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GAME THREAD: 6/8/21, Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees, 7:10 CDT


Since my last game thread intro, nothing about the state of the Minnesota Twins has changed. They are still playing poor baseball despite having a talented roster on paper, they are playing sloppy, and a player gets hurt nearly every game. This seems to be how things will be remembered for this 2021 Minnesota team, which is sad, but expected as a Minnesota sports fan. With that said, the Yankees come to town for the first time this season, and we know the Twins do not like facing the Yankees. They turn into a shell of themselves and play horrible. With the way this year has gone, I fully expect a sweep because it simply would not make a difference, and of course we would play well against them in a lost year.

 

The Pitchers

RHP Michael Pineda (3-3, 3.40 ERA, 48 K's, 47.2 IP) vs LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.92 ERA, 59 K's, 59.2 IP)

 

Michael Pineda gets the ball once again after returning from a brief injury stint ,and will go up against his former team. Pineda has thrown the ball like we've come to expect in Minnesota under his tenure, which will give you 5 or 6 innings of 2 or 3 run baseball, while not giving up a big inning or allowing much by the base on balls. Pineda doesn't have electric stuff, nor will he get a ton of swings and misses, but he is a pitcher, not a thrower. On the other side, Jordan Montgomery gets the ball, who similar to Pineda, won't give up a ton of free passes, and isn't going to rack up a ton of strikeouts. He's going to go out for the Yankees, throw the ball in the strikezone, and likely limit the big inning. The southpaw relies on a curveball which has a whiff rate of over 40%, and pairs it with three fastballs, a sinker, cutter, and traditional four seam. None of the pitches are great swing and miss pitches, but he has to show them in order to be effective. He also throws a changeup to right handed batters which has a whiff rate of 35 percent, and is the putaway pitch over a fifth of the time. 

 

Lineups:

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Yankees

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This day in History - 2005: Going yard twice in his 4-for-4 day, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 40th and youngest big leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. On the 316th day of the 29th year of his life, the Yankee superstar third baseman, who surpasses Ken Griffey Jr. for the honor, connects for a solo shot off Brewers' southpaw Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth inning for the milestone marker.

 

Pick to Click: Kyle Garlick bomb

 

Prediction: Twins 4, Yankees 6

 

Go Twins!!!

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Always comforting to know that if the Yankees aren't up to beating the Twins, our boys will step up and do it themselves.

True story.  At the coffee shop on Cape Cod this afternoon I was unclear whether the process for ordering was automated so I asked the unnaturally mellow young woman behind the counter whether I shoul

If there's anyone on the game thread tonight who predicted an early June starting outfield of Larnach/Refsnyder/Garlick way back in April, I've got a couple hundred to put into the market that I'd lik

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39 minutes ago, twinssporto said:

I'm going to the game tonight. Figured it would be a great weight loss plan. 99 degrees and lots of sweat.

The 14 beers won't help though...

 

9 minutes ago, USAFChief said:

Do not concur. 

The 14 beers absolutely will help...with the sweating.

Probably cause less nausea than the product on the field, too.

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Listening to the Yankees radio broadcast (as I am wont to do when the Twins play the Yankees; I think John Sterling is great).  They had Cory Provus on to do an interview with Suzyn Waldman, and Provus pulled no punches.  He essentially said, without explicitly saying it, that the Twins are done, and proceeded to take shots at Colome and Robles.  Fascinating to hear one of the voices of the Twins write them off so matter-of-factly.

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2 minutes ago, Cap'n Piranha said:

Listening to the Yankees radio broadcast (as I am wont to do when the Twins play the Yankees; I think John Sterling is great).  They had Cory Provus on to do an interview with Suzyn Waldman, and Provus pulled no punches.  He essentially said, without explicitly saying it, that the Twins are done, and proceeded to take shots at Colome and Robles.  Fascinating to hear one of the voices of the Twins write them off so matter-of-factly.

Ooops.  I guess great minds think alike.

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3 minutes ago, Cap'n Piranha said:

Listening to the Yankees radio broadcast (as I am wont to do when the Twins play the Yankees; I think John Sterling is great).  They had Cory Provus on to do an interview with Suzyn Waldman, and Provus pulled no punches.  He essentially said, without explicitly saying it, that the Twins are done, and proceeded to take shots at Colome and Robles.  Fascinating to hear one of the voices of the Twins write them off so matter-of-factly.

I certainly understand why they don't, but I also wish that it was more common.  These guys know what they're watching.  They understand the context more than we do as fans.  The brutal honesty can be very refreshing sometimes.

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If there's anyone on the game thread tonight who predicted an early June starting outfield of Larnach/Refsnyder/Garlick way back in April, I've got a couple hundred to put into the market that I'd like to turn into enough to put my oldest through an Ivy League school with in a couple of years... so PM those tips!

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1 hour ago, twinssporto said:

I'm going to the game tonight. Figured it would be a great weight loss plan. 99 degrees and lots of sweat.

The 14 beers won't help though...

It’s been consistently warmer in MN than Austin, TX for the last week. Thanks for taking one for the team lately! It’s creeping up to the mid 90s now then it will be hell on earth until November 

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