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  1. Ian Hamilton didn’t actually do that poorly. Vlad tanked a high inside fastball…tip your hat and move on because it wasn’t necessarily a bad pitch. Outside of that one swing, he looked solid in my opinion. Cano has good stuff and he may have a chance to stick in the pen at some point, but boy does he have some work to do with pitch placement and simply throwing strikes if he wants to have any chance of staying in the majors.
  2. “Didn’t execute when we needed, but we had a plan and we stuck to it” Roco is brilliant
  3. There has been quite a bit of discussion on this site about fans wanting the Twins to sign both a top end starter, as well as a cornerstone player at SS. This FO seems unlikely to spend big on two players given that their last big FA signing in Donaldson didn’t necessarily turn out as they had hoped. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Donaldson’s fire and he’s been playing well when he’s on the field, but it’s hard to pay a 35 year-old guy this much when he’s got lingering problems with injuries. Now my question to you all is, who would you rather have on the Twins for the next few seasons, Noah Syndergaard coming off of TJ or a top 5 FA SS? I would lean towards taking the risk signing Syndergaard and signing a good defensive SS or giving Palacios a chance in spring training to open the 2022 season as the starting SS. The hope would be to have Syndergaard anchor your starting rotation with Maeda and possibly Pineda behind him. Followed by Ober and one or two young arms like Winder, Strotman, Ryan, Jax, Duran, or Balazovic. I like the upside here with the rotation and the likelihood of keeping a great lineup (when healthy) to help the Twins stay in contention next season. Palacios has at least earned a promotion to AAA to end this season and should be given a chance to make the big league roster next season. If push comes to shove, signing a good defensive shortstop to another 1 year deal wouldn’t be a detriment to the 2022 season either. Let me know what y’all think below!
  4. Thanks Seth. I understand what you are saying and definitely agree with you. Although, I am just wondering why he wouldn’t have been moved up instead of Law, Coulombe, and Minaya. He could have gone up, stayed, and pushed one of these 30 year olds back to AAA or to another team. Whatever the case may be, I am looking forward to watching him in a Twins uni!
  5. It’s great to Javier and De La Trinidad continuing to do well! On a side note, what does Ian Hamilton have to do at this point to prove himself and get another shot at the majors? He’s done better than any other pitcher on the Saints this year and somehow still hasn’t gotten called up. I’m not the one calling the shots, but this one doesn’t make any sense to me.
  6. I don’t want to hear anything about Berrios walking two guys to start the 2nd. He ended the day with one ER through 7 giving up one hit and striking out 10! We can’t have a lineup who strands 8 plus runners every single game. We had 8 hits off of one of the best pitchers in the game right now and only scored a run. That’s the real killer.
  7. DFA Shoemaker already. It’s honestly embarrassing to watch him come into the game at this point and just expect it to get out of hand. I’d rather watch any young pitcher, or ideally Ian Hamilton, looking for another chance in the Bigs to earn a spot in the bullpen. Please just start the fire sale and let the fans enjoy watching some prospects develop the rest of the season.
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