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  1. TRANSACTIONS: OF Max Kepler joins Triple-A St.Paul on a rehab assignment SAINTS SENTINEL Storm Chasers 15, Saints 4 Box Score Charlie Barnes: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 K HR: Damek Tomscha (4) Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) Charlie Barnes entered Sunday with a sterling 2.20 ERA in 32 ⅔ innings for the Saints this year. He’d allowed just two runs in his previous 19 innings spanning across three starts. That trend changed Sunday as Barnes allowed four homers and six runs in his shortest outing of the young season. Andr
  2. The system split their four games Sunday as José Miranda and Josh Winder excelled once again for the Wind Surge. TRANSACTIONS: OF Max Kepler joins Triple-A St.Paul on a rehab assignment SAINTS SENTINEL Storm Chasers 15, Saints 4 Box Score Charlie Barnes: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 K HR: Damek Tomscha (4) Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) Charlie Barnes entered Sunday with a sterling 2.20 ERA in 32 ⅔ innings for the Saints this year. He’d allowed just two runs in his previous 19 innings spanning across three starts. Tha
  3. Twins fans are watching the 2021 season slip away before it really even gets started. Here are five numbers that help describe the spiral. 1. 9 The Twins’ offense has a 25 wRC+ (75% below average) in the ninth inning and beyond. That’s the lowest mark in baseball, by far. And while the bats have been colder than ice in these spots, the pitching staff has been equally as bad. The Twins have an A.L. worst 4.70 ERA to boot, and that number may not include the overwhelming number of crippling errors committed in the field. 2. .660 The Twins are hitting .180/.265/.295
  4. 1. 9 The Twins’ offense has a 25 wRC+ (75% below average) in the ninth inning and beyond. That’s the lowest mark in baseball, by far. And while the bats have been colder than ice in these spots, the pitching staff has been equally as bad. The Twins have an A.L. worst 4.70 ERA to boot, and that number may not include the overwhelming number of crippling errors committed in the field. 2. .660 The Twins are hitting .180/.265/.295 in situations that FanGraphs deems as “high leverage.” That’s good for a .660 OPS, the lowest in the American League when the at-bats matter most. Your e
  5. TRANSACTIONS: NONE SAINTS SENTINEL Bats 6, Saints 1 Box Score Robinson Leyer: 3 IP, H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K HR: None Multi-hit games: None The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the third when Tomás Telis drove in Keon Broxton. Unfortunately, Reds’ regulars Aristides Aquino and Joey Votto were both in Louisville’s lineup today on rehab assignments. Aquino homered to tie the game at one while Votto walked in the second run. The Bats scored three runs as Tom Hackimer walked six in the fourth. The Bats scored another, a solo homer against Derek Law in the
  6. The Kernels, with a big sixth inning and a huge game from Spencer Steer, helped the organization avoid a clean sweep Sunday. TRANSACTIONS: NONE SAINTS SENTINEL Bats 6, Saints 1 Box Score Robinson Leyer: 3 IP, H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K HR: None Multi-hit games: None The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the third when Tomás Telis drove in Keon Broxton. Unfortunately, Reds’ regulars Aristides Aquino and Joey Votto were both in Louisville’s lineup today on rehab assignments. Aquino homered to tie the game at one while Votto walked in the second run.
  7. Creating holes at both SS and 3B should not be the objective if this team wants to compete in 2022. Re-tool, not rebuild.
  8. TRANSACTIONS INF Nick Gordon recalled to the Minnesota Twins INF Tzu-Wei Lin removed from 7-day IL RHP Jonathan Cheshire transferred to Double-A Wichita INF Daniel Ozoria transferred to High-A Cedar Rapids RHP Sean Mooney reinstated from 7-day IL, rejoins Mighty Mussels SAINTS SENTINEL Saints 5, Indianapolis 4 Box Score Griffin Jax: 6 IP, 7 H, R/ER, BB, 8 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Ben Rortvedt (2-for-4, 2 R) Griffin Jax weasled his way out of a jam or two and put together a very strong start. Jax struck out eight over six strong in
  9. The organization's starting pitchers combined for a 2.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings Sunday in a near sweep of competition. TRANSACTIONS INF Nick Gordon recalled to the Minnesota Twins INF Tzu-Wei Lin removed from 7-day IL RHP Jonathan Cheshire transferred to Double-A Wichita INF Daniel Ozoria transferred to High-A Cedar Rapids RHP Sean Mooney reinstated from 7-day IL, rejoins Mighty Mussels SAINTS SENTINEL Saints 5, Indianapolis 4 Box Score Griffin Jax: 6 IP, 7 H, R/ER, BB, 8 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Ben Rortvedt (2
  10. Box Score Kenta Maeda: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K Home Runs: Miguel Sanó (8) Bottom 3 WPA: Miguel Sanó (-0.338), Alexander Colomé (-0.184), Josh Donaldson (-0.147) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs😞 The Twins faced more injury peril in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Luis Arraez was thrown out trying to steal second and immediately winced in pain. Arraez gripped his shoulder and walked off the field gingerly. Fortunately, Arraez stayed in the game and laced another single up the middle in the third. Franmil Reyes continued his recent dominance of Kenta Maeda with
  11. In a battle of the bullpens, Cleveland outlasted the Twins as César Hernández lined a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th. Box Score Kenta Maeda: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K Home Runs: Miguel Sanó (8) Bottom 3 WPA: Miguel Sanó (-0.338), Alexander Colomé (-0.184), Josh Donaldson (-0.147) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs😞 The Twins faced more injury peril in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Luis Arraez was thrown out trying to steal second and immediately winced in pain. Arraez gripped his shoulder and walked off the field gingerly. Fortunately, Arraez stayed i
  12. Just the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels found a way to win Sunday, but plenty of Twins minor leaguers played well across the system. TRANSACTIONS - RHP Chris Vallimont transferred to Low-A Fort Myers on minor league rehab SAINTS SENTINEL Iowa 8, St.Paul 3 Box Score Randy Dobnak: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Nick Gordon (2-for-3, BB, R) Randy Dobnak started Sunday afternoon’s game for the Saints after a walk-off win last night. Dobnak entered the game with a 5.40 ERA in two starts. Dobber pitched well Sunday, striking out five over five score
  13. TRANSACTIONS - RHP Chris Vallimont transferred to Low-A Fort Myers on minor league rehab SAINTS SENTINEL Iowa 8, St.Paul 3 Box Score Randy Dobnak: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Nick Gordon (2-for-3, BB, R) Randy Dobnak started Sunday afternoon’s game for the Saints after a walk-off win last night. Dobnak entered the game with a 5.40 ERA in two starts. Dobber pitched well Sunday, striking out five over five scoreless innings. Ryan Jeffers notched an RBI double in the first inning before a Damek Tomscha RBI single and a Keon Broxton sacrifice fly
  14. The Twins brought the same tired effort to Chicago that had already swamped them versus much lesser teams. They were rightfully embarrassed and now sit 10 games behind the White Sox with a horrific 12-23 record. At some point it’s no longer a tough start. It’s no longer something that’s bound to turn around. This is a bad baseball team; one that entered the season with the expectation of a third straight division crown and (finally) postseason success. Much like Cleveland in 2019, these Twins have seemingly taken their competitors for granted. They look the part of a team that exp
  15. At some point it’s no longer a tough start. It’s no longer something that’s bound to turn around. This is a bad baseball team; one that entered the season with the expectation of a third straight division crown and (finally) postseason success. Much like Cleveland in 2019, these Twins have seemingly taken their competitors for granted. They look the part of a team that expected to sleepwalk through the regular season en route to their fourth playoff berth in five years. Instead, the White Sox, a club that is without two of its best players, just exposed and embarrassed the Twins on
  16. There were six different games played in the system Sunday. We got a walk-off win, a few strong starts, and much more. Let’s get you caught up. SPLITZKY FOR ST.PAUL GAME ONE: Saints 8, Storm Chasers 2 Game one Box Score HR: Roberto Peña (1) Multi-hit games: Ryan Jeffers (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Peña (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) GAME TWO/7: Saints 1, Storm Chasers 6 Game two Box Score HR: None Multi-hit games: Brent Rooker (2-for-3, RBI) The St.Paul Saints resumed play after Saturday night’s game was suspended in the 5th inning. The Saints had an 8-1 lead over the Omaha
  17. SPLITZKY FOR ST.PAUL GAME ONE: Saints 8, Storm Chasers 2 Game one Box Score HR: Roberto Peña (1) Multi-hit games: Ryan Jeffers (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Peña (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) GAME TWO/7: Saints 1, Storm Chasers 6 Game two Box Score HR: None Multi-hit games: Brent Rooker (2-for-3, RBI) The St.Paul Saints resumed play after Saturday night’s game was suspended in the 5th inning. The Saints had an 8-1 lead over the Omaha Storm Chasers heading into Sunday. They would surrender just one more run by way of a bases-loaded walk induced by Robinson Leyer. Shaun Anderson and
  18. The 2021 Twins are 11-19 and hopes for a turnaround are waning every day. The 1963 Twins were looking at a similar fate ... until they weren’t. Just 59 short years ago, the 1962 Twins went 91-71 in their second season in Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew blasted 48 home runs and Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual combined for a 3.23 ERA in over 520 innings. Bob Allison had a career year, hitting .266/.370/.511 with an OPS that was 31% above MLB average. Only one team in the AL (guess who) scored more runs per game than the Twins (4.9). Back in those days, the second best record out of 10 Am
  19. Just 59 short years ago, the 1962 Twins went 91-71 in their second season in Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew blasted 48 home runs and Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual combined for a 3.23 ERA in over 520 innings. Bob Allison had a career year, hitting .266/.370/.511 with an OPS that was 31% above MLB average. Only one team in the AL (guess who) scored more runs per game than the Twins (4.9). Back in those days, the second best record out of 10 American League teams kept you out of the postseason. The Yankees represented the AL in the World Series with 96 wins, a prolific offense, and the MVP,
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  21. The Twins made a flurry of moves Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s series with the Royals. Let’s break them down.RYAN JEFFERS OPTIONED TO ST.PAUL The Twins entered 2021 with perhaps the best catching duo in baseball. Jeffers was coming off a strong, albeit abbreviated, 2020 season. He hit .273/.355/.436 with three homers in 26 games. Jeffers is an excellent pitch framer and provides immense value behind the plate. Even then, his ineptitude at the dish in April has resulted in a net negative. Jeffers is 5-for-34 (.147) with 18 strikeouts and only three walks. He’s looked overmatche
  22. RYAN JEFFERS OPTIONED TO ST.PAUL The Twins entered 2021 with perhaps the best catching duo in baseball. Jeffers was coming off a strong, albeit abbreviated, 2020 season. He hit .273/.355/.436 with three homers in 26 games. Jeffers is an excellent pitch framer and provides immense value behind the plate. Even then, his ineptitude at the dish in April has resulted in a net negative. Jeffers is 5-for-34 (.147) with 18 strikeouts and only three walks. He’s looked overmatched, frequently swinging through fastballs and failing to make consistent contact. Jeffers’ future remains bright, but he’ll
  23. The Twins entered this season with a roster built on depth, one that they hoped would help sustain success when things went sideways. Well, things have gone sideways and that depth is absent.The Twins bullied their way to 101 wins behind an MLB-record 307 home runs in 2019. To hit 307 blasts, one would think you need multiple 40-homer contributors. The Twins had just one. Nelson Cruz was tied for seventh in baseball with 41, and Max Kepler was the next closest with 36 (T-18th in MLB). As great as Cruz was, the 2019 Twins succeeded equally because of lineup depth. They had an MLB-record *eigh
  24. The Twins bullied their way to 101 wins behind an MLB-record 307 home runs in 2019. To hit 307 blasts, one would think you need multiple 40-homer contributors. The Twins had just one. Nelson Cruz was tied for seventh in baseball with 41, and Max Kepler was the next closest with 36 (T-18th in MLB). As great as Cruz was, the 2019 Twins succeeded equally because of lineup depth. They had an MLB-record *eight* players hit 20 or more home runs. Famously, the Twins had a staggering *five* players hit more than 30. The Twins led baseball with *nine* players posting an average or better OPS in at le
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