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Trov last won the day on May 18 2020

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  1. I would say very poor bullpen early played a huge role. So many games were lost early in the season with late inning blow ups. I put little stock in complaining about injuries, every team deals with them. Yes, going through like 10 OF options is not common so the fact so many injuries happened in one position does tax the depth a ton. The pitching injuries you always expect and need to have the depth, we did not have that depth. It is hard to point to any one or even three things that blew up the season because it was different things at different times.
  2. Dobnak I expect a bounce back. He never was able to get on track all year. Colome I am not sold on coming back, but my guess they will since he had some recovery the second half when forced to pitch. Jeffers will get his time because he is good on defense. He may end up being a low .200 hitter with some power, but if he plays good defense he will have a job for a long time in the league. If you get offense from a catcher that is normally a bonus.
  3. If they can get anyone for cheap return I am fine with brining any of them in. However, the more you give up the more you are expected to keep running the pitcher out there even if they are a fail. We have many of our own guys to look at without being tied to someone because of what we gave up to get them.
  4. The way Joe walked off mound it sure looked a lot worse than just a bruise. He walked off without even having it looked at. I wonder if he makes another start this year.?
  5. You did not sell me on why he would fix SS. One of worst defenders and subpar hitter. Sure he may get better hitting like he did when first came up, but defense is rarely something that changes with teams, so I would not expect an uptick in that area.
  6. The electronic zone does change based on the hitter and is not a static zone. It is also used to grade umpires on their calls by MLB. If MLB uses the system to determine if the ump is doing well at calling balls and strikes why do they not use it to actually call balls and strikes? There was a study done several years ago, and it showed that one, umpires got the borderline calls right about 50%, so better than a coin toss. Two, it showed that on those calls if they had called it prior, they were less likely to call it again. Also, more umps were less likely to call them for a third strike. What the study showed was umps would think about the count, the situation, and history to make the calls. It is one of the hardest jobs in the world to do, but the league could take those human elements out of the game and get the right call all the time. It will happen one day, I just hope sooner than later. If it is a strike it should be called that way, no matter the score, the count, home team, the hitter or the pitcher. None of that should influence the call, but studies show it does.
  7. Marten should have not get in the second run down. Once they threw home he should have stayed at first. I have no issue pulling a pitching prospect in 6th with a no hitter going. If he was at 88 pitches after 8 then I would say give him a shot at it, but no way at current pitches he was going to complete the game and he has had arm issues over his career, like all pitchers.
  8. I would be willing to give him a 1 year low pay contract. If he is healthy he is a good starter, not great, but good. If he is not healthy or is not effective it does not hurt to move on from him. I just would hope they would not keep throwing him out there like Happ this year.
  9. For me he is not the worst, mainly because he is not that far off of what he has shown. Good defense and poor offense. Yes, the offense is worse then expected but it is not like signing a guy you expect to carry your offense and they put up those type of numbers. For me, Tsuyoshi Nishioka is by far the worst signing that I can think of. The main reason is he did nothing for the position he was signed for and never really contributed. The money was not crazy high, but it involved us sending a good SS to Baltimore for two pitchers that did nothing for us. The signing made JJ Hardy expendable because we thought Nishioka would play there. Well, he never did play there and he was trash the few games he played anywhere with the Twins. At least the signing of Simmons did not result in trading someone away because we had him. Simmon was always expected to be a 1 year thing. Was he worse than expected, yes, but for 1 year that is all we put into him. Nishioka was years of issues connected.
  10. I am not going to say he is going to be a top of rotation guy based on 2 starts. Yes, his last start was great, but many guys in MLB history have had at least 1 great start with no-hitters or perfect games and HOF pitchers never had those. His stuff looks decent, but picking apart Cleveland is not a huge deal, their offense is not good. Lets pump the breaks on him and putting in Ace status. There is a reason Tampa, who needs to keep pitching pipeline depth, was willing to give him up for a rental player. Maybe Tampa was missing something, but they normally do well in their decisions.
  11. I fully agree. Prior to Falvine coming in our team laughed at advanced stats and doing things like shifting or playing against norms. Now we go full 180, and they are all in on advanced stats. I am of the thought that mixing the two is best practice. Sometimes players do not fit into the math mold or the norm and that is not a bad thing. To me the advanced states and thoughts on bunting or stealing only looks at the whole game but not at the player. Because players get told you cannot bunt because history shows it is bad, they never learn to do it well. Some guys bunting will get them on base, and if they have the ability to steal they can get the double that you want him to hit. Sure not every guy can do this, but why have a 100% never for all players? Same with the third time through rotation, not every guy follows that general rule and some do better if they get to a third time because they have figured out what is working that day well. Some guys have breezed through the first 2 times, why not let them see a third time. Not every pitcher will have it going each day so if the guys is going well, no need to pull him for a pen arm just because math history says so, let the game develop for each game.
  12. I still think Dobnak can contribute. I think his success with the slider in spring made him use it more than he should. He is a sinker ball pitcher and his success has been with getting soft contact on ground. What had kept him from going too deep into starts was he did not have a clear out pitch. The slider is meant to be that, but it appears he started using it earlier in at-bats. I hope rest of this year and going into next year he gets back to his basics with the sinker. Then when at 2 strikes use the slider. He should not be throwing the slider at 33% clip. It should be a surprise pitch mainly as it will break different from the sinker. Really good sinker guys can keep throwing the same pitch and the hitters know it is coming but it moves enough that they will not barrel it up. With the slider, if he throws it for a strike it will get crushed. He needs to always throw it to the edge or out of the zone to not get hit hard. He was hanging the sliders or leaving them up, which books on sinker pitchers are if the pitch is up swing, so if the slider is up they will swing.
  13. I would be fine giving Gant a chance next year, but no matter what he does the rest of the year I do not say he has a spot for sure. He has pitched several years, will be 30 next year and has never established himself as a starter. Some of his numbers may be connected to pitching in new league for first time and once hitters see him again they will adjust. Maybe the Twins figured something out for him, but I am concerned this is SSS. Should we give him an invite to camp next year if he wants, sure, but if another team is willing to give a full MLB level contract as a starter I would not stand in his way.
  14. I am hoping Ober can carry this over into next year and he is not another flash of rookie ability only to fall flat later on. It tends to happen with some pitchers that once video comes out on them and more scouting they get lit up later on. The fact his velo is up and he is doing better than when he started gives me some hope.
  15. Personally, I hope they do not go out and try to sign trash heap guys like Happ and Shoemaker again. If you are going to fill rotation with vets please make them guys that are not just castoffs. I would like to see them go very heavy on internal guys. Maybe one signing or one trade but not like this year where we had two bad signings pushing everyone back. I get they had no clue what to expect with minors not playing last year, but next year that will not be an issue. Let the young guys in our rotation go.
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