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    adjacent reacted to glunn in Game Score: Twins 5, Cubs 4   
    I don't disagree with you, but think that people like this because it feels good to perceive potential greatness in a prospect who is on a hot streak.
    There is reason to hope that Ryan could become a #1 or #2 pitcher.  I have hope for this kid and that hope makes me happy.  This has been a depressing season and Ryan is helping some of us feel less disgusted.  You are clearly correct from a factual perspective, but please consider that the hype may be giving him some extra confidence and he may even match the hype over time.
    It might also help to turn off the sound on your TV -- kind of like being at the game in person because there are no announcers.  Then you don't have to listen to any hype, and if you see Ryan have a bad night then you can (if you wish) turn the sound on to hear the announcers make excuses and/or eat crow,  I have watched entire games without the sound, because the announcers can be annoying,
     
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    adjacent reacted to PDX Twin in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    It figures that the Air Force guy is into the "big fly."
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    adjacent reacted to Doctor Gast in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    I never hated Nick Gordon (hate is a strong word) I don't hate anyone. Although, I am a realist. I didn't expect him to be anything more than an average MLB player. I did expect Gordon to show some improvement this season but he's past my expectations. He's shown that he has value and that he belongs. Go Gordon!
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    adjacent reacted to bighat in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    @big dogI also hope the Twins have completed their evaluation of Jax. He wasn't really a high-ranked prospect, and I think in the end we all saw what we expected: a below-average shuttle bus guy who isn't a full time major leaguer. A shame that in this lost season, the Twins couldn't manage to give any of their home-grown highly ranked pitching prospects a big league audition. Guys like Jax and Barnes sure got a lot of time in the bigs, though. Head-scratcher.
    But every terrible year has a silver lining, this year's might be Nick Gordon, Bailey Ober, and Joe Ryan. I believe we'll see all 3 of those guys on the team next year. I know there are a lot of Gordon haters in Twins Territory, but am really digging this comeback story. From failed prospect to a guy who could be on the 26 man roster next year. Go Nick.
    As bad as the Twins have been this year, I will sure miss them this winter. Looking forward to seeing how the off-season plays out.
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    adjacent got a reaction from glunn in 3 Twins Players Set to Bounce Back in 2022   
    Given the horrible, really bad 2021 that he had, anything could be an improvement for Dobnak. So, I say him. Related to that. In spring training, they say he had come up with a new slider that was really good. Soon after he went down with the injury to his finger and never really recover. A question for those who know about pitchin. Could it be that the slider was really good at the beginning, but it was putting additional strain on his finger, and after a while the finger got hurt with the consequences that we've seen?
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    adjacent got a reaction from 21bdp21 in 3 Twins Players Set to Bounce Back in 2022   
    Given the horrible, really bad 2021 that he had, anything could be an improvement for Dobnak. So, I say him. Related to that. In spring training, they say he had come up with a new slider that was really good. Soon after he went down with the injury to his finger and never really recover. A question for those who know about pitchin. Could it be that the slider was really good at the beginning, but it was putting additional strain on his finger, and after a while the finger got hurt with the consequences that we've seen?
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    adjacent got a reaction from DocBauer in Three Questions Awaiting the 2022 Twins   
    I wouldn't worry too much about the ACL injury by itself. Soccer players come back from ACL all the time, in a sport that twisting on the knees is essential, and with plenty of contact in the area. Sure, he probably will be rusty at the beggining, and probably will not play his best SS intially. But I would bet that he can come back from this.
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    adjacent got a reaction from chpettit19 in Three Questions Awaiting the 2022 Twins   
    I wouldn't worry too much about the ACL injury by itself. Soccer players come back from ACL all the time, in a sport that twisting on the knees is essential, and with plenty of contact in the area. Sure, he probably will be rusty at the beggining, and probably will not play his best SS intially. But I would bet that he can come back from this.
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    adjacent reacted to jmlease1 in Game Score: Cleveland 12, Twins 3   
    Does Jax have good stuff, though? I'm increasingly unconvinced. He's got good command and control, but he doesn't have a ton of velocity or movement on his fastball and all of his off-speed stuff just seems...ok. He looks like a guy who needs to go back and re-tool something in the offseason to have any hope of surviving as a starter, and without a go-to out pitch I'm not sure he has much future as a reliever except as a long man/mop-up guy. I like the guy and he was worth giving a shot, but...right now he just looks bad. When Berrios was getting his brains kicked in, he still had a lively fastball and a plus curve to work with. Not sure jax has the weapons to compete.
    I'm confused as to why Moran got sent out for that long of an outing as well. Do they really think he's a 2+ inning guy? With his change-up I still think he's going to be fine, but I'm not sure that 30+ pitch outings are in his wheelhouse
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    adjacent reacted to big dog in Game Score: Cleveland 12, Twins 3   
    Yes. Gordon at SS. Good or bad, let's figure out what's happening next year.  What do we have to lose right now? Fourth place? Big deal, look ahead and figure out how to move forward. If he can't play SS, fine, figure out the next step.
    Agreed on Moran- how is it helping him develop by leaving him in for multiple innings until the wheels fall off? What are we learning there? Ridiculous.
    OK, let's go back and check the betting lines- who had Jax/Ryan/Ober/Barnes/Albers as our starters in September? That pretty much describes the year, doesn't it? I would add Pineda but he's about due to get hurt again, I think.
    I want to learn as much as we can about our young players' chances and then end the 2021 season with a stake in its heart.
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    adjacent reacted to Alex Schieferdecker in Game Score: Cleveland 12, Twins 3   
    The usage of Moran, both with the Twins and the Saints, has been extremely odd to me. He always gets sent out for two, sometimes three innings, like a long reliever.
    Given the pitches he has, shouldn’t he be used for an inning, maybe two on rare occasions? 
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    adjacent reacted to roger in One Buy Low Candidate to Solve Minnesota’s Shortstop Need   
    Have no interest in trading with the Yankees as they usually don't work out well for the Twins.  
    Also, have no interest investing prospects to solve the shortstop question which should take care of itself a year later when Lewis/Martin should be ready.  Would rather see them do:  A) nothing, with Polo/Gordon/Arraez manning the middle infield spots; or .B) signing a veteran to a one year contract.
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    adjacent reacted to terrydactyls in One Buy Low Candidate to Solve Minnesota’s Shortstop Need   
    Torres was just moved back to 2nd base because he isn't a shortstop.  Why trade for another 2nd baseman?  I don't mind looking beyond the big names in free agency, but the Twins need a glove at shortstop.
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    adjacent reacted to Tim in Ranking the 3 Most Underrated Twins Players   
    Luis Arraez has a career .313 AVG / .376 OBP / .781 OPS, while playing essentially league average defense at multiple positions. He's also 24 years old and under team control until 2026. That seems like a pretty underrated player to me. I truly don't understand how that is overated for the type of player and role he plays.
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    adjacent reacted to h2oface in Game Score: Yankees 6, Twins 5   
    Pitchers and Batters DESERVE the border line calls the most! This is what their special talents are for, to descern the small differences. Getting robbed of the close ones - the perfect take because it is just outside the zone, or the great pitch that is just barely touching the zone at some point - is the worst, if you ask me. That is why we can no longer leave it up to the best guess by a too proud person.
    Donaldson (righty) got called out on a ball 3 to 4 inches outside. The ump was giving Yankee pitchers strikes on balls, and Twins pitchers balls on strikes. Nelson didn't have any problem calling pitch one a strike, as it was (pretty similar to pitch 6 to Gardner (lefty) that he called a ball- both pitches were the inside corner to the batter, with the ump looking right at it over the inside shoulder of the catcher. Gardner's was even more in the zone, but both were strikes) ......... but pitch 7 to Donaldson was clearly outside!
    It is so past the time to take strikes and balls away from the guessing umpires. It is really not their fault. Humans do the best they can, I guess (- at Yankee stadium this is debatable). It is just impossible for them to do anything but guess the best they can in the split second. There is just a better way to do it now.


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    adjacent reacted to Yawn Gardenhose in Game Score: Yankees 6, Twins 5   
    Ball four to Gardner was not a strike. The problem here is that people treat the Bally Sports box as if it were drawn by God. From the MLB rule book: "The Strike Zone is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the top of the knees. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball." Which means, first of all, that the strike zone is variable from batter to batter, not a static unchanging box superimposed by a cable network. And in this case, ball four landed around Gardner's shoulders, not a strike. That's a big unaddressed problem with robot umps, in my view - is the strike zone going to be static or variable by batter? Seems like a nuance that technology might make worse rather than make better.  
    In Loserville USA, er - Minnesota, rather,  players and teams take these "aggregious calls" and turn them into the reasons that they lose. Not, hey, let's not give up three-run homers late in ballgames, but "the damn umps! Grr! They're out to get us!" Between Duffey's infantile tantrum, Rockhead's mealy-mouthed "why can't you be like robots!" to Morneau's constant, year-long bitching and moaning about calls that go against the Twins (and silence when "bad calls" go the Twins favor), it's just so delicious. They made the decision to lose that ballgame once Nelson called it ball four. The "righteous" anger feels better for them than winning a game in New York for the second time in 24 games or whatever the pathetic streak is at now. 
    Truly classic stuff. 
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    adjacent reacted to Seth Stohs in Game Score: Yankees 6, Twins 5   
    Seeing where "Pitch #6" to Gardner was according to the illustration, it doesn't look like such a horrible call... A missed call, but very borderline. 
    It's also OK to then not give up the three-run homer... even though (presumably) everybody knew that's exactly what was going to hit. 
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    adjacent reacted to Mike Sixel in Game Thread Twins at Yankees 1:10pm cdt 9/13/2021 ad   
    He's a human, I care about him.......
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    adjacent reacted to Matthew Lenz in Game Score: Royals 5, Twins 3   
    I’d say acknowledging more than celebrating. The whiffs he’s generated in such few innings and his K/BB ratio have been very good this year. His ERA right now is better than Berríos career ERA entering 2020 and is better than Berríos ERA was at the same point in their careers.
    I’m not saying he is or will be better than Berríos, but in a crappy year I think we can acknowledge Ober has been a pleasant surprise for a guy who nobody would have expected to pitch for the Twins this season.
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    adjacent reacted to Sielk in Minor League Report (9/9): Legumina and Varland Roll, Sticks Cookin' in Low and High A   
    Agree, it's great to see. He was certainly put in an unfair situation when they called him up way too early. But apparently he took it as a learning experience and is now hitting better than he ever did before. 
    I still hope they can extend Buxton. But if they indeed accomplish that I wonder if Kepler could be on the trading block instead. 
    In fact I could see Celestino fill the Kepler role on this team as an okay hitting outfielder that backs up Buxton in center and plays the corner otherwise (if they keep Buck and trade Kepler, that is). Maybe not right away but in the long term. 
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    adjacent reacted to Major League Ready in Did the FO misevaluate their pitching additions?   
    Yes, they should have found options that did not exist and spent money they did not have.  Some here made a good call on Musgrove.  The most popular FA option was Odorizzi.  He has been mediocre at best. (.6 WAR)  Lots of angst over not trading for Darvish and Snell.  Darvish was good early but has given up 37 ER in his last 44 innings over 9 appearances.  He will be 36 next year.  Snell has been mediocre (4.31 ERA / 1.8 WAR and they give up a very good pitching prospect for him.  He has already made it to the ML and has the same ERA as Snell and of course he is just getting his feet wet.  He has a 60FV.  The Rays also got Mejia in that tade along with a couple other prospects.  Mejia is doing a good job as a part-time catcher.  He has played in 70 games and produced 1.2 WAR.
    Bottom line is these moves that would have been very popular here would have done very little to improve the team in the short term and would have very likely hurt the team beyond this year.  Snell or Darvish could have a big year next year but Snell is just being what Snell has been every year except the Cy Young award and putting trust in Darvish for a full season does not seem wise.
    I should add there was no support for Taijuan Walker.  He was not high profile enough.
     
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    adjacent reacted to Karbo in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    Really? Zero in on Simmons, especially this year? Lets go back to pre-season when it looked like we had the makings of a very good lineup. A light hitting ss with an above avg. glove fits in nice. At the time of his signing I thought the price tag may be high but apparently thats what the market said. The bad signings were Happ and Shoemaker. At least the FO had enough common sense to stick to 1 year deals on all 3.
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    adjacent reacted to ToddlerHarmon in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    And don't forget that Nishioka literally did not know how to play shortstop at a major league level. Horrible, horrible signing
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    adjacent reacted to Danchat in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    If you go by ranking the FA hitters by their hitting skill, Simmons is near the worst ever. But his strong defense should keep him away from the likes of Nishioka, who not only couldn't hit a lick but also had horrible fielding skills.
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    adjacent reacted to Craig Arko in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    Was Nishioka considered a free agent when he signed with the Twins?
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