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    Steve Lein reacted to tony&rodney in Wheeling n' Dealing in The West - Dodgers and Padres   
    While I'm not ready for a rebuild, these are the types of heavy returns which the Twins would need to have if they choose to start over. I'm also of the mind to push San Diego for C. J. Abrams. 
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    Steve Lein reacted to Karbo in Wheeling n' Dealing in The West - Dodgers and Padres   
    I would say no to either deal. I'm not in the total rebuild camp and thats what these trades are. Another 2-3 years of bad teams waiting for young pitchers to advance with no experienced #1 to show them the way sounds like long losing summers.
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    Steve Lein reacted to twinbythebay in Do the Twins Have Any Arms to Trust?   
    Agreed that Rocco should try extending the starters a little more. But when the bats stop scoring in the second inning and every dang reliever comes in and gives up multiple runs, as was the case last night (and about 20 other times this season), there really is no simple solution. The starters can pitch deeper into games, but it still won't matter if the bullpen and late-game offense both continue to be this inept.
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Do the Twins Have Any Arms to Trust?   
    This is an ongoing criticism of mine for Baldelli. Absolutely has a "rule book" that he sticks too, even though it keeps failing him over and over. Playoffs last year were the prime example. The starters never should have been pulled when they were, no matter what this stupid book says. Throw it in the burning dumpster with everything else.
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    Steve Lein reacted to mnfireman in Do the Twins Have Any Arms to Trust?   
    Baldelli does not seem to have a feel for the game as it is happening. He seems to rely on analytics and "new age" stats too much. Last night was a good example. Maeda got in trouble and threw a lot of pitches early, but was rolling over his last 3 innings, throwing only 39 pitches while striking out 3 and allowing no hits or walks. And BOOM, here's the hook. Bullpen has to get 12 outs in a tie game against the Sox. End result; 9-3 loss. This is a scenario that has played out time and again the last 3 years, but the offense has been good enough to overcome it the previous 2 years. While it is time for the arms to show up, it is also time for Baldelli to learn how to manage.
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from mikelink45 in Tale of the Fifth Starter Tape   
    Dobnak was awesome when I saw him on Tuesday last week, and that was followed up by Chacin looking terrible on Friday.
     
    They were complete opposites in terms of the contact they gave up. Predominantly weak for Dobnak, predominantly crushed against Chacin.
     
    I think you can confidently put Dobnak in the 5th spot right now, and for me it would not be particularly close.
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Dman in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Randy Dobnak   
    When Dobnak got called up, he was on an incredible run of consistency dating back to the 2018 season, and that streak is still going even after his performance in game 2 of the playoffs:
     

     

     
    There's potentially more here than he gets credit for, but still a lot of unknowns as he sees more MLB lineups and more data gets out on him.
     
    He's going to be a fun one to follow this year wherever he's pitching.
     
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Weave in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Randy Dobnak   
    When Dobnak got called up, he was on an incredible run of consistency dating back to the 2018 season, and that streak is still going even after his performance in game 2 of the playoffs:
     

     

     
    There's potentially more here than he gets credit for, but still a lot of unknowns as he sees more MLB lineups and more data gets out on him.
     
    He's going to be a fun one to follow this year wherever he's pitching.
     
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from howieramone2 in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Randy Dobnak   
    When Dobnak got called up, he was on an incredible run of consistency dating back to the 2018 season, and that streak is still going even after his performance in game 2 of the playoffs:
     

     

     
    There's potentially more here than he gets credit for, but still a lot of unknowns as he sees more MLB lineups and more data gets out on him.
     
    He's going to be a fun one to follow this year wherever he's pitching.
     
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from RDLARK in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Randy Dobnak   
    When Dobnak got called up, he was on an incredible run of consistency dating back to the 2018 season, and that streak is still going even after his performance in game 2 of the playoffs:
     

     

     
    There's potentially more here than he gets credit for, but still a lot of unknowns as he sees more MLB lineups and more data gets out on him.
     
    He's going to be a fun one to follow this year wherever he's pitching.
     
     
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    Steve Lein reacted to Dome Dogg in Please Stop Telling Me How To Be A Fan   
    Thanks for making my point. "Uninformed fan" is exactly the kind of comment I was talking about in my post, and you led off with it. Well played. 
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Making a Move for MadBum   
    Yeah, Rooker + Gordon should be pretty close to getting you both Bumgarner AND Smith already because of them being rentals.
     
    As much as the Giants want to get the best they can for these guys, the fact of the matter is nobody pays these prices for rentals.
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    Steve Lein reacted to Brandon in Making a Move for MadBum   
    Gorden and Rooker for both Madbum and Smith and some cash seem about right. Probably a little high honestly. Both those players should be big Leaguers. And 6 years of low cost production from both is alot to give for Half a season from 2 players. I would rather send more to Toronto for Giles and their starter. But we do have lots of prospects to choose from. Maybe instead of Gordon we could trade Gonsalves....
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from SF Twins Fan in Making a Move for MadBum   
    Yeah, Rooker + Gordon should be pretty close to getting you both Bumgarner AND Smith already because of them being rentals.
     
    As much as the Giants want to get the best they can for these guys, the fact of the matter is nobody pays these prices for rentals.
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    Steve Lein reacted to Thegrin in BaseballTradeValues.com is your new favorite website   
    I'll rent Baumgartner & Smith for Javier & Thorpe.  They may turn into fine MLB players, but MadBum & Smith could win us a World Series. 
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    Steve Lein 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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    Steve Lein reacted to luckylager in Who Gets the Axe ?   
    I'd be a moron. Arraez needs to be playing every day.
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    Steve Lein reacted to twins_89 in Updated Top Five Prospects Who Should Be Promoted   
    Rooker's SO/BB ratio has steadily been improving all season. In May it was 4.1, in June 2.5, and in July 2.1 (his last 10 games it has been 0.9). He's had an OPS over 1.000 for two straight months and really looks like he needs a promotion.
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    Steve Lein reacted to 2wins87 in The Next Minnesota Twins - 2018   
    I think in a few years, with more research into the subject, we'll find it weird how plate discipline was separated out as a different thing from other tools.  My impression, given the split second decision making involved, is that it is very much like other tools, in that it can be improved through training and practice, but is not something that can just be taught.  And we will find that there are certain players that are just gifted with better natural ability in this area, whether through genetics or development in their younger days.
     
    Also, my impression of Wade is that he has enough power that he could be a decently well rounded hitter, though certainly not a slugger by any stretch.
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    Steve Lein reacted to Mike Sixel in The Next Minnesota Twins - 2018   
    Thorpe, Thorpe, Thorpe. That is all.....ok, not really.
     
    Well written! And I'm with you on Gordon, long term 2.5-3 WAR player for many years....not a superstar most years, just a very good player.
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    Steve Lein reacted to gagu in The Next Minnesota Twins - 2018   
    One quibble with an otherwise enjoyable and informative article; Please include the ages of all the players in lists of MiLB prospects. It's one of the most important details to consider and so easy to forget. For example, I had forgotten over the winter that Littell is only 22 -years-old. A pleasant surprise. Thanks.  
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from SF Twins Fan in Romero Ready and Waiting for Twins   
    I think Romero starts in AA, mid-season promotion to AAA, and if the numbers are there he's pitching in the MLB bullpen around August/September as he approaches an inning limit.
     
    I don't necessarily think he makes an MLB start this year unless he's otherworldly given the names and depth in front of him in the pecking order. But a continued strong spring might shuffle that list a bit.
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Romero Ready and Waiting for Twins   
    I think Romero starts in AA, mid-season promotion to AAA, and if the numbers are there he's pitching in the MLB bullpen around August/September as he approaches an inning limit.
     
    I don't necessarily think he makes an MLB start this year unless he's otherworldly given the names and depth in front of him in the pecking order. But a continued strong spring might shuffle that list a bit.
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Dman in Romero Ready and Waiting for Twins   
    I think Romero starts in AA, mid-season promotion to AAA, and if the numbers are there he's pitching in the MLB bullpen around August/September as he approaches an inning limit.
     
    I don't necessarily think he makes an MLB start this year unless he's otherworldly given the names and depth in front of him in the pecking order. But a continued strong spring might shuffle that list a bit.
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    Steve Lein reacted to nater79a in So you want a darkhorse in the draft?   
    Certainly not past Atlanta at #5.
     
    Personally, I like Gore better than Greene.
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