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  1. I love Miranda, believe he belongs in the Rookie Top Ten, and believe that like his hitting, his defense is getting better. He is a true gem. But Twins all-time rookie? Tony Oliva's rookie year (1964) he hit .323, scored 109 runs, stole a dozen bags, hit 32 HR and 43 doubles, knocked in 94, won the AL batting title, finished fourth in AL MVP, and won ROY. (Then followed it up with another batting title the next year, the first time anyone in MLB history had won the batting title in each of their first two years.) That's a high rookie bar that nobody else in this franchise has ever come close to clearing.
    15 points
  2. Yes. Amazing writing in this recap. Loved it and the game. Nick Gordon: “the chemistry is crazy.” From my vantage point as a fan mostly watching on TV, it seems Gordon has a HUGE hand in creating that chemistry. Constant cheerleader. So happy that guy is finding success.
    12 points
  3. That's because, as was seen on TV, Baldelli managed the situation.
    10 points
  4. Great write up. This is yet another reminder - especially for us fans - not to overvalue prospects. There are only a handful of blue-chip, sure things out there. And even those guys often don't deliver on expectations. Too early to give up on the above mentioned players, obviously, but the clock is ticking. Martin is going to be a 24 or 25 year-old rookie even if he makes the show, and Balazovich is on the brink of demotion next spring.
    9 points
  5. Baseball is probably the toughest sport to gauge how talent will translate into results - and these are excellent examples. A side note - Chase Petty, the 100 mph pitcher the Twins traded for Sonny Gray, is 0-6 with a 3.77 ERA for the high-A Dayton Dragons. Granted, he is still younger than most of the competition and may well turn into a great major league pitcher, but where would the Twins be this year without Gray (7-4, 3.04 ERA in 20 starts)? Answer: third place in the Division.
    8 points
  6. When the season started, I thought that Nick Gordon deserved a chance to earn a roster spot. As the season progressed, I started thinking that Nick Gordon was definitely worthy of a roster spot and would have a great career as a utility guy. As we roll into September, I now believe that Nick Gordon is a full-time starter and should play every day, without fail. There have been so many games where Gordon is in the middle of everything, He's given this team serious contributions on offense, he stays on the field and makes plays on defense. Maybe he's not even reached his ceiling? I want to see his name in the Twins lineup every day for years to come, alongside Miranda.
    8 points
  7. Unless they genuinely see something in him, Davis has the makings of a two-day signing, with another DFA coming on Saturday when Mahle is activated.
    7 points
  8. Yeah, also Chuck Knoblauch, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, Francisco Liriano, Marty Cordova, just off the top of my head. Also, "one of the best seasons in prospect history?" A "ridiculous .838 OPS?" This article might have had a point, but I can't get past the hyperbole.
    7 points
  9. Miranda has been a joy to watch hit this season and he has been quite productive. He seems to get bitten by two unfortunate items, one he can correct and one we hope disappears. Jose gets smitten by the high fastball and occasionally amps up where he could shoot right-field gaps. To be fair he does go the other way a decent amount of the time. The other item is that Miranda seems to let bad calls affect his plate appearances. He has had a number of egregious strikes called on pitches 4-6 inches off the plate. He needs to just see those calls early in the count as a foul ball. Defensively, we need to remember that the emergence of Miranda was a little bit of a surprise and he has had to wedge between time for Urshela and Arraez. If Miranda gets a ton of infield work this offseason he can certainly improve to be an average third baseman. The movement between positions will slow his improvement to an extent. Still, this is a thing that may continue as Lewis and Lee approach playing time in the near future. Hard to believe the Twins would be anywhere near .500 without Miranda this year. He has been a real find.
    7 points
  10. Well, that wasn’t that difficult, obviously. But I do agree that the Archer situation needs to be addressed. Either find someone who can consistently give as many innings each game and stack them, or move Archer to the pen. Depending on what happens in all the rehab starts that Winder, Ober and Dobnak are making, something will need to be done.
    7 points
  11. Fun With Numbers The Twins are currently in 2nd Place in their division, 1.5 games back of Cleveland. The BoSox are currently in last place in their division, 17 games back of New York. Total Twins salary: $143,413,800 Total BoSox salary: $240,168,494 Conclusion: W-2’s don’t win games Top Four Twins Hitters Player Ave. OPS Salary OPS Point Return Per Dollar Invested Arraez .319 .809 $ 2,125,000 .0003807 Gordon .276 .752 $ 706,000 .0010652 Correa .274 .788 $35,100,000 .0000225 Miranda .274 .774 $ 700,000 .0011057 Who’s Your Daddy? Twins Top Rookie Relievers (50+ innings) vs. Garrett Whitlock Player Innings Strikeouts Whip Tot. Salary Cost Per Strikeout Duran 56.2 73 .95 $ 700,000 $ 9,589 Jax 60 69 1.05 $ 700,000 $ 10,145 Whitlock 71.1 72 .95 $1,920,000 $ 26,667 Moneyball anyone? Starting Pitchers Twins - Joe Ryan 10-6 3.65 ERA 113K BoSox - Michael Wacha 9-1 2.53 ERA 69K Lineups Twins Luis Arraez DH .319 Carlos Correa SS .274 Jose Miranda 1B .274 Max Kepler RF .228 Kyle Garlick LF .273 Gio Urshela 3B .268 Nick Gordon 2B .276 Gilberto Celestino CF .251 Sandy Leon C .135 Bosox Tommy Pham LF .251 Alex Verdugo RF .284 Xander Bogaerts SS .306 Rafael Devers 3B .290 JD Martinez DH .270 Trevor Story 2B .227 Enrique Hernandez CF .217 Bobby Delbec 1B .213 Keven Plawecki C .204 Summer's Gone. But I've always been a Fall Guy!
    6 points
  12. Another nice win, I figured after 6 straight losses they would be done but I am happy to be wrong.
    6 points
  13. IMO the seat under Rocco isn't even a little warm.
    6 points
  14. The above graph shows the percent of Gordon's hitting outcomes over the previous 100 plate appearances as his career as progressed. The point where the data cross from his 2021 season to his 2022 season is marked with a gray vertical line. Here are the key takeaways: Throughout his rookie season, Nick Gordon hit the ball on the ground. A lot. More than 50 percent of balls in play were ground balls and, for most of the season, less than 20 percent of balls were fly balls. The data show a small jump in fly balls and drop in ground balls toward the end of 2021, however. That was a sign of things to come. Gordon in 2022 is an entirely different hitter. He went through a stretch of ground-ball-heavy hitting in the early part of the season, but his groundball rate has plummeted. In his last 100 plate appearances, he's hit only 37 percent ground balls. His flyball rate is roughly 3 times higher in 2022 than 2021. The steady growth in this flyball rate is evident. Are fly balls good? Usually! It's difficult to get extra-base hits (and especially home runs, it turns out) when the ball is on the ground. An increase in fly balls is the reason his slugging percentage has jumped from 0.355 in 2021 to 0.431 in 2022. Given his slender frame, Nick Gordon looks like a slap-hitting utility man. And in 2021, that's mostly what he was. But through a drastic change in approach at the plate, Nick Gordon has transformed into a well-above-average hitter with a 116 OPS+. Maybe that lofty prospect status is starting to shine through.
    5 points
  15. The only surprise about Sabato is that the Twins FO used a 1st round draft pick on him. They seem to have this horrible urge to use top draft picks on HR-or-nothing no-defense corner IF/OFs.
    5 points
  16. Whoa. Slow down there, wabene. You should know by now that you are NOT allowed to say positive things about Baldelli. He is the source of all bad things that happen to the Twins.
    5 points
  17. Had to look twice and check the Box score to validate Miller walked 5 times. For a player with such good plate discipline you would think the BA would be higher than .212. Not sure why he is having contact issues but I thought he might get better as the season went on but so far this seems to be who he is. I get that he is only 19 with plenty of time to learn I just thought given the apparently good eye at the plate he would also have the ability to barrel more balls.
    5 points
  18. Woods-Richardson is having an OK year IMO. Martin has not panned out yet, but Berrios is not providing what Toronto expected either...
    5 points
  19. The frustrating part about this is how much the FO really needed guys like these to play a role in the big league clubs season. Perhaps not a large role, but at least be there for depth. Particularly in the pitching department. Having a healthy Canterino and/or Balazovic added to the rotation or bullpen could have been huge given all of the injuries to the staff. Hopefully they'll all rebound for next season. Martin might not be as important as the other two, but you can never have too much talent.
    5 points
  20. Good time for a Twins surge. Even with five straight wins, they remain 3 games back of the third wild card spot and 1.5 back of Cleveland. Finishing a sweep tomorrow and then taking advantage of the fading White Sox this weekend is essential. It was another strong night for the bullpen (even for Magill, who retired Bogaerts and Devers after giving up a walk and a double), and we saw plenty of offensive support around Nick Gordon on his magnificent evening.
    5 points
  21. I'm hoping he'll Wacha buncha Twins tonight.
    4 points
  22. In case any of you missed it, this wonderful story aired yesterday on All Things Considered: https://www.npr.org/2022/08/30/1120126846/the-story-behind-the-longest-baseball-game-ever I would have been one of those still there at 4am probably (unless my wife had gone with me).
    4 points
  23. Looked at all of his numbers by season as well as ML career hoping to find a positive sign. I don't see one. Pagan part 2 where a hard throwing 29yo is suddenly going to be transformed by the Twins in to something different and better than he's ever been before? I'm not buying it.
    4 points
  24. Jhoan Duran gets my vote for Twins ROY
    4 points
  25. Nick Gordon is athletic and has a knack for learning. We saw him improve each time he repeated a level in the minor leagues and now that he gets to repeat at the highest level we see he can manage MLB as well. The intriguing aspect regarding Gordon is that he has the athleticism to fit any number of spots and may use his experiences and improving strength to morph into the type of player envisioned back when he was chosen in Round 1. Despite being in his mid 20s, Gordon could be that guy who blossoms as a regular player who has the skills and athleticism to produce both in the field and at the plate. I would say that the Nick Gordon Story is still developing.
    4 points
  26. The problem is that Isola and Williams play more at DH and 1B than catcher. I don't understand why because we need them honing their catching skills. With bigger bases coming to MLB, will they be able to throw anyone out or play adequate defense?
    4 points
  27. I would say we need to have a little patience. Many were down on Gordon after a couple of bad years...and yesterday he practically won the game by himself for us. I am not saying that all 3 will succeed for the Twins, but, if you don't have to buy the hype for every prospect, you don't have to buy the doom either.
    4 points
  28. All Winder needs to do to contribute is pitch better than Pagan.
    4 points
  29. I had suggested acquiring talent last winter and included all three of Balazovic, Martin, and Canterino in trades because their value/status was high. However, after the poor results of this summer I see success as a distinct possibility for all three as Twins. Balazovic has good stuff but lacks command, control, and maturity. He has potential that can be achieved with patience from the team, fans, and especially the player. Martin needs to adopt the Luis Arraez style of hitting and forget all attempts to become a power hitter. The physical talent is apparent and athletic players that field and hit can carve out a place as regulars in MLB. Canterino will finally be free from the constant routine of trying to regain health from his frayed arm. Surgery could be a total rebirth for him and we could see a strong return in as soon as 2024 from Canterino. Despite wanting to trade all three last offseason, I see a bright future for all of these guys with the Twins.
    4 points
  30. Balazovic concerns me the most because clearly something is off with him. My hopes is he figures it out during off season and he can bounce back. Lucky we were never slotting him in to be in the rotation and have huge depth for next year as well. Martin is disappointing he did not take steps and may have regressed, but he also has been injured part of the year, and you never know how much of a nagging injury he had. He will never be a big power hitter, but hopefully he can be more of a line drive guy that hits the gaps for extra base hits. Canterino is not surprising as he came from Rice who love to burn their college arms out. Hopefully after the recovery of TJ he will give us something.
    4 points
  31. Getting to the major leagues can be challenging even for baseball's best prospects. Some players work their entire lives to reach the big leagues, and others make their debut before their 20th birthday. All three names below had the potential to impact the Twins roster during the 2022 season, but poor performance and injuries have cast doubt on their top prospect rankings. Minnesota's farm system continues to drop in national rankings, and these three players take a small portion of the blame for the fall. So which prospects have seen their stock drop the most this season? Austin Martin, SS/OF TD Preseason Ranking: 1 Many national rankings pegged Martin as the Twins' top prospect entering the 2022 season. All three national prospect rankings placed him in their top-60 prospects, but he has fallen off those lists as they have been updated this season. Martin is repeating Double-A this season as a 23-year-old, where he is over a year younger than the average age of the competition. His biggest concern is the lack of power development throughout his professional career. Martin posted a 1.007 OPS in college, and his OPS dropped to .676 in 2022. Martin still has all of the tools to be an above-average hitter, and he needs to continue making adjustments in the minors' upper levels. Jordan Balazovic, SP TD Preseason Ranking: 4 Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus included Balazovic at the backend of the top-100 lists entering the season. Balazovic missed time to start the 2022 season with a knee injury and has never looked right on the mound. In his first 17 appearances, he has allowed 50 earned runs in 49 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate is down (8.3 K/9), and his walk rate is up (4.7 BB/9). He is on the 40-man roster, but he has struggled so much at Triple-A that the Twins haven't been able to call him up. Luckily, he is over four years younger than the average age of the competition at Triple-A. Hopefully, he can call 2022 a lost season and get back on track this winter for an improved 2023. Matt Canterino, SP TD Preseason Ranking: 6 Canterino may never be ranked as a top-100 prospect, but he may have the best stuff and highest ceiling of any pitching prospect in the organization. He has been unhittable with 13.8 K/9 and a 1.48 ERA in his career when on the mound. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to pitch more than 37 innings in any season since turning pro due to various injuries. His 2022 season ended abruptly when the Twins announced Canterino would undergo Tommy John surgery. This injury means he will miss the rest of 2022 and the majority of 2023. Plenty of pitchers have come back strong after this surgery, and the Twins have to hope he can stay healthy moving forward. Are you worried about the future of these three players? Can they bounce back from poor 2022 campaigns? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.
    4 points
  32. Awesome night for Gordon. Love seeing him play well after everything he endured on his way up. And he's playing well at the right time.
    4 points
  33. Box Score Chris Archer: 4 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Jake Cave (3), Nick Gordon (6), Gary Sánchez (13) Top 3 WPA: Nick Gordon (.509), Jose Miranda (.118), Jake Cave (.085) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Chris Archer took the mound opposite Kutter Crawford on Tuesday. The veteran righty was well-acquainted with the Red Sox; he spent his glory years with the Rays in the same division as his opponent on Tuesday. While the players have largely changed, Boston’s laundry remains an old foe. The early innings were easy to digest; Nick Gordon—after consecutive walks by Max Kepler and Jose Miranda—swung at an outside breaking ball and smoked a Joe Mauer special into left-center field, scoring both runners to give the Twins a 2-0 lead in the 1st frame. Gordon’s eventful night would be far from over. The Twins jabbed once more in the following inning: Jake Cave caught up to a high fastball, packing just enough oomph to will the ball over the left-center field wall. Kiké Hernández, try as he might, could not break free from gravity with enough force to rob Cave’s blast. The solo homer marked Cave’s third long ball since re-joining the Twins. The game stopped to rest in the 3rd inning before continuing its hectic drama; a marvelous defense gem by Carlos Correa provided the sole highlight. The fun started in the 4th inning; the Red Sox, ever aware of Archer’s struggles beyond the early frames, singled, doubled, sac-flied, and walked; a run was on the board, and the situation turned dire in an instant. Archer refused to give in, and a perfectly-placed slider coaxed a ground ball off Trevor Story’s bat; Gordon and Correa turned two, and the threat ended as quickly as it began. Boston’s bats were not deterred, and the 5th inning proved deadly to Archer’s start. A barrage of singles scored a run, knocking Archer out of the game while leaving the inning’s fate to the cleaner, Caleb Thielbar. The lefty—so well-trusted by Rocco Baldelli in these situations—revealed mortality as Xander Bogaerts dumped a game-tying single into left field and Rafael Devers walked. With the threat still at Defcon 1, Michael Fulmer emerged to put out the fire—which he did—but not before another run scored off a wild pitch. It was messy, brutish, and downright ugly, but the Red Sox walked out of the 5th inning with a one-run lead. Remember that sentence earlier about Nick Gordon? With aid from a truly egregious error from Alex Verdugo, the Twins loaded the bases for the second baseman, gifting him a chance to prove himself. In a season that has lacked a true ignitor—the kind of guy whose spark brings a team to life, Gordon has shown flashes of becoming that sort of player; could he do it once more? The count was 0-2, but that didn’t matter; Gordon jumped on a low fastball and crushed a grand slam over the high wall in right field. The home run was so crucial that Gary Sánchez hit a titanic bomb the following frame, and almost no one will remember it. The teams exchanged runs as the outs whittled away—a single here, a double there—but the game’s momentum never budged, and the Twins ended Tuesday's game as the victors. Notes: Nick Gordon is slashing .311/.360/.511 over his last 30 games. Jake Cave is slugging .667 over his last seven games. Chris Archer has crossed the five-inning threshold twice since the end of June. Griffin Jax has not given up an earned run since August 10th; he owns 12 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings. Post-Game Interviews What’s Next? Joe Ryan and Michael Wacha will lead their respective teams in the game’s final series on Wednesday night. Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet
    4 points
  34. I will politely disagree. I enjoy a 3 man booth often. In tonight's game, what I enjoy is the perspective of a hitter and a pitcher in the booth. While I, as a fan, enjoyed Blyleven, I did understand some opinions that he had become a bit of the "grumpy old man". But even at the end, I really thought he shined when there was a 3rd person in the booth. He had the wherewithal to ask questions and open up discussion with whoever joined in. My guilty pleasure was when Kaat or another veteran was in the booth to share some great stories. I do appreciate the fact that sometimes there can be too much talking. I enjoy Smalley when he's in the booth even though others don't. He sometimes talks too much, and will repeat himself, but he's smart and I like what he has to say. There are enough "quiet moments" during a game that "talk" doesn't bother me. Maybe it's because I spent decades just listening to the radio before the internet allowed me to watch the game. But comparing anyone to Scully isn't really fair. First and foremost, he was the primary play by play guy, and not the color guy. And he was also tremendous at allowing room for his color sidekick to shine. I think Dick is pretty good at that. But Scully was the greatest play by play of all time. Only Herb Carneal, IMO, was anywhere close.
    4 points
  35. I have recently completed a solo 18 day road trip covering 8 ballparks, 9 games, 14 states, national parks, normal tourist traps and not so normal stops. My fairly new 2022 Kia Seltos had 6,400 miles on it before the trip and the journey tacked on 8,522 additional miles. Some of you may find this interesting and some may say what's the big deal, it's a crazy man with a torture filled vacation plan. I was encouraged to tell the story here by individual day because it would be a very lengthy post if not broken down by day. Some days are not that interesting, some days were more interesting than others and some days need a new adjective, but each day was different and they were days that I couldn't experience in my living room. Feel free to comment, shake your head at my moments of stupidity or tell your own experiences of the places I experienced. This is hit and run tourism... I didn't have a lot of time to hit all the stops but I wanted to hit all the stops because who knows if I would ever be back in any of the areas travelled. I researched and scheduled the trip to the minute and followed the schedule to the letter. Day Eighteen - August 15 - West Yellowstone to Home (Grand Forks, ND) Well Folks... This is it... The final day. It is going to be longest day of driving of all the real long days of driving. I spent 17 days just building up my stamina to complete this final day of 959 Miles and a projected 15 hours. The plan was a trip to Old Faithful and then up through Big Sky to Bozeman and then 800 plus miles of interstate the rest of the way. There was a shorter route home though Cody, Wyoming and up to Billings that would have saved me an hour but I wanted to drive Big Sky. I felt I could do the 15 hours so I kept it as the plan but I was always ready to grab a hotel if I couldn't. Old Faithful was the wild card, the random raffle drum draw that would determine if I would be home at Midnight or 2AM. My fate was in the hands of the disposition of a geyser that simply didn't care when I got home. Old Faithful goes off every 45 minutes to two hours. All I was going to do is just stand there... arms crossed... waiting for it to go off, then I am immediately back to the car and on my way home. If it goes off shortly after I arrive... I'm home at Midnight... If I have to wait the full two hours... I am home at 2AM. It's a unknown contingency that I faced while holding a schedule in my hands. I didn't mess around, I got up, showered, packed up my stuff, loaded the car and I was ready to hit the park. I was hoping for a continental breakfast so I could just grab a little something for along the way. They didn't have that... unfortunately they just had a FREE breakfast BUFFET. When I dropped the key off at the front desk, I saw the line leading to the room with the buffet. Nope... I got to get going and I take a couple of steps toward the door and I stop and think to myself... It's a FREE breakfast BUFFET. I walk toward the small line of people waiting to partake and then I stop myself... Nope... I got to get going and I head for the door again and then I stop at the doors and I say to myself... I should at least grab some coffee so I walk into the buffet room to get myself a cup of joe for the road. The buffet, looked great! Bacon, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Pancakes, Waffles, Those Triangle shaped Hash Browns. maybe 6 different types of fresh fruit. It had an Omelet station. All I had to eat yesterday was that terrible Arctic Circle Burger so let me tell you... It took incredible will power to walk past that FREE Breakfast BUFFET. The entrance to Yellowstone was just a couple of blocks from the hotel. Yellowstone traffic really slows you down. Not because of the amount of cars but because you are heavily influenced by the pace of the lead car in the many miles of solid yellow line no pass roads. In Yellowstone, the pace of the lead car is always slow because THAT IS HOW THEY BECAME THE LEAD CAR IN THE FIRST PLACE. They have to see the line of cars piling up behind them in the rear view mirror, they don't care because they are worried that a mountain goat is going to fly across the road. Eventually, that lead car will find something they want to see, they pull off and everybody following goes "Hooray" and the entire line picks up speed until it reaches the next lead car just drifting down the road. I reached the parking lot, I could see the massive gift shop but I wasn't sure what direction Old Faithful was at, There was an open area and that was my best guess because I figured it would need an open area so I started heading that direction. There was a middle aged couple walking toward me so I pointed to that open area and asked "This way to Old Faithful?" the guy responded "Yes". I said "Thank You" and kept walking that way, from behind, I heard the lady shout back to me "It just went off". I swear there was NA-NA NA-NA tone to her voice when she said it. Yep, I reached into that Old Faithful raffle drum and drew the Home at 2AM Card". I shouldn't have taken the time to enjoy that FREE breakfast BUFFET, in my defense... there was an omelet station! I could choose how much cheese I wanted in that omelet. Bacon, Those triangle shaped hash browns, it had little bottles of hot sauce for the scrambled eggs. I'm not to blame here... the blame clearly belongs on those Sunday drivers crawling though the park on a Monday while ignoring all those signs saying that slower traffic should use the turn outs. Yellowstone is kind of an eerie place. Lot's of geysers, lot's of steam both near you and off in the distance. I'm no geologist but C'mon... It's obvious that this place is going to blow. Some day Yellowstone is going to be blasted up into the sky and it will rain down on West Virginia. I was just hoping to get out before it does, hanging around for two hours was really pushing my luck. Having some time to wait did allow me to walk the boardwalk system and get my personal affairs in order. There were signs saying that getting off the boardwalks was dangerous, there were stories posted for all to read on how tourists have died by getting off the boardwalk. Apparently the ground is soft in spots and it can/will give way on you as you fall into a geothermal feature below. I was thinking about the Bison who can't read... How many Bison have been lost by falling into a geothermal hot tub? Maybe it wasn't just the buffalo hunters collecting hides in the 19th century, perhaps they were falling in large numbers through the soft ground into these scalding waters which have to be at least Palm Springs hot. Old Faithful can sure draw a crowd. This place was packed for the 10 O' Clock show... I've seen less people at a U2 concert and there was multiple shows throughout the day. It will tease you before it goes off, it does a couple of head fakes of bubbling as the crowd prematurely "Woes"... before it finally decides to blow. When you are thinking about getting home at 2AM... those head fakes cause a justified response from me... Alright KNOCK IT OFF... Just do it! It finally does, the eruption takes about the same time as the world's longest car wash that I went through in Katy, Texas. It ends with a couple puffs a steam and the crowd leaves. I was part of that crowd and I beat everyone out just to make sure I was that lead car. The drive through Big Sky was nice. You see some pretty impressive peaks peaking out of the not so impressive ones. The Gallatin River rolls next to the highway for a portion and you see a lot of people out in Kayaks, I thought to myself that I'd want a motor on my kayak if possible. Once you hit the interstate in Bozeman, it's hammer down. The drive heading east through Montana was simply a milder version of what I call broadly "the western landscape" until you enter North Dakota and hit the badlands. The Medora area of North Dakota can hold it's own with all of the scenery that I saw throughout this trip. It Runs North/South and not much East/West so it is over quick as you drive past on the interstate but the canyon of different colors is undeniably beautiful, I've seen it quite a few times and it impresses each time. It was dark by the time I reached Bismarck. Not much else to report... wait... one more thing. Bugs... The stretch between Bismarck and Jamestown ND is bug filled beyond imagination. I don't know why there are so many bugs on this particular stretch of road but nothing on this trip compares to it when it comes to bugs colliding with your windshield. When it is dark, you hear them and it sounds like hail. It was the same thing when I drove through that area on Day 1 as on the way back on Day 18. I took the Kia through the wash the next day and it didn't get all the bugs off because they were caked on. I'm pretty sure that I personally changed the ecosystem by driving through that area twice. I was prepared to grab a hotel if needed, I didn't need it. I arrived at home at 1:30AM... I was on time for work at 8AM. I had 18 days of work piled up waiting for me. I was tempted to just take off again and go east this time. Hope you all enjoyed these lengthy reports of what was truly the trip of a lifetime for me. I have nothing more to report.
    3 points
  36. Are we out of the game at 5-2 in the 5th? I hope this team has more moxy than that. We had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 4th! One might say the bats are putting us out of the game, tonight (so far).
    3 points
  37. Bummer for those people! Are they the Worcester Wed Sox?
    3 points
  38. I know that if you're an MLB GM, it makes sense to go with a proven guy, even if he's mostly just proved to not be very good. But we've got Jovani Moran and Evan Sisk both proven to be able to pitch at least at the AAA level. Would've liked to give those guys more of a run.
    3 points
  39. I think their stated concern with Archer coming out of the pen is the amount of work that goes into getting him ready to pitch. He's the Buxton of the pitching staff. Getting his body ready to play is a whole ordeal and he's not suited to sit in the pen and then get warm when needed. I assume they have no plan to take him out of the rotation, but if they insist on him staying here I'd like to see someone who'll piggyback him after the 4th every start for the rest of the year. Just let him do his 4 innings and sit down. Let Sanchez or Winder or Ober take the game over in the 5th no matter what (he's never going to go 9 innings so I don't even care about having a perfect game through 4) and then let them go for as many as they can.
    3 points
  40. Want to second, or third, the above comments about Miller. I know he has gotten a lot of walks all year, but FIVE? Also want to do a shout out about Palacios. Kid continues hitting around .280 with an OPS near .800. For a young man known as a defensive first shortstop, his bat is getting my attention. Is it also getting the Twins' attention? And who is this Rucker guy down in Iowa? Didn't grab a lot of attention when drafted last year in the 7th round. Yet, is having a very nice year. Also continue to believe that the best hitting prospect down at Wichita is Julien, not his more well known teammate, Aston Martin.
    3 points
  41. The Twins' catchers in the high minors are having great years. Chris Williams in AAA is hitting .271 with 25 HRs and an OPS of .940. Alex Isola in AA is hitting .304 with 10 HRs and an OPS of .908. Is it possible that a second catcher for the 2023 Twins may already be in the system?
    3 points
  42. Wallner is doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, and after a pretty rough start to AAA. He's never not going to have a pretty big chunk of Ks, but right now it's looking manageable. It's going to be really interesting to watch his splits going forward: 2019 he didn't have much of a split facing LHP vs RHP, 2021, he was significantly worse against LHP. 2022, He's pretty even again. Would be great if he's someone who isn't significantly impacted by facing LHP? 5 BBs by Noah Miller in one game. That's wild. He's definitely got some work to do on contact skills, which is a little worrisome, but always nice to see a young player working walks and not expanding the strike zone to chase after hits when they're scrabbling at the plate.
    3 points
  43. I've been waiting for a 10 game winning streak for quite a long time ... 5 wins in a row , 5 more to go and that should get us back in first place .... If we're contenders we need that 10 game winning streak .... NO QUARTER , NO MINNESOTA NICE , just go out there with a winning attitude and play hard ...
    3 points
  44. Woods-Richardson has done better than Martin this year. He was pitching really well in AA but has been getting beat on a little bit in his 2 starts for the Saints. Currently, he is probably one of our top 2 pitching prospects and there is even the possibility they bring him up in September.
    3 points
  45. I think it was fair to wonder if Nick Gordon was going to develop any kind of power, and last season he looked a lot like a guy who was going to be a light-hitting utility guy whose biggest asset was his willingness and ability to play anywhere. He looked pretty decent as a backup CF, so he had real positional flexibility. This year he's really stepped up and been a much, much better hitter. He's looking like the guy who was having a terrific season at AAA before a) he got hurt, and b) Luis Arraez passed him up. Gordon has all of his health problems under control and he's become a real asset as a player. Love to see it. Happy to see Sanchez obliterate a ball. (And he crushed that one) He'd been in a slump, but has looked pretty good again more recently. (His platoon splits confuse me; before this season he's always hit lefties well and this year he's been basically helpless against them and it's strange) Getting a series win was my goal for the team going into this 3 game set. Be wonderful if they can get the sweep. Anyone else recall when Rosenthal ran that bit on how the Twins were going to finish 5 games behind the ChiSox?
    3 points
  46. Readers of this thread might like this book: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Care-Never-Get-Back/dp/0802123767
    3 points
  47. Metropolitan, Metrodome, County Stadium, Busch II, old Comiskey, Tiger Stadium, Riverfront, Three Rivers, Olympic, Old Yankee, Shea, RFK, Turner Field, Ballpark at Arlington. I guess it’s actually 14. More impressive than my list is that Mrs. IT only has six remaining, and she doesn’t even like baseball.
    3 points
  48. Congrats Nick Gordon, GS, 6 RBIs unreal!!! Gary Sanchez moon shot, and Jake Cave HR! You just never know in baseball. Cave man has been on a tear too!
    3 points
  49. The managers who keep winning even though the team "has injuries" have DEEP rosters. Our roster isn't "deep." This team is better than last year (yeah, I know .. not a huge leap). IMO, it's also better than "results you could expect": Preseason predictions don't factor in "unknown injuries which will inevitably occur." Those predictions had the Twins as a .500 team (+/-) We've had a boatload of injuries . . . and yet, we're still above .500 at the end of August. I'd love to see where we'd be with a healthy Royce Lewis, etc.
    3 points
  50. After years of having to listen to Hawk Harrelson, I’m good with any and all announcers the Twins have had. I like Justin, Perk and Hawkins and I like that they switch off and rotate. Variety is the spice of life
    3 points
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