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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

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#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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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.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:49 AM

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

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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?

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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?

#19 Riverbrian

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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.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:23 PM

Doumit has four singles on the year. I really thought he'd be a good hitter for us, and perhaps he will be....he looks a little lost in RF. Ben plays the OF with authority, but his hitting certainly needs improving. I am still confused as to the reasoning about Clete Thomas, but like you said, maybe TR knows something we don't.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

Rochester could use OF help right now. Doumit will catch the ball hit around him. It's the ball that are a little further away that worry me. His hitting will be passable. Might even get a key big one from time to time. Clete Thomas will go get it for that defensive guy role. Others will argue with me but I like Bens bat. I certainly like it better then Clete. Ben makes good contact and he can leg things out like very few can. Those that argue with me are the ones who like extra base hits. BTW... Ben can get some XBH but he just hasn't yet. Except for homers that is. All in all I'm a put the ball in play guy. I don't like the high strikeout guys.

#23 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

Carroll needs to move Span over....

#24 Riverbrian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

C'mon Mauer... Cash those in... You are cashing in.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

I thought Ben was really exciting when he came up. Love his speed. Reminded me of Torii. Got sick of people always ragging about his arm strength. I guess I'm more "what have you done for me lately"? Lately, he doesn't seem to have much going offensively. Granted he doesn't have a lot of at bats...maybe it makes sense to send him down to get those AB's.

#26 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

They won't give Josh anything to drive...unless he makes a mistake.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:39 PM

For sure... Players will ebb and flow throughout the season. Except for Willingham... Everybody is ebbing this year. Ben is too young and has to much talent to wait for his turn to play. Rochester makes sense.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

Here is Doumit's chance for a key hit....

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:43 PM

Well... On to the next inning

#30 twinzgrl

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:43 PM

Too many guys left on base. I was at the slugfest Thurs. and they left TONS of guys on that day too.