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Matthew Taylor

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  1. Taylor Rogers is having one of the best seasons of his career. While that makes him a great trade candidate for the Minnesota Twins, they might be better off exploring an extension with the southpaw. In what has been a nightmare season for the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen, Taylor Rogers has been one of the few bright spots. Through 29 appearances thus far, Rogers owns a sparkling 2.67 ERA with a career high K/9 of 12.5. Rogers has been used in every type of situation as well, playing the role of left-handed specialist, fireman and closer, proving time and time again to be Rocco Baldelli’s mo
  2. In what has been a nightmare season for the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen, Taylor Rogers has been one of the few bright spots. Through 29 appearances thus far, Rogers owns a sparkling 2.67 ERA with a career high K/9 of 12.5. Rogers has been used in every type of situation as well, playing the role of left-handed specialist, fireman and closer, proving time and time again to be Rocco Baldelli’s most trusted arm in the bullpen. After a 2020 season in which Rogers was extremely unlucky, regression has tilted back in his favor in 2021, and the results are proving again that he is an exceptionally talen
  3. It took him seven years to get there, but Nick Gordon has found himself on the Twins’ Major League roster. Not only that, the former first round pick is showing that he has what it takes to stick in the Big Leagues. The career path for Nick Gordon hasn’t been an easy one. After being drafted fifth overall by the Twins in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, Gordon was quickly labeled a bust by many, as the second baseman wasn’t progressing through the minor leagues as quickly as many hoped he would. In the Minors, Gordon consistently showed good contact skills, but failed to develop the po
  4. The career path for Nick Gordon hasn’t been an easy one. After being drafted fifth overall by the Twins in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, Gordon was quickly labeled a bust by many, as the second baseman wasn’t progressing through the minor leagues as quickly as many hoped he would. In the Minors, Gordon consistently showed good contact skills, but failed to develop the power skills that would take his game to the next level. In 2019, Gordon put up his best season in the Minor Leagues, posting a .298 average in 70 games with the AAA Rochester Red Wings and showing solid plate discipline that
  5. Box Score Happ: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Donaldson (8), Cruz (11) Top 3 WPA: Cruz .447, Donaldson .376, Astudillo .074 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Coming into Thursday night’s game, the Minnesota Twins were leaning on the left arm of J.A. Happ to avoid a 3-game sweep against the evil empire, a tall task considering how the free agent had been performing up to that point. Early on, the game started how all Twins fans imagined that it might, as the righty-heavy New York Yankees lineup got to Happ early, capped off by cleanup hitter Gi
  6. In a plot twist more shocking than anything you’ll see from Hollywood, the Minnesota Twins toppled the New York Yankees in dramatic fashion thanks to 9th inning heroics from 2 veterans. Box Score Happ: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Donaldson (8), Cruz (11) Top 3 WPA: Cruz .447, Donaldson .376, Astudillo .074 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Coming into Thursday night’s game, the Minnesota Twins were leaning on the left arm of J.A. Happ to avoid a 3-game sweep against the evil empire, a tall task considering how the free agent had been perform
  7. As the Minnesota Twins continue to lose, selling at the trade deadline has gone from a possibility to an inevitability. How do the Twins’ most tradable assets stack up in terms of trade value? When a team deems itself to be a seller at the trade deadline, the first names to go on the trade block are that team’s impending free agents. After all, if a team is declaring the current season to be a lost one, the best move for a team is to recoup as many assets as possible for the players who will be gone at the end of that season anyways. The Minnesota Twins have 7 players on their roste
  8. When a team deems itself to be a seller at the trade deadline, the first names to go on the trade block are that team’s impending free agents. After all, if a team is declaring the current season to be a lost one, the best move for a team is to recoup as many assets as possible for the players who will be gone at the end of that season anyways. The Minnesota Twins have 7 players on their roster who are set to become free agents at the end of this season. When the Twins ultimately decide that it is time to trade present for future, these 7 names will be the ones that everyone points to as
  9. Voting for the 2021 MLB all-star game opened on Thursday morning. While the Minnesota Twins have hardly had many all-star-worthy moments up to this point, the Twins do have 4 solid candidates for an all-star berth. MLB all-star voting this season will be handled the same as the past two seasons, where the starters will be voted in via a fan vote over two rounds. The first round of fan voting will decide the top-3 candidates at each position and the second round will consist of voting between the top-3 vote-getters at each position to determine the starters. The all-star reserves will the
  10. MLB all-star voting this season will be handled the same as the past two seasons, where the starters will be voted in via a fan vote over two rounds. The first round of fan voting will decide the top-3 candidates at each position and the second round will consist of voting between the top-3 vote-getters at each position to determine the starters. The all-star reserves will then be selected via player ballots as well as selections by the Commissioner’s office. As always, every MLB team must have at least one representative in the MLB all-star game, which means that no matter what the Minn
  11. Despite a 2-homer performance from Josh Donaldson, the Twins lost yet again. This time to the Kansas City Royals. The Minnesota Twins are now 22-34 and as lost as ever. Box Score Happ: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Donaldson 2 (7) Bottom 3 WPA: Happ -.345, Celestino -.174, Larnach -.155 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Minnesota Twins set a strong tone early right away on Thursday night, when Josh Donaldson belted a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead over the hometown Kansas City Royals. Maybe t
  12. Box Score Happ: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Donaldson 2 (7) Bottom 3 WPA: Happ -.345, Celestino -.174, Larnach -.155 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Minnesota Twins set a strong tone early right away on Thursday night, when Josh Donaldson belted a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead over the hometown Kansas City Royals. Maybe today would be the day that the Twins turned their fortunes around? After the Kansas City Royals got two runs of their own in the 1st and 3rd innings, the Minn
  13. The Minnesota Twins offense looked completely lifeless in game one, but awoke in a big way in game 2, leading to a split doubleheader for the last place Minnesota Twins. Game 1: Twins 1, Angels 7 Box Score Thorpe: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K Home runs: None Bottom 3 WPA: Thorpe -.317, Larnach -.101, Donaldson -.100 Win Probability Chart (Via FanGraphs) Game 2: Twins 6, Angels 3 Box Score Berríos: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Home Runs: Sanó (7), Garver (7), Larnach (1) Top 3 WPA: Sanó .230, Garver .090, Rogers .088 Win Probabi
  14. Game 1: Twins 1, Angels 7 Box Score Thorpe: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K Home runs: None Bottom 3 WPA: Thorpe -.317, Larnach -.101, Donaldson -.100 Win Probability Chart (Via FanGraphs) Game 2: Twins 6, Angels 3 Box Score Berríos: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Home Runs: Sanó (7), Garver (7), Larnach (1) Top 3 WPA: Sanó .230, Garver .090, Rogers .088 Win Probability Chart (Via FanGraphs) Game 1: More of the Same The first half of the double header for the Minnesota Twins largely followed the same script as every Minnes
  15. When a baseball team deems itself a seller at the trade deadline, the names that most often pop up are the players who are on expiring contracts. For the Twins, those names are Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, J.A. Happ and Hansel Robles, among others. Those players will undoubtedly be in trade rumors all trade season, as they are bound for free agency at the end of the year anyways. While it makes a ton of sense to trade expiring players, the lack of team control that comes with those players suppresses the return that can be expected in those trades. Greater assets can be had when players are
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