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  1. To have the bat travel to where the ball is. 🙂
    6 points
  2. Does this manager spend ANY time at all, spring training or regular season, drilling the basics of how to play the game of baseball into his team?
    5 points
  3. Totally bungled by Rortvedt. First, don't throw the ball because there was another runner advancing to third base. Run him back. Second, get out of the way. Third, expect a good ass-chewing by the manager back in the dugout.
    5 points
  4. That is middle school baseball stuff right there. Oakland runner ran to third (like he should)..catcher should run him ALL the way back to the base, tag em both. Guy who ran from 2nd to 3rd is out, and 2 outs now...come on...
    5 points
  5. The video below touches on some of these impressive early performances and includes highlights of Ober, Winder, Gray and Julien. St. Paul Saints: Bailey Ober, RHP Year Age Tm Lev ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
    5 points
  6. And personally, I hope Garver goes on a hot streak, so he can be dumped at the deadline. His defense is just too bad.
    4 points
  7. Lots of details to moan about. One that will get lost in it all.... Duffey - three inherited runners. Three inherited runners scored. It never ends. Donaldson - just wow. Simmons can't throw now (4 errors so far this year) and Donaldson can't catch an easy throw. That was a double play and out of the top half of the 9th. Instead, that's the loss and the ball game.
    4 points
  8. Thielbar is no Saint ,,, but he should be by tomorrow.
    4 points
  9. Clearly this season we will need to derive our satisfactions from little victories. Today the team won, and Miguel Sano vanquished his personal demon, at least for one day. The fact that his homer sailed over the right field fence is significant in that the team wants him to be able to hit the ball where it is pitched, not just try to pull everything. After David Ortiz went to Boston and became Big Pappy, he ragged on the Twins for trying to make him an "all-fields hitter," as if that was a bad thing. Well, just like Sano, Ortiz had plenty of strength to hit homers oppo. He just didn't do
    4 points
  10. Encourad by everything Ober has done. His injury history is a concern. His lack of pure velocity also has to be a concern. But you can't deny the AMAZING numbers he's produced when healthy. Encouraged by his reported new regiment to make himself just feel better after starts. Despite very obvious physical differences, he sort of reminds me of Radke. Radke threw a little harder, but relied on control and changing his offerings. Same with Ober, with length that probably makes his FB look better than it is. Both seemed to know how to pitch and stay in the zone with their stuff. I'm still unsure r
    4 points
  11. There wasn't even any need to communicate. Rortvedt is facing third base, the play is right in front of him. He can SEE the runner from 2nd almost to third by the time he throws. All he has to do is NOT throw. A little league catcher makes that play.
    3 points
  12. *17 LOB, 9 total runners left on base (still awful, just wanted to clarify)
    3 points
  13. The Andrus flop was hilarious. Most of these guys are superior athletes that you couldn't knock over if you got a full running start. Suddenly one of them falls down from the merest suggestion of contact with the catcher. Call it cheating if you want, but you can bet the A's fans were cheering and laughing. A well-executed flop is every bit as artful as a wide receiver pushing off just with his elbow. Yes, it's cheating. Yes, they sometimes get caught. Yes, it's part of the game. Rortvedt's error in the rundown was simple: You're supposed to run as fast as you can at the runner, with the
    3 points
  14. This team just gives away runs like Halloween candy on October 31st. And they squander runs on the offensive side. Men on 2nd and 3rd, nobody out? For the Twins, they're lucky to score 1 run in that scenario. They can't score runs in bunches because they can't hit with runners on base. This team simply cannot make contact. Most last place teams are likeable, if not loveable. Almost all last place teams are rebuilding and doing their best - at least you give them respect....not these guys. This is the worst team in baseball, they deserve to be, and it's pretty hard to feel sorry for them t
    3 points
  15. Totally agree that the correct play was to run the runner all the way back to third. But in regard to blaming teammates for not yelling.... how does someone playing in the show, especially as a catcher, not know that? Or someone playing in the lowest levels of the minors, even? Still, the umpire made a horrible call. Flopping in baseball. These are our times.
    3 points
  16. He still has not learned to square up his body on a low pitch. Nor has he learned to "smother" a pitch. Finally, while I know that one legged catching is the rage, there are just some guys not athletic enough to pull it off. He is one of them. You simply cannot block balls that low if you are tied up like a pretzel. That leaves you relying on your glove, definitely not Garvers forte!
    3 points
  17. This is a loss where you blame the players. Donaldson - I have nothing. A major leaguer catches that, DP and out. He’s a good fielder, so WTF. Rortvedt - Oh FFS. What an idiotic move. A middle school catcher would get benched for that, but we didn’t enough bench depth to take him out. D!ck move by Andrus for sure, but Rortvedt let it happen to him. I thought we would be able to rely on Duffey. How foolish of me. How do you regress that much in one offseason?
    3 points
  18. Gotta go 6-6 over the next 12 games, otherwise the dream of being the 2019 Washington Nationals is dead.
    3 points
  19. 2 of the worst losses on the season against the A's, starting with the high scoring extra innings affair, and then today. Twins were in absolute control of the ball game, and then the young stud defensive catcher makes a play a middle school catcher would get pulled for. Absolutely and utterly inexcusable, and anyone who defends it or blames it on Andrus for "flopping" needs to get a reality check. It's not about the flop, but that your catcher looks lost under pressure. Get Jeffers up now and don't look back. And then Donaldson drops a tailor made double play in what would've been a no run i
    3 points
  20. Sigh--more of the same. All kinds of bad baseball. Can't get a big inning with no outs....more than once. Then a botched simple play in a rundown. A muffed infield dribbler. And not to be a jerk---but honestly you don't gauge wins by how hard a ball is hit. Twins hit scorchers for loud noisy outs or DP grounders. A's hit bloops and infield hoppers and score runs. Hitting a ball hard as a meaningful stat, is meaningLESS to me. I see our opponents winning games without all this exit velocity, barreling up stuff. Bottom line.. Twins continue to fail miserably with RISP...and especially with
    3 points
  21. They've already used two of the three catchers.
    3 points
  22. Betting against that one...
    3 points
  23. Hit hard! Deep! With Dick a ball 20 feet short of the track is deep when a Twin hits it but is a lazy fly ball when an opponent hits it.
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. The first-inning HR by Olson was disappointing. Berrios got him to an 0-2 count, then couldn't quite finish him, and eventually on 3-2 he gave him a center-cut fastball. I realize this is second guessing, but it was the difficult AB (don't want to run up the pitch count, don't want to walk him) that can make or break a pitcher's game on a given day. Berrios is SO CLOSE to being a dominant starter, with his excellent assortment of pitches, but there is some final tip that he's not getting from his pitching coach on what to do when the going gets tough.
    3 points
  26. Fair or unfair, the hitting coach will have to be changed if the offense doesn't right their course. Despite some late-inning heroics last night, here is the Twins offense in 2021: Innings 1-6: .753 OPS Innings 7+: .680 OPS That's absurd and is a huge reason why this team has such a terrible record. They lose 10% of the their OPS the moment the sixth inning ends. Is that the hitting coach's fault? Er, probably not, as he's definitely not out there telling a bunch of veterans to start missing the ball after they've batted twice. Could the team approach at the plate be partially
    3 points
  27. Well, I didn't bother to even look at Gameday at all...maybe I should start doing that more often. I did say that I thought the most consistent reliever was Robles and hoped that he would be tried as the closer. It's only one game, but he held onto a one-run lead--something the Twins have done only once this year!!!!! (The 3-2 win at Detroit when Colome pitched two innings.) I am also happy to see that Baldelli let Berrios come out for the 7th considering he wasn't pitching poorly (maybe not fantastic but not horribly).
    3 points
  28. Except in Yankee Stadium, that's 15 rows up in the upper deck.
    3 points
  29. The best part of watching the highlights was watching how much joy there was in Sano’s Face as he went around the bases after his home run. I know I and I think many of us sometimes forget these are human beings trying their best every day. He has had a very tough time but by all reports is working hard on his craft. I hope this gets him started because we need help and he could be that help. I’m just glad for him. That must’ve been a huge rock on his shoulders. My post earlier today wondering why we have not DFA’d him and why he was in the starting lineup when anybody else would have bee
    3 points
  30. Berrios wasn’t terribly impressive, but he did something hugely important (especially for this club) that he hasn’t been able to do all year...he got through 7 innings.
    3 points
  31. Let me make it clear I am NOT advocating for anyone to lose their job. Nor am I placing blame for poor offensive performance on any one man, or two me as is the case here. I am also NOT looking for knee-jerk reactionism to some gut wrenching offensive performances from our 2021 Twins team. I am asking an honest question that I hope will bring honest and reflective conversation. With Rowson "in charge" in 2019 the Twins Bomba squad re-wrote record books. We will likely never see HR and dramatic production again the way we saw it that season. Rowson gone in 2020, weird season that it w
    2 points
  32. 17 RUNNERS LEFT ON BASE! Gotta play fundamental ball. Bullpen can't hold the game close. And even after a battle back, who do you call?
    2 points
  33. In a year when we were addressing defense - we failed. In a year where we knew we could pick up any scrub and make him into a RP - we failed. Sano has one good game - yesterday. Kepler has one good game - today. Can we get these professional hitters to do something regularly? By the way Larnach looks like he belongs - that is the positive. And Maeda is still reading last years press clippings.
    2 points
  34. Mitch Garver's game needs an overhaul. His coming out party in 2019 was a one-time courtesy. SITUATIONAL HITTING...He needs to check his ego and hit for contact, hit the the ball the other way, and "grind out" an at-bat for crying out loud. And...he's a liability behind the plate in my opinion.
    2 points
  35. And only one was his “fault” (and it wasn’t really, weak ground out) when he came in in literally the most difficult situation.
    2 points
  36. That was a decent throw. Donaldson needed to catch it.
    2 points
  37. I predicted that Waddell would throw more innings for the Twins (and I was wrong) , but I don't have a lot of faith in Thielbar. That said, he twirled over twenty innings last yer with a 2.25 ERA and he's got a bunch of strikeouts this year. I'd say he's a marginal guy and not a staple. I would bet that if the Twins released him tomorrow that another team would pick him up.
    2 points
  38. Best inning from Duffey all year. Great to see. Deserves much better than whatever that 5th inning was
    2 points
  39. Duffey should've gotten out of the inning with only 1 runner scored...this isn't on him
    2 points
  40. It looks like Maeda will be lucky to get through five today. Thanks to Berríos' seven innings yesterday, they should have plenty of rested arms, but 12 outs from the bullpen is probably a lot to ask.
    2 points
  41. Important for Maeda to have a good outing.
    2 points
  42. Despite only being 2-15, I think Larnach is swinging better than Kepler. Anyone else surprised by the starting catcher this afternoon?
    2 points
  43. I know everyone expects big things to come from Larnach, but it's a little puzzling that he's batting ahead of Kepler at this particular moment in both of their careers.
    2 points
  44. The As should move to San Jose. The Silicon Valley people can finance a new stadium and the team will still be close enough for Oakland fans. The problem is that the SF Giants claim territorial rights in San Jose and won't let the obvious move happen. If Oakland winds up moving to a new area like Portland, Vegas or Montreal, blame the Giants.
    2 points
  45. Hell froze over? The blind squirrel found a nut? It's an anomoly.... Twins Win! Twins Win!
    2 points
  46. Down two runs late. Two on, two out. Sano batting. Three-run dinger. This is how it is supposed to be.
    2 points
  47. Worst record, but not the worst team.
    2 points
  48. I actually enjoyed the game today. Didn’t have a problem with any of Rocco’s moves. Nice to see a new face in Refsnyder who helped today and hopefully Kirilloff is getting close. So glad for Sanó. Gladden called it. Sanó got ahold of two balls and one of them one the game. Maybe he can get on one of his streaks, or maybe it fires up a couple other guys. Lots of us have been asking for Rocco and the front office to let a starter pitch the 7th sometimes, and that finally happened today too. That’s not always going to work out, but today it did. Obviously the bullpen is still short
    2 points
  49. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if Baseball Savant tables will copy to the site. Jose Berrios Pitches Swings Pitch Velocity Exit Velocity Pitch Type Count % Swings Whiffs % CS CS+Whiffs CSW% Fouls BIP Max Min Avg Yr-Avg +/- Avg Mi
    2 points
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