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  1. Great comeback Sunday against the Royals to make the stretch 4-1!
  2. I have a roster question regarding the series in Toronto in early June. Do we know which Twins aren’t vaccinated? They will be unable to play in Toronto as vaxes are required to play there. Simmons was in that category last year. Twins would be able to substitute with players on or off the 40 man as with COVID IL players.
  3. The next 17 games are absolutely critical. The Twins need to go 12-5 or better yet 14-3. Two games vs Oakland, 8 games vs Detroit, and 7 games against KC. That followed by 3 games in Toronto, 3 games vs Yankees, 3 games vs TB, and 3 games in Seattle. We need to bank as many wins as possible before we hit that stretch. Record:6-1
  4. Per Post game interview with Rocco, Bundy will start Tuesday’s game, Cotton dfa’d. Carlos hopes to be ready this series which means activated either Tuesday or Wednesday. Probably means either Lewis or Miranda sent down, with the other sent down for Larnach when he’s ready.
  5. Official Contreras optioned, Garlick activated and in lineup tonight.
  6. Kirilloff to St. Paul, Smeltzer up, Sano to 60 Day. It’s official. Ober on rehab to St. Paul.
  7. Looks like Smeltzer coming up. Maybe now Sano to 60 day?
  8. I’m assuming more roster moves today. Correa to IL, Arraez and Bundy to COVID-19 IL, Lewis now up, Kirilloff comes off IL, and I’m guessing Gray comes back early to take Bundy’s slot. Could be other moves as well. Sands since Gray and Archer aren’t going more than 4 innings until stretched out? Rotation will be Ryan, Paddack, Winder, Gray and Archer for now. Smeltzer could get the call soon.
  9. Growing up my favorite years had Herb, Merle Harmon, Halsey and the smooth Ray Scott doing broadcasts on both TV and radio. (Only about 30-35 games on TV). I liked Ryan Lefebvre and was sad to see him leave for KC. The most professional team we ever had was a few years on TV with Ted Robinson and Jim Kaat, like listening to a national broadcast. I do like Justin’s insights, a good change of pace to what Bert was. Like Smalley and Hawkins as well. And of course Dick B calls a good game.
  10. Wilson Ramos is still out there as a free agent. He’s not the hitter he used to be and he’s right handed, but he’s still good defensively. That’s who I’d go after.
  11. Paddack got out of the inning because he saw Stashak warming up. He wants to give them a chance to win. If Stashak comes in the game will become a blowout. I don’t know what Rocco sees in him. Duffy and Stashak are for blowouts only.
  12. Not too early to panic. He started downhill late last season. Velocity down a tick. Right now I consider him and Stashak to be mop up guys, good for blowouts one way or the other. No close games. At some point we need to look to the Saints, Minaya, Smeltzer, Cano and maybe Moran could be options down the road.
  13. Does anyone know who is on the Twins taxi squad this year? Since we’re on our first road trip, it might be interesting to know. Thanks.
  14. A lot of fans are going to be pissed if players get injured tonight. Rained all afternoon, still raining lightly with a severe thunderstorm watch til midnight. Heavy t-storms expected before 8 pm.
  15. Book this: On at least 6 occasions this summer, Buck and Carlos will lead off a game with back to back homers. That should calm down whoever is starting those games.
  16. Caleb Thielbar has 0 lifetime saves. The Twins have 4 pitchers with either the experience, the temperament or the stuff to be closers - Duran, Alcala, Pagan and Joe Smith. Those are the only four pitchers who should see the eighth or ninth with the game on the line. TK is the only manager we’ve ever had who put into place a setup rotation of two guys who pitched the eighth in front of a closer. In 87 he alternated Atherton and Beringuer for the eighth and in 91 he used Bedrosian and Willis. That’s the way a bullpen should work and that’s why we won pennants. Rocco should do the same with the four I mentioned earlier. Find out whose the best option for closer, go with that guy and set up a set up rotation with the others.
  17. No this one’s on Rocko. I’m sorry but he did have a former closer to bring in - Pagan had 20 saves with TB and he added a pitch during the off season. If he hadn’t used Duran for two innings yesterday, I would have gone with him. But I think Pagan would have gotten the job done as well.
  18. Now that SD has acquired Manaea, they have some excess pitching. We need to contact them. They’re searching for outfield help.
  19. I have to ask a question. Today Joe Ryan was named opening day starter and Gray has not pitched one inning this spring. I think everyone expected Gray to start the opener. Is there any indication that he is injured? That would also affect the opening day roster.
  20. With all of Thorpe’s injuries, his velocity was way down (and it wasn’t that great to start). With no options I assumed they would either DFA or sneak him through on waivers. Smeltzer has had a pretty good spring, so I assumed he’d take Thorpe’s place on the 28 man (and 40) roster. I think the addition of Archer means we might lose another body on the 40 man. (i.e., does Rooker make the team, he’s out of options as well).
  21. Now trade either Martin or Lewis for Montas.
  22. I guess their grade goes from D+ to A. Totally unexpected.
  23. At this point, I would have to give the front office a D+ grade. And they only get the plus for getting Gray. No shortstop, no pitching depth, no reliable backup catcher, and no prospects for improvement. I never thought I’d say this, but bring back Terry Ryan.
  24. Sorry to say that with so many teams in on the A’s pitchers, we won’t have a shot there. With Big Mike out we’d better just bring up all the kids - Winder, SWR, Balazovic, etc.
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