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  1. As the season winds down, the community is looking beyond math, at storylines around the league, gearing up for the hot stove and 2023, and creating and sharing art inspired by happier times for the Twins. Last week, this humble correspondent invoked the phrase "it's over" (or "it's Ober") to describe the 2022 Twins playoff chances, but that wasn't technically true: as late as Wednesday this week, we were Still not eliminated from postseason contention yet according to resident mathematician @kydoty. Alas, even that faint glimpse of possibility is gone now too: it is finally, and officially, Ober. If you are wondering how the Twins can improve next year, @Nine of twelve brings good news: "Rebranding" underway: New scoreboards and new uniforms. There's nothing wrong with the 2022 Twins that a new coat of paint can't fix! Speaking of paint, @Snarkier Than Reusse objects to whitewashing in What I Wish the Twin’s Front Office Would Say About 2022 (Part 1) (as well as Part 2). Would you like to see them handling the Twins P.R.? If you want to take a break from the Twins, head over to the Other Baseball forum to follow some other teams and players for a change. @mikelink45 has some recommendations in Keep watching - baseball keeps going. What will you be watching during the last week of the season and into the playoffs? @Trov tries to take their mind off the Twins by asking, Do we want parity in baseball? If so, how do we get it? Although a side benefit of parity is that the Twins don't need to get any better if all of the good teams just get worse. Finally, baseball inspires art as our very own @alexlegge has a gift for any Twins fans who are also fans of drum-and-bass, jungle, or electronica music genres... (isn't that all of us?). Be sure to see them perform at the (Jake) Cavern Club before they get famous! Do you have a fave Twins song right now? Share your jam or dirge in the forums.
  2. The Twins Daily forums received an unwelcome math lesson this week, on the topic of elimination numbers rather than magic numbers. Image courtesy of Twins Daily As the season winds down, the community is looking beyond math, at storylines around the league, gearing up for the hot stove and 2023, and creating and sharing art inspired by happier times for the Twins. Last week, this humble correspondent invoked the phrase "it's over" (or "it's Ober") to describe the 2022 Twins playoff chances, but that wasn't technically true: as late as Wednesday this week, we were Still not eliminated from postseason contention yet according to resident mathematician @kydoty. Alas, even that faint glimpse of possibility is gone now too: it is finally, and officially, Ober. If you are wondering how the Twins can improve next year, @Nine of twelve brings good news: "Rebranding" underway: New scoreboards and new uniforms. There's nothing wrong with the 2022 Twins that a new coat of paint can't fix! Speaking of paint, @Snarkier Than Reusse objects to whitewashing in What I Wish the Twin’s Front Office Would Say About 2022 (Part 1) (as well as Part 2). Would you like to see them handling the Twins P.R.? If you want to take a break from the Twins, head over to the Other Baseball forum to follow some other teams and players for a change. @mikelink45 has some recommendations in Keep watching - baseball keeps going. What will you be watching during the last week of the season and into the playoffs? @Trov tries to take their mind off the Twins by asking, Do we want parity in baseball? If so, how do we get it? Although a side benefit of parity is that the Twins don't need to get any better if all of the good teams just get worse. Finally, baseball inspires art as our very own @alexlegge has a gift for any Twins fans who are also fans of drum-and-bass, jungle, or electronica music genres... (isn't that all of us?). Be sure to see them perform at the (Jake) Cavern Club before they get famous! Do you have a fave Twins song right now? Share your jam or dirge in the forums. View full article
  3. Re-live the last moments of optimism from a week ago, lovingly preserved in Hanging by a thread. @Number3 captured a moment in time when it was still possible for the Twins to get back in the race, just before Cleveland cut our last thread of hope. But they can never cut our forum threads! Like how @PopRiveter wants to witness the battle of Arraez vs Evil -my last remaining reason to care. The whole world is watching Aaron Judge but can our own La Regadera ("The Sprinker") spoil his triple crown? The Twins and Yankees not only share batting title competitors, they also share starting pitcher trade deadline disasters, as chronicled by @Brandon in Montas or Mahle, Which pitcher helped his new team the least? Unfortunately, that may be where the Twins and Yankees similarities end, as New York has been preparing for the postseason, while the well-seasoned Twins have been cooking on a post over a Cuyahoga River fire. If you don't care to look backward or suffer the present, look to the future with @cHawk at the 2023 Rotation. There are plenty of arms to consider -- two arms per pitcher, in fact. Over in the Other Baseball forum, @Vanimal46 is still thinking about baseball while watching football in Take Notes, MLB. What would you like to see MLB adopt from NFL broadcasts? If you said "illegal formation penalties," I've got good news for you! Finally, the ballclub may be struggling, but the Minnesota Twins have finally become masters of their own domain. @Rosterman reports how a pair of real-life twins are likely celebrating a financial windfall as Twins.com finds a new home. Would you have sold Twins.com? Or would you have dedicated it to Taylor and Tyler Rogers? Share your ideas in the forums.
  4. A week ago, TD member @CRF said "It ain't Ober...till it's Ober." Well, now it's Ober, and the only pun left is Sugar Ray's breakup song. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Re-live the last moments of optimism from a week ago, lovingly preserved in Hanging by a thread. @Number3 captured a moment in time when it was still possible for the Twins to get back in the race, just before Cleveland cut our last thread of hope. But they can never cut our forum threads! Like how @PopRiveter wants to witness the battle of Arraez vs Evil -my last remaining reason to care. The whole world is watching Aaron Judge but can our own La Regadera ("The Sprinker") spoil his triple crown? The Twins and Yankees not only share batting title competitors, they also share starting pitcher trade deadline disasters, as chronicled by @Brandon in Montas or Mahle, Which pitcher helped his new team the least? Unfortunately, that may be where the Twins and Yankees similarities end, as New York has been preparing for the postseason, while the well-seasoned Twins have been cooking on a post over a Cuyahoga River fire. If you don't care to look backward or suffer the present, look to the future with @cHawk at the 2023 Rotation. There are plenty of arms to consider -- two arms per pitcher, in fact. Over in the Other Baseball forum, @Vanimal46 is still thinking about baseball while watching football in Take Notes, MLB. What would you like to see MLB adopt from NFL broadcasts? If you said "illegal formation penalties," I've got good news for you! Finally, the ballclub may be struggling, but the Minnesota Twins have finally become masters of their own domain. @Rosterman reports how a pair of real-life twins are likely celebrating a financial windfall as Twins.com finds a new home. Would you have sold Twins.com? Or would you have dedicated it to Taylor and Tyler Rogers? Share your ideas in the forums. View full article
  5. The seasons are rapidly changing, both on the calendar and in the TD forums, unless the Twins can find a way back into the division race, and fast. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Firings, fantasies, fu-machus, futures, and football were just a few of the alliterative topics of discussion in the community this week, in the twilight of a Twins season perhaps best described by the letter "F". Is it time for Twins fans to heed the advice of Meredith Brooks, in the bridge of her profanely-titled hit 1997 single? Just when you think you've got me figured out The season's already changin' I think it's cool you do what you do And don't try to save me @RickOShea felt that Rocco Baldelli should have been fired on Monday Afternoon, after getting swept at home by division rival Cleveland. But according to consultant Bob Slydell, "Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week." Even if Baldelli sticks around, we may have a pitching coach vacancy. @darin617 wants to know if any big-name options might be available to turn things around in Pitching coaches contracts? With apologies to Pete Maki, eight letters combined is presumably not a big enough name. (Fortunately, that also disqualifies a reunion with Dick Such.) In player news, Randy Dobnak put on waivers was brought to our attention by @Rosterman. At first glance, this seems like a fall from grace for the mustachioed hurler, but maybe this is just what Dobnak needs to restore the underdog status that fueled his ascent back in 2019. In the minor league forum, not content to simply look ahead to next year, @Fighting4par asks What will the twins pitching staff look like in 2025. Lots of young arms to think about, but I'd still wager on Andrew Albers making an appearance that year too. Finally, for those ready to completely check out of baseball this year, there's still room on the bandwagon in @Vanimal46's 2022 Vikings Regular Season Thread. The TD Vikings Talk forum features football topics from the perspective of a baseball fan: why 11 players rather than 9? Why are they always colliding instead of providing sliding lanes to each other? At least both sports now share common ground in inexplicable replay decisions. Are you ready to fold on 2022, or are you fighting to the last game? Share your perspective in the forums. View full article
  6. Firings, fantasies, fu-machus, futures, and football were just a few of the alliterative topics of discussion in the community this week, in the twilight of a Twins season perhaps best described by the letter "F". Is it time for Twins fans to heed the advice of Meredith Brooks, in the bridge of her profanely-titled hit 1997 single? Just when you think you've got me figured out The season's already changin' I think it's cool you do what you do And don't try to save me @RickOShea felt that Rocco Baldelli should have been fired on Monday Afternoon, after getting swept at home by division rival Cleveland. But according to consultant Bob Slydell, "Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week." Even if Baldelli sticks around, we may have a pitching coach vacancy. @darin617 wants to know if any big-name options might be available to turn things around in Pitching coaches contracts? With apologies to Pete Maki, eight letters combined is presumably not a big enough name. (Fortunately, that also disqualifies a reunion with Dick Such.) In player news, Randy Dobnak put on waivers was brought to our attention by @Rosterman. At first glance, this seems like a fall from grace for the mustachioed hurler, but maybe this is just what Dobnak needs to restore the underdog status that fueled his ascent back in 2019. In the minor league forum, not content to simply look ahead to next year, @Fighting4par asks What will the twins pitching staff look like in 2025. Lots of young arms to think about, but I'd still wager on Andrew Albers making an appearance that year too. Finally, for those ready to completely check out of baseball this year, there's still room on the bandwagon in @Vanimal46's 2022 Vikings Regular Season Thread. The TD Vikings Talk forum features football topics from the perspective of a baseball fan: why 11 players rather than 9? Why are they always colliding instead of providing sliding lanes to each other? At least both sports now share common ground in inexplicable replay decisions. Are you ready to fold on 2022, or are you fighting to the last game? Share your perspective in the forums.
  7. Obviously Gleeman isn't lying. But there is reason to be suspicious of BP's conclusion, without seeing their data or knowing their methodology. Big questions: - Does it account for projected playing time? Maeda has spent the whole year on the IL, but he also should have been projected for few if any innings this season. - Does it do anything to avoid double-counting? For example, if Sano was projected for 1.5 WAR at 1B and then got hurt, then Kirilloff was projected for 1.5 WAR as Sano's replacement, would it count the Twins as losing 3 WAR to the IL? I suspect it may be a simple equation -- number of games on the IL, prorated to a seasonal WAR projection for that player -- in which case it's essentially just restating the total days on the IL without really adding anything meaningful.
  8. Definitely Gordon. Preseason projections had him no higher than a 90 wRC+, and he's at 113. Miranda has had a strong rookie campaign at 123 wRC+, but at least some projections had him in the 108-115 range before the season. Still an achievement, just not quite so unexpected.
  9. The Twins did about as well as Radio Shack stock, but the TD forums were still full of Q's to which the Yankees unhelpfully provided some A's. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Playoffs?1, trade grades, stadium snacks, and intelligence (or lack thereof) were all topics of discussion in the community this week. @Trov leads off with If Twins do not at minimum split with Yankees, should we even care if we make playoffs? Looks like Trov's calendar for October just opened up. Although if you give the Twins a +2 game handicap, perhaps we could consider it a split? Second question goes to @alexlegge: Mahle for Steer/Hajjar/Encarnacion-Strand - How did the Twins blow this one so badly?? Okay, that sounds rhetorical, so I don't think we have to answer it. But Mahle rhymes with Bally so the Twins should have seen this coming. Next question: Is the Twins Pipe lined with ice or sludge? asks @Game7-91. Are those the only two options? Hey, Culligan Man! We may need to hire you as our scouting director. The final question this week comes from @mikelink45: Is Rocco really middle management? Next time you call Target Field to complain about a short start, perhaps you should ask to speak to Baldelli's supervisor. @strumdatjag reports there are No Vendors working the aisles at Target Field anymore. To fill that void, Twins Daily should volunteer to host those vendors in our forum. Instead of walking between rows, they could instead appear between our posts, maybe in the form of banners -- wait, nevermind! Over in the Other Baseball forum, @CRF shares news of likely Rule changes for 2023. I think my favorite might be the pitch glock, although moderns pitchers hardly need another weapon at their disposal. Finally, @ashbury demonstrates intelligence by leading a discussion of Baseball IQ. Is your Baseball IQ high? Or are you just high? Either way, share your knowledge in the forums. View full article
  10. Playoffs?1, trade grades, stadium snacks, and intelligence (or lack thereof) were all topics of discussion in the community this week. @Trov leads off with If Twins do not at minimum split with Yankees, should we even care if we make playoffs? Looks like Trov's calendar for October just opened up. Although if you give the Twins a +2 game handicap, perhaps we could consider it a split? Second question goes to @alexlegge: Mahle for Steer/Hajjar/Encarnacion-Strand - How did the Twins blow this one so badly?? Okay, that sounds rhetorical, so I don't think we have to answer it. But Mahle rhymes with Bally so the Twins should have seen this coming. Next question: Is the Twins Pipe lined with ice or sludge? asks @Game7-91. Are those the only two options? Hey, Culligan Man! We may need to hire you as our scouting director. The final question this week comes from @mikelink45: Is Rocco really middle management? Next time you call Target Field to complain about a short start, perhaps you should ask to speak to Baldelli's supervisor. @strumdatjag reports there are No Vendors working the aisles at Target Field anymore. To fill that void, Twins Daily should volunteer to host those vendors in our forum. Instead of walking between rows, they could instead appear between our posts, maybe in the form of banners -- wait, nevermind! Over in the Other Baseball forum, @CRF shares news of likely Rule changes for 2023. I think my favorite might be the pitch glock, although moderns pitchers hardly need another weapon at their disposal. Finally, @ashbury demonstrates intelligence by leading a discussion of Baseball IQ. Is your Baseball IQ high? Or are you just high? Either way, share your knowledge in the forums.
  11. Classic 21st century Twins/Yankees matchup! Rumor has it the ghost of Mike Trombley was warming up in case the game went into the 14th inning...
  12. Community topics include forecasting, reflection, the dulcet tones of former Twins, the best ballparks to visit before you die, and the worst ballpark to visit while you are dying. Last Friday, @Thiéres Rabelo asked the community for their opinions on Rocco Baldelli's future; the Twins skipper responded by helming 5 consecutive victories. Who would we like to see in Thiéres' crystal ball this week? Instead of the future, @mikelink45 looks to the past, specifically Correa and the SS market from last offseason. Maybe Correa hasn't been the super-duper-star we hoped, but he's still ahead of his free agent competition. If he opts out, will the same hold true next year? What do you listen to during Twins games -- the TV broadcast, or the radio? @peterb18 isn't thrilled about the Twins color announcers, specifically the Justin Morneau and Glen Perkins back-and-forth, aka the "metronome from the Metrodome." Has anyone tried listening to the Twins Daily Game Thread with text-to-speech instead? Rumor has it that @Monkeypaws wished upon their namesake artifact last year, that our Twins wouldn't lose in the postseason again in 2021. Avoiding a curse in the minor league forum this week, they provide an update on the lesser-known players involved in a notable deadline deal from four years ago: Escobar for Duran, Maciel, De La Trinidad. As good as Duran has been, he may never be achieve a first- last-name basis with Nicolas Cage. Finally, ballpark connoisseur @Riverbrian, fresh off documenting an 18-day American odyssey in the Sports Bar (now with photos!), kicks off a lively discussion of Baseball Stadium Rankings. What's your favorite ballpark, and why is it the Metrodome? Share your stadium take or pennant race prediction in the forums!
  13. The Twins gave a sliding lane to the TD forums by completing a successful homestand this week, gearing up for an AL Central grudge match. Community topics include forecasting, reflection, the dulcet tones of former Twins, the best ballparks to visit before you die, and the worst ballpark to visit while you are dying. Last Friday, @Thiéres Rabelo asked the community for their opinions on Rocco Baldelli's future; the Twins skipper responded by helming 5 consecutive victories. Who would we like to see in Thiéres' crystal ball this week? Instead of the future, @mikelink45 looks to the past, specifically Correa and the SS market from last offseason. Maybe Correa hasn't been the super-duper-star we hoped, but he's still ahead of his free agent competition. If he opts out, will the same hold true next year? What do you listen to during Twins games -- the TV broadcast, or the radio? @peterb18 isn't thrilled about the Twins color announcers, specifically the Justin Morneau and Glen Perkins back-and-forth, aka the "metronome from the Metrodome." Has anyone tried listening to the Twins Daily Game Thread with text-to-speech instead? Rumor has it that @Monkeypaws wished upon their namesake artifact last year, that our Twins wouldn't lose in the postseason again in 2021. Avoiding a curse in the minor league forum this week, they provide an update on the lesser-known players involved in a notable deadline deal from four years ago: Escobar for Duran, Maciel, De La Trinidad. As good as Duran has been, he may never be achieve a first- last-name basis with Nicolas Cage. Finally, ballpark connoisseur @Riverbrian, fresh off documenting an 18-day American odyssey in the Sports Bar (now with photos!), kicks off a lively discussion of Baseball Stadium Rankings. What's your favorite ballpark, and why is it the Metrodome? Share your stadium take or pennant race prediction in the forums! View full article
  14. FWIW, the minor league season goes pretty late, so this statement technically doesn’t preclude some rehab appearances there. But if that was the case, you’d think he could appear in the final week of MLB games too.
  15. Would you still roll with him in your playoff bullpen?
  16. No. Anyone on the 40-man or 60-day IL as of that date is automatically eligible for a postseason roster, and the Twins don’t have to submit their postseason roster until just before each round. And anyone in the organization on Sep. 1 can be named as a replacement for a postseason eligible injured player too — so Billy Hamilton could possibly find his way onto our postseason roster this year, even if he doesn’t get added to the 40-man until after Sep. 1.
  17. Devin Smeltzer has been optioned back to AAA, with Jovani Moran recalled to take his place.
  18. What game was on Fox in Portland, Maine? If you are talking MLBTV, then true national games are blacked out everywhere in the USA — the national TV broadcaster bought exclusive rights. However, these Fox Saturday games are “regional” so it has been my experience that they are only blacked out in the broadcast territories of the two teams involved. (That may not be official policy, but just a natural consequence of Fox and MLB having different broadcast maps.) Hence I was able to stream the other Fox game last night in Minnesota (Braves vs Cardinals, which coincidentally also ended in a walk-off walk!). If neither Fox Saturday game involves the Twins, I have been able to stream both on MLBTV in Minnesota.
  19. So Fox broadcast two games on Saturday night… and they both ended with walk-off walks!

  20. What was the alternative? Thielbar is on a roll and just as important as Duran and Jax right now. Plus he's been our best reliever at stranding inherited runners, so he's better to save for Friday than have him start an inning on Thursday. Fulmer was on zero rest himself, as was Smeltzer. There's only so many times you can keep trotting out Pagan and Megill for multiple innings each before you're sabotaging your efforts to coax positive contributions from them too. And trailing 5-3 is not the same as trailing 9-1 -- it's hardly Nick Gordon to the mound territory. It didn't result in a win, and there are modest consequences to deal with tonight, but that's just an everyday reality in the sport -- you can't avoid it, you can only mitigate it. And we still have Thielbar plus other options to help mitigate tonight, if a no-rest guy needs help in a close contest.
  21. Sometimes your top late inning arms need to pitch 2 innings, and sometimes they need to pitch back to back games. Last night, as the offense failed for 3 innings to close the gap any more than 2 runs, Baldelli judged that it was better to keep them all available for a potential back-to-back rather than stretch any of them to 2 innings in this particular game. Seems eminently defensible.
  22. I'm not sure that any of the 3 are "unavailable" Friday night, based on pitching 1 inning each on Thursday after ample rest. This month, López has twice thrown consecutive nights coming off equal or greater pitch counts; Duran has two such recent games coming off similar pitch counts too (15 and 17). Likewise, any of them could have thrown more than 1 inning Thursday, if the offense had closed the gap at any point. The offense didn't, so it was better to limit each pitcher to an inning so they could still potentially appear Friday. We all know there are benefits to saving your best relievers until you need them, but there are diminishing returns to saving them for too long. And yesterday, having not held a lead virtually at all since Saturday, our returns on that strategy had diminished to basically nothing.
  23. It’s easy enough to generate a draft schedule meeting either set of base parameters. But we know there are additional required parameters: if the contract with the players union mandates that you exchange a home game for a road game or insert off days or travel days in particular spots on your draft schedule, or teams or the league want particular accommodations due to travel/facilities/broadcasts, wouldn’t it be easier to make those adjustments when you have the flexibility to leave division home/road and non-division opponents slightly unbalanced? It’s like a path problem, and you have more potential paths you can follow. We know the schedule isn’t just spit out of a computer. There is a certain amount of finesse that goes into producing it, and I wonder if too much rigidity in the base arrangement makes the process more difficult.
  24. In the land of Carlos Correa's ex's (ex-teammates, at least), a variety of Twins weaknesses were exposed. Some community members offered advice, while others seem ready to move on from this relationship. Still others helpfully provided some non-Twins content to distract us from struggles on the field. A week ago, @Number3 provided the modest suggestion to Just keep it close until the Twins can take the division in September. Since then, the losses have generally been close, but the gap in the standings is growing, so we may want to clarify the instruction! Relationship expert @sfe306 speculates that the Players like Baldelli as a person but.... Not to be outdone, @Emjay composes another breakup letter on behalf of players: So....Rocco, Analytics and the Twins underperforming. Will no one take Rocco's side here? Hopefully they can still be friends, in any case. How can the Twins improve? @USAFChief advocates outright theft (and better theft prevention), refuting the modern adage that "Stolen bases just don't matter". Bases would be great, but is there any way to steal some more pitching too? Looking around the league, @MMMordabito rails against a trend, or at least a glandular problem, as MLB Media Salivating over Exit Velocity is Getting Ridiculous. Then again, pitchers (and some motorists) have long enjoyed the thrill of radar gun readings, so it's no surprise that batters want to get in on that action. Finally, @Riverbrian is currently regaling us with an epic travelogue told over 11 parts (and counting) in The Sports Bar, beginning with Confessions of a Hit and Run Tourist - Day One. Be sure to read them all to gain a better understanding of the American experience, as well as the health challenges posed by the American diet. What's your dream baseball road trip, and why doesn't it include the Metrodome? Share it in the forums!
  25. With all of their fiddle players apparently on the injured list, the Twins and the TD forums both went in a deep funk, deep in the heart of Texas. In the land of Carlos Correa's ex's (ex-teammates, at least), a variety of Twins weaknesses were exposed. Some community members offered advice, while others seem ready to move on from this relationship. Still others helpfully provided some non-Twins content to distract us from struggles on the field. A week ago, @Number3 provided the modest suggestion to Just keep it close until the Twins can take the division in September. Since then, the losses have generally been close, but the gap in the standings is growing, so we may want to clarify the instruction! Relationship expert @sfe306 speculates that the Players like Baldelli as a person but.... Not to be outdone, @Emjay composes another breakup letter on behalf of players: So....Rocco, Analytics and the Twins underperforming. Will no one take Rocco's side here? Hopefully they can still be friends, in any case. How can the Twins improve? @USAFChief advocates outright theft (and better theft prevention), refuting the modern adage that "Stolen bases just don't matter". Bases would be great, but is there any way to steal some more pitching too? Looking around the league, @MMMordabito rails against a trend, or at least a glandular problem, as MLB Media Salivating over Exit Velocity is Getting Ridiculous. Then again, pitchers (and some motorists) have long enjoyed the thrill of radar gun readings, so it's no surprise that batters want to get in on that action. Finally, @Riverbrian is currently regaling us with an epic travelogue told over 11 parts (and counting) in The Sports Bar, beginning with Confessions of a Hit and Run Tourist - Day One. Be sure to read them all to gain a better understanding of the American experience, as well as the health challenges posed by the American diet. What's your dream baseball road trip, and why doesn't it include the Metrodome? Share it in the forums! View full article
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