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Mahoning last won the day on May 9

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  1. Is it pitch framing or simply that that is the umpire's strike zone that day? The moving low-and-away or low-and-in pitch is the hardest one for an umpire to see and evaluate. (I suspect that "pitch framing" is the baseball voodoo stat of the moment. Umpires, after all, are trained to watch the ball in relation to the plate, not the location of the catcher's glove.)
  2. Haven't the Twins already lost this game? It's against the Yankees.
  3. Some teams have a certain swagger -- the Rays, the Red Sox, the Astros, the As. They have it even when they don't have stars. The Twins don't but it is something to aspire to. The Rays are the best example. They do not have stars comparable to Stanton, Judge, Cole, et al, yet they go into Yankee Stadium and kick butt. It's a mysterious thing but it can be done.
  4. The pitching would look a lot better if the lads were scoring five runs a game. When you leave 10 LOB every night, there is naturally more pressure on the relievers.
  5. OK. Now if they aspire to win 90 they have to go 68-39. It's beyond obvious that that is not going to happen, so it's time to clear the decks and play for next year and beyond. Kiriloff, Larnach, Jeffers, and maybe Gordon are a good start. Back to the drawing board. All expectations have been destroyed, so there is nothing now to lose.
  6. Children in the favelas of Rio, monks in the monasteries of Tibet, cameldrivers in the Sahara, and pitchers in the American League all know how to get Miguel Sano out -- fastballs up and in, breaking pitches low and away. Maybe he should make some adjustments. It's his job, after all, to earn his salary. If he were doing so, perhaps the Twins would be 21-16 when he's in the lineup instead of 16-21. The writer's argument seems to be, "The Twins are lousy and Miguel is doing his part!"
  7. To win 90 games they would have to go 69-41 the rest of the way. That is not going to happen. The best people can say about Donaldson and Sano is that they "get their walks." Whew. Time for a sell-off. And, why is Gordon on the bench every day? The commenter who advised us to "detach from the outcome" is on the mark.
  8. Except for two pretty good weeks, Sano has taken the whole season off. In what line of work is that acceptable?
  9. To win 90 games they would have to go 69-41 the rest of the way. It's hard to see how that happens. Sano has gone back into his strikeout hole. He's on a pace to hit 16 homers and drive in about 70 (and strike out about 300 times.) Where is CJ Cron when you need him?
  10. Robles is driving me crazy. THROW A FREAKING STRIKE!
  11. Everyone said Eddie Rosario would be easy to replace. Hmm. With a Cleveland team that has trouble scoring runs, he has 21 RBI, which would be second on the Twins. He is never injured and also has 5 stolen bases. And unlike, say, Miguel Sano, he doesn't require one quarter of the season to start playing baseball. Yes, very easy to replace . . .
  12. It's great the Sano was the hero last night. He has carried himself professionally through his terrible slump. That said, the slump lasted ONE QUARTER OF THE SEASON. There aren't many professions where you can show up three-quarters of the time (at best) and be praised. Also, the "unwritten rule" is an absurdity. I wonder if any player can explain why it has anything to do with anything.
  13. It might be time to move Donaldson and Simmons, let Gordon try short, Arraez third, and go for speed instead of power. Also youth over age.
  14. I thought it was telling yesterday that late in the game, still close, Baldelli let both Larnach and Astudillo hit while Sano was available. I approve; but that seemed a strong statement that the manager has no confidence in Miguel. It's May 13 and he has FIVE RBI. On a pace to drive in 25! The only plausible replacement starters as AAA are Thorpe and Dobnak, and the relievers there are even worse than the big league crew. In short, no help is coming and time is running out.
  15. Looking ahead to six games against Oakland and Chicago, it's easy to imagine them losing them all and hard to imagine, really, how they beat anybody. Yes, the relief pitchers all take the mound looking like, "Do I really have to be here?"
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