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  • Guardians 6, Twins 5: Twins Drop Winnable Opener to Guardians


    Jamie Cameron

    The Twins dropped the opening game of an important series against the Guardians 6-5 on Tuesday. Emilio Pagan blew a late lead, negating a huge home run from Luis Arraez, as Cleveland won in eleven innings.

    Image courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn - USA Today Sports

    Box Score
    Starting Pitcher: Ryan 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO (101 pitches, 70 strikes)
    Homeruns: Arraez (4)
    Bottom 3 WPA: Urshela -.273, Pagan -.269, Miranda -.233
    Bottom Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)
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    On Tuesday night, the Twins began their most important series of the season so far. Entering the opening game of athree-gamee series against Cleveland, the Guardians had trimmed Minnesota’s AL Central lead to just one game. Here’s how the Twins lined up behind Joe Ryan.

    In his second start back from the COVID IL, Joe Ryan struggled early. His velocity was down, and his control and command were extremely poor through his first three innings.

    Cleveland took the lead after Ryan surrendered two singles and a double in the top of the first inning. Meanwhile, the Twins struggled mightily early against Aaron Civale. They managed just a Carlos Correa double and an Alex Kirilloff single through three innings, with Civale striking out five.

    A massive Josh Naylor home run deep to right field put the Guardians up 3-0 in the top of the third in a game that seemed to be getting away from the Twins early. In the bottom of the fourth, the offense found life. Max Kepler singled and Gary Sanchez walked, before Kirilloff launched a 106 mph double to score both runners and cut the lead to 3-2.

    Meanwhile, Ryan began to settle in the middle innings. He allowed a walk and a single in the top of the fourth inning, before retiring seven Cleveland hitters in a row, striking out the side in the sixth inning. After a shaky start, Ryan rebounded nicely to keep the Twins in the game, giving them six innings and surpassing 100 pitches in the process.

    In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cleveland bullpen took over. After a quiet sixth inning, pinch-hitter Trevor Larnach drew a walk with one out in the top of the seventh. Eli Morgan took over in relief for Cleveland. Ryan Jeffers crushed a 102 mph double down the left field line. A batter later, Luis Arraez turned on a fastball inside to hit a 359 foot, three run home run to put the Twins ahead five to three.

    Emilio Pagan took over in the eighth inning. After a Josh Naylor single, Franmil Reyes hit a center cut offering from Pagan 419 feet to tie the game at five. The Twins, it seems, will continue the revolving door of who will get high leverage opportunities behind Jhoan Duran. No one has stepped up with consistency.

    Duran pitched a scoreless ninth inning despite an infield single from Steven Kwan on a groundball Gio Urshela struggled to gain control of. In the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Garlick led off with a pinch-hit, infield single. Nick Gordon pinch ran for him and was thrown out on a close play at second base, bringing him to 3 for 6 in stolen base attempts on the season. Despite a Ryan Jeffers single, the game headed to extra innings after a Luis Arraez groundout.

    Duran got the tenth for the Twins. With a runner on second base, he induced a quick groundout from Jose Ramirez. After intentionally walking Josh Naylor, Duran managed to get Oscar Gonzalez to ground into an inning ending double play to end the inning and give the Twins a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the tenth inning.

    In the bottom of the tenth, Luis Arraez started on second base, with Byron Buxton at the plate. Buxton walked, putting runners at first and second base with no outs. Carlos Correa, Max Kepler, and Gary Sanchez struck out in consecutive at bats, stranding the runner, keeping the game tied at five, and dropping the Twins at 2-10 with RISP in the game.

    The Guardians took the lead in the eleventh. Andres Gimenez floating a 71 mph single to center field off Griffin Jax to retake the lead. Jax worked around further trouble to retire the side, leaving the Twins trailing 6-5, with Emmanuel Clase entering the game to close in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Clase managed the inning with relative ease, despite Jose Miranda missing a walkoff homerun by five feet. Just like that, the Twins are in second place.

    The loss leaves the Twins and Guardians tied at the top of the AL Central. The story was a familiar one for the Twins. They had ample opportunities to score more runs, but struggled to cash runners in scoring position. Ultimately, this game came down to a battle of the bullpens. The Twins aren't going to win too many of those against serious teams.

    Bullpen Usage Chart

      THU FRI SAT SUN TUE TOT
                 
    Jax 0 0 0 16 27 43
    Duffey 0 9 0 25 0 34
    Thornburg 0 33 0 0 0 33
    Thielbar 0 0 0 31 0 31
    Duran 0 0 0 0 27 27
    Cotton 0 0 10 0 11 21
    Pagán 0 0 0 0 17 17
    Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Next Up
    On Wednesday, the Twins will continue their series against Cleveland. Sonny Gray starts for Minnesota, against Triston McKenzie of the Guardians. First pitch is 6:40 CT.

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    4 hours ago, Jeff D. said:

    But your sentence "Outside of Arraez, nobody really makes the pitcher WORK on a consistent basis.", is so very accurate.

    The Twins are 6th in all of baseball in pitches seen per plate appearance, and actually above league average. So statistically speaking they're actually very good at making a pitcher work on a consistent basis. Better than all but 5 teams, in fact.

    Polanco is 11th in baseball, Arraez is 22nd, Buxton 34th, Sanchez 62nd.

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    12 hours ago, VivaBomboRivera! said:

    So, who called for Pagan to throw one slider after another to the Franimal? 

    Madness.

    I actually don’t see an issue with this. Reyes is very strikeout prone. Guys like him often swing and miss at breaking balls. Ryan struck him out throwing nothing but sliders early in the game, if I remember correctly. It’s not pitch selection, but placement. You gotta hit your spots. 

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    25 minutes ago, Mark G said:

    He does have 19 home runs, but look at the rest of the stats.  Buck has become an all or nothing hitter.  Have you seen his swing and the "launch angle" he is using?  I took away the 19 at bats the home runs produced and he is hitting .144 when not hitting home runs.  What would be more preferable against the back end of a bullpen with a runner on 2nd and no out, especially with your 3-4 coming up behind you?  Swing for the fences, or move the runner over?  I get he didn't get much to look at, and no, I would not have bunted Correa; we don't pay the man 35 mil to sacrifice bunt.  But this is FAR from the 1st or only time this has come up in extra innings the last couple of years.  He likely "showed bunt" the first pitch to get the infield in to swing through, not to actually bunt.  Past history somewhat proves the theory.  

    My overall question was why is the tool not in the shed?  Because it is not, by Rocco's own statements in the past.  Add to that we don't bunt for hits, don't hit and run, don't steal, etc., and the tool box is becoming considerably lighter.  Picture a pitcher only having one pitch and throwing it exclusively; how long would he last? (actually we might know after watching Pagan pitch to Reyes)  I just wish someone could articulate why it is sound baseball to enter a drum duel with only one drumstick in your hand?

    The Twins have attempted 8 sacrifice bunts this year. League average is 9. So they're ever so slightly below average in that. But they are at only 46.7% in terms of advancing a runner from 2nd with 0 outs, and league average there is 50.1% so they are certainly not great at that. They have converted 6 of their 8 sacrifice bunt attempts so perhaps that's something they should use more in extras to advance that guy. Agreed that Correa isn't the one to do it, though, and after Buxton walked last night that option was pretty well gone for the 10th inning.

    Interesting stats just for general knowledge: There are 3 teams that currently have attempted over 18 sacrifice bunts (so more than double league average). They are Washington (21 attempts), Arizona (20 attempts), and LA Angels (19 attempts). Those 3 teams rank 21st, 23rd, and 20th in runs scored per game this year. The Twins are 14th for reference. Of the top 10 scoring teams in baseball, 4 are at or above league average for sacrifice bunts (Yankees, Mets, Padres, Rockies). Of the bottom 10 scoring teams in baseball, 7 are at or above league average for sacrifice bunts (As, Pirates, Royals, Orioles, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Nationals). The next 3 lowest scoring teams are also all above average (Angels, White Sox, Astros). You can take that info to mean whatever you want. Maybe it doesn't mean anything. Just found it interesting.

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    I see a lot of complaints about Rocco not having Correa bunt and about him pitching Pagan against the stronger part of the Cleveland order in the eighth inning. I actually disagree with both of those criticisms, but have a different criticism. It just doesn't make sense to have your best hitter bunt down one run with a runner on second, particularly when the hitters behind him (Kepler, Sanchez, Urshela) are not hitting and have not shown themselves to be  run producers. Having Correa hit gives us the best chance to score in that situation. Using the more experienced reliever in Pagan to pitch against the better hitters also make sense to me, although Duran may be more ready for that role as the season goes on. This isn't Rocco's fault, the front office made an ill – advised trade to try to get a young starting pitcher by giving up our best relief pitcher, then Alcala got hurt, Duffy imploded, and Stashak is gone again for the year. None of those are Rocco's fault. He is doing what he can with a shorthanded bullpen.

    My big criticism of Rocco is the batting order. I know I have beaten this drum probably to death, but Kepler, Sanchez, and Urshela are not nor will they ever be consistent middle of the order run producers. They should be hitting 7, 8, and 9, not anywhere near the 4, 5 or 6 spots unless there's an injury. We are an inconsistent offensive team because we cannot find guys to hit in the 5 and 6 spots that consistently drive in runs. We will struggle until we fix that problem and we know that Kepler, Urshela, and Sanchez are not the solution.

    I think the best thing Rocco could do for this team's offense is to move Kirilloff to the 5 hole and Miranda to the 6 hole, leaving Kepler 7, Urshela 8 and the catcher 9. Try this for a month, see if they produce. At the same time, work in Larnach some to see if he can learn how to hit a major league breaking ball since he might be a guy that could fill that 5 or 6 role, and have Garlick start and hit number 4 or 5 against any left-handed starter with Kirilloff and Miranda still in the lineup hitting 6 and 7. This is after Polanco comes back, now they move up one. When Polanco returns either Larnach goes back to AAA to work on his breaking ball hitting or Celestino goes to AAA and Gordon becomes the backup CF. 

    We need better, more consistent run producers after the top four guys. I think there is a much better chance of achieving that result with Kirilloff, Miranda and Garlick in the 5 and 6 spots. This probably means fewer at bats for Urshela so we can squeeze Miranda in at 3B twice a week, and fewer to no DH at bats for Sanchez. I see those both these things as positives. I want to do this now because the next six weeks are when we find out who can do what, and fine tune the team for stretch drive that actually seems like it might be meaningful this year. We need to know if Kirilloff and Miranda are ready to help us in this way or not.  

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    1 hour ago, chpettit19 said:

    "Rocco is too stuck with his 'grand plans,' just does what the spreadsheet tells him to, and doesn't adjust for the situation! The Twins need to fire him!" 

    "Bunt Buxton/Correa because that's what the 'grand plan' is when the winning run is on second, what the 'right way to play the game' says you should do, and who the hitters are in that situation shouldn't make you adjust the plan! I should be manager so I can follow my 'grand plans' that are obviously smarter than Rocco's!"

    Fans, and their thought processes, are truly fascinating.

    Fans complaining about managers/coaches and their decisions/choices how dare they. We need to stomp this out before it catches on in other sports and other cities.

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    13 minutes ago, Jeff D. said:

    Good call out on the Twins taking pitches. It may seem they don't due to their inconsistency from game to game. Too bad Polanco was not in the lineup. Hope his return is on the horizon. Thanks for the information.

    GO TWINS!

    Twins Geezer out!

     

    I hear ya on things seeming certain ways because of the game to game inconsistency. Someone just corrected me in the last couple days when I complained that it felt like they were really bad at scoring guys from 3rd, when in actuality they're pretty darn good at it. The curse of a 162 game schedule I think. The negatives tend to stand out and get us all amped up!

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    3 minutes ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

    Fans complaining about managers/coaches and their decisions/choices how dare they. We need to stomp this out before it catches on in other sports and other cities.

    My comment wasn't on the general idea of fans complaining about managers/coaches, it was on the hypocrisy of some fans complaints. "Don't just follow a set plan!" followed by "Follow my set plan!" is annoyingly hypocritical.

    Some fans like to latch onto the term "analytics" and act like it's something new in the game and managers (Rocco specifically around here) are for the first time using a set of data/ideas to create the most effective plan as possible when in reality they just have more, and better, data than they used to so they've changed the strategies and some fans don't like it. Heck, I don't like the way the new strategies have changed the entertainment value of the game. I hate the 3 true outcomes approach and lack of stolen bases. This isn't the first time on field, or team building, strategies have changed. But "this is how it was done when I was young so it must be better than this approach" is not a reasonable explanation to me. And when people complain about sticking to a plan then counter it by suggesting the correct move is simply to follow their plan instead I'm going to call out the hypocrisy. I understand that it's a generational thing and in 20 years I'll be the guy complaining about "it worked in my day so Manager X should do it that way instead," but I'm not old enough to be that cranky guy yet so I must play my younger generation role of pointing out that change is inevitable and not automatically wrong.

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    5 hours ago, Peter said:

    Agreed!! No way they recover from this. They lose first place twins will slide down as Chicago will pass them. Wasted season as twins teased us💩😡🖕🤬👎🤮. If I’d have know this would’ve happened I’d rather see twins of old losing instead. We have double a pitching our bullpen is terrible. Can’t wait to see twins get swept and put us out of misery.

    Are you just trolling? You can’t wait to see our favorite baseball team lose?

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    Playing college baseball back in my day at Univ of Maryland, our coaching staff blasted us for failing to get a bunt down 3 times in a game as a team that we lost the day before by score of 1-0.  So guess what we did.  He put us in position groups, all pitchers went 1st, then outfielders, then infielders including catchers.  Our slowest guys on the team ran the bases in situations: guy on 2nd no outs to move him over.  You could bunt or hit to right side of diamond.  If you swung and didn't hit it to right side it was a fail and the portion group got dinged for it.  2 hour practice and this is all we did.  Coaches figured out who could do it, or better feel was who cared to do it.  He narrowed each position group down to one guy from each.  Rest of the year, he knew he had at least 3 guys who could do it and they were pitch hitters in the situation that called for it.  Final 33 games of the year, we successfully sacrificed ourselves for the team by converting 18 straight times resulting in 17 runs scored from 3rd base or suicide squeeze.  If you don't work on it, never comes easier.  Big league players get paid to play the game and I don't care how much they make.  Do the job!

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    2 hours ago, chpettit19 said:

    The Twins are 6th in all of baseball in pitches seen per plate appearance, and actually above league average. So statistically speaking they're actually very good at making a pitcher work on a consistent basis. Better than all but 5 teams, in fact.

    Polanco is 11th in baseball, Arraez is 22nd, Buxton 34th, Sanchez 62nd.

    Polanco and Arraez absolutely have an approach that forces a pitcher to "work," but Buxton and Sanchez strike out a ton. I'm curious how much of an impact K% has on pitches seen per plate appearance. 

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    20 minutes ago, KirbyDome89 said:

    Polanco and Arraez absolutely have an approach that forces a pitcher to "work," but Buxton and Sanchez strike out a ton. I'm curious how much of an impact K% has on pitches seen per plate appearance. 

    I mean at the end of the day Polanco sees 4.26 Pitches/PA, Arraez 4.16, Buxton 4.10, and Sanchez 3.96. So they all see 4 pitches per plate appearance. I'd think the pitcher is throwing his best pitches to Buxton since he knows Buxton can take him deep if he just lays one in there. So to me the pitcher is "working" just as hard in those Buxton PAs as he is in the Polanco or Arraez PAs. Now the end results of the PA may be different, but a Buxton K on 4 pitches is just as much work as an Arraez single on 4 pitches, isn't it?

    We can get into things like swinging vs looking strike percentages, chase rates, etc. and say that Buxton and Sanchez could make the pitcher work even harder by not having such high swinging strike percentages, or chasing so many pitches, but at the end of the day the pitcher is having to throw 4 good pitches, on average, every time one of those 4 guys come up. I'd honestly have guessed that Arraez would have a much larger lead on Buxton here, though. The Twins K rates definitely raise their pitches per plate appearance numbers, but it's still making the pitchers work more than most teams. It'd just be nice if the end results of some of those plate appearances weren't strikeouts. Although, to be fair, the Twins are actually exactly league average in SO% (22.2%), and above average in BB% (9.0% which is 8th in baseball).

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    36 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

    I mean at the end of the day Polanco sees 4.26 Pitches/PA, Arraez 4.16, Buxton 4.10, and Sanchez 3.96. So they all see 4 pitches per plate appearance. I'd think the pitcher is throwing his best pitches to Buxton since he knows Buxton can take him deep if he just lays one in there. So to me the pitcher is "working" just as hard in those Buxton PAs as he is in the Polanco or Arraez PAs. Now the end results of the PA may be different, but a Buxton K on 4 pitches is just as much work as an Arraez single on 4 pitches, isn't it?

    We can get into things like swinging vs looking strike percentages, chase rates, etc. and say that Buxton and Sanchez could make the pitcher work even harder by not having such high swinging strike percentages, or chasing so many pitches, but at the end of the day the pitcher is having to throw 4 good pitches, on average, every time one of those 4 guys come up. I'd honestly have guessed that Arraez would have a much larger lead on Buxton here, though. The Twins K rates definitely raise their pitches per plate appearance numbers, but it's still making the pitchers work more than most teams. It'd just be nice if the end results of some of those plate appearances weren't strikeouts. Although, to be fair, the Twins are actually exactly league average in SO% (22.2%), and above average in BB% (9.0% which is 8th in baseball).

    Possibly yeah, obviously more goes into it than just K%, I was singling out one factor. Agreed, I'm not going down the rabbit hole of chase rates, swinging strikes, ect. I don't necessarily think all strikes are created equal, and I certainly wouldn't put a Sanchez AB in the same category with Arraez. That was part of my nitpick. 

    Same. Yeah, I saw they were middle of the pack in team K rate. I'm too lazy to look up what kind of impact extremes like Arraez or maybe Polanco have on the pitches seen per appearance, i.e. are the Twins the 6th most patient lineup in baseball, or is their current position buoyed by a couple guys while the rest of the lineup is more or less in line with the K% - average. It looked like moving 1% in either direction has them in the top or bottom third of the league as far as K% goes. 

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    Well reported Jamie. Ryan isn't 100% that resulted in some early runs but it was great to see him go out there and SO the side in his final innning, This was a winnable game that should have been won, and hurt losing. Pagan has put in some good performances this year but he hasn't proven to us that he can come in a close and big game and w/o a doubt shut down the competion. I wish FO will stop showcasing Pagan to try to make him look good. I get it that we really don't have anyone beside Duran to come in and that is why I'm really missing Rogers. 

    I was totally against the Rogers/ Paddack trade, FO told CC that we were in a competing mode. So why trade away our only dependable closer? it doesn't make sense. Maybe eventually Pagan will become that closer we need but we don't need him next year we need him right now. Rogers has helped SD to be competive, right now we are hurting and FO needs to find some one like Rogers to help us to get to and advance in the play offs.

    To end on a positive note. Arraez is producing like an all-star he should be voted in as one.

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    8 hours ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

    The Buxton that was 0 - 4 with 3 K's can't bunt? He walked so not horrible call not bunting, but in a tie game in the 10th with guys at 1st and 2nd and no outs I telling Correa to bunt.

    If the home team comes up in extra innings and the away team didn't score, it should be an automatic bunt to start the inning.

    You want your number three hitter bunting with the winning run in scoring position?

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    6 hours ago, Squirrel said:

    Yeah, me too ... it's why whenever someone says we need to trade for a starter, I counter ... no ... BP arms (plural); GOOD BP arms (plural). We might not always like Rocco's usage, but he doesn't have a lot to work with, imo. 

    I guess the new fangled baseball isn't for old time fans who loved to see the same players everyday and also not really a fan of how soft they are becoming  Soft so they can extend their careers or so the owners get their money's worth.  Give me Mickey Mantel and Roger Maris any day!

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    29 minutes ago, Doctor Gast said:

    To end on a positive note. Arraez is producing like an all-star he should be voted in as one

    So why does his name coming up so often in trade situations?  How long do we have before we lose him because his big pay day is coming up?

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    14 hours ago, prouster said:

    You want your number three hitter bunting with the winning run in scoring position?

    In extra innings with guys at 1st and 2nd in a tie game, yup, shouldn't your number 4 batter be able to hit a fly ball? You need one run to win the game, I am going to do whatever it takes to win. Do I want Correa bunting in the first 9 innings or needing more than 1 run to win in extra innings, absolutely not.

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    34 minutes ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

    In extra innings with guys at 1st and 2nd in a tie game, yup, shouldn't your number 4 batter be able to hit a fly ball? You need one run to win the game, I am going to do whatever it takes to win. Do I want Correa bunting in the first 9 innings or needing more than 1 run to win in extra innings, absolutely not.

    Strongly disagree. He’s the guy that’s paid to drive in that run. 

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    7 minutes ago, prouster said:

    Strongly disagree. He’s the guy that’s paid to drive in that run. 

    The way I look at it is there is someplace between 28% and 29% he gets a hits. (Basically his career average), Kepler has a 24% chance of getting a hit. Neither of them are great odds. But if Correa moves the runners up, Kepler has 23 career sac flies or if they walk him, Sanchez already has 2 this year.

    Now since Correa doesn't have even one career sac bunt (that I can tell), the odds are he would have failed and this would be moot, but even giving a sign that he might bunt can change the fielders position and the pitches mind set

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    On 6/22/2022 at 8:25 AM, Squirrel said:

    A talented underperforming team … inconsistent bats that too often do not come through when needed. Not sure that’s a spreadsheet problem. And a not talented enough bullpen, imo. I’d call that a FO blame more than a spreadsheet problem, for not stocking the bp with the necessary arms. You have a starter who went 6, he used Pagan and Duran correctly, imo … and we lost. But this time I don’t think it was Rocco and the spreadsheets. I’m not a Rocco fan, but I’m not a dislike, either, I’m meh on him, but this loss is not on Rocco and his spreadsheets, imo

    We were facing a pitcher with an ERA in the 7's and he goes off a spread sheet that says this pitcher does better against lefty's so he sits lefty's and as DH bats a guy (Sanchez) hitting in the low 200's at DH because he hits RH, when even then he could of hit another guy thet has been hitting in the 300's for the last couple weeks (Miranda)? You got a pitcher with those numbers IMO you play your game noy play to his game. Who knows if there would have been a difference but it sure seems to be a stupid way to make out a lineup. I do agree with you about the pen. I have been saying on here since the end of April we need at least 2 more bullpen arms!

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    On 6/22/2022 at 8:47 AM, chpettit19 said:

    Franmil Reyes was hitting .121, and slugging .121, against sliders going into that at bat. All 4 of his previous HRs came on fastballs. Along with both of his doubles. Last year he hit .219 on breaking balls and .278 on fastballs. In 2020 he hit .155 on sliders and .323 on fastballs. Has slugged over 100 points higher against fastballs each of the last 3 years. He's a vastly better fastball hitter than slider hitter. But any pitch directly down the middle has the chance of going the other way at a very high rate of speed no matter who the hitter is. Throwing a bad slider hitter sliders isn't a bad choice, it was just poorly executed. 

    True, but the guy was just off the IL. probably didn't have his timing back just yet, and what are the odds that he can execute that many quality sliders in a row? Reyes is also known to chase on high heat so why not try that? Rather see a BB than a HR.

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    15 minutes ago, Karbo said:

    True, but the guy was just off the IL. probably didn't have his timing back just yet, and what are the odds that he can execute that many quality sliders in a row? Reyes is also known to chase on high heat so why not try that? Rather see a BB than a HR.

    Mixing in a high fastball certainly wouldn't have been an awful choice. Change eye levels at least. Not suggesting it's crazy to have wanted to throw him a fastball, but there's definitely plenty of reason to have been spinning him sliders. At the end of the day it's about executing whichever pitch you throw. A fastball down the middle is also very likely to be hit high and far as well. It was just an awful pitch.

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    7 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

    Mixing in a high fastball certainly wouldn't have been an awful choice. Change eye levels at least. Not suggesting it's crazy to have wanted to throw him a fastball, but there's definitely plenty of reason to have been spinning him sliders. At the end of the day it's about executing whichever pitch you throw. A fastball down the middle is also very likely to be hit high and far as well. It was just an awful pitch.

    It always comes down to execution doesn't it?

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    4 hours ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

    The way I look at it is there is someplace between 28% and 29% he gets a hits. (Basically his career average), Kepler has a 24% chance of getting a hit. Neither of them are great odds. But if Correa moves the runners up, Kepler has 23 career sac flies or if they walk him, Sanchez already has 2 this year.

    Now since Correa doesn't have even one career sac bunt (that I can tell), the odds are he would have failed and this would be moot, but even giving a sign that he might bunt can change the fielders position and the pitches mind set

    Correa came up with the winning run on second base and nobody out. You have your 3, 4, and 5 hitters in line to drive that run in. By letting him swing, your giving the team three chances to drive the run in instead of two. I just don’t think it’s good baseball to have your three hole hitter bunt, especially when the winning run is looking at him across the diamond. 

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