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Game Thread Twins vs. Angels 7/22/21 AD 7:10 CDT (Crying and Dying Time)


 

Archangels and Other Spirits

 

Angels. On a baseball team. Only in America, where the farther from the truth something is, the more people tend to believe it. And sometimes they don’t.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB-AlDfE_vQ


But we’re talking the LA Angels here. Nothing spiritual or magical about them. Or so everyone believed. Then Shohei Ohtani came along and suddenly the Angels have an Archangel on their team.  But don’t take my word for it, Strib columnist Patrick Reusse and sports reporter Phil Miller have said it better than I can.

Patrick Reusse Star Tribune


https://www.startribune.com/enjoy-the-phenomenon-that-is-shohei-ohtani/600079032/


Phil Miller Star Tribune


https://www.startribune.com/shohei-ohtani-twins-angels-target-field/600080114/

 

No breaking trade news at the time of this writing. I suppose because the Twins have a one-game lead over KC for dead last in the division. We may not be the best, but for the moment we aren’t the worst either.

Speaking of worst. My wife and I have rediscovered bratwurst. We gave up on the torpedoes awhile back because we could no longer handle the grease. Or onions and kraut. I mean what the hell? Brats without chopped onions and kraut? How unAmerican is that? Old age does that to you I guess. But then my brother showed me a few tricks for de-greasing the brats and avoiding the resultant heartburn and indigestion; soak ‘em in beer overnight, then boil the s@#$ out of ‘em the next morning while sipping your first brewski, then grill ‘em on the upper rack long enough to drink a couple more brewskis, then puncture ‘em in a half dozen places so any grease remaining drips out (PS. keep a fire extinguisher handy), have another brewski or two, remove from the grill, slice ‘em down the middle, lay ‘em face down on a couple of those absorbent paper towels and pound the s@#$ out of ‘em with a hammer, have yourself another brewski while you wipe up all the grease that splattered all over the kitchen, run ‘em through an apple press, while having another brewski of course, then throw ‘em to the dog. No heartburn, guaranteed. And you won’t care anyway.

On the Mound Tonight

Twins  Kenta Maeda  4-3  4.71 ERA  79K

Angels  The Less Angelic Andrew Heaney  5-7  5.56 ERA  98K

 

Lineups Not Yet Posted 

I suspect they're waiting to see who's left.

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Lineups:

PLAYER W-L ERA WHIP IP H K BB HR
A. Heaney 5-7 5.56 1.36 81.0 84 98 26 15
K. Maeda 4-3 4.71 1.36 72.2 75 79 24

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Angels (46-48):

HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
D. Fletcher2B 112-356 38 2 5 .315
S. OhtaniDH 88-321 74 34 12 .274
J. UptonLF 55-223 32 14 3 .247
J. Walsh1B 94-347 66 22 2 .271
M. StassiC 37-127 17 7 0 .291
B. MarshCF 4-11 1 0 1 .364
J. IglesiasSS 85-303 29 7 4 .281
A. EatonRF 43-204 28 5 2 .211
J. Mayfield3B 9-53 4 1 0 .170

 

Twins (41-55):

HITTERS H-AB RBI HR SB AVG
J. Polanco2B 87-334 49 14 9 .260
M. KeplerRF 48-221 37 12 8 .217
N. CruzDH 87-296 50 19 3 .294
J. Donaldson3B 63-252 41 15 0 .250
M. Sano1B 48-242 35 15 0 .198
T. LarnachLF 48-205 21 7 1 .234
R. JeffersC 25-130 16 6 0 .192
G. CelestinoCF 7-51 2 2 0 .137
A. SimmonsSS 58-252 19 3 1 .230

 

 

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www.mlb.com/prospects/rays/

Strohman and Ryan are not top 30 in Tampa Bay Rays minor league.   
 

They should have gotten Brendan McKay or Shane Baz instead.   So, it is real bad trade.    Strohman and Ryan are unproven pitchers yet.   I’m not real happy about this trade!

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Irishman said:

www.mlb.com/prospects/rays/

Strohman and Ryan are not top 30 in Tampa Bay Rays minor league.   
 

They should have gotten Brendan McKay or Shane Baz instead.   So, it is real bad trade.    Strohman and Ryan are unproven pitchers yet.   I’m not real happy about this trade!

 

 

That's because they were traded. They are #6 & #13 in the Twins system.

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27 minutes ago, Irishman said:

www.mlb.com/prospects/rays/

Strohman and Ryan are not top 30 in Tampa Bay Rays minor league.   
 

They should have gotten Brendan McKay or Shane Baz instead.   So, it is real bad trade.    Strohman and Ryan are unproven pitchers yet.   I’m not real happy about this trade!

 

 

On paper, it wasn't a bad trade, by any means.  They are not ranked because they are no longer in the Rays system.  "Up to 10 and 11 in the mid season update..... "  So they were easily in the top 30.

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19 minutes ago, operation mindcrime said:

In the top of the 4th Justin Upton struck out for the 1916th time in his career. This puts him in a tie with Curtis Granderson for 10th place all-time! He's only 27 strikeouts away from passing Jose Canseco for sole possession of 7th place! :)

Miguel Sano says "that's cute."

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