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Astros 5, Twins 0, Lack of Luck, Runners Left on Base


David Youngs
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Woof. I don't know about you all, but my feelings about this team have really changed after this series. I'm not sure they're even a .500 team let alone a playoff team.

Twins were just flogged and dispatched with ease by a good - not great - Astros team. Twins looked very overmatched and almost from the get-go had zero chance to stay in a ballgame. Even if the Astros are hot and the Twins are dealing with injuries, this is still an MLB ballgame and we should expect it to look like one. Instead the Twins looked like an AAA or AA squad trying to keep up in a Spring Training exhibition match.

Buxton played 2/3 of the series, we had Joe Ryan and Josh Winder on the mound for 2/3 of the series. There are no excuses, the Twins just rolled into this series expecting to lose to a better team and that's exactly what happened. Out of the entire 27 innings the Twins were in the game for like 1 of them. Worst looking baseball of the season and it went on for 3 games in a row, at home.

The offense is still unable to score more than 3-4 runs a game against a struggling or below-average pitcher, and when they are facing anything resembling quality pitching it's shock if they don't get shut out. You gotta score more runs, boys. They need like 3-4 more guys to start hitting, that's a tall order. 

 

 

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We have now played 20% or 1/5 of the season and the comments have really covered the trends.  Based on our teams experience we have the following tiers:

These teams could be champions - Astros, Dodgers

These teams are on par with us - Mariners, Rays

These teams are losers - Tigers, Royals, Orioles, A's, Red Sox, White Sox (this will be adjusted soon, but this is where they were when we played them).

This is looking back not forward with these teams.  So now it will be interesting to see how these tiers change in the next 32 games. 

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6 hours ago, Mark G said:

I have heard so much about the starting staff and how it is right up there with the best so far this season.  They have done well within the leash they are on, but is it possible that Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, KC, and Oakland would make a lot of staffs look good?  Three straight bad starts in three days suddenly?  And go back to the Dodgers.  It will be interesting to watch the next month or two to see if the pattern continues.  

 

6 hours ago, Mark G said:

I have heard so much about the starting staff and how it is right up there with the best so far this season.  They have done well within the leash they are on, but is it possible that Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, KC, and Oakland would make a lot of staffs look good?  Three straight bad starts in three days suddenly?  And go back to the Dodgers.  It will be interesting to watch the next month or two to see if the pattern continues.  

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1 hour ago, mikelink45 said:

We have now played 20% or 1/5 of the season and the comments have really covered the trends.  Based on our teams experience we have the following tiers:

These teams could be champions - Astros, Dodgers

These teams are on par with us - Mariners, Rays

These teams are losers - Tigers, Royals, Orioles, A's, Red Sox, White Sox (this will be adjusted soon, but this is where they were when we played them).

This is looking back not forward with these teams.  So now it will be interesting to see how these tiers change in the next 32 games. 

There are 8 teams on pace to win 99 or more games.  (Yankees / Astros / Angels / Brewers / Mets / Dodgers / Giants ) That's a lot of very good teams without considering the White Sox are very likely to rebound and the Rays / Blue Jays have the personnel to win a Championship as well. 

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5 minutes ago, Major League Ready said:

There are 8 teams on pace to win 99 or more games.  (Yankees / Astros / Angels / Brewers / Mets / Dodgers / Giants ) That's a lot of very good teams without considering the White Sox are very likely to rebound and the Rays / Blue Jays have the personnel to win a Championship as well. 

So true, but you left out the Twins! Of course. 

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The one thing that has bothered me about the Twins so far this season is their lackluster, uninspiring,  and their " awe shucks it doesn't matter if we lose" manager Rocco Baldelli.  Okay I guess that's 3 things.  We have lots of injuries yes.  Bad luck?  Please.  The Twins got their butts kicked by a much better team.  The starting staff was looking good early.  Now it's settling in to what we expected.  Too much inexperience.  Too much hoping for miracles from recycled washed up veterans.  Twins have a 2-3 week window coming up of very winnable games, injuries notwithstanding.  The time is now to put on a winning streak and get the injured players back on the field 

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