, Cleveland plays Chicago again and the White Sox are putting out a less-than-stellar starter. I am not counting on the Sox helping the Twins clinch the division.

 

Minnesota 97-60

 

 

Not very kind of the Sox, now is it? 

Edited by Blake, 25 September 2019 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:12 PM

97 wins and still the Twins have not clinched.

 

Amazing year.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:23 PM

I doubt even if he were healthy he would play his first game against a LHP.


Why not? Kepler doesn't struggle against lefties. In fact he's hit lefties better than righties two years in a row now.
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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:23 PM

This ends tonight

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:40 PM

After we win the Central, will Rocco play the D squad for the rest of the season? I don't want to go into the Playoffs with a 5 game losing streak. It gets in your head.
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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:43 PM

After we win the Central, will Rocco play the D squad for the rest of the season? I don't want to go into the Playoffs with a 5 game losing streak. It gets in your head.


If they lose 5 straight they won't clinch. At best they'd get a game 163, in which case it would either be 6 in a row or 0 in a row.
I think Cleveland will likely lose once, but I don't see them losing twice.
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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:44 PM

So it is Rocco's 38th Birthday! Maybe Marwin can trim his beard up and give him a makeover? Sometimes he looks like a homeless guy in the dugout. It's been on my mind all year...I feel better now.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:44 PM

I'm officially concerned about Kepler. I'm skeptical that it's just an abundance of caution, considering Cruz is playing hurt every night.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:51 PM

lol - Nice throw to first by Dobnak...


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:52 PM

The Dobbinator is in the house. All hail!

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:54 PM

So it begins...


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:54 PM

Sad turn of events when Polanco cannot handle that spinning two hopper...


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:55 PM

 

97 wins and still the Twins have not clinched.

 

Amazing year.

Cleveland is like a leech I can't pull off...

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:58 PM

 

Cleveland is like a leech I can't pull off...

The Rays and A's may be able to pull this off for all of us...Nothing I'd like seeing more than Cleveland win 95+ games and miss out on postseason play.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:59 PM

 

I'm officially concerned about Kepler. I'm skeptical that it's just an abundance of caution, considering Cruz is playing hurt every night.

I don't know if Cruz is playing hurt. The team sat him out for a stiff neck in Cleveland.

 

Regarding Kepler and all of the nicked players, I would think that like Spring Training, they would get a few at-bats in the last series if they are basically healthy. Obviously, Kepler would have gone to the Injured List if his injury cropped up before the rosters were expanded in September. 

 

mlbtraderumors indicates that the Twins are trying to have him ready for postseason, not before.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 05:00 PM

 

After we win the Central, will Rocco play the D squad for the rest of the season? I don't want to go into the Playoffs with a 5 game losing streak. It gets in your head.

87 team lost their last 5.Won the WS.2006 Tigers lost their last 5 in 2006 and it cost them the division but they ended up going to the WS. 2010 Twins lost 8 of their last 10 and got swept.If they win the Division I don't care if they lose 4 in a row as long as guys like Gonzo and Kepler get a few at bats.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 05:01 PM

22 errors for a shortstop in an era when errors are only called for horrific misplays is a lot. He needs to tighten that up, big time. The White Sox’s Tim Anderson is the only other SS with more than 20.
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