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  1. As has already been addressed in other threads, the rest of this month is key. Luckily a 1-0 victory similar to earlier games this season saved then from being swept by the Guardinians and got them tied for first instead of 2 games back. The Colorado series is kind of scary but may be a blessing to play on the road and loose. Then the make or break 5 games at Cleveland in 4 days to close out the month. Really is a brutal run of games with the next off day not until July 7. .500 ball through all of this is most that can be expected but it could be much worse.
  2. What is disconcerting is that the Central schedule was supposed to be the path to the Central championship. Now it seems to be the big obstacle starting with losing 4 of 5 to Detroit and now the first 2 to Cleveland at home. This could be the beginning of the end and first place already in the rear view mirror. Baldelli has wrecked the bull pen with his refusal to trust the starters to even go 5. Hey Rocco, your spread sheets don't get tired arms. And to paraphrase an ex player and White Sox broadcaster, "If the Twins lose to the Guardians (I love that name, moderator ) tonight this season is OVER".
  3. All I know is that Castro was brought in for his framing ability and it was the Twins that got framed. Why add a better pitcher or 2 when you can bring in a catcher that will improve the entire staff? That was the Falvey/Levine "pitch" to explain their big acquisition. Season tickets go on sale now.
  4. Totally off topic but, being from DC I also follow the ex Redskins, now Commanders, after being called Football Team. Maybe these "Native American" names have actually been offensive to some but the replacement names are very hard to swallow never mind get used to. As stated many times I follow the Twins as being the "Old" Senators. Now that name was offensive.
  5. Excuse me; I meant Guardians. Forgot Cleveland was an expansion team. Should not be a problem. Reconvening on 7/1 is a good idea.
  6. You are not worried about the Guardians when they are the team that is 1 game back and they play the Twins 8 games in 10 days to close out the month? Maybe you are correct but unless the Twins win at least 5 of those 8 games you may be disappointed. There is something about this Twins team that makes it seem they are always on the brink of a tail spin. The rest of June should either dispel that or confirm it.
  7. You are right, he should have read the geeks' spread sheet. That part of my post still stands including outfielders carrying cheat sheets with them when they take the field. I am totally against all of that bs as well as qbs with head phones in their helmets in the NFL. Why wasn't the Astros stealing signs considered to be analytics? They were simply using technology to gain an advantage. By the way, the best teams still seem to win, the game is what has suffered in the process and might as well be played by robots. May the best robot win.
  8. Maybe Baldelli in 2019 did instruct the players to hit as many home runs as they could. If he hadn't it never would have happened. As far as injuries and hodge podge pitching is concerned, name a manager who doesn't have to contend with either or both.
  9. 2019 doesn't count because Rocco did not "manage" the all time MLB home run record. 2020 doesn't count for obvious reasons. No question that Baldelli manages by the numbers and almost seems to detest starting pitchers in that he seems to relish yanking them before they can qualify for a win. I will say that the way the game is played today the list of pitchers in most box scores is almost as long as the "non pitchers" and more and more the non pitchers are asked to pitch. The classic example of analytics gone wild was a few days ago when Girardi intentionally walked a batter with a 1-2 count (playing the percentages as he said) to get a lefty on lefty matchup and the ensuing batter hit a game winning home run. Managers today don't seem to even watch the game, they just run the numbers sent down by the geeks behind computers many of whom have never played the game.
  10. Assuming they win the Central, we all know what the elephant in the room is; that first playoff series. The team needs to focus on the next game as in Seattle again tonight and go ahead and win the series just for kicks. As fans, we can start worrying about the first playoff series in October. Playoffs? Playoffs?
  11. Is this the same as previous thread "Is this team legit"? Legitimate contender is redundant. Contender is contender. If they split the final 101 games that gets them to 85 wins. I think what gets them to 90 is that they have yet to hit on all cylinders. I will go with the 90-94. Winning 2 of the last 3 series means a lot and could/should have won all three. Dog days lie ahead after the Indians/Guardians marathon to close out the month.
  12. I admittedly am on the senior side of the ages on this board so maybe I am simply behind the times. However, I have no clue as to the viability of this discussion and the fact that there are 100 plus replies. The Twins-Yankees thread appears to have little or no interest. So my conclusion is that this board is a vicarious GM experience for many members and actual game results and competition are of no interest. The comment that was made about Baldelli not giving starters a chance to go 6 innings is the most relevant I saw and last night was no exception if anyone was paying attention.
  13. Go ahead and win the series. Why not? Yankees outfielders looked lost last night other than the great throw to the plate. Good to see Buxton back in form.
  14. Hey Killebrewlover, that's where my Number3 comes from. Anyway, all I ever hoped for was not getting swept in any of the out of division games this month. So they have a game to play with after winning 2 in Toronto. Losing 4 of 5 in Detroit definitely diminished breathing room. I am much more concerned with the 8 games in 10 days they have against the Cleveland team as the month comes to an end. Please just at least split the next two against the Yankees as getting swept ruins any mojo they may have left. Rocco, throw your analytics spread sheets in the trash and play your A team all 18 innings the next 2 games.
  15. Whatever is being thrown out there won't happen. Correa has the right salary. Just teach him to pitch and install Lewis at SS where he belongs. Problem solved. Twins playing the Yankees tonight but its much more fun to play GM with some down the road trade that will never happen.
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