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Everything posted by Dantes929

  1. Nothing but plusses. Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership. He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects. The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time. I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
  2. In 2008 he was 0-3 11.32 ERA in the first half and also the first 3 games after a year and a half gone from surgery. His 2nd half was 6-1 with 2.74 ERA. His 2010 season was quite good. IMO, throughout, he was judged against his 2016 season. His 2008 season was essential in getting us to game 163 and conceivably brought up one game too late. . He was arguably our best starter in 2010. I'm not saying he is a direct parallel to Berrios but some of the criticisms remind me of it.
  3. Kind of like Liriano back in the day. He was so awesome in 2016 so that was what people expected of him. When he came back and was simply good fans were mad he wasn't still great..
  4. I think Polanco and Arraez have about equal actual value but Polanco has greater trade value. I like them both but would move Polanco before Arraez. Simmons is on a one year contract. Who is filling his spot? I am ok with Polanco back at short. No one is untouchable but I think Arraez is valuable and I don't think we would get much for him.
  5. He's been my favorite player for a while now and he has definitely played at MVP level when he's been on the field. I've always said, and somewhat believed Ripken was just a badly twisted ankle and a poorly placed hit by pitch from being called injury prone but this Buxton think is getting to be a lot even for an optimist like me. Too expensive to keep and too many injuries to get a lot of return value. Same solution I had for Johan Santana. Play him til the end of his contract and be happy to have a player even for one year at a bargain price. If he happens to stay on the field for 2022 he might get a return if the Twins are out of contention. My hope is that he has his monster year in 2022 and becomes legend. for leading the Twins to a championship.
  6. I read somewhere recently that when Greg Maddux struggled the thought crossed his mind that he could try throwing harder which he knew he could do. He said he usually got out of it by placing it better.
  7. I'm sure it was weighing on the Turtules mind that his pitching was disrespected. I'm sure word will spread around the league that next time someone swings on 3-0 on him in a blowout they can expect a nothing fastball thrown behind their butt the next day.
  8. I don't know why swinging at a 3-0 pitch wouldn't be encouraged in a laugher. Do you want him walking and prolonging the agony? If he is swinging at least he has a chance of making an out and shortening the game. Duffey throwing at him the day after is beyond stupid. If he hits him it gives the Sox an advantage for no reason. He gets on and maybe scores and our great 5-4 comeback maybe becomes a 6-5 loss. Not worth it on any level.
  9. 7 games down after 20% of the season. If we are 14 games down after 40% we can have this conversation maybe. https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-greatest-second-half-comebacks-in-mlb-history-featuring-a-recent-as-team-and-a-memorable-yankees-rally/
  10. This is how quickly things can change. Polanco is now our hottest batter.
  11. For me, its the journey rather than the destination. I really enjoyed the 2001-2010 decade regardless of the playoff failures. Three of the closest pennant races in the history of baseball (2006, 2008, 2009) including some comebacks from bigger holes than we currently face made that an awesome decade in my book. .
  12. Could be. Though they were 12 games over .500 against the NL Central last year. White Sox and Indians have winning records against teams out of the division but the other three all have losing records this year.. 0-7 in extras and other blown games have been a team effort. I think the Twins are capable of scoring more in the late innings, especially with a runner on second. They are capable of playing better defense and they are capable of pitching better. I haven't given up on them but playing better is up to them.
  13. 9.3 SO/9 supports your comment on stuff. His 4.7 BB/9 supports your comment on locating. If you don't have enough command to get the ball to the strike zone, your command in the strike zone probably isn't going to be all that great either which is why his WHIP is so high. I remember Jesse Crain once saying he had no idea where his pitches were going. He was sent down for a little and when he came back he reeled off like 22 appearances without a run and I could see something like that happening if Colome figures it out. Of course after 22 scoreless appearance, when he did give up a run we immediately saw the Crain wreck comments. Fans have a long memory for poor performances and often seem to not notice the good ones at all.
  14. Yeah. It would be nice to have May instead of Colome right now. On the other hand Graterol has a 20.25 ERA right now and is on the disabled list. I look at Colome's stats the last three years and think it was a pretty solid get. Sometimes good choices get bad results. Just think about what a difference it would have made if he was solid rather than terrible so far. If one person steps up it would make a big difference. If two people upped their game we would go from feeling lousy about the pen to feeling pretty good about it.
  15. Wait. Are you saying there is another team that has talented players that is on the other side trying to win also? If Rogers had thrown an 89mph nothing fastball down the middle of the plate that was either missed or scorched out to Buxton for an out fans on here would be saying its nice Taylor did his job. And I get it. Results based analysis is reasonable but then they also get on Thielbar who did not give up a run.
  16. Who has said that and why I wonder. 8.5 SO/9. 2.73 ERA in his career in 129 innings.. Tonight he gave up a walk and a double but didn't let them score. I'm not saying he's great but major leaguers do give up runs. This year he has 1 bad outing in a blow out loss. That's it, against 8 good outings.
  17. I am probably alone in seeing more positives here. Twins can't win all their games by 5 or more. They haven't just been losing games late because of bad relief pitching. They have also lost because of bad fielding and not adding runs on late. I had a great high school coach that used to say you don't learn much in blow out wins and blowout losses. Its the close games, win or lose, that test you and help you figure out how to play in those games. . The Twins need to have close games to figure out how to win close games. Give credit to Duffy for limiting one run in the 8th. Give credit to Rogers for closing out the game despite the error and despite bending with the two run homer. Give credit to Polanco for driving in the much needed insurance run. I've seen the Twins fans be down on the pen before many times and then certain guys step up and right the ship. Winning a close game is more important to this team right now than winning a game by 5. Just my opinion.
  18. Probably a little early for musts but as always, a good week now makes the battle easier later. Also, it could work the way you outlined but, it being baseball, it could just as easily be Maeda winning twice, Shoemaker once, Thorpe once and squeezing a win out of Berrios, Pineda and Happ.
  19. He's not just good. I watched that 2nd play and just thought it was a good catch but no way was it going out. Then I watched the replay several times and thought it was a great catch but still don't think it was going out. I think he saved a double but it was closer that I first thought. The first one I wonder if anyone else in the game or in history makes that catch from where he was. Definitely a 5 star catch..
  20. There is nothing about Kiriloff or the Twins that a good 10 game stretch can't fix. Of course, they actually have to go out and have that good 10 game stretch. A win tonight would be a good start.
  21. Nuts to that. The 1991 Twins started the season 2-9. 2006 Twins were 12 games back in August and had been written off by Mike and Mike in early June. We are 4 games behind in April to Kansas City. I can only assume anyone writing off the Twins at this point is new to the game. Also, I remember the 2009 loss to Oakland after leading 12-2 and losing 14-13. That was worse at the time.
  22. Of course no one player or even two can just carry a team in baseball but a spark can be provided by anyone getting hot. I remember i think in 2010 when Mauer and Mornea were both putting up MVP numbers but we were hovering around .500 half of the year. Then we actually lost Morneau but Punto, Cuddyer, Young, Valencia all stepped up and they took off. If Kiriloff can get hot iit would likely be taking a spot that has not been performing and turning it into a strength. Two relievers finding their groove could make a huge difference as well. I remember just two years ago for much of the season the bullpen was considered horrible but then with very little change they were considered very good just 6 weeks later. The team we've seen the last two weeks doesn't have to be the team we see the rest of the way even if no changes are made to personnel. Baseball isn't consistent that way. Just ask Boston or Oakland what they thought of their team the first week or two of the year. We need a spark. No guarantee that we will get one but the talent is there to come from a lot of spots.
  23. Savior? No Building block? Perhaps. Spark plug that could get this team going? Who knows. Shannon Stewart was a nice get back in the day but no one really thought he would be a big key in turning that season around. Morneau in 2006. Valencia in 2010. Arraez last year. Who knows what the spark will be, if any. This season is still young. Just a reliever or two stepping up and turning things around and a couple of bats heating up are needed.
  24. Of course it was a horrible loss. When Donaldson was pulled for a runner I had no problem with it. Odds were he wasn't going to bat again and his injuries have been mostly calf strains. It was a totally justifiable move. Yes, you can't walk guys but two routine grounders, either of which could have ended the game is on the fielders not the pitcher. Mariano wouldn't have been considered an elite closer if ground balls were routinely booted. So I guess the only criticism of how Baldelli managed would be putting Arraez at 3rd base. Likely, it wouldn't affect the outcome of the game statistically but when I heard the 2nd baseman and 3rd baseman booted grounders I assumed it was Arraez at 2nd and Blankenthorn at 3rd,. Blankenthorn has played more games at 3rd in his career than Arraez and a higher % of his games at 3rd vs 2nd. I would have hesitated having one guy change his position mid game but maybe Baldelli wanted to put the rookie in his slightly more comfortable position. It was defendable and really, both plays should have been made anyway. Its sad, because I can hardly remember two plays in a row being misplayed in a row like that. Hopefully this is the low point of the season. Hardly giving up on this group now. The players are there to succeed. Its totally up to them to do so.
  25. I think playing Morneau 163 games along with all star game and home run derby probably wore him out and having 7 or 8 games off over the course of the year might have been the difference between making the playoffs vs having to play a game 163 and losing. I also agreed with the way Mauer was handled though I know I was in the minority. I believe there is an argument to be had for the other side in terms of keeping guys in a routine and playing regularly. If Buxton had health issues then sitting him is the right thing to do. If not, then it is pretty silly to sit him this often while he is playing so well. Playing 11 games in 10 days probably warrants resting everyone for a game or two. The 6 game week schedule probably should be more like a game of rest every few weeks for the best players. You do want your bench players getting game time as well to keep them sharp.
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