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  1. 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.
  2. Maybe the Twins aren't that good of a team. We can worry about other things that way, and not waste the time or money to care so much. We will know A LOT MORE after the 5 game series in Cleveland next week. Lordy.
  3. Carew started out as a slender slasher, bunter, speed guy and developed into a professional hitter, with HR power. He used his wrists to swing -- smooth and quick, right to the ball, wherever it was pitched. Arraez is a battler who swings with his arms, just hammers the ball. He's stocky, short and strong, with a quick bat, especially for how hard he swings. They don't much resemble each other at the plate, just the stat lines.
  4. Kepler is best chip. Affordable, experienced, fast runner and a good defender, and having a pretty good year. One of Kiriloff or Lanach can equal or exceed Max's production at a fraction of his cost. If Twins retool around Correa, then you trade Polanco, who is a very valuable player. Bring up Steer or put Arraez in his place. And you have Gordon in the background. Twins won't win it this year; they may not even make the playoffs. The value of pitching is immense and they just don't have enough quality arms as the Yankee series shows.
  5. That's a crazy amount of depth in position players, players who can move around, who are young and promising. Between Celestino, Miranda, Lewis, Kiriloff, Larnach, there is every evidence that a team would be acquiring a MLB regular for a long time, with team control. Throw in Sano, Kepler, Gordon and now there are other solid pieces in play. There will be a trade, likely multiple players, sometime in July. Twins need pitching depth, starters and relievers, and they have the kinds of chips needed to make that happen.
  6. Whatever, at some point, when Buxton plays, he needs to hit the ball hard and make things happen. Twins can't have him hovering around .200 again, striking out, popping out, making outs. It's been like a month. Either he is or he isn't a guy who wins us games. A hundred million can't flouder like this.
  7. Twins need Kepler to hit for sure. Yesterday, before the 8th inning, Kepler had ruined the two best chances the Twins had of scoring, dribbling the ball down the 3b line twice. Redemption came sweet. If you think back, this is the 3rd Division team the Twins have pantsed in the 8th inning. First Chicago on the Anderson/Abreu snowball fight, then Detroit on the casual flip into LF by their catcher as two Twins stood on 3b, and now the KC collapse with a 6-run lead. Rather be lucky than good. So far, Twins have been lucky against the ones they need to beat.
  8. Clicking around MLB tonight, caught Odorizzi pitching in Boston, just as he collapsed covering first base on a grounder to the right side. He was lifted onto a stretcher and carted away in a tie game. Looked liker a major hammy tear.
  9. Talk to the Yankees' fans, they don't like the trade either. Would you want Donaldson in the lineup at this point? The Yankees were the only team willing to eat JD's contract, allowing us to get Correa. Urshela is a gamer, and a solid defender. Sanchez is a back-up catcher who can hit when he's hot. And, to be fair, I haven't checked, but it sure seems like offense is down across the board this year. All that said, you would have to go back pretty far to find the Twins so completely out-played in a series at home. Tampa Bay used to do that here about five years ago; it sure brings out the defeatism in our estimation of the Twins.
  10. When you win the first two games of a series going 0-15 with RISP, after winning two games in April because your two chief division rivals needlessly threw the ball all over Target Field at the end of the games, you know at that point your team is experiencing really, really GOOD LUCK from the baseball gods.
  11. Twins will add a closer and some depth for the BP in June or July. They have the arms to compete, albeit not with the Dodgers or Giants, but winning regularly is a tide that lifts all boats. Future is bright though. Building a Tampa Bay like depth around Buxton and Correa and Polanco makes the Front Office look smart.
  12. Looks like a lamentable defeat, with a couple runners out at the plate, players out with Covid, HBP on Correa, maybe a few other things, but, who's counting? Good teams win this series. Twins aren't there yet, though they are knocking. First time I've seen a swim move on a slide (by Miranda) actually cause an out.
  13. Fewer hits, fewer runners, fewer balls in play -- baseball is being reduced to the pitcher/catcher action. It's a trendline that is weakening the game and will eventually make it untenable as a major sport. Hey, at least the salaries will come down.
  14. I feel like the baseball Gods have decided that in order to make up for imposing a 17-game playoff losing streak on the Twins, that every AL Central team will have to pull down their pants in the late innings of a close game and show the world their naked butts. Or something.
  15. Buxton not in CF but DH'ing? Rocko playing it safe on a cold night in the northland?
  16. It's the starting pitching. Twins fans mercilessly ripped the front office for the Bundy signing, and spent the whole off-season complaining that they were wasting Buxton's "window years". Lots of question marks -- Ryan, Ober, the other prospects, and the pedigree of last year's signings that ruined the season,. Welp, how does Number 1 in the American League ERA feel? You don't get where they are, and their hitting has been historically bad, without that pitching. And the bullpen has blown two late-game leads....
  17. Not sure baseball is going to make it. Too many nothing moments, especially in comparison with soccer, hockey and basketball. Strike outs, foul balls, even routine outs -- you can go for a long time without the least action. I have not sat through an entire game in, what?, decades, now.
  18. There is literally nothing to complain about after last night. Because nothing happened. Look on the bright side: we didn't have to see Tommy Watkins wave anyone into an out at home plate,. :}
  19. Whatever, the naysayers out there yelled and screamed about starting pitching for months -- even after the Twins signed Correa -- and lo and behold, Twins are top 10 in starting pitching so far. Sure, SSS, but, I do think Falvey and Levine use extensive screens/analysis as to who they sign and who they don't. And also are sensitive to exposing young pitchers to MLB lineups when they may not be ready. As it is, they start with 6 pitchers, expect one to get injured, fall back to five, still have Winder in reserve, as well as the whole ensemble of young "would be" starters. Just feels different, more planful and sustainable. Once this team hits, and they will hit, I like their chances. Sure, the bullpen needs to get sorted out, but, compared to postion players and starters, that's doable.
  20. Last in hitting, first in strikeouts, fewest runs, most double-plays, two guys that no one knows -- what did they used to do for a living? Coordinators of library services at Dade Community College? But can you fire one guy when there are two coaches responsible for hitting? Or, is this why they are called "the Twins"? Mostly tongue-in-cheek, I actually like the team better this year. Just want to see a little more aggression. Baldelli is so cerebral and almost effete in demeanor. Someone kick the water cooler over or break a bat on a mannequin dressed in pinstripes. Koski once went down after a strikeout and beat the crap out of a chair in Cleveland and next thing you knew, the Twins' were producing runs like the Bakken oil field. Try voodoo or chant incantations around a candle. Jeez, you got these two guys in charge of hitting, surely they can come up with something.
  21. Speaking of unconventional moves by managers.... Joe Madden of the Angels recently intentionally walked Corey Seager of Texas with the bases loaded, forcing in a run in an effort to get to ... wait for it ... Mitch Garver. Walk in a run on purpose so you don't have to face Seager and can pitch to Garver? Ouch. Twins hitters, even ex-Twins, just don't get any respect. And, given their results in 2022, who can really argue? MLB Teams are waiting in line to pitch to the Twins. Everyone is. Bases loaded, bases empty, no matter, -- -- "Please, can we pitch to the Twins?" Yet, Twins' hitting coaches are secure in their jobs. For Jesus Christ, I don't even know their names, but apparently, there are two of them, one right-handed, one left? WTF? Two hitting coaches so no one person can ever be held accountable for this? Kind of like Falvey and Levine. It's not any one person's problem that the Twins suck. Just a total system failure.
  22. Nick a waif; Kepler a horse. Plowed right through him. The overmatch kept it from being worse.
  23. The old cliche lives on. But, maybe there is an athlete living in Miggy's cavernous frame? Either way, he will live or die on his ability to recognize the outside curve ball. I am not optimistic because the loves to feed on that pitch.
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