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Everything posted by puckstopper1

  1. Ugly night all around for the Top Prospects at the plate low-lighted by all the strikeouts. Hopefully they turn that around today!
  2. Those 4 runs/Grand Slam he gave up in the 9th against the mighty Tigers on Sunday must really have put him over the top in the eyes of the AL All Star brass.
  3. I know that people were not pleased when Elvis left the building, errr, ummm, Pressly was traded, and the trade certainly paid quick dividends for the Astros. I still have some hope, however, that Alcala can be a successful fixture in the Twins BP. Only time will tell.
  4. I agree with most of the comments above. Rogers has been solid but not spectacular. While it would be nice for him to get the recognition, I'm also fine with him getting some extra rest.
  5. AAA pitching staff tossing for the Twins today. Let me guess - Larnach's HR was with no one on. I know it is a small sample size, just don't get this. He hits very well with bases empty, but is one of the worst hitters in baseball with runners on. Hopefully he "grows out" of this! Here are those splits: RISP: .122 BA .122SLG .424OPS Men on: .162BA .206SLG .507OPS Bases empty: .321BA, .580SLG, .976OPS
  6. The Twins obtained Watson was part of the Brandon Kintzler trade to the Nats in 2017.
  7. So many names running thru my head on this one, Seth. I'm going to give you two. 1) Brian Harper - Kind of a "quiet" free agent acquisition who played a significant role in the 1991 World Series Championship team. He also hit over .300 overall during his 6 seasons with the team. 2) Dick Stigman - I never saw him play, but my Dad grew up playing against him in Northern MN!
  8. Why does money seem to come up in these types of conversations? IMO Talent evaluation and development are much more important. If those are strong, you don't necessarily need a huge payroll (See Tampa and Oakland). Also the Twins needs to make wise choices on their own talent. Were some of the contracts they gave out recently (Sano, Kepler, Dobnak) mistakes? Possibly. Will be giving Buxton a huge contract be a mistake? Given his injury issues - probably. I'd leave towards "overpaying" Berrios given the state of the starting rotation. Bottom line - Falvine get a little more time to show progress, but not much.
  9. And the beatings will continue until moral improves... In addition to replacing Buxton, one would anticipate the Twins calling up another arm or two given significant usage of the bullpen over the past week.
  10. Hard to be optimistic that the Twins will be getting any pitching help from their system anytime soon. Like the big league club this season, the entire system seems to be plagued by injuries/ineffectiveness/inconsistency. SIGH....
  11. Assuming no additional injuries (BIG assumption), it will be interesting to see what the Twins do when Garlick, Refsnyder (both in the next week or so) and Cave (possibly mid July) are healthy enough to play again. I would like to see Gordon, Kirilloff and Larnach stay on the big league roster.
  12. I posted this in another article, but I think it bears repeating here. Coming into the season, I felt that the Twins with Maeda, Berrios, Pineada, Happ, Shoemaker, Thorpe, Smeltzer and Dobnak had one of the deepest starting rotation in all of baseball. That is 8 deep. I don't know of anyone who predicted that 7 of the 8 would have MAJOR issues, strongly contributing to this train wreck of a season.
  13. Coming into the season, I felt that the Twins with Maeda, Berrios, Pineada, Happ, Shoemaker, Thorpe, Smeltzer and Dobnak had one of the deepest starting rotation in all of baseball. That is 8 deep. I don't know of anyone who predicted that 7 of the 8 would have major issues, strongly contributing to this train wreck of a season.
  14. I certainly do wonder about Falvine's ability to evaluate, obtain and develop pitching at this point. I'd love for the Twins to pilfer some of the talent evaluators and developers in Tampa, but I know that is not going to happen.
  15. How can Kirilloff have the 2nd worst WPA for the Twins when he had 2 of their 4 hits in a 10-0 blowout? Is this an example of those wonderful advanced stats showing how meaningful they are again? Like Happ and Jax each struck out more than a batter per inning in their outings. Look at where that got them...
  16. And Chapman saw his ERA go from 0.39 to 1.96 in the blink of an eye. This rally was quick, and unexpected and wonderful given it was against Chapman and the Yankees!
  17. The Hackimer fall from grace was fast and unfortunate. He had some pretty good numbers in 2017 and 2019 raising some hope that he would be able to be a legitimate BP option...
  18. I agree with the Top 3, but if I were to add a 4th it might be the hiring of Edgar Varela as hitting coach. Maybe Rowson benefited from a livelier ball and all, but this team's approach and results at the plate has been attrocious for most of the season.
  19. I was trying to figure out how Tampa remains so competitive, and I believe this is a big part of it.
  20. Some have mentioned a "winning June." I feel that ship might have already sailed with 3 loses (to the Orioles and Royals) to open the month and the Yankees and Astros on the horizon. That coupled with all the injuries and they way they played the first two months this season leaves for little optimism that June will be any different. I hope I'm wrong...
  21. The first hope is that he can stay healthy. Secondly he needs to clean up his fielding as I don't believe the Twins anticipated his -dWAR when they signed him. As for his bat, it seems to play better when others are better around him. Having a stronger hitter behind him would help (like it would anyone), but as long a Rocco goes with his typical right-left-right line-up, it would be huge boost to Donaldson if Kiriloff, Polanco or perhaps Kepler got *really* hot. That plus a bit more "luck" on balls in play would be nice!
  22. Expectations for Duran will be thru the roof when he does join the Twins. It won't help him that his first name is pronounced the same as another legendary Twins starting pitcher, albeit it is spelled differently.
  23. I have also been a big critic of Sano. The story shows his hot streaks, but what about his cold ones? They are longer and horrible - including his poor playoff performances. But also as others have also stated, the Twins do not have anyone else better at this time, so I'm fine that they keep putting him in the lineup for now.
  24. Totally agree, Mike. Along with the Twins pitchers putting up firestones inning after inning, seeing them score 9 runs without any home runs is a very welcome sight!
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