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Thoughts on Dylan Floro trade+ Grade

Per Craig Mish, the Marlins traded RHP Dylan Floro to the Twins in exchange for RHP Jorge Lopez in a straight one for one deal. It's the first move the Twins have made before the trade deadline and it won't be the last.  Floro, 32, was originally drafted by the Rays but is probably more well known for being an arm on the 2020 WS Dodgers team. He was traded to Miami prior to the 2021 season and has been a solid reliver all things considered for the Fish. This year he's had a down year, with


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Saints win 14-7 over Mud Hens

Saint Paul, Minnesota - It was hot and humid at CHS Field on Tuesday night. However, the bats were hot too. The Saints collected fourteen hits in a 14-7 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) in front of 7,109. The Saints improved to 56-40 on the season.  Louie Varland started for St. Paul. Varland worked 3.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits while striking out four. While that is not the most impressive final line, one thing that was impressive was his command of

Is the Twins window slamming shut?

Luckily we play in the AL Central, but is the Twins window of opportunity to contend slamming shut? What will this team look like next year?  and no I am not looking to next year already!!  hehe, I am looking at next year to help determine what moves should be done at the trade deadline THIS year. our FA after this year... Joey Gallo (should be released anyways, but no way he is back next year) Max Kepler (see above) Michael Taylor.. HE has been a great signing, maybe we

Saints Drop Series Finale to Bulls, Polanco Begins Rehab Assignment

Saint Paul, Minnesota - A tie game going into the ninth inning, but just like Friday night the Saints ran into some trouble in the ninth and would drop the series finale to the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) by a score of 5-3. The Saints fell to 53-36 on the season.  With two outs in the first inning the Bulls would be the first to get on the board. Curtis Mead singled followed by a single from Austin Shenton, which Shenton's single allowed Mead to advance to third. Next, Greg Jones reached

The worst trade in Twins history!

If you're like me, you find yourself scrolling baseball reference pages or Wikipedia to see what former Twins players are up to, post playing career. Maybe you're not like me, maybe you actually have a life. Well, I don't, but I do enjoy doing Wikipedia and bREF rabbit holes. Recently, I was talking with a friend on Twitter and he asked me what I thought the worst trade in Twins history was, the ones that came to mind immediately were more recent: Sam Dyson, Mitch Garver, Taylor Rogers, etc. But

Saints Pitching Dominated Bulls, Allows Zero Walks in 4-2 Saints Win

Saint Paul, Minnesota - On Friday night the Saints took a two-run lead to the ninth and pitching struggled to close the game; however, on Saturday night the exact opposite happened. The Saints once again took a two-run lead into the ninth, but this time pitching was dominate and the Saints secured a 4-2 win over the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) to tie the three-game series at one game apiece. In fact, Saints pitching dominated all evening, which was a major reason for the Saints' success. The S

July 15th Preview vs Durham

Saint Paul, Minnesota - When you take a two-run lead into the ninth inning and give up five runs that is one of the more painful ways to lose a game. On Saturday night the Saints will look to rebound and will send LHP Brent Headrick (3-1, 4.05) to the mound. Brent Headrick was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2019. He was drafted in the ninth round and was the 269th overall pick. Headrick made his MLB Debut earlier this year on April 19th in Boston. He worked 1.0 inning allowing one run on

Bulls Fight Until End, Saints fall 8-5 to defending champions

Saint Paul, Minnesota - The Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) made their first ever trip to CHS Field to play the St. Paul Saints on Friday night and 8,643 were on hand to watch. Durham is defending the championship crown from last season, and on Friday night the Bulls demonstrated their ability to fight. Trailing by two in the ninth inning the Bulls plated five runs and took game one of a three-game series 8-5. St. Paul fell to 52-35 on the season.  Durham got on the board first and it started

Matt's Top Prospect List (Mid-Season) + Writeups

System overview: A lot changes in half a season. Royce Lewis finally departed the prospect list nearly 6 (six!) years after the team drafted him first overall in 2017. Edouard Julien and Louie Varland also lost their prospect status, weakening the high-end of the list despite a recent influx of incredible talent. Speaking of which… Walker Jenkins! The Twins actually did it; they eschewed their conservative desires and simply took the best player available at number 5: a sweet-swinging

2nd half moves

Does this FO, and Field Manager realize their jobs are the line? OR is this just a situation fo ..."thou doth protest too much"?  The insistence that the cures to our offensive woes are currently on this team are baffling. Of course you need to publicly back your guys... to a certain extent. You cannot continue to back your guys as they are setting ALL TIME strike out records, and other standards of offensive ineptness of historical nature.  So what do we do? and who is available? I am not

Off Day Musings--The One(s) that got Away

The Twins have completed a sweep of the KC Royals and increased their lead in the AL Central to two games. Just to show they are impartial, the Royals play Cleveland next and send out the worst starting pitcher in MLB (Jordan Lyles) to face the Guardians tonight. The Twins have an off day today and face the Baltimore Orioles for the second weekend in a row, this time at Target Field. The Orioles are a team on the rise. After being the only bad team for years in the AL East, they have become

Keuchel and the Stuff Dreams Are Made Of...

Keuchel and I are both dreamers. He wishes to once again don the MLB uniform. My dream? I would live midway between Wrigley and Comiskey Park (I refuse to call it by its garishly sponsored 'phonie' title) and you would find me on the Chicago 'L.' Well, just prior to our retirement, we had a family meeting about where my wife and I were to reside once retired. Like Keuchel, I entered the gathering with some anxiety. Can I pull this one off? Our family met up and time for the vote: 


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Saints Completed 6-Game against Gwinnett Stripers

Saint Paul, Minnesota - The way series are set up a sweep does not happen very often. However, the Saints overcame the odds-on Monday evening in a come from behind win to sweep the Gwinnett Stripers in front of 9,028 fans. The Saints improved to 49-31 on the season and 6-0 in the second half.  Hometown pitcher Louie Varland started for St. Paul. Varland worked 5.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits. He threw eighty-eight pitches with fifty-six being strikes (64%). Kody Funderburk wou

Woods Richardson Leads Saints to 11-5 Victory, Varland Starts Monday

Saint Paul, Minnesota - The temperature was not the only thing hot at CHS Field on Sunday afternoon. The Saints bats were once again on fire gliding past the Gwinnett Stripers 11-5 in front of 7,475. The Saints improved to 48-31 on the season.  In the bottom of the first, Trevor Larnach hit his fifth homerun of the season. This one was to rightfield and gave the Saints a 1-0 lead.  Joe Dunand started the second with a single. He stole second base, which was his first stolen base of the

St. Paul Debut for Keuchel, Cole Sands Rehab, 10-6 Saints Victory

Saint Paul, Minnesota - Dallas Keuchel made his second appearance with the Saints on Saturday night and first appearance at CHS Field. The 35-year-old worked 4.1 innings allowing zero runs on three hits in a 10-6 Saints victory over the Gwinnett Stripers at CHS Field in front of 8,715. The Saints maintained a perfect 4-0 record in the second half of the season and improved to 47-31 on the season.  Keuchel was not the only pitcher who performed well for the Saints Saturday evening. Keuchel l

Batting Average is important. Who knew?

I was looking at individual players on the team when I noticed a trend.  Correa who is having a terrible year by our standards is actually walking and hitting the same power numbers as years past.  but his batting average is way down.  last season he hit .291 This year he is at .217 and his average has been climbing.  If Correa was hitting closer to his career norms, say .270 what would his OPS be?  It would be over .800 So I looked at the next punching bag.  Gallo.  He is also having a goo


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A Different Take on Hard Hit Rate

Statcast keeps track of hard hits and Joey Gallo makes his living on his hard hit rate. It is a whopping .583. That is 100 points better than the next Twin (>100 ABs) Ryan Jeffers at .481. Of course he strikes out a ton. Many of his outs are whiffs and have no exit velocity. Should those be factored in? I wondered what the data would look like if the denominator was at bats instead of balls in play. The new leader is Ryan Jeffers. That was unexpected. Add in the strike outs and Jeffers i


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Knock-Getters and Boppers: The Eternal Struggle

Swinging hard in baseball was invented by Mel Gibson in 2001 for the movie “Signs.” From that point forward, hitters kept swinging harder while in many cases adding steroids to the mix, resulting in more power across the league. Guys who were teetering on the brink of being labeled “Quad-A Guys,” suddenly realized if they could add 20 home run power to their repertoire, they could cover up all their other glaring flaws. In 2019, a juiced ball turbocharged this trend and not coincidentally that y

Finally the Twins have the Cleveland Guardians (and others?) right where they want them!

Finally the Twins have the Cleveland Guardians (and others?) right where they want them!  That sounds like a derisive cliche.  Not really.  It's my opinion that what the Twins have needed for some time now, assuming they still have any thoughts about winning the Central Division, is a good swift kick in the pants (or slap in the face?).  Now that they've relinquished the divisional lead to the Guardians, perhaps player attitudes and motivations will change?  The Twins will now have a real challe

Corn Futures on the Rise for the Twins in Cedar Rapids

I just completed my 24th annual baseball road trip with my buddies Steve-O and TJ, this past weekend we caught a trio of games in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home of the Minnesota Twins High Class A team the Kernels.   The Beloit Sky Carp won the first game we saw on Friday, June 23, 11-9.  Cedar Rapids then won the next two days by scores of 10-6 and 8-3.  Sky Carp, in case you are wondering, is a not-so-flattering moniker for Canadian geese.  I am by no means a baseball expert, but rather just an avid

Optimizing the Line Up with What We Already Have on the Team.

Our lineup clearly has issues this season and we have players who succeed at inconsistent intervals.  But if you look at our players and bench and prospects you will find a lineup full of players with over a 100 OPS+ stats.  That means they are above average hitting.  And if we field a lineup of above average hitting players we might score more consistently and more often resulting in more wins.  Here is one way I see we can optimize our lineup and put our best foot forward based on various stat

What If Everything is Actually Data?

Data and analytics have become scary words across the land of Minnesota Twins baseball recently.  Rocco Baldelli gets criticized regularly for never lifting his head out of the spreadsheet or not trusting his players because the computer told him not to. Many say that the manager needs to go with his gut more often in order to win games or that he needs to take game situations to mind when making decisions.  Let’s dig in a little bit. So what is this “data”?  Is data all those batting, pit
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