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Game 8 - Twins vs Rangers - 4/14/12

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:40 AM

Twins Lineup Denard Span CF Jamey Carroll SS Joe Mauer C Justin Morneau DH Josh Willingham LF Ryan Doumit RF Danny Valencia 3B Chris Parmelee 1B Alexi Casilla 2B SP: Nick Blackburn Rangers Lineup Ian Kinsler 2B Elvis Andrus SS Josh Hamilton CF Adrian Beltre DH Michael Young 3B Nelson Cruz RF Daniel Murphy LF Mike Napoli C Brandon Snyder 1B SP: Yu Darvish

Edited by Seth Stohs, 14 April 2012 - 08:54 AM.


#2 Klew721

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:57 AM

I will be at the game today. Hopefully they can attack Darvish!!

#3 Kirby_waved_at_me

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:33 AM

Who is Brandon Snyder (batting 9th for the Rangers) ? Is he a masher or a defense first kind of guy?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:53 AM

Snyder isn't a power kind of guy; he has been in the bigs since 2010 and hasn't hit a homerun yet. Also, in 15 games in the field, he has made 3 errors for a .968 fielding percentage

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

I am also wondering if (or when) Gardy will think about switching Willingham with Morneau, as Willingham has proven that he can mash homeruns in TF, but Morneau really hasn't yet. This would mirror the Yankees moving A-Rod to 3rd so that late-inning lefties would have a tough time getting through the lineup.

#6 John Bonnes

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

This is the 3rd time Gardy has used taht Opening Day lineup this season. I don't think he was able to use the Opening Day lineup last season even a second time.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

I am also wondering if (or when) Gardy will think about switching Willingham with Morneau, as Willingham has proven that he can mash homeruns in TF, but Morneau really hasn't yet. This would mirror the Yankees moving A-Rod to 3rd so that late-inning lefties would have a tough time getting through the lineup.


Give it another week. If Willingham is still mashing, it would make perfect sense. Mauer and Morneau ARE weaker against lefthanders. In their MVP years it didn't seem to matter which hand the pitcher threw with, but in every other year, there is noticeably less pop facing southpaws. Breaking up the two lefty hitters and perhaps letting J-Will see more lefties would be an advantage.

I checked M & M's stats. Mauer showed little preference in '06, '08 and '09 (batting championship years), but in other years his splits are more pronounced. Morneau was very good vs. lefties in '06, pretty good in '09 and very good in '10--his three best years. More pronounced splits in the other years.

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#8 Riverbrian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

Good top of one

#9 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

The bats need to wake up here and not let this guy get in a groove.

#10 Riverbrian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:49 AM

Tied after 2... Just like a new ball game now.

#11 Riverbrian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

Josh kinda got a hold of that one.

#12 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

Until Hamilton's blast....

#13 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

The Twins had their chance last inning, and Jamey Carroll did not come through...

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:56 AM

Lol... Hopefully it isn't the only chance.

#15 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

Here's the meat...what can they do?

#16 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

How can a man as big as Mauer hit so many balls that don't make it out of the infield?

#17 Riverbrian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

His swing just isn't built that way. He has HR power he doesn't have the HR swing

#18 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

Why do you think that they picked up Clete Thomas?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

Open 40 man roster spot and Terry Ryan must have a gut feeling about him.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:12 PM

I'm ok with just dont see the need. We need the defense in OF but unless Thomas unseats Doumit it won't matter because we have Revere. Ben will probably be sent to AAA now.