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  1. Bailey Ober shined in tonight's ballgame, as his strong start helped the Minnesota Twins avoid the three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Box Score Ober: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Home Runs: Cruz (14); Jeffers (4) Top 3 WPA: Ober .195; Polanco .145; Donaldson .096 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Bailey Ober Faced the Minimum in Four Innings of Work Bailey Ober brought his A game to the mound tonight, as he was in complete control, dominating the Seattle Mariners lineup in four innings of work. The only baserunner that he all
  2. Box Score Ober: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Home Runs: Cruz (14); Jeffers (4) Top 3 WPA: Ober .195; Polanco .145; Donaldson .096 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Bailey Ober Faced the Minimum in Four Innings of Work Bailey Ober brought his A game to the mound tonight, as he was in complete control, dominating the Seattle Mariners lineup in four innings of work. The only baserunner that he allowed was a leadoff single in the fourth to J.P. Crawford. Crawford would later be thrown out in a strike’em out throw’em out double play. Crawford was initially
  3. Judge and Stanton Clobber Dobnak It sure feels like a long time since the Twins threw Randy Dobnak in Game 2 of the ALDS against this Yankees lineup. In that game, Dobnak gave up four runs in 2+ innings pitched. Tonight didn’t go much better for the struggling right-hander, as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton tee’d off on him. Together, Judge and Stanton combined to go 5-for-6 off Dobnak with three home runs and two doubles. In the first, it was Aaron Judge who got the home run derby started, as he cleared the fence in left-center field to put the Yankees up 1-0. Th
  4. As they usually do against the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees lineup came to play tonight, as they scored nine runs on fourteen hits, four of which left the ballpark. Judge and Stanton Clobber Dobnak It sure feels like a long time since the Twins threw Randy Dobnak in Game 2 of the ALDS against this Yankees lineup. In that game, Dobnak gave up four runs in 2+ innings pitched. Tonight didn’t go much better for the struggling right-hander, as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton tee’d off on him. Together, Judge and Stanton combined to go 5-for-6 off Dobnak with three home runs an
  5. Box Score Dobnak: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Jeffers (1) Bottom 3 WPA: Astudillo -.127, Dobnak -.124, Colome -.100, Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Squandered Opportunities in the 1st Just two batters into the ballgame, the Twins already had a threat mounting against Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey, after Jorge Polanco leadoff the game with a double, and was followed by a walk from Josh Donaldson. That opportunity, like many others before it this season, was not taken advantage of, as three and four hitters Alex Kirilloff and
  6. With today being June 2nd, the date that marks both the beginning of Lou Gehrig became the Yankees’ starting first baseman and the date in 1941 that he passed away at the age of 37, Major League Baseball decided to honor him with the first ever Lou Gehrig Day. Box Score Dobnak: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Jeffers (1) Bottom 3 WPA: Astudillo -.127, Dobnak -.124, Colome -.100, Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Squandered Opportunities in the 1st Just two batters into the ballgame, the Twins already had a threat mounting against Or
  7. Box Score Pineda: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K Home Runs: Sano (9) Top 3 WPA: Sano .341, Pineda .205, Thielbar .076 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Michael Pineda Shines in Return from IL It was a brief stint on the IL for Michael Pineda, who had to miss just one start as a result of having a procedure to remove an abscess on the inner part of his thigh. This was welcome news for the Twins as Pineda has unquestionably been their best starting pitcher early on in the 2021 season. The Baltimore Orioles jumped out on Pineda early, as Trey Mancini, who is well
  8. Spearheaded by a great start from Michael Pineda, and a three-run bomb from Miguel Sano the Twins completed a three game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles and have now won six of their last seven ballgames. Box Score Pineda: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K Home Runs: Sano (9) Top 3 WPA: Sano .341, Pineda .205, Thielbar .076 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Michael Pineda Shines in Return from IL It was a brief stint on the IL for Michael Pineda, who had to miss just one start as a result of having a procedure to remove an abscess on the inner part of his thigh.
  9. Box Score Shoemaker: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Cruz (10) Bottom 3 WPA: Kepler -.194, Garlick -.130, Sano -.112 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Matt Shoemaker Gives Twins a Quality Start It has been a rough stretch for Twins starter Matt Shoemaker of late, as he has a paltry 7.83 ERA over his last five starts entering play on Wednesday. That makes today’s start by Shoemaker all the more encouraging, as he gave the Twins his first quality start since his first start of the season. This one, however, was much more impressive as it came against the game’s best
  10. It was yet another day where the Twins lineup was almost non-existent, as they were only able to muster just one run on two hits, both coming off the bat of Nelson Cruz, as the Twins fall to the White Sox yet again and are now 11.5 games back in the division. Box Score Shoemaker: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Cruz (10) Bottom 3 WPA: Kepler -.194, Garlick -.130, Sano -.112 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Matt Shoemaker Gives Twins a Quality Start It has been a rough stretch for Twins starter Matt Shoemaker of late, as he has a paltry 7.83 ERA over his las
  11. The Twins woes with runners in scoring position did them in again tonight, as they game themselves plenty of scoring chances, but went 0-for-9 with RISP and failed to cash in on any of them and fell to the Texas Rangers by a score of 3-1.Box Score Thorpe: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Garver (6) Bottom 3 WPA: Polanco -.188, Kepler -.174, Simmons -.130 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Download attachment: Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 10.20.39 PM.png Garver goes deep Mitch Garver got the scoring started with one out in the bottom of second when he blasted an 88-mph fastball into
  12. Box Score Thorpe: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Garver (6) Bottom 3 WPA: Polanco -.188, Kepler -.174, Simmons -.130 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Garver goes deep Mitch Garver got the scoring started with one out in the bottom of second when he blasted an 88-mph fastball into the second deck in left-center field. After hitting just two home runs in 23 games in 2020, Garver is back on his 2019 home run pace, as this was already his sixth so far this season. https://twitter.com/BallySportsNOR/status/1390103662530375686 Twins blow great scoring chance in the 4th After
  13. Byron Buxton had a career day as part of the Twins offensive explosion. After some offensive woes, the Twins gave us a glimpse of the 2019 Twins offense. The question is, will this game be the launchpad for the season, or is it just a random one game explosion?Box Score Happ: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Buxton (8), Donaldson (2), Polanco (1), Astudillo (2), Garver 2 (4) Top 3 WPA: Buxton .137, Polanco .095, Happ .089 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Download attachment: chart.png The Twins home run derby Entering Wednesday’s ballgame, the Twins lineup had produced just 10 fi
  14. Box Score Happ: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Buxton (8), Donaldson (2), Polanco (1), Astudillo (2), Garver 2 (4) Top 3 WPA: Buxton .137, Polanco .095, Happ .089 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): The Twins home run derby Entering Wednesday’s ballgame, the Twins lineup had produced just 10 first inning runs in 22 ballgames, which was tied for 21st in Major League Baseball. That trend of first inning futility did not carry over into this game, as the Twins had already scored four runs just four batters into the ballgame. It all got started with this Byron Buxton opposite field ho
  15. If it’s not one thing, it’s the other. The bats finally caught fire for the Twins but Kenta Maeda had a nightmare start and Alexander Colomé blew the lead ... twice! Read more about the game in tonight’s recap.Box Score Maeda: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Home Runs: Donaldson (1), Cruz 2 (6), Buxton (6) Bottom 3 WPA: Colomé -.957, Maeda -.651, Astudillo -.179 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Download attachment: chart.png Kenta Maeda has rough outing After a career year in 2020 (well career couple of months) Kenta Maeda has not been on form to start his 2021 campaign, with today’s sta
  16. Box Score Maeda: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Home Runs: Donaldson (1), Cruz 2 (6), Buxton (6) Bottom 3 WPA: Colomé -.957, Maeda -.651, Astudillo -.179 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Kenta Maeda has rough outing After a career year in 2020 (well career couple of months) Kenta Maeda has not been on form to start his 2021 campaign, with today’s start being one of the worst of his career. While control was not an issue for Maeda in terms of allowing walks, it was a massive issue within the strike zone, as he left a lot of hittable pitches in the middle of the zone and the Athletics did
  17. The Minnesota Twins scratched across just three total runs as they were swept in today’s doubleheader against Boston. Their losing streak extends to five, all of which have been at home. Read more about the games in today’s recap.Game 1: BOS 3, MIN 2 Box Score Maeda: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Home Runs: None Game 2: BOS 7, MIN 1 Box Score Berríos: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K Home Runs: None Twins continue to struggle with RISP The theme of the Twins four-game losing streak has been their inability to come up with hits when they need them most. In those four games, the Twins are
  18. Game 1: BOS 3, MIN 2 Box Score Maeda: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Home Runs: None Game 2: BOS 7, MIN 1 Box Score Berríos: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K Home Runs: None Twins continue to struggle with RISP The theme of the Twins four-game losing streak has been their inability to come up with hits when they need them most. In those four games, the Twins are a paltry 3-for-35 with runners in scoring position, which included 1-for-9 in the first game of Wednesday’s double-header. When you consider that the Twins have lost those four games by a combined total of six runs, it becomes eve
  19. Alex Colomé didn’t make the best first impression, blowing a lead on Opening Day, but he certainly impressed this afternoon in Detroit. The veteran right-hander protected a one-run lead over both the eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory. Continue reading for more on today’s series-clinching win.Box Score Maeda: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Home Runs: None Top 3 WPA: Colomé .374, Polanco .235, Robles .114 Bottom 3 WPA: Garver -.185, Sanó -.080, Cruz -.032 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Download attachment: chart.png Baddoo Stays Hot Akil Baddoo continued to torture his fo
  20. Box Score Maeda: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Home Runs: None Top 3 WPA: Colomé .374, Polanco .235, Robles .114 Bottom 3 WPA: Garver -.185, Sanó -.080, Cruz -.032 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs): Baddoo Stays Hot Akil Baddoo continued to torture his former organization in today’s game. In the bottom of the second, Baddoo got the scoring started with an RBI triple. He followed that up in the next half inning, when he made a great play and throw to nail Andrelton Simmons, who was trying to turn a single into a double, to leadoff the inning. Matthew Boyd Controls Twins Bats Early T
  21. Lol good catch on the MPH. I updated the article to the correct unit of measurement.
  22. As we move forward in the AL Central Rundown series, our next look will be at center fielders across the division. Coming off a couple strong seasons, it’s worth asking is Byron Buxton the best center fielder in the AL Central, or will somebody else reign supreme in 2021?The Rundown Center field is a position filled with youth in the AL Central, as the average age of the five projected starting center fielders within the division is just under 27-years-old. Throughout the division, there is a good mix of superstar upside, and solid everyday starter. However, there is also a lot of risk at th
  23. The Rundown Center field is a position filled with youth in the AL Central, as the average age of the five projected starting center fielders within the division is just under 27-years-old. Throughout the division, there is a good mix of superstar upside, and solid everyday starter. However, there is also a lot of risk at the position and projecting what kind of season most of these players will have in 2021 will be quite difficult. When it is all said and done, the AL Central will likely come down to the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox in a heated battle down the stretch. So, it is
  24. The long wait for baseball to return is finally over. Not only have MLB teams began reporting to camp, but the 2021 college baseball season begins on Friday. So that brings the question, who are some of the players that could be on the Twins radar to take in this summer’s MLB Draft?After finishing the 2020 MLB season with the 4th best record in baseball, the Twins are slated to have the 27th pick in this year’s draft. However, with the Astros first round pick being taken away as part of their punishment for the sign stealing scandal, the Twins will have the 26th pick in the draft. Additional
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