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Everything posted by VivaBomboRivera!

  1. The 2023 question will be, who do you have ready to back him up for the 70 games he will not play?
  2. Of this group, to date (147 games), only two of those position players have appeared in 80% of this season's lineups - Arraez and Urshela (smartly swapped for in the Donaldson giveaway). They are joined by Correa and Gordon as the only Twins players consistently healthy enough to play four of every five dates. Players cannot constitute a "core" if they can't contribute to the team's results. These players injury histories were known, save for Sano and Larnach's new abdominal muscle ailment. Although they built in considerable depth, it's clear management put too much faith in their ability to keep their starters healthy. They will want to revisit this question in the off season. If there's going to be another attempt to 'reload' with Arraez, Correa, Celestino, Gordon, Miranda and Urshela in a 2023 core, we should expect the Twins to add a left fielder with a clean medical sheet and a hefty slash line, plus a catcher/DH with some pop and a good eye at the plate (assuming Jeffers returns), and a shortstop if Correa doesn't stay. Platoon contributions from Buxton, Kiriloff, Larnach and Polanco would then complement the new group, If Kepler recovers from his wrist and hip issues, he can hold down right field and bat eighth until he either finds his stroke or someone better comes along. Bottom line: The 2023 positions player core will look considerably different than group we have been riding since 2019.
  3. Pennant drive sputtering... Frustrating and heartbreaking as it was, it's impossible not to admire the fight the lads put up in the night game. Though we continue to hope for a turnaround, a glance at the lineups shows why there's no betting on it. Both games' batting cards featured just four of nine Twins starting hitters who began the season at the major league level. Likewise, three of nine pitchers only came up to the big club in recent months. Injuries have long since blown this season's established depth to smithereens. With the number of freshmen the Twins are running out against opponents' varsity squads, it's frankly surprising our record isn't much worse.
  4. It appears that the new clock is supposed to start immediately when the pitch is delivered, correct? This works fine for strike and ball results. Is it completely clear when the clock is supposed to start after a ball is put in play, or in cases of a wild pitch/passed ball with runners on base? Does the timekeeper start the new clock after the umpire calls time? What happens to a batter who gets on base but can't get elbow and shin guards off, or oven mitt on, in time? Perhaps a friend can point to a published process for how this is working in the minors. Not getting good hits hits for, "When does the pitch clock start?"
  5. You did hear that right. It means the distance between first and second, and between second and third, is now 89 feet.
  6. This. For all his poor judgment at the plate and the holes in his swing, Kepler's defense is consistently top class. At age 29, with a year left on his contract plus an option year, Kepler has about 80 games left to prove his value before the club starts to look elsewhere...
  7. A little help, please: The question is, 20 seconds from when? When the pitcher steps on the rubber? What if a pitcher decides to take a walk behind the mound for a while after every delivery? Ambivalence over the shift abounds. Hitters who cannot spray the ball around the field should be at a disadvantage versus those who can. Everyone should be screaming for balls and strikes to be called electronically. The inconsistency of umpiring (on full display recently at Yankee Stadium) is just too great to ignore. And for the love of Pete, the abomination that is a runner starting at second base in extra innings must go. Every run must be equally earned.
  8. Kurt Suzuki - 16 years in the majors with 6 clubs. Not that he doesn't belong, but the fact that this guy can continue to find Major League work at 39 says something about the thinness of the player pool. A lot of guys (Jason Castro) on that list are pretty long in the tooth, particularly for the catching role. Hip and knee orthopedic specialists, take note!
  9. A few weeks ago, Gordon was hitting in the .270s vs LHP and also had some impressive RISP stats. These have tailed off somewhat since then, to the point where Garlick is 30 points above him in vs LHP slash line. So it was the right call, but can't blame Gordon for wanting the opportunity. Gordon is certainly farther inside the circle of trust than many Twins hitters right now, recent accomplishments notwithstanding.
  10. Loved the rally, late though it was. The rest? Meh... It's not Jake Cave's fault the lineup is so hurt we can't find an outfielder with a better plate approach (where's Rob Refsnyder when you need him?). The dogs in the street know he's not The Guy, and he probably also understands his career ends at AAA, but we still find ourselves silently pleading that he'll realize he needs to make fundamental changes against big league pitching. The whole of Twins Territory cringed after Urshela walked. What odds could you get in Vegas tonight that the Twins will score four or more tomorrow...?
  11. Abysmal at-bats. Boos from the stands on Kepler's strikeout in the bottom of the 8th. Poor hitting has lurked as an issue for over a season, and now that pitching issues are addressed, it is clear that this is the other major problem holding the team back. Upcoming matches with HOU and NYY will provide opportunities for these guys to learn a better plate approach by watching how real pennant contenders do it.
  12. "Is the modern-day athlete a pale imitation of the great old warriors? Only Arraez and Miranda stand out this year, begging the question: What are these boys thinking about? Because it sure ain’t baseball.”
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