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#41 AlwaysinModeration

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:40 PM

I would happily take any two of Strasburg, Bumgarner, Wheeler, Ryu, or Hamels. And if the Twins could only land one, I’d prefer them in that order.

#42 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 02:41 PM

Hopefully we come away from the offseason with one of Wheeler or Bumgarner, but if we fail to land either I think this could be a decent backup plan.

Jose Berrios ($5.4M)
Dallas Keuchel (3yr/$13M)
Jake Odorizzi ($17.8M)
Michael Pineda (1yr/$12M)
Rick Porcello (1yr/$11M)

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 06:59 PM

I think from the reports that I have heard is that madbum is probably going to the Braves, close to where he grew up. So it will probably have to be Wheeler that the Twins pursue?

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 08:11 PM

I would happily take any two of Strasburg, Bumgarner, Wheeler, Ryu, or Hamels. And if the Twins could only land one, I’d prefer them in that order.

if it’s Ryu and Hamels I’m very upset
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#45 Mike Sixel

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 08:34 PM

if it’s Ryu and Hamels I’m very upset


They'll just be in this same spot again next year.... Needing two or more pitchers
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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:10 AM

If I had to pick between the two, as the question that is posed asked, I would go Bumgarner.I get Wheeler may have the "upside" but pitchers like Bumgarner do not come around often. He made it as a young man and excelled.He hit some bumps in the road and came back swinging.He is a gamer that will give you everything he has when needed.I believe that as he loses velocity as he ages, he will know how to get the most out of what he has.  

 

Wheeler on the other had I am not sold he will know how to pitch when his velocity fails him.I could be wrong, but for aging pithcers, knowing how to work with what you have is important and believe Bumgarner is more likely to do that over Wheeler.  


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 02:01 PM

I'd take either. I think the play is to sign one of these guys, make sure Odorizi is locked down, offer Pineda a fairly cheap deal and tell him he owes us, then make a trade for a younger arm you think you can slot into the top 3 of your rotation for quite a few years. 

 

That way, you would have 5 pitchers ready to go. Of course, Pineda woulnd't be able to throw right away and even when he is, you will have that minor league depth to help out if and when someone gets hurt. 

 

 


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 03:47 PM

They could have traded for Gallen last year, and passed. Not sure what other young, really good, pitcher will ever be traded....

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:31 PM

 

They could have traded for Gallen last year, and passed. Not sure what other young, really good, pitcher will ever be traded....

 

He kind of came out of nowhere, I think it's a bit premature to call him really good.

 

And how do you know they passed? He was traded for a top 60 prospect and a SS at that. If the Twins are going to be trading Royce Lewis, I'd want it to be for a better pitcher than Zac Gallan


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:41 PM

 

They could have traded for Gallen last year, and passed. Not sure what other young, really good, pitcher will ever be traded....

 

When I say younger, I mean guys under 28-29 basically with years remaining on their contracts.

 

Syndergaard, Boyd, etc. 


#51 Mike Sixel

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:41 PM

He kind of came out of nowhere, I think it's a bit premature to call him really good.

And how do you know they passed? He was traded for a top 60 prospect and a SS at that. If the Twins are going to be trading Royce Lewis, I'd want it to be for a better pitcher than Zac Gallan

Because they didn't get him. That's literally what passing on getting him means. They passed on whatever price they would have had to pay.

That's what a good to great, young, pitcher will cost, minimum. Like I said, it's hard to see how anyone that young and good will be dealt again any time soon.

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:01 PM

 

I think from the reports that I have heard is that madbum is probably going to the Braves, close to where he grew up. So it will probably have to be Wheeler that the Twins pursue?

 

I guess central North Carolina, south of the Blue Ridge in the piedmont between Hickory and Lenoir ...... is close to where he grew up? Atlanta was the closest professional team. But personally, not really that close all in all, and not even in Georgia.....

Edited by h2oface, 11 November 2019 - 07:04 PM.


#53 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:36 PM

I'll be satisfied with either but my preference is for Wheeler and it's not a close competition.

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:58 PM

I guess central North Carolina, south of the Blue Ridge in the piedmont between Hickory and Lenoir ...... is close to where he grew up? Atlanta was the closest professional team. But personally, not really that close all in all, and not even in Georgia.....


How far is North Carolina from Atlanta in comparison to Minnesota from Atlanta? It would be like a kid who grew up somewhere in South Dakota choosing the Twins over the Braves because he is closer to home.

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#55 Mike Sixel

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:07 PM

From what I've read a large percent of players don't want to play close to where they grew up, so I think fans over rate that sometimes.
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:44 PM

They should pursue both without wasting much time on it. Neither will sign here. 


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:20 PM

I always wonder about the NL to AL move.

Should we ignore the plate appearance against opposing pitchers? Is that reasonable?

If you take out the pitcher plate appearances Odorizzi was much more successful in 2019 than Wheeler or Bumgarner and both pitch in parks that have been considered favorable to pitchers.

Wheeler’s strike out rate against non pitchers drops to 21.5%. His numbers take a hit when you take out his 28 strike outs (against 0 walks) against pitchers. Odorizzi stays at 27% when you take out the 4 pitcher at bats. Bumgarner gets a similar NL bump.

Not only does facing pitchers help your strikeout numbers but it lengthens your outings and reduces those longer high pitch count innings.

I don’t know if it is appropriate but I always take out plate appearances against other pitchers when comparing. If we can expect a similar performance from each of the three in 2020 Odorizzi would be my target.
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:20 PM

 

How far is North Carolina from Atlanta in comparison to Minnesota from Atlanta? It would be like a kid who grew up somewhere in South Dakota choosing the Twins over the Braves because he is closer to home.

As the private plane flies, not much difference.


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:28 PM

On Bumgarner. Pitching close to home? If he was a good old southern boy San Fransisco is the complete opposite of that. Bumgarner delayed free agency to stay and had a generous no trade clause to boot to stay in San Fransisco. I would doubt reports he wants to pitch closer to home. I wouldn't he wants a lot of money. The irony here is that Wheeler is the one who comes from outside of Atlanta.

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#60 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:57 PM

 

I always wonder about the NL to AL move.

Should we ignore the plate appearance against opposing pitchers? Is that reasonable?

If you take out the pitcher plate appearances Odorizzi was much more successful in 2019 than Wheeler or Bumgarner and both pitch in parks that have been considered favorable to pitchers.

Wheeler’s strike out rate against non pitchers drops to 21.5%. His numbers take a hit when you take out his 28 strike outs (against 0 walks) against pitchers. Odorizzi stays at 27% when you take out the 4 pitcher at bats. Bumgarner gets a similar NL bump.

Not only does facing pitchers help your strikeout numbers but it lengthens your outings and reduces those longer high pitch count innings.

I don’t know if it is appropriate but I always take out plate appearances against other pitchers when comparing. If we can expect a similar performance from each of the three in 2020 Odorizzi would be my target.

It's not entirely fair to remove pitcher PAs because generally, the worst batter also sits in the ninth spot in the AL. The difference between AL#9 and a pitcher is stark, but the numbers are still slightly shifted. I'm not knocking your methodology because it's important to remove pitcher PAs, just pointing that out.

 

Inversely, Wheeler has better career stats away from Citi so home park likely doesn't help him at all.

 

Odorizzi is a wildly underrated pitcher, which is why I want to keep him at almost any cost, but he's also coming off a career year. Wheeler has been good for quite some time while Odorizzi was expected to be a 3/4 going into 2019 and performed more like a 2/3 through the season. I'm not sure we should expect that going forward but he *should* be a better pitcher than what we counted on going into last season.

 

So, yeah, Wheeler isn't amazing compared to Odo but we didn't expect to get that Odo either, so it's something of a loaded point to make.

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