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Have you missed it. Opponents have been flailing at Matt Wisler’s slider. I like a bullpen game starting with that slider from time to time. The Twins are deep in pitching right now. I can wait for the next generation. I’m more worried about the lack of production at catcher (before Jeffers), from Cave, Ehire, and Marwin. I have to believe one or two more of our top hitting prospects would help add to the offense. Pitching is going well. Taylor Rogers is bouncing back. The glass is 7/8ths full. Go Twins.

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This doesn't really appear to be true, though. The Twins have played 43 games. Their reliever with most IP is Wisler, who probably won't be a huge factor in the postseason but may get innings. He has 18.2 IP. Taylor Rogers is at the bottom of the "important relievers" list with 13.1 IP.

 

In a 162 game season, Wisler is on track for 70 IP. A touch on the high side but well within reason. Rogers is on track for just 50 IP. Everyone else is in between.

 

The reality of the situation is that the expanded rosters and the Twins' bullpen depth have allowed Baldelli to trot out reliever after reliever but stagger them enough that they're all on track for pretty typical workloads, except they don't even have to manage that workload for six months, they just need to do it for two.

 

The stats may say that.... and I won't deny it. Stats can make for a contrary stance. And I'm sure you know the famous Mark Twain qoute about stats. But that's my prediction, and I'm sticking with it. If they exit early, it will be proven.  ;)

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The stats may say that.... and I won't deny it. Stats can make for a contrary stance. And I'm sure you know the famous Mark Twain qoute about stats. But that's my prediction, and I'm sticking with it. If they exit early, it will be proven. ;)

But... it’s just showing usage when you’re making an argument pitchers are being overused...

 

And ten playoff innings won’t prove or disprove anything.

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The Twins have not recalled very many top prospects- even during their recent slump. Why they don't is a mystery to me. As far as "top 100" prospects, that can change in an instant and a club can improve via trades and free agency.

Two reasons:

 

1. Some guys will require 40-man space to head to Minneapolis

 

2. No minor leaguer has seen real game action in a full calendar year

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Have you missed it. Opponents have been flailing at Matt Wisler’s slider. I like a bullpen game starting with that slider from time to time. The Twins are deep in pitching right now. I can wait for the next generation. I’m more worried about the lack of production at catcher (before Jeffers), from Cave, Ehire, and Marwin. I have to believe one or two more of our top hitting prospects would help add to the offense. Pitching is going well. Taylor Rogers is bouncing back. The glass is 7/8ths full. Go Twins.

Given how the Twins now appear to be moving past bullpen games, it'd be interesting to see what a Wisler/Hill combination could achieve in a game.

 

Use Wisler to open with that nasty RH slider, then insert Hill with his LH looping breaking pitches. I'm not sure it'd have a huge impact, given how Wisler won't face the entire lineup even once, but it could throw the top (important) half of the opposing lineup off-balance after seeing Wisler then transitioning to a very different Rich Hill for a couple of plate appearances.

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But... it’s just showing usage when you’re making an argument pitchers are being overused...

And ten playoff innings won’t prove or disprove anything.

 

What do the stats say about pitcher injuries in 2020 vs 2019? I'd be wayyyyy on the conservative side with assets this year, especially given they're making the playoffs regardless. If ever there was a time to keep the bullpen closer to prorated 50ip/162, then this is it. 

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What do the stats say about pitcher injuries in 2020 vs 2019? I'd be wayyyyy on the conservative side with assets this year, especially given they're making the playoffs regardless. If ever there was a time to keep the bullpen closer to prorated 50ip/162, then this is it. 

I haven't seen data lately but pitchers were falling like dominoes the first 2-3 weeks of the season. I haven't seen data to confirm but it seems that trend has stopped, or at least slowed.

 

Which makes sense, as pitchers were essentially thrown into game speed action 2-3 weeks earlier than normal due to the abbreviated preseason.

 

Hitters also suffered, though not from injury... BABIP was through the floor for a few weeks but has since normalized.

 

Given that we're now ~45 games into the season, I don't see a reason why normal pitcher workload will be an issue going forward, as even going deep into a World Series run only involves pitching another 5-6 weeks.

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I love the bullpen games. It allows us to cover up the gaggle of #4 starters in this rotation.

 

 

As far as calling guys up. I'm cool with it if we think they will help. When it comes down the playoffs though. I want my high dollar guys in the lineup and playing. Yes, Donaldson or Marwin Gonzalez or Mitch Garver might have started slow this year. But who would you rather see in an important postseason at bat? One of them? Or Brent Rooker? How about Trevor Larnach with almost zero experience?

 

Basically, we are making the playoffs. This season is kind of a warm up for that. Getting the guys in your lineup going during the season IMO is more important than testing out 2-3 of your prospects to see if they will help for the playoffs this year when the season is so darn short. 

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