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MIN 5, CHW 1: Bullpen Shines as Twins Beat Giolito

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#41 mikelink45

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:02 AM

 

did you know Kepler's OBP is 60 some points higher than Buxton's?

I dont know if Kepler should be leading off, but not Buxton.

That OBP is for the season and the beginning ofthe season does not reflect what he has been doing since he came back from his last injury.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:22 AM

 

Trevor May looked great last night, but to everyone who wants to make him our new closer based on one (admittedly impressive) inning of work with a 4-run lead: his ERA this season (4.74) is about the same as Rogers, his FIP (3.98) is much worse, his average exit velocity allowed (91.8 mph) is about 3 mph higher than Rogers, and his HR/9 (2.37) is more than twice as high as Rogers. May's K/9 is enough to make any Twins fan salivate, but he's given up a homer in 3 of his last 7 appearances. I know his HR/FB rate is unsustainably high, but I'd like him to show that he can get that under control before he is moved up in the bullpen pecking order. A closer who gives up a bunch of home runs is a recipe for disaster. I'm guessing the very reason they went to May instead of Rogers last night is because of the 4-run cushion.

All true, but do you trust Rogers for the rest of the year being able to close out close games? Something is off with him this year and I have to believe his confidence is a bit shaken. I'd give May a shot. I guess if we draw the Yankees in the playoffs its all moot anyways based on past performance (or lack of).


#43 Cap'n Piranha

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:05 PM

 

Buxton continues to show flashes of why the Twins drafted him #1 overall.

 

When the Twins drafted Buxton, my immediate comp for him was Andrew McCutchen.

 

While Buck is not at the level of McCutchen yet, he certainly is a difference maker when he is in the line-up.

 

The Twins drafted Buxton #2 overall.The Astros took Correa at 1:1.


#44 Dman

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:27 PM

 

With all the HR that Buxton has been hitting lately, maybe the Pirates' Miguel Del Pozo was on to something by walking him earlier this year?

 

I think it would be in the best interests of potential Twins playoff opponents to employ Mr. Del Pozo and other pitchers like him! :)

 

If he keeps hitting HR's I think they will.What is it now 5 in the last 8 games?There is a point where teams will need to change that approach.I am just surprised how little they seem to even nibble they just throw it right over the plate most of the time when he is up.He seems vulnerable to sliders in the dirt over the plate I would think they would throw more of those than they do.I love what Buck is doing right now but it seems like it won't last much longer as he is just stinging the ball too much now for pitchers to pitch him that way.I think more breaking balls would kill his momentum but who knows.

 

 


#45 Dantes929

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:41 PM

 

did you know Kepler's OBP is 60 some points higher than Buxton's?

I dont know if Kepler should be leading off, but not Buxton.

Last 28 days Buxton's is higher and Kepler is trending down. Add in Buxton's OPS of 1.051 vs Kepler at .554 and I know who I want to get more at bats.Small sample size I know but I would flip it around and say I don't know if Buxton should be leading off, but not Kepler.The very obvious guy to have at lead off always is Arraez. Without him we really don't have an ideal guy. 

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#46 rdehring

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:56 PM

 

I dont recall anytime Eddie carried the team in anything. Needs to be his last year in a Twins uni

I have zero interest in getting into a back and forth about what we remember. But I recall a stretch two years ago when Eddie and Escobar seemed to get a couple extra base hits hitting back-to-back seemingly every night for a week or two. Also remember a couple stretches last year, don't recall dates and/or specifics. Don't remember any of these streaks from this season.

 

As for his being gone next year, that is a decision the FO will make. Don't know if he will or won't, but if he isn't I will miss him.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:23 PM

Polanco has my vote. Baldelli on the other hand may feel it's too late to tinker.

League average OBP is .320. We have exactly two guys with sufficient PA to qualify for a batting title, who are above that. Arraez is injured at present. Nelson Cruz would be a bold strategy at leadoff; I'm not going to suggest we see if it pays off for us. :)

 

Of the rest, Polanco is at .318 and hasn't hit with a lot of pop, so he might indeed be a logical candidate. Kepler and Rosario profile similarly, though with a few more home runs.

 

By a different view, leadoff could be for your best OPS guy (or whatever overall offensive metric you prefer) whose value isn't concentrated in his home runs. Kepler has better OPS than Polanco, but not so many home runs as Rosario. With no ideal candidate present, Kepler is at least in consideration.
 

A mistake made more than once starts to look like a decision.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:46 AM

 

I have zero interest in getting into a back and forth about what we remember. But I recall a stretch two years ago when Eddie and Escobar seemed to get a couple extra base hits hitting back-to-back seemingly every night for a week or two. Also remember a couple stretches last year, don't recall dates and/or specifics. Don't remember any of these streaks from this season.

 

As for his being gone next year, that is a decision the FO will make. Don't know if he will or won't, but if he isn't I will miss him.

I should reform my statement. I don't recall him carrying us when it mattered.