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  1. Can throw 100+ but is going to need secondary pitches and some health to be a stud. Good high risk high reward pick
  2. I see Twins legend Rene Rivera launched a home run against us today. How is he still in the majors!?!
  3. Luis Arraez LF Josh Donaldson 3B Trevor Larnach RF Nelson Cruz DH Max Kepler CF Jorge Polanco 2B Alex Kirilloff 1B Ben Rortvedt C Andrelton Simmons SS SP: Jose Berrios Cesar Hernandez 2B Amed Rosario SS Jose Ramirez 3B Eddie Rosario LF Bobby Bradley DH Harold Ramirez RF Josh Naylor 1B Bradley Zimmer CF Austin Hedges C SP: J.C. Mejia While the Twins have had their fair share of injuries and disappointing performances, it will be interesting to find out how the Indians can now react to their fair share of adversity. Out of Cleveland's Opening Day rotation, nobody is left. Currently, JC Mejia, Cal Quantrill, Sam Hentges, and Eli Morgan make up the current roster..... I don't know who any of those guys are. It would suck if the injury woes derail the season, as the Indians were seemingly on their way to the playoffs. Work has been slowly taking more and more of my days, so I have had less time to watch the team. What may I have missed over the past few weeks? (Wrong answers only}
  4. Lineups: Twins 1. Jorge Polanco 2B 2. Josh Donaldson 3B 3. Nelson Cruz DH 4. Rob Refsnyder RF 5. Miguel Sano 1B 6. Trevor Larnach LF 7. Ryan Jeffers C 8. Andrelton Simmons SS 9. Gilberto Celestino CF SP: Michael Pineda Astros 1. Jose Altuve 2B 2. Michael Brantley DH 3. Alex Bregman 3B 4. Yordan Alvarez LF 5. Yuli Gurriel 1B 6. Carlos Correa SS 7. Kyle Tucker RF 8. Myles Straw CF 9. Garrett Stubbs C P: Framber Valdez One of the biggest reasons of the current situation for the Twins is a barren pitching staff, so I looked at whether any old friends would have helped us this year... Jake Odorizzi: 1-3, 6.75 ERA Rich Hill: 5-2, 3.38 ERA Trevor May: 2-2, 3.86 ERA Sergio Romo: 0-0, 5.75 ERA Matt Wisler: 1-2, 6.05 ERA Zack Littell, 0-0, 1.47 ERA Sean Poppen, 0-0, 7.71 ERA I wanted Rich Hill back so badly...... but otherwise, the Twins' front office decisions did not affect this season at all. A short season makes it really hard to tell who is truly good and who's not, given the lack of data. Also: good for Zack Littell! Going back another year, we have Martin Perez: 4-3, 3.88 ERA Ryne Harper: 0-0, 1.29 ERA Blake Parker: 0-0, 2.45 ERA .......Am I missing somebody? Let's look at the AL ERA leaders: 1. Lance Lynn, 7-1, 1.23 ERA 2. Kyle Gibson, 4-0, 2.13 ERA Oh boy. Baseball is a strange game, isn't it?
  5. Even if the Twins are struggling, I still feel like this lineup is among the most exciting in baseball. Trevor Larnach and Alex Kirilloff are both very promising prospects with a lot of pop. Garver and Sano are starting to show their 2019 swings again. Simmons is a wizard at shortstop. Josh Donaldson is still a star of this league. We watched through the 2011-2014 seasons, right? The problem this year has been the lack of "clutch" moments so far. During the Metrodome era, my favorite player was Jason Kubel. Why, may you ask? It is because he seemed to perform when he was absolutely needed. The grand-slam cycle game, 2009 Game 163, the list goes on...... Jorge Polanco had the walkoff hit a couple nights ago, but he's not in the lineup. Baseball is my favorite sport because you can accurately tell how individual players are performing. For example, Josh Willingham was a Silver Slugger on an awful team. However, on the Vikings, it was hard to tell how well Harrison Smith was playing on a train-wreck defense. No matter how bad your favorite baseball team is, there is usually something to cheer for. A season is never truly lost. A legend climbing the all-time lists, a young guy reaching his potential, a pitcher with a lights-out fastball..... I sure hope that's not all I have to root for this year. The season is still very young. Lineups Luis Arraez 2B Josh Donaldson 3B Maximilian Kepler DH Alex Kirilloff RF Miguel Sano 1B Trevor Larnach LF Mitch Garver C Rob Refsnyder CF Andrelton Simmons SS P: Randy Dobnak Cesar Hernandez 2B Eddie Rosario OF Jose Ramirez 3B Franmil Reyes DH Josh Naylor OF Jordan Luplow OF Jake Bauers 1B Eddie Rosario SS Austin Hedges C P: Triston McKenzie Let's play ball!
  6. I don’t know of many other options that’d be better. I would love to see a team in San Juan. The Puerto Rico series a few years ago was incredible
  7. Yesterday was an awesome game to watch. A high-stakes matchup against a good team won in a nail-biter. Despite all of that, I will not be watching the game today. Why, may you ask? South Dakota State is gunning for a FCS national championship today. I know some people shrug off lower-level football, but there are a lot of high-caliber players that come from low level Division 1 football, may of which the Golden Gophers would have gladly used. Zach Zenner, Dallas Goedert, and Adam Vinatieri are three alumni that have had significant success. For baseball, Blake Treinen and the Twins' own Caleb Thielbar are currently relief pitchers. It is awesome to see the jump to Division 1 finally paying off, as more players of this region are given a chance to succeed against top programs. 1. Luis Arraez LF 2. Josh Donaldson 3B 3. Jorge Polanco 2B 4. Nelson Cruz DH 5. Trevor Larnach RF 6. Miguel Sano 1B 7. Max Kepler CF 8. Willians Astudillo C 9. Andrelton Simmons SS SP: Kenta Maeda 1. Mark Canha LF 2. Seth Brown RF 3. Ramon Laureano CF 4. Matt Olson 1B 5. Matt Chapman 3B 6. Jed Lowrie DH 7. Chad Pinder 2B 8. Sean Murphy C 9. Elvis Andrus SS SP : Chris Bassitt Even if being a sports fan around here is painful, let's be happy we aren't Oakland. The Warriors left for the brighter lights of San Francisco, the Raiders are in Las Vegas, and the A's are going to..... Montreal? Nashville? Portland? The A's HAVE to stay in Oakland, There is so much history there, Rickey Henderson's baserunning antics, the Bash Brothers, Moneyball..... The town needs a sports team. I understand that taxpayers shouldn't get the bill, but the owners have to understand why people aren't showing up in bunches to the Coliseum..... Let's get a win today, and worry about the next game afterwards!
  8. I am guessing Simmons will get more PAs after a few days. The COVID time off of seeing pitchers is definitely a big factor
  9. This has been a tough stretch of games to watch. An anemic offense, a horrendous bullpen, a COVID outbreak.... what's more to love? What does this team need to succeed? We just have to remember: Season is not over.... yet. 2011 was a bad year as a Twins fan. After a great 2010 opening season at Target Field, the team fell flat. Cuddyer was the strongest hitter in a sea of bad players: Luke Hughes, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Matt Tolbert, Rene Tosoni, Jason Repko, Drew Butera, Brian Dinkelman.... yeesh. Mauer and Morneau are not right. Joe Nathan and Matt Capps were both bad. A lot of talent severely underperformed, but there were also some bad players forced to be up for significant time. This team CANNOT let these losses drag their play further into the dumps. I don't know what it's going to take. Can Gardy come back to give some speeches? As a fan, it's been hard to watch. Not just that the team is losing, but of all the heartbreakers, including last night. I'd like to see some enthusiasm tonight in a Twins win tonight. Twins 1. Luis Arraez 2B 2. Josh Donaldson 3B 3. Byron Buxton CF 4. Nelson Cruz DH 5. Alex Kirilloff LF 6. Willians Astudillo 1B 7. Jake Cave RF 8. Mitch Garver C 9. Andrelton Simmons SS Starting Pitcher : Kenta Maeda Indians 1. Cesar Hernandez 2B 2. Jordan Luplow CF 3. Jose Ramirez 3B 4. Eddie Rosario LF 5. Franmil Reyes DH 6. Josh Naylor RF 7. Jake Bauers 1B 8. Roberto Perez C 9. Andres Gimenez SS Starting Pitcher : Aaron Civale
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