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  1. A lot of posters seem to dismiss Rooker as a lost cause. But I would prefer him hitting .200, hitting 20 home runs, and making $600K than Sano hitting .180, hitting 35 home runs, and making $12M. The savings of $11.4M could be put to good use elsewhere.
    5 points
  2. Good afternoon and welcome back to more Game Thread fun! Also, here's a huge shout out to all the father's out there! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! Can the Twins make this 4 in a row? Not really sure but it's been nice to see a few wins in a row. Big Maeda is on the mound for us this afternoon. Hopefully he returns to his old self and can take us 7 innings into the ballgame before letting our bullpen into the action. The lineup looks better today as well with Buxton back in the fold. Speaking of Father's Day, I have 3 kids, all adults now. They make their own money and only lean on "Old Dad" every now and then for a small loan...They want to take me to dinner tonight to celebrate Father's Day. Somehow I think it might be better to do a BBQ at home. I'll cook and drink some beers and they can clean everything up after dinner. If we go out I have a suspicion I'll end up buying anyway...just a small loan dad... Just kidding, they really are great kids and I have been blessed to raise them. I'm going to enjoy the day, have a few beers and watch the ball game and maybe a little of the U.S. Open before heading off to dinner with the kids. Doesn't get a whole lot better than that! Happy Father's Day! GO TWINS!! Today's Lineups: TWINS: 1. Luis Arráez, 3B 2. Byron Buxton, CF 3. Trevor Larnach, LF 4. Nelson Cruz, DH 5. Alex Kirilloff, 1B 6. Jorge Polanco, 2B 7. Max Kepler, RF 8. Ben Rortvedt, C 9. A. Simmons, SS P - Kenta Maeda, R TEXAS: 1. I. Kiner-Falefa, SS 2. Nate Lowe, 1B 3. Adolis Garcia, DH 4. Joey Gallo, RF 5. Nick Solak, 2B 6. Eli White, CF 7. Brock Holt, 3B 8. Jason Martin, LF 9. Jose Trevino, C P - Dane Dunning, R
    4 points
  3. I'm not a Dad nor do I have a Dad any longer ... so ... here I am ... with few here watching If there's anything I learned from this pandemic ... it's that I really like my solitude
    4 points
  4. It's probably about 100 days too early. The relative progress in developing starting pitching and BP options for that matter are likely to weigh heavily into how much the spend and what they spend it on. Next year is sunk IMO if they don't develop two SPs that can be mid rotation types or better and they will need to be relied on next year. I don't consider Dobnak to be a reliable option to even fill a spot but he certainly could become a decent back of the rotation option. If they don't develop two SPs this year I think they have to hope Maeda bounces back and they land an free agent SP as good or better than Berrios if they are going to win the division and have any shot in the post season. They would need to do something with the BP because that group won't cut it.
    4 points
  5. Pitching wins, but is very expensive when buying in the free agent market . A starting short stop would be be my top priority, unless Royce is deemed ready to fill that spot. And then pitching. My question is. In this era of getting 5 innings from a starter and then running out 4-5 relievers every game, wouldn’t bullpen arms be a better investment than throwing 10-15 million at a starter?
    4 points
  6. We beat broken down Texas by a run who out imploded us with two wild pitches.... just sayin' The big take away that Cruz is maintaining maximum trade value!
    4 points
  7. 3 in a row. Now when we win the 15th in a row on July 2 in KC we will be at .500 with 9 games to go before the all-star break!
    4 points
  8. "Paging Mr. Serling, Mr. Rod Serling...you're wanted in the Twlight Room." The Twins have won 3 In a row and have generally been playing much better the past few weeks, even with a few bad losses. They're also get healthy again. Now, it's far too late for any 2/3 of a season "back in contention" miracle, but what a possible .500 finish while building confidence and momentum for 2022? And how about continuing to get experience for Jefffers, Rotvedt, Kirilloff, Larnach, Gordon, Alcala, Dobber, Ober and anyone else we haven't seen yet but will? Three quick thoughts: 1] Despite some HR issues, including the one he gave up Friday night, Alcala is gaining trust and growing up right in front of us as a legitimate BP option. 2] I think you are either a believer in Dobnak that he can be a reliable back of the rotation bulldog who will always take the ball every 5th day and give you a solid chance...eventually...OR, you just aren't a fan. Service time-wise, I believe he just lost rookie status. But he still only has around 120IP in his young career and has shown stretches/games of being quite good. He gets a little more consistent I like him at the back of the rotation. 3] Except for 2020 and a few appearances early this year, Robles has been a fine RP. And he's still 30yo until August 13th. What is his future worth to the Twins? Is he more valuable being traded for an A level prospect or re-signed for 2022? Personally, I'm in favor of keeping him for next season. FINAL NOTE: I have really enjoyed listening to Perkins in the booth the past couple of games and would enjoy hearing him more.
    4 points
  9. Remember to tell everyone:
    3 points
  10. So might some of us, but not going to happen. Would much prefer they put their money into pitching. Pitching wins.
    3 points
  11. Hi John, Are you including buyouts for payroll? Sańo is only owed 9.25M for 2022. His 2.75M buyout is only for the 2023 team option. Not sure if Alexander's buyout is included either. Spelling error on Garlick too.
    3 points
  12. Thank you for a quality post and kind words. Of course, it seems we're mostly on the same page too, LOL. I also don't want "dumpster dives" for the rotation, though I really don't like that term. I have ZERO inside information as to the workings of the FO. But I like to think I'm pretty intelligent. (Some would agree...some might argue, lol). To me the pitching staff was put together in a very intelligent way, despite the results. We all have to remember that Happ has been pretty good for his career and was coming off a very solid 2020 despite being a LH in Yankees stadium. He was, it appeared, a smart 1yr replacement for Odorizzi to compete for the 3rd/4th spot. Shoemaker was a cheap flier 5th spot arm who has been good/very good when healthy. Clearly, the FO saw depth options available in a handful of guys while buying more time for Duran, Balazovic, Winder, Sands, Canterino and others. Not a bad plan/idea. In fact, though it's hard to remember when wearing glasses colored with disappointment hues, Happ looked pretty good early. There was even a little optimism from Shoemaker initially. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. The old nursery rhyme talks about the wheels on the bus going "round and round". Well that bus, carrying our 2021 Twins, hit a number of post-winter potholes the size of sinks and bathtubs to not only flatten a few tires but also break an axel. I'm pretty sure there's even a tire down in the ditch somewhere. And I'm ONLY talking about the pitching right now. Totally agree Dobnak is a SP and needs to be left in the rotation to develop and work. What's he going to do, be worse than Happ or Shoemaker? I hate but understand protecting Ober while also making sure he gets a regular turn and stretches out and builds himself up. Just being 100% honest, he's been far better and shown far more potential than I ever thought. We still have 2/3 of a season to play and work toward. 500 and 2022. But for those who want the Twins to jump-start careers, just remember the milb season started a month later than normal. They have already been very aggressive with Ober. As bad luck would have it, both Duran and Balazovic began their seasons late due to nagging but limited injury. Just give them a little time. Again, we have 2/3 of the season to play and audition yet. And Winder will be at St Paul very soon. He may be joined by Sands. I think the Twins will sign a quality FA SP next off-season or pull off a Madea/Odorizzi type of trade and HOPEFULLY feel good about the development of both Ober and Dobber the rest of the season. And whether 40 man adds or non-roster invites, they are going to have another 4-6 live/decent/good arms from the system to compete. And at least a couple of those arms should at least get their feet wet before this season is done. I firmly believe this team is in re-tool mode and not break down and re-build mode. The talent on hand tells me this. Just sucks the original plan of re-tooling on the fly turned in to a massive bus accident where even AAA is shaking their heads. Colome is probably done no matter what happens. But he was signed for a very good reason, and earned an option year for the same. But even if he suddenly finds himself again...and their have been recent glimpses...sometimes you have to move on for the sake of doing so. Rogers has found himself again, Duffey is looking more like his old self. We are seeing Alcala grow. Again, is a low level prospect better than keeping Robles? There is at least a foundation to build on with the pen. A few weeks ago, we weren't so sure. Pitching wise, I don't think we need a new bus, I think we need repairs and a few new tires to keep those wheels going "round and round" for next year. Fortunately, we have some new tread to try out over the next few months.
    3 points
  13. Any game that Dobnak pitches that we win is a big deal. Any game that Dobnak AND Colome pitch and we win is A REAL BIG DEAL.
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Who is the breakout hitter in the minors this year? Jose Miranda, Jermaine Palacios, Spencer Steer, Wander Javier??? All are having great seasons. And what about Ernie de la Trinidad and Eduard Julien? I'm really excited to see a lot of infielders on this list because the past several years have been all about the outfield prospects. I actually think that things are looking good for 2022 and beyond. If the major league team just sheds a lot of dead weight, the team will be improved.
    2 points
  16. Sure, the Twins will probably play a little better with the roster getting healthier, and I don't think they're going to lose 100+ games, but they're not competing for the division. Good teams like the White Sox will slump at points in the season, and mediocre teams like the Twins will beat up on bad ones like the Rangers sometimes.
    2 points
  17. White Sox have cooled to 11-9 (.550) in their last 20 games. If the Twins can figure out a way to get better than four runs out of 14 hits and bring around more baserunners the Central Division might not be such a bad place to be. The last two games the chips fell their way, but if they want any kind of a chance they're going to have to grab it.
    2 points
  18. I like it but there is one other thing I would love to see. That's Miranda here early in 2022 to take over 3B. He hit two more HRS today and his OPS is now 948. I am really cheering for this guy to continue his current success and get even better. He looks like the Twins minor league break-out player of 2021. That would be a real boost. It would great if Gordon continues to push him for that honor and DeLa Trinidad is all the sudden a hitting machine too. He is batting .328 with a 946 OPS. We could also have a fantastic bench with great flexibility next year. If Miranda did take over 3rd at some point we potentially have Arraez / Refsnyder / Gordon as bench players.
    2 points
  19. And Perkins is famous for pancakes
    2 points
  20. They had Thursday off, so Bremer was actually correct… that’s why he gets the big bucks
    2 points
  21. I watch almost every game and for the last few weeks i always start out listening to Bremer and who ever is with him, But it seems like Morneau is not getting any better and Smalley i refuse to listen to, so i usually listen to the Road feed, but i like SO FAR what im hearing from Glen Perkins, Hope it continues, they need someone who is not AFRAID to criticize anything, i really enjoy Steve Stone for the Sox, But pleez Twins no more Roy!!!!good start today, Go Twins
    2 points
  22. There's your non-HR RBI!
    2 points
  23. I bet he never gets tired of that one.
    2 points
  24. My bad. Sorry 2021 season
    2 points
  25. It sure would be swell if someone informed this team there are ways to score runs without homers.
    2 points
  26. Great, now yoou jinxed him. lol
    2 points
  27. Happy Father's Day. Some of my most heartfelt memories growing up was going to a Twins game. My father died when I was six, so my older brother assumed the role of being my dad, friend, mentor, and sports authority. He played hockey and baseball for De Lasalle in Minneapolis during the 60's. As I got older and had my own kids, my favorite hobby was working with my son in the backyard on his fielding and pitching. God, I loved to watch him play ball. He was pretty good, too. Made a couple of Tucson All-Star teams. One of his teammates in high school was J.J. Hardy. There's nothing like seeing a son gravitate to a sport you love.
    2 points
  28. Twins have surplus, they have difficult 40 man roster decisions at the end of the year. Look how many DFAed players the Twins have lost. Sano is a sunk cost. Kepler will have a regular position only if you have to trade Buxton.(maybe) Kepler has great value with his contract to multiple teams because he can fit almost any budget. Maybe trade to TB for some of their surplus pitching and prospects.
    2 points
  29. Yes, but key here is whether Berrios is extended or traded. If he will not sign here you are more into a rebuild (especially if Buxton will not sign either), We need to find out if any of the 4 - 5 decent starter prospects will pan out (best guess is 1 - 2). That will lower the spend. We may get lucky and find 3, but we need to know. That is what the rest of this season is about. Look at Cleveland, they always seem to find enough pitching to be above .500, we need to go that route.
    2 points
  30. I need to see a healthy Kepler for awhile before demoting him but my gut tells me the better move is to put Larnach in left, slide Kirilloff to first, and put Sano (or someone else) at DH.
    2 points
  31. Buxton plays.........Twins win! I don't want to think about what has been written in the Strib, here and elsewhere. Yes, I understand moving him if he really has no interest in an extension. Same for Berrios. But I continue to believe that the two B's could/should be the foundation around which the next winning Twins team is build around. And a lot of the parts for that team are either here or a short distance away, so it doesn't have to be a real long rebuild. Yes, they may have to overpay a bit and yes, Buxton is gonna miss a bunch of games. Please get it done!
    2 points
  32. I think optioning Astudillo was the right call, because it shows the organization is committed to using this year as a development/retooling year. While I love his versatility and personality, having him on the team would take away at bats from guys like Gordon, Rortvedt, and Jeffers. We need to evaluate those guys more than anything else this year so we know what we have. Same for Larnach and Kirilloff. We know what Astudillo can do, and what he can’t do, and we have him under control for next year if we need his services. Sending him to AAA is the right call if your goal this year is to evaluate your next wave of young players. Same for Shoemaker (DFA), Cave, and Garlick. Keep Refsnyder around when he’s ready. We will miss Astudillo because like my fried the mushroom he us a fun guy (fungi). Anybody? Is this thing on? I’ll see myself out.
    2 points
  33. I like the young players in the rotation, but the BP looks really weak and I have no confidence in Smeltzer and Thorpe (very little in Dobnak either). As usual I prefer young players and home grown when possible. Approaching this mid season trade deadline I would love to see them move Donaldson and I think Garver is a really good trade chip in a league where catchers are so valuable. I am happy with Jeffers and Rortvedt. I never get into the actual dollars - not my talent, but I am hoping Berrios and Buxton get extended and shedding Donaldson would really help doing that.
    2 points
  34. I mean yeah, that's the attitude the Twins and their fans need to have. Why not us and why not now? I will cling to any glimmer of hope.
    2 points
  35. I love everything about the Wind Surge team this year... including their nickname!
    2 points
  36. Hold the trade phones just a few more days. Second City's South Side club has just dropped three in a row. 102 games left and there's just the teensiest crack of daylight peeking through.
    2 points
  37. Looks like Rogers is mixing it up better. Great to see Buxton back
    2 points
  38. Agree with Rosterman on how the Twins play the youngsters as opposed to the vets. I would also like to see more of Gordon who has the positional flexibility to be a strong super utility option now that he has shown some aptitude for playing in CF.
    2 points
  39. Doc: Other than your final note ( I didn't watch game on FSN) so I have no opinion on Perkins, I agree with your comments. I really believe that Alcala has a strong future as a late inning option in our bullpen. To me, he has the demeanor/disposition you need from a closer. What he doesn't have at this point to be trusted in that role is an effective 3rd pitch, namely a changeup. Other than some command issues, I like what I've seen from Robles as he's shown he's much more like the effective pitcher he was in 2019 rather than the gas can he was with Halos last year. As for Dobnak, I'm somewhere in the middle on him. I think he's most effective as a starter. Seems to me his poor performance this season may be attributed to the fact that he's been yanked around without having any defined role. Saying that, I can understand those that argue Dobnak must make that mental adjustment as well as showing he can effectively command his pitches. When he does what he did today, he can be a viable option for next season---joining Berrios and Maeda. Count me NOT in the crowd that is ready to trade Berrios. That doesn't mean you don't listen to offers at the trade deadline, but he's shown BY FAR he's the most reliable SP we've had over the past 3 seasons. Where many may disagree with me is filling out the remainder of the starting rotation next season. Im DONE with dumpster dives for the likes of Shoemaker, Happ and countless others over the past many years. Time to take the kid gloves off and give Duran, Winder and Balazovic the chance to compete in ST for 2 rotation slots for 2022. I can't believe Winder has anything left to prove at AA Wichita. Another excellent outing last night. Balazovic will take some more time to gain strength as he's only made 3 starts. His outing this week, which I witnessed in person, was quite impressive. Don't have as much to offer about Duran, but from comments I've seen----he just needs to get consistency with his command. Will be interesting to see what trades FO will make over the next 6 weeks. Got to believe that Cruz and Pineda (if healthy) are at top of list, which could bring some value back. If Donaldson can get back into lineup and show production he could also be moved if mgmt is willing to kick in some $$$. Appears that SF and Milwaukee could be possible sights for JD.
    2 points
  40. I enjoy watching him play. He could have one of the catching positions and be ready if they need him at another position. He may not be the best but he plays his heart out every single at bat or play. Those are the types of players fans go to see. For some of us it is not about numbers but heart and the love of the game shines through all the time. We have so many below average players with zero personality.
    2 points
  41. Did we all forget about Rob “Lightning in a Bottle” Refsnyder?! Where does he fit into next year’s roster?! Super Utility Man of the Year!!!
    1 point
  42. If we lose, I'm blaming you for jinxing us ... just sayin' ....
    1 point
  43. That series of events is perhaps the biggest bungle of this front office's tenure, IMO. I don't think most reasonable people expected greatness from Wade Jr but the consensus seemed to settle somewhere around "good fourth OF option, possibly an acceptable starter". To get nothing for that guy is a significant screw-up.
    1 point
  44. For me, his healthy track record pushes the scale toward overpaying and keeping him. Most free agent pitchers come with injury concerns; it's really hard to find quality arms that are healthy. He's close enough to an ACE and he's consistent. If he played for another team and was a free agent, everyone would be begging the Twins to sign him.
    1 point
  45. I agree that this incident in last night's game was wrong. You have to touch first, second, and third, in that order, before touching home plate or the run doesn't count. It's the same principle as a batter not being allowed to take first on a base on balls unless there have been four pitches outside the strike zone .
    1 point
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