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  1. Astudillo is the easiest.... He is not on the roster unless there is an injury. Eleven or twelve pitchers. Great post, btw.
    9 points
  2. I'm planning to be there for all three games. Hopefully I can wreak some amusement by running across the field and into the dugouts. Do you think Sano will be happy to see me?
    8 points
  3. Let's not pitch to Abreu with runners on and first base open. Can we all just agree on that, please?
    8 points
  4. Romero won't be out of options next spring -- per Jeremy Nygaard, Romero will qualify for a 4th option year: http://twinsdaily.com/_/minnesota-twins-news/minnesota-twins/finer-points-options-part-two-the-fourth-option-r7741
    8 points
  5. If you are playing someone with a left handed starter Schoop is a must.
    8 points
  6. Jonathan Schoop: "What's all this I hear about me being left off of post-season rosters?!?"
    6 points
  7. I think I'd rather they find a 3rd baseman and move Sano to first.
    6 points
  8. I don't see how you leave Adrianza off. You have to be prepared for an injury during each series. In CF we have Kepler to slide over to there when need be. You can view Arraez or Marwin as emergency SS, but for the remainder of a series I think you want a SS with a better track record than those. (And I know Marwin's previous manager has extolled him as a fine SS, but for all his versatility the current manager has played him there for all of 9 innings this season.)
    6 points
  9. If everyone is healthy, I put both Cave and Schoop on the roster, probably at the expense of Astudillo. Schoop has an OPS of .933 against LHP while Arraez bats left-handed. Cave has reverse splits this year but those are a temporary illusion more often than not. Last year, he had a significant split in favor of RHP. Those are my bench bat players and make the roster for that reason.
    6 points
  10. The jury is in and obviously Laweryson made a case for the next level. He represented himself very well!
    6 points
  11. Cut pitchers and go with batters. For a five game series you need four starters at best. Having Arraez, Gonzales, Castro, Adrianza and maybe Cave gives you lots of possibilities. Most of all, though, you want all bodies to be ready to play everyday at their position. If even the slightly injured, elt them rest the series. The Twins have the depth. Best bullpen. But keep arms fresh somehow in case you want to switch out Smeltzer for someone, or maybe Hildengerger does deserve a moment. Gonna be interesting to see how the Twins play this stuff. Hell, September I would go the opener route more often than not if you are advancing Smeltzer, Stewart, Thorpe, Stashak to the team. Then I wouldn't be said f my "real" starter only gives us five innings. The Twins could really push this concept and let starters only throw 75-80 pitches and not face the top of the orer three times in any game.
    6 points
  12. I'd go with an 11 man staff. You do not need a 5th starter and depending on how you use your staff maybe not even a 4th starter in a 5 game series.
    6 points
  13. When it comes to the Twins bullpen and its deficiencies, you can accuse the front office of poor planning. But you can't accuse them of a lack of planning. They had an – altogether defensible – plan for late-inning coverage. It just so happens three pieces of that plan fell through, and one misfire in particular leaves Minnesota in the lurch while trying to plan for the future.In mostly bypassing the reliever free agent market (a wise enough choice, in retrospect) the Twins envisioned a bullpen whose back-end would be powered by the likes of Taylor Rogers, Trevor May, Addison Reed, Trevor Hildenberger, and Fernando Romero, with other options to emerge during the course of the year. In some ways, this blueprint has come to fruition. Rogers is one of the most valuable relievers in baseball. May, outside of a few hiccups, has been a dominant force. As for those those other quality contributors developing on the fringes? We've seen plenty: Ryne Harper, Zack Littell, Tyler Duffey, and so on. But the almost total lack of impact from Reed, Hildenberger and Romero has left a sizable late-inning void that the team is struggling to fill. Like I said, you can call it the result of poor planning. Reed gave us little reason to believe he'd be an asset this year, but I can't fault the team for attempting to extract some semblance of value from their $16 million investment. (I also credit them for quickly moving on as it became apparent he wasn't up to the task.) While Hildenberger was rough in the second half last year, he had been a lights-out high-leverage fireman before. And Romero? This was the boldest and most audacious bet of them all – taking the best pitching prospect in the system, and fast-tracking him into a bullpen role where he could maximize his stuff and bolster a unit in need. But from the jump, this experiment was ill-fated. Romero looked brutal in spring training, prompting the Twins to abandon their original plan and send him to the minors. The hope was he'd acclimate, gain confidence, and join the Minnesota bullpen in short order. This didn't happen. After four appearances at Triple-A, the Twins recalled Romero. He stuck around for three weeks but looked ordinary. He went back down for a month, and returned to make a single appearance, facing the Mariners on June 13th. Romero started the eighth, gave up two hits and two walks without recording an out, and was returned to Rochester. He hasn't resurfaced since. As we near the end of August, Reed is long gone. Hildenberger is on the rehab trail (and looking promising). Romero, meanwhile, is in limbo. Over the past two months back at Triple-A, he's been totally unremarkable, posting a 4.18 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 28 innings while yielding a .261/.374/.342 slash line. To his credit he's limiting the big knocks (just one homer and six extra-base hits during this span) but his control continues to suffer, and he's not getting anywhere near the number of whiffs you look for from a big hard-thrower out of the pen. This stall-out doesn't spell doom for Romero. Twins fans know better by now than to form definitive conclusions about a talented young player who hasn't yet turned 25. But unfortunately, patience is ceasing to be a luxury the team can afford. Next spring he'll be out of options, meaning Minnesota will need to either carry him out of camp or expose him to waivers (where he wouldn't make it far, I imagine). One might say, "The reliever transition has failed, move him back to starter." Which sounds fine, except... they can't send him to Triple-A and have him readjust to that role. Does anyone feel comfortable with Romero (who by the way has never put together a complete season as a starter) in the Twins rotation right out of the gate next year? Is there any legitimate reason to think a guy who can't silence minor-league hitters as a reliever is suddenly going to be an effective MLB starter? Romero's inexplicably sluggish performance this season leaves the Twins in a tough spot when it comes to planning for 2020 and beyond. The reason it's worth talking about now is that the front office faces a pivotal decision in the week ahead. Next Sunday, rosters will expand for September call-ups. One day later, Rochester plays its final game of the regular season. Under normal circumstances (at least, normal for the past nine years), calling up Romero would essentially be a no-brainer. Development is the utmost concern, so you get him a few more opportunities and let him work with the big-league coaches, hopefully building some kind of confidence to carry forward. But now? The Twins are in a tight division race. They can't afford to give innings to someone they can't trust. And if their handling of him this year makes one thing clear, it's that they don't trust Romero to pitch important innings for them right now. Will be they be able to trust him to do so next year? They're running out of time, and chances, to inform that decision. Click here to view the article
    5 points
  14. So the same one I've been playing for years, got it!
    5 points
  15. I can't imagine anyone, anywhere, would have said anything bad about Herb Carneal, no matter the medium.
    5 points
  16. I liked the part in the first inning where Bert told us that pounding the strike zone was the reason Pineda consistently pitches into the 7th inning. If by consistently you mean once each in May, July, and August, yeah.
    5 points
  17. Get a load of this one: I was looking at MLBTradeRumors and noticed that the Giants called up a right-handed pitcher by the name of Tyler Rogers. It just so happens that he is the twin brother of Taylor Rogers. Be honest now, how many of you knew Taylor had a twin, much less a twin who is a professional ball player? I think the front office needs to whip up another trade with the Giants over the winter to get Tyler back together with his brother. Think of the marketing possibilities!!!
    5 points
  18. As a matter of fact, he does. Lefthanded batters have a .526 OPS, while righties come in at .735. Also, Giolito has been much more effective on the road than at home. Finally, he pitches better in day games than night games. We have a righty heavy lineup facing Giolito in Chicago, at night and SQUIRREL will be there. The game is in the bag!
    5 points
  19. This is excellent news, thanks for adding. Twins still face a conundrum with Romero going forward but at least the urgency is diminished somewhat.
    5 points
  20. Another hole in this brief report. No justice for Laweryson!, who has acquitted himself remarkably well since judgement was passed on him to be only throwing Rookie level ball, despite arguably having made the case to deliver more.
    5 points
  21. You nicely articulated the frustration of Romero. I've always gone the old school route of not giving up on a potential #3 starter or higher (sending to the bullpen) until you are sure it won't work out. And I didn't think we were close to that point yet when he was sent to the bullpen (yes he had high pitch counts and was inconsistent but he flashed more potential than Berrios did during his first few MLB tries). That being said, times have changed.... If he had truly developed into a fireman with the ability for 2 shut down innings whenever the opposing team was getting too frisky, none of us would be peering down the retro-spectoscope today. ...and that seemed realistic when the experiment began. If forced, I vote for starter or bust. Some simply have a starter mentality. Plus, we need to know we are not giving up on a great starter before we let him go. If we prove he is not a starter, let him go, and he becomes an above average reliever for a few years down the line....I can live with that but not proving that he is not a reliever only for him to find himself as a starter elsewhere. One last thing...."May, outside of a few hiccups, has been a dominant force." I'm not sure that is how opposing scouts have described him to their teams this year
    5 points
  22. Good game boys, beating an ace like Giolito is not an easy task. This is a very good win. Now, why do we play so much better on the road?! It seemed like all of our past home games were filled with crazy hijinks, bad errors, and bad RISP, but then we go on the road and our ailments are suddenly cured.
    4 points
  23. I have lots of rules about lots of things. (Log 184,364: new rule about Chief and transgender comments)
    4 points
  24. Can you get enough for your condo to move?
    4 points
  25. GOOOOOOO TWINS!!! BEAT THEM SOX!!!!!! YEAAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    4 points
  26. It's almost like I heard people talking about announcers and had to come join the party.
    4 points
  27. I've been against more nets but after attending another game with my kid this past weekend - this time in prime foul territory in the Delta 360 Club - I have to admit they're pretty much necessary. There was one line drive that was basically me or my kid. I dove over but the ball hit the fascia by *maybe* 6-12 inches and deflected back to the field. That's no good. It wasn't even about catching the ball, it was about throwing myself in front of the kid. And I'm not a person who is afraid of baseballs. But that one was straight up dangerous because I couldn't risk "handing it" and missing to let it drill my 47 lb kid.
    4 points
  28. Dick Bremer’s wife used to be my babysitter when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. My mother still gets Christmas cards from her folks.
    4 points
  29. 4 points
  30. It says, "of the sixties" not "in their sixties."
    4 points
  31. My son asked me to come up with an anagram for "eleven plus two." I told him "twelve plus one"
    4 points
  32. The magic of Bert (and Dick) is in the nostalgia. His voice represents baseball to a generation of Twins fans. Some grew up watching games with Dick and Bert and fell in love with the sport to their narration. Baseball itself is such a timeless game steeped in history and tradition. Purposely moving at a slower pace. I shudder to think of what people would have said about Herb Carneal and John Gordon gag the internet been around for their last broadcasts. It's sad people can't appreciate that.
    4 points
  33. 4 points
  34. He's getting older, and worse, each of the last two years. This team is DESPERATE for pitching next year, and putting money into a declining first baseman seems like a really bad idea. Find a 3B and move Sano (as Chief suggests) or move Garver or Kiriloff (who was getting time at first this year). Or take a flyer on someone younger. but no way I spend real money on Abreu given their needs and budget. I mean, I get the idea, it's just not who I'd choose. (neither is Cron)
    4 points
  35. Uh, I think we were looking for 1960ad, not 660bc
    4 points
  36. 1. Seventies rock bands: Grand Funk Railroad 2. Motown:The Four Tops 3: Iconic Sixties movie: The Magnificent 7 4: Iconic Seventies movie: MASH 5: Iconic baseball player of the sixties: Killebrew 6: Iconic car of the sixties: Pinto 7: Iconic personality of the sixties: uh...me.
    4 points
  37. howeda7

    Buxton Has Setback

    Is that Syndergaard for Buxton deal still on the table?
    4 points
  38. One thing I wanted to point out about Romero is that since his lower back injury, he has been working on shortening his arm action: https://twitter.com/ParkerHageman/status/1166397620178362374 It could lead to more velocity and better command but so far in August, he's walked 12 batters in 12.1 innings pitched. That may be a byproduct of the adjustment.
    4 points
  39. Schoop 100% should be on the roster.
    4 points
  40. It was either Morris or Blyleven that stated something about Littell's fastball not playing as a starter at this level. His off-speed offerings are good, but his fastball plays better in the bullpen where he can just let it fly and not worry about saving anything for the 3rd-6th innings. With that said, I would be OK with FO planning that Littell will be one of the five core relievers next year. You have to leap with some of these guys, and I think Littell is a good bet. Rogers, Dyson, Duffey, May, Littell is a good start for the 2019 bullpen. I would say they need to get another lefty, but is that really going to be important with the 3 batter rule?
    4 points
  41. It's Law-ery-son. Sorry. I can see this developing into a pet peeve. I'll try not to make a Federal Case out of it.
    4 points
  42. The Twins have $57M coming off the books next year. They could probably retain Gibson, Odorizzi and Pineda if they so wished and they have an option on Perez. I believe they will they will make a hard push at someone better than all four of them and perhaps better than Berrios. They will have the budget and finally a team a FA who cares about winning will want to join. I do not see a problem resigning two of Odorizzi / Gibson / Pineda at a cost of $22-27M depending on which two are signed. They can afford a $25M+ AAV pitcher and there are enough FAs better than this group that we should be able to improve the rotation through free agency. This is a considerably better team next year if they add one of the premier FA starting pitchers. Obviously, those guys are hard to sign but this team has never been positioned better to attract/sign a top tier SP. Bottom line is they won’t have a problem signing an equivalent staff and a good chance to make significant improvement. The offense returns everyone who matters next year and the only position not set for multiple years is 1st base and DH. Those two positions are the easiest to fill and who knows maybe Cruz as more in the tank and can be resigned.  They also have club control of the two highest WAR offense players (Kepler/Polanco) through 2024/2025  The next three highest WAR position players (Sano/Buxton/Garver are under team control through 2022/23/24 respectively.  Rosario is here until 2022 unless but he is replaced by an equivalent or better player, probably Kirilloff or Larnach. Rosario is on pace for about 1.6 WAR this year which will make his average over 4 years a little above 2. Kirilloff and Larnach to be more impactful.  Between Graterol / Balazovic / Colina and others who are emerging there is a very good chance the Twins will get even better for a sustained period. That’s well positioned. Not to be confused with set. They need to make a key FA signing of a starting pitcher and a couple players among this tremendous depth need to pan out but they are well-positioned to be good for several years.
    4 points
  43. I'm not sure the pen was ever the right answer here. We seem too quick to take a promising starter and turn them into a reliever. Romero has been a pretty good prospect for years now and was pretty decent in MLB at first too... He's gotten results and seems to have the stuff.. but man did the wheels fall off... I'm going to chalk some of it up to a lost season and hope that he turns things around next year and regain that status. We're going to need pitching next season, and while I don't want 3 spots in the rotation left to rookies, I think one of them will probably go there... and we'll need depth if someone fails.
    4 points
  44. Yeah, Jose had some abnormally weird release points pockets in his chart, which may signal there is a change in something like maybe grip, or overworking the pronation of his pitches. https://twitter.com/Sabir_Aden/status/1166213643496841216 You can see how sporadic they are from start to start, and you have to imagine not throwing from the same window can’t really be a positive factor, for a guy whose had trouble replicating his delivery in his career. I looked into the release point pockets when I was writing this, I think I asked one of the driveline guys in the article about overpronating that changeup and I assumed that overpronation would lead to more spin which would validate my hypothesis that he’s overpronating and lowering his arm slot, and they said you can’t really “add” spin to your pitches. It’s more of an innate talent you get. I recently followed up with one of them, and they said…. “Not sure if this is the case with Berrios but we do see a lot when an athlete is trying to add or improve a pitch that requires the spin axis to shift they may alter mechanics slightly or more so arm slot slightly to get the desired axis shift as opposed to adjusting how the ball comes out of the hand or wrist orientation into and at release.” When we talk about extension, so his landing spot on the rubber I think that’s even more noticeable. We talk about this extension then leading to perceived velocity, and lately his extension has been down, this is just another inducing instrument to lowering his velocity (like you said, which is very essential to him). You’d think it’s very weird. He’s been pitching from a 5.5ft to 7.3ft extension domain span all season long. But guys like Verlander and Cole who’ve had their fair share of success use the same 2ft to 3ft window when they pitch, so I’d probably cross that off. Here below is Jose’s changeup from 1st half to 2nd Half (white is 2nd, blue and red is 1st) and you can see the noticeable differences you alluded to. P.S Thanks for the nice complement. You’ve been the only twins writer that I’ve known that constantly pursues what the twins are trying to teach, and not the on-field product over the years. I really tried to replicate my work to be as clean and airtight as yours so thanks. Means a lot Oh yeah and btw you should follow me
    4 points
  45. The Twins core bats are aged 22 and 28 and many core players had break out seasons this year. Unless you can assume Kepler, Polanco, Garver and Arraez all had career years and will retract and Buxton, Sano and Rosario all aren't the players they have shown to be when healthy......then I think this team will be an above average and near the top of the league in offense. Sure, they might not break the HR record, but there's little to believe they won't be a force again next season. As for the pitching, Berrios looks like a star in the making, who still has some things to figure out, there's not reason to believe he cannot keep getting better. You have to assume some combination of Gibson/Odo/Perez will be back and there are some intriguing in house options. And like I said they will have money to go after a starter or two this winter. The bullpen possibly minus Romo, should be back. Rogers is legit, May and Duffy look like they have turned the corner, Dyson will be back. The bullpen as a whole will start the season as a better group than this season. I really think you need to get off this idea that guys are going to be hesitant and angry at the organization because of the Polanco and Kepler extensions. We have talked about this before and I honestly think there is zero ill will. Those players and their agents signed extensions before those players broke out. The idea they are holding a grudge is just silly, especially because there is zero that has come from anyone to even think this.
    4 points
  46. I would go with a 12 man pitching staff. There are rest days in the playoffs. I would want all three of Cave, Arraez, and Adrianza. By the end of September, the IL may take someone currently on the Twins active roster. I hope not, but it is a possibility.
    4 points
  47. Me, comparing my contributions to this forum to this thread:
    4 points
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