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    darwin22 reacted to Old Twins Cap in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Reality is, Twins have a lot of young hitters -- Miranda, Larnach, Gordon, Kiriloff -- who need time to develop.
    The Buxton experiment, I don't know how sustainable it is to have him off the field.  His main value is on defense, not as a DH, and, how does a guy keep his timing together while playing so few games?  What's his average at now?  He can't beat out hits, steal bases or even stretch defenses.
    Decent starting pitching, below average bullpen, average defense, frequent injuries, Buxton at half-strength, lots of young hitters -- not sure how they can cobble this together and make the playoffs.
    And even if they can, drawing the Yankees will simply mean extending the longest consecutive string of playoff losses in the history of any sport. 
    Not good.  Be careful what we wish for here.
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    darwin22 reacted to rwilfong86 in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Bundy definitely deserved better last night. 
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    darwin22 reacted to Mark G in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    My sentiments exactly.  I know I have beaten this drum into submission, but Rocco does not believe in what used to be called the fundamentals of baseball.  Sacrifice bunts, bunting for hits, hit and run, stealing bases,.  He believes giving up an out for a base (sacrifice), or risking an out for a base (rest of the above), does not succeed often enough to be a part of the game strategy.  He has articulated that on occasion, and it has been consistent from the first day he stepped into the dugout, and it won't change.  For all of his analytics, he is the reincarnation of Earl Weaver; ride the pitching you have and wait for the 3 run homer.  Problem is, we don't have the starting horses he had, and most of our homers are solos, so................
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    darwin22 reacted to miller761 in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Until Rocco changes his managing style we won't win close games or important playoff games. He manages like it is a softball game...go up their boys and swing away. We seldom ever manufacture a run. Steal,hit and run, hit behind the runner or advance the runner with a bunt are hardly if ever used. The Astros are an example of a team that uses these resources plus some aggressive baserunning to win games. So are we resigned to lose a game if we don't get double digit hits and score less than 3 runs? Is that the only way we can win? I wish that weren't the case but it seems to be showing a pattern. Rocco you can do this!!
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    darwin22 reacted to Nashvilletwin in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    The issue tonight was the inability to move a lead off runner on first over to scoring position. They had five opportunities in the first eight innings tonight. Not once were they able to accomplish that time proven demand on a hitter with the first two batters following the lead off batter.  The only time they got a runner in scoring position was on a throwing error in the eighth with two outs.
    Sorry, but that is inexcusable on two fronts: 1) batter execution and 2) managerial strategy.  Both are all to common to this team.
    Would it hurt Rocco to just try to manufacture a run once in a while? So yes, I blame Rocco for this one too.
     
     
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    darwin22 reacted to Game7-91 in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Twins roster management 2022:
     

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    darwin22 got a reaction from Karbo in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from heresthething in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Mark G in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from flpmagikat in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from GNess in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from MplsFan in Rockies 1, Twins 0: The Offense Gets Shut Out by Márquez’s Gem   
    Well.......the BEST thing about tonight is both CLE and the White Sox lost.
    As BAD as this Twins offense is-------the White Sox had 1 hit the entire game! Moreover 4 Orioles pitchers retired the final 19 batters...0 hits...0 walks allowed.
    As much as many have been (rightfully) calling for the FO to make at least a couple of moves to acquire solid bullpen arms (there are many out there from LOSING clubs), it is getting to be time for Falvey & Levine to look to upgrade this offense.
    For those keeping count----this is the 9th time this team has been shutout this season.  
    Moreover, this team has little if any chance of making the playoff field if they continue to score 2 runs or less.  Tonight marked the 28th game this team has tallied only 2 runs.  With 62 games done, that's 45.1% of total games played.  Luckily, our pitching staff has done well enough to win 7 of those games---1 of which was yesterday.  
    You cannot and will not make the playoff field if this trend continues.  Plain and simple.
    Wish I had a great answer of how to improve this offense.  
    With Buxton's continued sporadic play (due to injury) and Polanco still on the IL----this team has far too many hitters that flounder.  Other than POSSIBLY Steer and/or Palacios, there's nobody at Saint Paul that could help.
    What are Falvey & Levine prepared to do to address this problem?  Considering the history of this franchise acquiring a solid hitter before or at the trade deadline----the last I remember is Shannon Stewart back in 2003------I find it very doubtful anything is done.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Karbo in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    Agree absolutely with both of your comments.  
    With MLB mandating a 13 pitcher max combined with the fact that our SPs (along with Baldelli's reluctance) seldomly navigate more than 6 innings----there is NO WAY Duffey can continue on this roster much longer.  Got to think Thornburg can serve as long relief option if a SP gets lit up early.  
    Time to DFA Duffey and fill his slot via a trade for a LH RP.  
    Okert (MIA), Puk (OAK) or Mantiply (AZ) would all be an upgrade over Thielbar as a 2nd LH option is needed as Moran hasnt (to this point) shown he can fill that role.
     
     
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    darwin22 got a reaction from MplsFan in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    Agree absolutely with both of your comments.  
    With MLB mandating a 13 pitcher max combined with the fact that our SPs (along with Baldelli's reluctance) seldomly navigate more than 6 innings----there is NO WAY Duffey can continue on this roster much longer.  Got to think Thornburg can serve as long relief option if a SP gets lit up early.  
    Time to DFA Duffey and fill his slot via a trade for a LH RP.  
    Okert (MIA), Puk (OAK) or Mantiply (AZ) would all be an upgrade over Thielbar as a 2nd LH option is needed as Moran hasnt (to this point) shown he can fill that role.
     
     
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    darwin22 reacted to Dman in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    OK so I predicted a sweep for Cleveland and there were plenty of times in this game where it could have happened but baseball is so weird and unpredictable that of course with a one run lead the bullpen hung on when they couldn't hold three run leads in the last two games.  
    Bases loaded no outs with Smith struggling I thought for certain the game was lost there.  No way he could wriggle out of that without some damage and yet he did.  When Duran hit the batter in the 8th I thought he might unravel but he got the job done.  Get to the 9th Duran takes down homer man Franmil and I am thinking maybe game over and then I see Thielbar come in and I smile and say to myself they are going to give this one away. Sure enough a double to start things off and I was certain this game at least goes extra's unless he gives up a home run and the next thing you know the Twins come away with the win.  Even all my negativity could not sink the Twins today and yet the other two games I felt like they would win and they collapsed.  I think the baseball gods just like to toy with my emotions and make me look bad.
    Nice win for the Twins.  Glad they got the W for Smeltzer.  Where would this team be without him?  If you would have told me Smeltzer would be one of our best starters this year I would have rolled my eyes and laughed at you and yet here we are with the baseball gods sticking it to me again.  At least this time in a good way. 
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    darwin22 reacted to Doctor Gast in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I wasn't surprized by the win, I was expecting a sweep. Funny thing when the offense didn't show up ( CC 3 for 5 to no avail) we win the game. With unexpected heroes like Smith, wiggled out of a nail biter; Gordon, hitting his 2nd HR and Smeltzer pitching 6 scoreless innings. Of course  Duran pitched his usual  good game and Thielbar didn't blow the game but these 3 stuck out.
    Defense also played into the game. It's a relief to have Gordon & Celestino available to cover CF when Buck is resting. The gap is no longer that big which gives us an opportunity to win w/o Buck in CF. Smeltzer came into the game strong only pitching 4 innings his prior game. Again I'll state, if Smeltzer was brought up from the start, together with Winder and used extensively at long relief & spot relief our pitching situation would be so much better.
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    darwin22 reacted to GNess in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    This was a good - very good win. This series could have easily been a Twins sweep, but was almost a Guardians sweep. High drama for June. 
    The 2022 version of the Twins' inconsistencies can be frustrating, but I find this team really fun to follow and rather compelling. 
    The sky is not falling.
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    darwin22 reacted to KnoblauchWasFramed in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    Two straight days of the Buxton BS Show against our biggest divisional competition... at home.  Already appears to have been injured at least 3 times on a limited playing schedule.  It already appears that even 100 games is going to be far too much to ask.  And maybe in those <100 games he hits 30 HRs and all that, but what about the playoffs if the Twins make it?  Is he going to miss 2 games each series?  And clearly an off day means an OFF DAY and no chance at pinch hitting or running to help out in tight situations.  
    This is already looking like it's just not going to work and even the highly incentivized contract is still going to be a huge over payment and blow up in the Twins face.   
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    darwin22 reacted to Eephus in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I could imagine I just watched Geoff Zahn "really show up" and Kenny Landreaux belt a long ball for the game's only run.
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    darwin22 reacted to MplsFan in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    So happy for Nick Gordon.
    Tyler Duffey continues to be a waste of a roster spot.
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    darwin22 reacted to Bigfork Twins Guy in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    Good to see Smith get out of HIS jam.  He does not look like the same pitcher than he did earlier in the season.
    Good to see Gordon unleash one.
    Nice scoop at FB by Miranda on the Theilbar throw.
    I also was shocked to see Duran pulled in favor of Theilbar.  This time that strategy worked but 10 time out of 10 I would prefer to have Duran face even left-handed hitters then switch to Theilbar.
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    darwin22 reacted to Jeff D. in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I was actually hoping they could bring in Urshela from second, which they failed to do. The most incredible part of the game was Smith getting out of the bases loaded jam with no outs! WOW!
    GO TWINS!
    Twins Geezer out!
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Karbo in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    I would tend to agree with you, but not tonight as Jax---who threw 27 pitches last night was the only viable option.  Duran was not available after his 2 IP last night.  So------I'm asking would you have preferred Thornburg or Duffey in that situation?  Those were the only 2 left as options to replace Pagan.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Karbo in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Well........I stated last nights loss was a gut punch.  It absolutely was.  
    This final result was the equivalent to a Sean Michael's "sweet chin music" kick delivered to the groin.
    Easy to place blame on the main culprits....Cotton & Pagan, but I instead will focus my thoughts on 2 others:
    #1 Sonny Gray:  Coming out for the 5th inning with a 5-1 lead facing the BOTTOM of the order, you'd think Gray would be able to execute his pitches--even with a climbing pitch count---to save the bullpen. That was soon lost as Gray served up a HR to Hedges (hitting in .160s) which was followed by 3 straight singles.  Gray has GOT TO BE BETTER.  Plain and simple.
    #2  Falvey/Levine:  Know this is about baseball, but have to invoke the Bill Parcells line from years ago:
    "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they should let you shop for some of the groceries"
    As much as I've placed A LOT of BLAME (deservedly so) on Baldelli for his questionable bullpen decisions this year, I can't fault him tonight for bringing Pagan back for the 9th as he struck out the side in the 8th.
    Who else was available?  Not Duran after throwing 2 innings last night and 27 pitches.  Not Thornburg, And for sure---NOT Duffey.
    So Thad and Derrick----what are you WAITING for???   This team,,,,,your coaches and your manager are BEGGING for help.  This bullpen---especially earlier in the season------did quite well when (a long time ago) they were fresh.  They are running on fumes now.  Don't you see that?  Other than the addition of Joe Smith in the offseason you did NOTHING do improve this pen.  Now is the TIME ---not waiting till August 2nd----to upgrade this bullpen!!!  A minimum of 2 RPs---1 LH...1 RH are needed now!  
    Yes, the price might some prospects, but this team has demonstrated the aptitude and guts to be play meaningful games in September,  
    Its time for you two to STEP UP and show Rocco, your coaches, and your players that you have their back.  There are RPs throughout the league on BAD teams (PIT-TX-AZ-OAK and others) that can help this team immediately.  Its your responsibility to everyone listed above as well as your loyal fans to get this done NOW!!  Failing to act is nothing more than a complete dereliction of your duties.
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