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GAME THREAD: 4/7/21 Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers, 12:10 pm CDT

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#1 ashbury

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 08:37 AM

Welcome to Game 6 of the 2021 season! Just as with my other game, we’re coming off an extra-innings defeat. I’ve heard of being a jinx for a team, but never via a time-reversal. We have two opening-day starters squaring off today, so the batters may not have an easy time of it:

 

Kenta Maeda, RHP, 0-0, 2.08 ERA, 5 SO
Matthew Boyd, LHP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SO

 

 

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Carnac the Magnificent: <holding envelope to forehead> “Today’s lineup”
Ed McMahon: <solemnly> Today’s lineup.
Carnac: One of us is redundant here, and I’m pretty sure it’s not me.
Ed: My apologies, your Magnificence. Tell us the extraordinary import of your divination.
Carnac: The whatinary what of my who?
Ed: <in monotone> What’s in the envelope?
Carnac: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your athletic supporter.
Ed: My apologies again. What will we find when you open the envelope?
Carnac: Paper.
Ed: Printed with the lineup for the game we are about to witness?
Carnac: Or, ‘witless,’ in your case.
Ed: To your radiating brilliance, oh seer of seers, I would not presume to compare.
Carnac: That would be wise, except that I know you are not.
Ed: In any case, are we about to learn the lineup of baseball players for today?
Carnac: Uncertain. I have given you simply the answer to the question in the jar.
Ed: A hermetically sealed one. Of the mayonnaise variety I might add.
Carnac: On Funk and Wagnalls' porch since noon today.
Ed: As a child of four… can plainly tell. Can you be so kind as to reveal the question?
Carnac: I can. <sits silently>
Ed: Please do so. Again, the answer to which is: “Today’s lineup.”
Carnac: <opens, blows, removes card> “What are Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker?”
Ed: Hi-yo! Today's lineup, ladies and gentlemen!

 

MIN Lineup

 Mitch Garver [R] C
 Kyle Garlick [R] RF
 Nelson Cruz [R] DH
 Jorge Polanco [S] 2B
 Byron Buxton [R] CF
 Brent Rooker [R] LF
 Miguel Sano [R] 1B
 Willians Astudillo [R] 3B
 Andrelton Simmons [R] SS

 

DET Lineup

 Robbie Grossman [S] RF
 Willi Castro [S] SS
 Miguel Cabrera [R] 1B
 Jeimer Candelario [S] 3B
 Nomar Mazara [L] DH
 Jonathan Schoop [R] 2B
 Akil Baddoo [L] LF
 Wilson Ramos [R] C
 Victor Reyes [S] CF

 

Enjoy the game, everyone!

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 08:54 AM

hopefully today's results are better than yesterday

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 08:54 AM

heh ... I've been waiting for a Carnac the Magnificent appearance to the game threads! Maybe even more than Chief's dad jokes! :) 

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:01 AM

Garver and Garlick in the first two spots, huh... I guess this is the anti-lefty lineup. I guess we're platooning both LF and RF now!

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:04 AM

heh ... I've been waiting for a Carnac the Magnificent appearance to the game threads! Maybe even more than Chief's dad jokes! :)


My dad has never posted a joke to a game thread.

Are you getting a bit...forgetful in your advanced age?
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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:12 AM

 

My dad has never posted a joke to a game thread.

Are you getting a bit...forgetful in your advanced age?

I, for one, think that it's rather "apparent" that he is.

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:16 AM

I, for one, think that it's rather "apparent" that he is.

I might be mistaken, but I believe Squirrel is a "she."

Edit: Nope, I was wrong.

I'm never mistaken.
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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:25 AM

 

I might be mistaken, but I believe Squirrel is a "she."

Edit: Nope, I was wrong.

I'm never mistaken.

Either way, it's rather presumptuous of me anyway. I can't keep track of screen name changes! I hardly know what day it is half of the time.

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:27 AM

My dad has never posted a joke to a game thread.

Are you getting a bit...forgetful in your advanced age?

Chief's jokes are only mostly dad...
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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:31 AM

Wow, Garlick and Rooker in the lineup the same day. Pretty ugly lineup. Too early to speculate which of those two will go to St. Paul for a "reset" first and whether it will be in April? My moneys on Rooker in St. Paul by April 25 replaced by .... Keon Broxton. They're going to make Kirilloff wait until May 15. 

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:35 AM

So by the time the team plays their first home game, every position player will have at least one start. Only Sanó and Polanco have started every game so far and both have played innings at a position other than their primary position. 


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:41 AM

 

Wow, Garlick and Rooker in the lineup the same day. Pretty ugly lineup. Too early to speculate which of those two will go to St. Paul for a "reset" first and whether it will be in April? My moneys on Rooker in St. Paul by April 25 replaced by .... Keon Broxton. They're going to make Kirilloff wait until May 15. 

Does Donaldson come back on the 12th? (1+10=11)

 

What are the odds someone else goes on the IL by then?

 

40 man being what it is, we likely won't see Keon unless an outfielder goes on the 60 day. Or in the event of trade for non-40 man level prospects. Or we go to St. Paul.


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:49 AM

 

Wow, Garlick and Rooker in the lineup the same day. Pretty ugly lineup. Too early to speculate which of those two will go to St. Paul for a "reset" first and whether it will be in April? My moneys on Rooker in St. Paul by April 25 replaced by .... Keon Broxton. They're going to make Kirilloff wait until May 15. 

I think Kirilloff will replace Rooker at some point. As for Broxton, I think he's only going to be an option if Buxton is hurt. Plus, they could go Celestino over Broxton since he's already on the 40 man.

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:50 AM

I'm rooting for the kid, but excited to see King Kenta shut down Mr. Baddoo today!


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:54 AM

Looks like Rooker to the IL with a cervical strain. LHP Waddell called up. No corresponding 40-man move as of yet as Waddell wasn't on the 40 to begin the season. 

 

Seems that Rooker just can't catch a break. I have high hopes for him, but he needs to get healthy and get some work in across the river. 

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:00 AM

 

Looks like Rooker to the IL with a cervical strain. LHP Waddell called up. No corresponding 40-man move as of yet as Waddell wasn't on the 40 to begin the season. 

 

Seems that Rooker just can't catch a break. I have high hopes for him, but he needs to get healthy and get some work in across the river. 

 

Looks like Colina to the 60-day IL


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:10 AM

Do we really need a 9th reliever? I like what I saw from Waddell in ST, but I don't know if we really needed a 3rd lefty. We could use another bench bat with just Garlick, Astudillo, and Jeffers as the backups.

 

If this cervical strain affecting Rooker's swing, it would explain why he's been struggling at the plate recently, but methinks it's also due to a lack of plate discipline. 

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:21 AM

 

Do we really need a 9th reliever? I like what I saw from Waddell in ST, but I don't know if we really needed a 3rd lefty. We could use another bench bat with just Garlick, Astudillo, and Jeffers as the backups.

 

If this cervical strain affecting Rooker's swing, it would explain why he's been struggling at the plate recently, but methinks it's also due to a lack of plate discipline. 

 

Or maybe it has something to do with the belly flop he made on that catch in the outfield?

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:36 AM

Jake Cave gets the starting nod in LF in lieu of Rooker.

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:42 AM

 

Do we really need a 9th reliever? I like what I saw from Waddell in ST, but I don't know if we really needed a 3rd lefty. We could use another bench bat with just Garlick, Astudillo, and Jeffers as the backups.

 

If this cervical strain affecting Rooker's swing, it would explain why he's been struggling at the plate recently, but methinks it's also due to a lack of plate discipline. 

 

Probably more to do with the belly flop he did.

 

His plate appearances fell more like he is trying to do too much. whether he is trying to hard to pull the ball or take it the other way, swinging for the fences, or just over thinking his swing. His problem there is more likely between the ears than anything. Maybe this time off will help him get out of his own head and come back more the hitter he was before he got hurt last year. 

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