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  1. Glen Perkins, winning pitcher.
    7 points
  2. If Hicks gets a hit here, I'm buying everyone in the room a beer. That would be me, my wife who doesn't drink beer, my dog, who's a lush, and the cat, who can share with the dog.
    5 points
  3. wow ... give credit when it's due ... Nolasco has pitched a fine game tonight.
    5 points
  4. Who is this Nolasco guy? And why didn't the stupid Twins call him up earlier?
    5 points
  5. Joe Nathan reminds me of Glen Perkins circa 2014.
    4 points
  6. Well...Vargas gets his shot at the cycle after all. See? There's always a silver lining.
    4 points
  7. 4 points
  8. Only if he starts to use a light saber when he bats: http://sociorocketnewsen.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/starwars.jpg
    4 points
  9. When I sense that kind of disturbance in the Force, it usually means I better find a bathroom in the next five minutes.
    4 points
  10. Okaaaayyyyyy. So now we need a Vargas double just for funsies.
    4 points
  11. Another night on the bench, another night of instructional conversation between Steinbach and Pinto on the finer points of catching at the Major League level...
    4 points
  12. The force was with us: http://practicalfilmtheory.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/1-yoda.jpg?w=430
    3 points
  13. Not Hunter, but, close enough.
    3 points
  14. No, but he WAS in the ballpark. This $#!( didn't happen when he was in Rochester. I'm not sayin...I'm just sayin.
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. These guys are so good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. That's Nolasc'0' to you.
    3 points
  19. The Vargas single, triple, and homer has Dicknbert going on and on about a cycle. Can I vote for another home run instead?
    3 points
  20. Just before Escobar got injured I was going to write about my concern for his batting average, and how I looked back to see how bad he had slid, and I found that he actually has leveled off quite nicely. In April and May he hit .335 and that got us excited, then in June he his .208, which got us depressed, but since then, over the last 2 1/2 months, he has hit .272, which is virtually what he is hitting for the season, so that isn't so bad. Also, I joked last night that we know Vargas can trot (home runs) but he hasn't shown that he can walk (only 4 this year), and tonight he gets an infield hit and a triple. The great, strange game of baseball.
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. But they can't get big league hitters out if you don't give them a chance to do it. Meyer should start next season in Minnesota, provided he's healthy. That means you have Gibson (good enough to get another year), Hughes (the no-brainer of the bunch), Nolasco (no way he's getting moved or demoted yet), May (given his recent run he should get strong consideration next season), and Meyer in the rotation. And then you have guys like Johnson, Pelfrey, and Milone as sixth starters. Not to mention that Berrios is going to be in the mix at some point if he keeps it up. The Twins are finally starting to graduate quality pitching prospects. Now is not the time to push them out of the way with veteran mediocrity. Focus on the outfield defense if you want to help the pitching staff get better.
    3 points
  23. Mike Sixel

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    Because Hunter is bad? One of the worst OF on defensive metrics in all of baseball......people are stuck in the past. Torii is not good anymore.
    3 points
  24. DJL44

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    No more bad gloves. I'd rather see Colby Rasmus, a guy who can field but a streaky bat, than another out of place DH.
    3 points
  25. jokin

    So....May...what now?

    I don't know, let me put it back on you. 1) Do you think that if May had been called up before his calf injury in June, that his results would have been any different than they have been in 7 MLB appearances since his call-up in August? 2) Do you think that we, and the Twins, would have more information from 20 starts from May? Or the 9 starts he's going to end up throwing? 3) Would May have benefited more from 100 major league innings pitched.... or the 45-50 he's going to end up throwing?
    3 points
  26. Game-time forecast: Clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 60. TIGERS: SP, Porcello Kinsler 2B Hunter RF Cabrera 1B Martinez (Victor) DH Martinez (J.D.) LF Kelly CF Castellanos 3B Holaday C Romine SS TWINS: SP, Nolasco Santana CF Dozier 2B Mauer 1B Vargas DH Plouffe 3B Suzuki C Escobar SS Hicks RF Schafer LF --------------------------------------------- Brian? Thoughts? I'll leave you to it. ----------------------------------------- OK... Step Aside... Give me some room! (Cracks Knuckles) Things to Think About: 1. Winning/Losing -- I guess it all depends on your attitude. I was encouraged by the comeback last night... Against a pitcher like Scherzer is impressive. It's a moral victory all tho... It sure looks like a loss in the loss column. Because no matter how encouraged I was by the comeback. We went from 86 to 87 losses. 12 Games to go... 90 losses looks possible. 2. Winning/Losing Part 2 -- I was listening to Terry Ryan on the radio on Sunday. He was asked the question about the importance of Wins when evaluating a starting pitcher. I didn't memorize what he said exactly but he basically left no doubt that he considers Wins to be very important because that is what a team is trying to do... A team is trying to win games. Terry left the impression that a great pitching performance that results in a loss is a loss and that's the only way to look at it. I was left with the impression that Terry doesn't take any solace in moral victories. I do... Because I'm looking for signs of life because looking for wins don't matter much to me right now. 3. Rick Porcello -- I've already done a thing on Porcello. He's been a decent pitcher this year for the Tigers. If you like ERA as a stat and I do... Rick Porcello currently has the lowest ERA on the Tigers staff. His 3.23 is better than the 3.26 that both Scherzer and Price are currently sporting. It's odd because when you look at the Tigers rotation... Porcello is probably the guy you hope the Twins will face. Based on the numbers... I wonder if we should feel that way. He's been pretty damn good this year. 4. The Outfield -- "Josie's on a Vacation far away... Come Around and Talk it Over" As for the Twins Outfield. Oswaldo Arcia has been stroking the ball deep lately and it's been a bright spot in a tough September. He's not in the lineup today because he hurt his back with one of those mighty swings last night. Hicks will play RF with Santana in CF and Schafer in LF. All Year we've been complaining about the OF Range. At least for Tonight... We shouldn't have any OF Range complaints. 5. Speeding? -- I drove past a Honda Civic that had been pulled over. It was a hatchback... rusted all over... I assume Circa 1980... 1981. It was an old car and the cop had pulled it over. There is no way this car could be speeding. I'm wondering if I had witnessed an example of attempted speeding. Driver: "Sir... I wasn't speeding". Cop: "Yeah... But I know you were attempting to speed and just couldn't pull it off". Driver: "Fair Enough"
    2 points
  27. I like this. http://catapultgrp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Screen-Shot-2013-04-08-at-6.14.47-PM.png
    2 points
  28. Who' d a thunk it.... AND WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW NIGHT!!
    2 points
  29. Those snacks in the clubhouse won't get to the dugout on their own.
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. Perkins-si. Perkety-Perk-Perk-Perk. Perkerooski. Perktacular.
    2 points
  32. Maybe Perkins will grab his crotch in reaction to all the boos and get suspended for 7 games so we can all not see him pitch for awhile.
    2 points
  33. Major League managers are addicted to relief pitching and they should all go to Winter Camp to talk about it to a group of therapists who don't believe in pitch counts.
    2 points
  34. I do. I'm a doctor of love.
    2 points
  35. Myself... I'm easy.. I want World Peace and the perfect Buffalo Wing recipe that I'm still searching for.
    2 points
  36. Mind Boggling. And people wonder why some of us want Gardy gone. If this isn't evidence he is not right for playing an building up young players, I don't know what people want.......
    2 points
  37. If I were a closer, my 'march to the mound' music would be the Darth Vader theme.
    2 points
  38. Booo. I work at Polaris. Buy an Indian or a Victory.
    2 points
  39. You don't just sense a disturbance in the Force when the site is down (or when a Twins starter does not have a qualified start)?
    2 points
  40. Agreed. I don't think it's a coincidence that Twins pitchers continue to underperform when they have such a wretched outfield defense behind them. Give them three good outfielders and I think the current pitching staff goes from "horrible" to "acceptable" overnight. They won't be world-beaters but they should hold their own. Byron Buxton cannot arrive quickly enough.
    2 points
  41. I was curious about how accurate this was. In 2014, the Twins pitching lead in difference between ERA and FIP at .64. In other words, their fielding has cost them .64 runs per game. Second place is the Rockies at .45. Ouch. If you limit it to SP, the Twins still lead at 1.07. Second place? Tigers at .51. The Twins have allowed 4.85 runs per game. If you decrease that by .64, they would actually have a positive run differential. So maybe it's time to focus on defense.
    2 points
  42. I'm not interested in seeing Johnson start ten games in 2015, either... But to contend, you're going to need young arms at the minimum. The Twins can continue to patchwork a rotation together but it's likely that their rotation won't be truly competitive until May, Meyer, and Berrios (with Stewart and Thorpe in the wings) start winning ballgames. For them to start winning ballgames, you need to give them MLB innings and learn the game at the highest level. This pitching staff could be 50 runs better with an adequate outfield defense behind it. If you want real ROI on the pitching staff, that's the first place to look and it will cost you much less than a front-line starter that might bomb out by the time your best prospects are legitimate MLB players. Plus, with that same money you're also improving the offense. It's a two-way fix for less expense than buying a potentially volatile "ace" starter.
    2 points
  43. I mentioned before that his velocity seemed a lot lower than I imagined when he first came up. Sure enough, his velocity and strikeouts have increased since being called up: August: 7.11 k/9 6.63 bb/9 4.1 innings per start fastball velocity 91.5 slider 81.3 change 82.9 September: 10.69 k/9 2.81 bb/9 5.1 innings per start fastball velocity 92.3 slider 82.6 change 83.7 Maybe it's correlation. Maybe it's confidence. But it's working.
    2 points
  44. The kid needs to be at SS to start next year and we need to have Escobar waiting behind him. Those two are both glaring regression candidates, but we have to hope one of them at least plays close to as well as they have this year.
    2 points
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