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Everything posted by jmlease1

  1. 109 innings is like 12 games, and none of them have been in the last 2 years, though. He's a gifted player and could probably adapt...but is it in his best interests (outside of the financial)? I expect him to be back up one way or another in the next month or so (either because of some injury to another player or he keeps hitting his way up here), but he's also still not a fully formed hitter. His approach at the plate could be taken advantage of by teams now that they have some tape on him, so expecting him to keep hitting like he did in his first stint may be unrealistic as well, and I feel like that expectation is driving some of the outrage that he was sent back down. he's going to have a few 0-fer games, and if he'd been coming off back-to-back bagels we wouldn't be having this conversation.
  2. I'm not sure I understand how this is an embarrassment for the organization. One of their top prospects had a nice couple of weeks filling in in his first taste of MLB action and then got sent back to the minors when their $35M FA signing came back from injury, so that he could play every day. Because until this season, he hadn't played in an actual professional game in 2 years. Will they consider giving him some run in the OF or at 3B now, because the depth is getting a little thin? Wouldn't be a surprise. But they're looking at developing him as a foundational player for the Twins, so is it in his best interest to drop him out in LF coming off a serious knee injury for position he really has never played? or 3B, another position he's basically never played? Does it make sense when he needs all the infield reps he can find to DH him twice a week? In the unlikely case that Correa sticks around next season, I'm sure they would look at playing Royce somewhere else (most likely 2B or 3B, I would think) because they're not going to move a platinum glove winner off of SS. but that would also give them an entire spring training to get ready for that move, instead of throwing it together on an off day. Larnach is about to come back: would you really start Lewis over him in LF? Garlick is available now to mash on lefties, and Celestino is playing very well, so there really isn't a spot in the OF where we are going to need a guy, unless there's another injury. Arraez is back an can play an unconventional 1B to get his bat in the lineup. I'm sure Lewis will get called back up again, but it's hardly a crime to send a top prospect with limited experience at any position other than SS back down when one of the best SS's in the game of baseball comes back from injury, especially when your prospect is a guy who missed 2 seasons between covid and injury of game time.
  3. I love seeing Twins hitters pile up 10 walks in a game. Winning a series on the road makes me happy, regardless of who they are playing. Oakland tore down a lot, and they are clearly nowhere near where they were last season, but they still have enough talent to steal games, so I'm happy to see us put the foot on their necks and not give them hope.
  4. Festa was not on my radar. Always happy when a guy not on my radar is throwing mid-to-upper 90's and has an outing like this where he looks untouchable. and it's a sign of a good and deep system when guys like that can't crack the top 20 at the start of the year!
  5. So happy to get Balazovic back out on the mound. He's really talented, but needs the innings. One to prove he can stay healthy, and two to settle on that 3rd pitch he needs to deal with lefties. Glad he had a strong first start in Saint Paul (I still dislike the Saints unis that look like they're the flippin' Dodgers, though. bah.) I'm not going to worry much about results for Enlow for a while; after that surgery it's going to take a while. Where he ends the season will be much more significant than where he starts it. Wonderful start for Steer, and hope he can follow the Jose Miranda path: destroy AA for a while, then come up and destroy AAA after that. I'm going to feel very positive about him if he can maintain this BB/K ratio. Speaking of which, Wallner is rolling right now. I hope that early slump was just one of those early season flukes. The current version of Wallner is the one who can make it to MLB and have success, but he was struggling so hard early on that he still has a stomach-churning K ratio. I don't see any way for him to have long-term success if nearly 50% of his ABs end in a K at AA, because it only gets tougher. We'll see where he gets to this season in terms of making enough contact, but it's good to see him rolling right now.
  6. The Correa news sucks hard. He was really heating up at the plate, and his defense is spectacular. But it is exciting to see Royce come up to the majors. He's been playing so well at Saint Paul that it looks like he might realize his talent in all the ways we hoped. It's also great that when someone like Correa goes down we're bringing up a highly-rated prospect to fill in, rather than hoping a journeyman can slot in and have a couple of great weeks. That's what building the pipeline is all about. Personally, I'm bummed that I'll be on a plane during the game and will have to miss the debut!
  7. I'm sorry, but no. Don't use these two pitchers in the same sentence. Jim Hoey got tee'd up on everything he threw. His high octane fastball was straight and flat, his splitter wasn't very good, and he couldn't throw strikes or miss bats at the MLB level. Even after a rough game, Duran still has a pitching line that Hoey would have killed for.
  8. Baserunning may be a problem with this team: Watkins has made some poor decisions on sending runners, but we've also seen quite a few guys getting thrown out at 2B, and if not for some bad plays by the opposition we would have run ourselves into additional outs on the basepaths. When the ball isn't flying out of the yard, you really can't afford those. It's probably the area they're most wobbly this season? It's a disappointing loss, because it was a winnable game, and when you add in the Correa injury it adds a sinking feeling to the whole enterprise. But it's baseball, and you can't overreact to one game or even one series. (you can't underreact either, of course, but staying even-keeled does seem to matter in a long season) Urshela is really scuffling at the plate right now, but with Sano on the IL, Arraez out for COVID and us still carrying a limited bench on the position side, the options are limited. (and now we're losing Correa for some time? UGH) You'd like to see him get a couple of days off and maybe get a mental reset Duran is going to have some of these kinds of struggles. He's a young pitcher, he's new to the bullpen, and it's going to take some time. But giving up HRs is the biggest danger for him. When you throw that hard, the ball can fly back out if/when guys square up on it, whether it's the fastball or the splinker.
  9. Ugh. The best part about cable was you had everything you needed in one spot and for one price. But cable has been getting worse and worse (prices keep climbing, service is dreadful, you realize that you have 400 channels but rarely watch more than 15 of them, it's a huge pain and expense to just set up to watch in multiple rooms of a house, etc). With streaming, it's become terribly balkanized and to get all of the stuff you want, you end up paying a heck of a lot more than you think going in...especially if you need to get internet service from somewhere separately. $20/month for Bally Sports North? That's a big nope, especially since we know their corporate overlords are slime, and every analyst in the business said they vastly overpaid for the FoxSports affiliates they collected and now they're trying to desperately grind the dollars back after treating their fans like garbage. The Benz move is pretty clownish: he was a quality announcer (it's remarkable how many local play-by-play guys simply aren't very good) and he did a good job with a color man in Jim Petersen that talks A LOT. (YMMV on whether he says enough that's worth listening to, I think, but Petersen talks a lot for an analyst easily more than most) is it on Ballys or the Wolves? Because some of that seems to be a "new owner needs to put their own stamp on the team" feel about it, since they claim to have consulted with the team on it. Of course, if Ballys had a damn clue they would have simply renewed the contract and not asked for the opinion...
  10. Especially tough on guys who had injuries last year: you can be looking at 2 "wasted" years
  11. Accurate. Bundy got jumped on by TB for 4 in the 1st in his last start, gave up another run in the 2nd and 3rd, then threw 3 more shutout innings. Bundy's first 3 starts, he had Game Scores of 66, 60, and 63 which is quite good. (I like Game Score as a single metric for evaluating a starter's performance; it's not perfect but it's useful and fairly easy to understand for a game-by-game metric) I understand the thinking behind trying to get another inning or two out of him: he didn't have an absurd pitch count, and the first 2 innings had gone fine. Didn't pan out, but I get the thought process, especially since we'd since Bundy settle down before and claw throw more innings
  12. Rough one from Bundy. He was the starter signing I was the iffiest about in the offseason, and right now he's not looking up to the challenge. With Gray coming back, and everyone else pitching well, he looks like a candidate to move out of the rotation if he can't get it together quickly. Yes, there were some poor defensive plays and a bit of bad luck, but Bundy also pitched poorly and was very hittable. That's on him. Tough night for Celestino. I have some sympathy for him on the fly ball he couldn't run in on; he didn't get a good read on it and it wouldn't have been an easy play even if he had...but it didn't help his pitcher much to miss that one. And then he rockets a ball that should have been an easy hit and it tags Sanchez (who must have felt like he had extra baseball attraction spray on or something). Correa's HR was a beauty, though! And I'm a fan of Moran and his changeup, so I'm happy to see him back up. He's going to drive some people nuts when he's wild, but that change is a weapon that will make hitters look silly, and it's so fun. Go get 'em tomorrow, win the series with 3 out of 4 and move on happy.
  13. We've only got the extended bullpen for a few more weeks, so I'm guessing the thought process is: if you have them, use them. While it might not be as aesthetically pleasing baseball to not get your starter through 5 (first time that's happened to Ryan since opening day, btw), I don't mind Rocco deploying his bullpen to save his rookie starter (yes, he's still a rookie) in order to try and hold the line with runners on base when his pitcher is fighting his command a little bit and the umpire a lot. BTW, WTF was with Alan Porter last night? Walking out to the mound to lecture Joe Ryan because he lost control of a slider that the hitter was all too happy to let bounce off him? (Nevin didn't even try to get out of the way, he was a freakin' statue in the box) I was happy to hear Morneau rake the ump on that one. Everyone knew Ryan wasn't throwing at anyone, just a ridiculous play by a grandstanding ump. Note the multiple times said home plate ump waited that extra second on the called third strike to give the big punchout signal. Don't think either team was happy with his zone (rightfully), or his BS.
  14. I had no idea until last night that the O's had made changes to the fences at Camden. Be interesting to see if that suppresses offense consistently there, but the combo of early season weather/short spring training/higher fences/improved pitching held down the Twins a lot more than any O's staff in quite a while. Fortunately, ours did well in matching them! I like Paddack, and I hope as he gets greater confidence and mastery over his breaking pitches it will help his fastball play up a bit (and it's good to see him cruising that in consistently at 95-96, instead of 92) and I like his changeup a lot. I didn't think he had his best game last night but still kept the team in a low-scoring affair, which is definitely something to like. Correa is a heck of a player. Thrilled for Jose Miranda to get his first MLB game action. The results weren't there last night, but the approach was good and he didn't looked overwhelmed at the plate. Looking forward to seeing him while guys get healthy! He's a talented hitter, and his ability to get a bat on the ball will be nice with RISP.
  15. I think Kepler would be an option, except we're a little short on OF with Kirilloff on rehab, and Garlick possibly needing some time off as well. I just hope that if they do pull the trigger on bringing up Miranda that they put him in the lineup. While riding the bench will fatten his wallet, it won't do anything for his development. I'm a fan of him as a player, and I think his feel for the strike zone will keep him from getting overwhelmed early.
  16. I would have put SWR #1 as well. Stankiewicz is off to a great start, but he was also 23 pitching in low-A. Stankiewicz has a better k/9 & bb/9, but SWR takes him on WHIP & ERA, while doing it at a younger age and two levels higher.
  17. seriously. based on Yankees fans, I thought we were getting The Butcher of Cairo back there, and while I wouldn't call him great, he hasn't had any of those "oh god get him out of there" games either. Defensively, he's been no worse than Garver, really.
  18. Winder looked terrific. Glad to see him get a regular start and show what he could do. The stuff looked excellent, and he was very composed on the mound. This ump had a big zone today, but I still believe that you only get those calls if you're able to stay around the zone. Winder did and took advantage of it, but he also made guys swing and miss. Please stay healthy! Offense looks like it's getting going, defense is really quality. TB is a good team, and beating them at their place is always good. Sands was wobbly at the start, but this was a good game to bring him in for: big lead, easy to be patient with him. He's flashed some things, so we'll see. He's got talent, time to see how it plays.
  19. I got a little nervous about this series after Bundy got jumped on so hard so early, but the Twins have responded really well. Bats are waking up, and today's start from Josh Winder...nice job, rook. I think this kid has a future. Stay healthy and keep on pitching. Now, come on bullpen: get this kid a win!
  20. Winder's doing a great job. This umpire has a fairly big zone and he's taking advantage of it, but you don't get those calls unless you're also throwing a lot of pitching in and around the zone. He's generating swings and misses as well and looks very composed and confident out there. He's had a few balls hit hard, so there's a little luck in here, but he's also done a good job of pitching around trouble. Very encouraging work so far from a young pitcher. He's looking like a guy who belongs. Would not be opposed to seeing him get the 6th if he's feeling good.
  21. They need to figure out a way to quantify plays that Buxton's: that error was caused by his speed. The SS saw who was running and how fast he was getting down the line and rushed his throw (which would have been close even if it had been on target). He chucked high and wide because Byron Buxton is a speed demon. Dang, I love watching Buxton play. The fear and chaos his speed creates is awesome.
  22. I think Wallner could be a better asset than Rooker; while neither are great fielders Wallner does have a cannon for an arm that will play up in the corners. Hopefully he can improve his route running as a fielder and just be a solid presence out there with a scary arm. But the Ks are seriously concerning. I feel like he's going to need to drop that K-rate pretty significantly to keep advancing, no matter how much power he's got. Totally agree with letting Lewis just play in AAA, even with him crushing it at the plate. He needs time in the field at SS, he needs a good run of healthy play, and we don't need to jump him up to MLB right now.
  23. You had to like how the Twins kept battling against McClanahan, who has terrific stuff. He kept ringing up Ks, but it never felt the Twins were just getting overwhelmed. You saw Polanco have a long AB against him, etc and they kept fighting him. Garlick of course did exactly what he was supposed to do: crush lefties. Archer didn't have an easy time of it out there, but battled through it and limited the damage. I think he gets another inning if it had been May already and he'd had another start under him, but with his injury history I approve of being cautious with him. Bullpen did a great job. My goodness, Duran! Really nice to see the team keep pushing and add runs in the 9th to pad the lead. Correa is clearly heating up, which is great news. Just a nice win by a team that's playing pretty darn well right now. TBR are a very good team and a tough beat anywhere. Be lovely to steal the series from them!
  24. goodness, did Royce bounce that off one of the cardboard cutouts of Bill Murray?
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