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joemama

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About joemama

  • Birthday 10/03/1962

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    Littleton, CO
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    Grew up in Fargo area, college in CA, work in AK, TX, and WY.
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    petroleum engineer

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    golf, hockey, baseball, college football

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  1. Hey - we finished a series with the Reds and Buxton didn't get plunked! The Reds' two plunkings of Lord Byron had a serious impact on the fortunes of our Twins.
  2. Interesting read, but with the way Baldelli likes to rest players and the depth options in Arraez, Cave, and Jeffers, this lineup is going to have as many combinations as a Rubik's cube.
  3. Dobber's stuff always seems to play, it just doesn't play deep into games. It seems to me that at least part of the reason the Twins didn't pursue Odo or Rich Hill again, and the reason Dobnak wasn't viewed as a great option for the 5th starter, is that none consistently pitch deep into games. Consider how frequently these guys pitched at least 6 innings over the past two years: Berrios 27 times in 44 starts = 61% ... 23 of 32 = 72% in 2019. Pineda 16 in 31 = 52% Maeda 18 in 37 = 49% (2019 w/ LAD) ... but 8 of 11 = 73% last year Rich Hill 7 in 21 = 33% (2019 w/ LAD) Odorizzi 11 in 34 = 32% ... if you use 2018 & 19 it's 20 in 62 = 32%! Dobnak 2 in 15 = 13% There are a couple reasons guys struggle to go deep in games ... they struggle the 3rd time thru the lineup and/or their pitch count gets high. For Dobnak to be a quality starter, he needs to figure out which of these is his bigger problem and solve it. The slider may be his ticket!
  4. It's likely a combination of the right pitching coach and the right player mindset that flipped the switch in his career. Sometimes we need setbacks in life to re-set our frame of mind and willingness to truly give a different approach a try.
  5. Bauer's 2020 numbers were assisted by the generally weak-hitting teams of the NL Central. Plus I'm not sure he's a good clubhouse presence. Most of the guys on the "target" list (maybe all except Fiers & Chatwood, but including Odo) are interesting to me and have shown they can be very good when healthy. I'd rather have two of them for $15-25MM combined than Bauer for $25-30MM.
  6. The pitching was good, but it was also reflective of generally weak hitting across both the AL and NL Central divisions. That lack of hitting showed up in the playoffs: Minnesota 0-2, 2 runs scored; Cleveland 0-2, 12 runs scored...against the Yankees, who are out; Chi Sox 1-2, 11 runs scored...against the A's, who are out; Chi Cubs 0-2, 1 run scored; St. Louis 1-2, 16 runs scored...against the Padres, who are out. Cincinnati 0-2, 0 runs scored; and Milwaukee 0-2, 2 runs scored. TOTAL 2-14 and 44 runs (2.75 per game). Against teams still playing, the Twins, Reds, and Brewers went 0-6 combined and scored 4 runs. Brutal. I think we (our Twins) can be better - several guys were struggling down the stretch - but there's clearly a need for some changes.
  7. How excited were you when we signed Matt Wisler? I think our guys know what they're doing. We have four clear starters for the post-season in Maeda, Berrios, Pineda, and Hill. If Odo is ready, we're at 5. That's a big if. Likely need to someone else ready in case Odo isn't. That's probably Dobnak, unless his struggles haven't been worked out. If they haven't, maybe it's Bailey. If he's no good tonight, it's Plan C.
  8. You don't start testing unproven prospects in the middle of a pennant race when you have a proven producer who's healthy. Yes, Eddie makes stupid outs on the basepaths - though from what I saw and heard about the one today, it helped secure the run by drawing the throw to third instead of home. He also delivered with the bat. Is his OBP worse this year, despite the improved walk rate? Yes. Kepler, Garver, and Polanco are also down - you want to dump them too? No, you don't. And Eddie IS heating up. After the season, if you're convinced Kiriloff or Larnach will step up - maybe. But don't forget how long it took Buxton to figure out hitting at the MLB-level. Be careful what you wish for.
  9. As far as comparing to Berrios & Odorizzi, the jury is still out on Maeda. AL vs. NL matters. Facing a pitcher (not named Baumgarner) at least twice per 9 IP has to be worth 1.5 or so K's/9, plus improve your ERA.
  10. Jack played for the Blues; Dan played for the Reds: https://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/lloyd-bentsens-mic-drop-moment-1988-vp-debate-58255800 The Blues won this moment, but the Reds won the season.
  11. Agree on your comment on the Pressley trade, but Nick Anderson is far from being Falvey's David Ortiz. Anderson has had one good year. That's like comparing Dan Quayle to Jack Kennedy.
  12. 8; missed Polanco and the Bonus. And YOU, dear author, got our corner outfielders positions wrong! And if you'd started with the DH, then the numbers would have corresponded to their numbered positions in the scorebook. ;-) It's amazing how similar some of the stat lines are. Thanks for doing this.
  13. So...you think this is final? Me thinks this never ends! :-0 (<< that's my face, turned sideways.)
  14. Balazovic (and Duran) are rated below Graterol in MLB's prospect rankings but that's before the new sentiment that Graterol is more suited to the pen. Red Sox were probably willing to take Balazovic, but the Twins wouldn't give. Our top SP prospects are probably close to untouchable, as it's a clear future need. OF is an area of surplus in our system, and Raley (who came FROM the Dodgers in the Dozier trade) was not among the top 5 or so OF prospects, despite putting up very good numbers at AAA last year.
  15. I agree with what many of you have said: good, low/no risk, cheap insurance policy, with some upside. Most have considered this insurance in case two of Dobnak, Smeltzer, and Thorpe really struggle in camp. I consider the bigger "insurance" factor to be insurance against injury. Prior to this signing, there were really only 6 viable candidates for the season-opening rotation - the three above plus Berrios, Odorizzi, and Bailey. It's pretty easy to imagine a couple guys having minor issues (or worse) come up during camp and needing short stints (or worse) on the I.L. It's nice to have insurance, especially insurance with upside.
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