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    Blake got a reaction from brvama in The Come Up and Buy in for Odorizzi   
    What's makes this year interesting is that the Twins have had lightning strike with 3 pitchers, Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi.
     
    As of right now, does the new FO see the arms in the minor league system to replace the above pitchers?
     
    If not, does the FO see anything that indicates the success of these pitchers is sustainable?
     
    Though, in thinking things through a bit further, I can see 1 or 2 accidents, but, with the emergence of Cron, Perez, Pineda and Odorizzi, I have to think the FO has a darn good idea of what they're doing.
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    Blake got a reaction from nclahammer in The Come Up and Buy in for Odorizzi   
    What's makes this year interesting is that the Twins have had lightning strike with 3 pitchers, Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi.
     
    As of right now, does the new FO see the arms in the minor league system to replace the above pitchers?
     
    If not, does the FO see anything that indicates the success of these pitchers is sustainable?
     
    Though, in thinking things through a bit further, I can see 1 or 2 accidents, but, with the emergence of Cron, Perez, Pineda and Odorizzi, I have to think the FO has a darn good idea of what they're doing.
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    Blake got a reaction from DocBauer in The Come Up and Buy in for Odorizzi   
    What's makes this year interesting is that the Twins have had lightning strike with 3 pitchers, Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi.
     
    As of right now, does the new FO see the arms in the minor league system to replace the above pitchers?
     
    If not, does the FO see anything that indicates the success of these pitchers is sustainable?
     
    Though, in thinking things through a bit further, I can see 1 or 2 accidents, but, with the emergence of Cron, Perez, Pineda and Odorizzi, I have to think the FO has a darn good idea of what they're doing.
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    Blake got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in The Come Up and Buy in for Odorizzi   
    What's makes this year interesting is that the Twins have had lightning strike with 3 pitchers, Pineda, Perez and Odorizzi.
     
    As of right now, does the new FO see the arms in the minor league system to replace the above pitchers?
     
    If not, does the FO see anything that indicates the success of these pitchers is sustainable?
     
    Though, in thinking things through a bit further, I can see 1 or 2 accidents, but, with the emergence of Cron, Perez, Pineda and Odorizzi, I have to think the FO has a darn good idea of what they're doing.
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    Blake reacted to Vanimal46 in Is The Twins FO Actually Mad They Are Good?   
    Cron is arbitration eligible again for 2020. If he keeps up this production it should be a no brainer to tender him.
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    Blake reacted to Vanimal46 in Is The Twins FO Actually Mad They Are Good?   
    Mad is certainly not the correct term... If they were mad about having success they shouldn't be running a baseball team.
     
    This is what "financial flexibility" looks like in real life. 5-6 players on the 25 man with expiring contracts and the freedom to move on as needed.
     
    I don't think the plan was to trade Schoop by the trade deadline. He is simply a one year stop gap while they wait for Gordon/Arraez/any other MI prospect to show they're ready for MLB action.
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    Blake got a reaction from mikelink45 in Observations by an old guy from the series   
    Yeah, the Sox seem to have rediscovered the "2 strike" approach. Put the freaking ball in play and make the other team field it.
     
    It's really that simple.
     
    Also, I think the shifts are/have killed the Dodgers. I cannot tell you how many times I've seen a ball go right through the classic position for 2B because the infielder was shifted.
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    Blake got a reaction from beckmt in Whine Line Investigation: Explanation for a Boring Off-season   
    Yo, Van, when did the intern learn to read?
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    Blake got a reaction from Platoon in Whine Line Investigation: Explanation for a Boring Off-season   
    Yo, Van, when did the intern learn to read?
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    Blake reacted to Vanimal46 in Whine Line Investigation: Explanation for a Boring Off-season   
    Great... Now we need an investigation of the investigation to find out if the Intern can indeed read! He started saying chi- like chicken, but we don't know for sure! 
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    Blake got a reaction from Vanimal46 in Whine Line Investigation: Explanation for a Boring Off-season   
    Yo, Van, when did the intern learn to read?
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    Blake reacted to Platoon in Making The Most Of Molitor   
    I was not in the group who thought they were that bad. And I had lots of issues with Gardy, a few less with TK. Baseball is really in the eyes of the beholder, maybe more than most sports. But I always thought these guys had two things. A formula for pen usage, and the desire and fortitude to not abuse their best arms. They looked long term, Molitor has looked short term for all three years. Even last year, he was trying to win single games at the end of the year, when in actuality his template with those players and that record should have been as a MiLB manager developing talent.
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    Blake reacted to Seth Stohs in Making The Most Of Molitor   
    Bullpen usage is really tough to judge. People always thought Gardy was bad at it. People always thought Tom Kelly was bad at it. It seems to be one of those things that every team's fan base thinks the manager is bad at. I don't know whether or not he's good at it, but I don't think he's horrible either. The one area I do think he's struggled is over-using some guys (Pressly last year, Rogers this year), but when you look at the bullpen as a whole, it's hard to argue that he's been bad at it. This team has won a lot of games because of it. 
     
    And as far as dealing with young players, I don't see that one at all. Tom Kelly was hard on young players, famously with Todd Walker (and as we recall, Mr. Mientkiewicz talked about it while he was still in the minors).  But he also used Chuck Knoblauch in 1991. He's the one that led the way for all those rookies that played a lot in 1998 and 1999. Molitor's been fine. He's dealt with things fine. I personally may not agree with everything, but he's sure eased Hildenberger and Busenitz in to more key roles this second half. He showed a lot of patience with Rosario and Polanco. For every "I didn't like this" thing, there are probably 2-3 "he handled that well's" in there too. 
     
    Baseball is all about second guessing. A baseball manager gets questioned every single game by some. But realize that he's meeting with Falvey and/or Levine every day. He's working with Jeff Pickler and Joe Vavra (both who are big into the numbers) and they're coming up with game plans and in-game strategies. Maybe they have some calculations on some things that we have no idea about. Molitor has been very open to all of the analytics presented to him. 
     
    I'm not saying Molitor is some great manager. I'm not real concerned either way about whether they bring him back or not... But these types of conversations are had by fans from every team in the league.  It will be interesting to see what Falvey and Levine decide. 
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    Blake reacted to Comrade Bork in To Tank Or Not To Tank?   
    What's the draft look like this upcoming year? Barring a knockout #1or #2 pick I don't care if we win or lose, I just want to see positive development of the young players and would sacrifice Jim Pohlad's first born to not have Kepler have the crushing sophomore slump that is so prevalent in this organization
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    Blake reacted to Loosey in Todays Kepler Article symptomatic of TD poor spring training coverage   
    I'm not sure what more you are expecting.  They have people down there covering some parts of it and writing stories. If you use the forums there is more than enough coverage (Kepler included) to get information from individuals writing on their own who are down their in FM or just following from afar.
     
    Also, this is more of a fan blog than a sports journalism site.  The site owners do not have the access that credentialed sports journalists do, yet in my opinion, spew out 10+ times the information and coverage the newspapers do.
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    Blake got a reaction from Andrew in Santana needs to go down asap!   
    Another "stick a fork in ________________ " (fill in the blank) type thread? Cool.
     
    Santana will now go on a tear.
     
     
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    Blake got a reaction from Sconnie in Santana needs to go down asap!   
    Another "stick a fork in ________________ " (fill in the blank) type thread? Cool.
     
    Santana will now go on a tear.
     
     
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    Blake got a reaction from Target Field of Dreams in Nolasco for Van Slyke?   
    I was thinking bag of hammers, but, your suggestion works too.
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    Blake reacted to Target Field of Dreams in Nolasco for Van Slyke?   
    I know this is a pipe dream...hey, that's an idea. Maybe we should trade him for a pipe. Any type will do...Tobacco, PVC, brass, aluminum...any and all would be more useful for the Twins
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