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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Richie the Rally Goat in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from glunn in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from chpettit19 in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Karbo in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Dman in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from 3balls2strikes in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Mark G in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Perfect observations, sound conclusions, logical suggestions. 
    If we all yell at our computers, will the FO hear us?
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from ashbury in Game Thread: Rockies @ Twins 6/24/22 7:10 PM   
    Well, it was a great day for pitchers. Can't rag on Bundy, he did well giving up a single run. Can't even rag on the bullpen, they held. 
    I don't suppose Marquez is on the market????
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from IndyTwinsFan in Game Thread: Rockies @ Twins 6/24/22 7:10 PM   
    Well, it was a great day for pitchers. Can't rag on Bundy, he did well giving up a single run. Can't even rag on the bullpen, they held. 
    I don't suppose Marquez is on the market????
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from RpR in Are the Twins Brewing up Steals in the Minors?   
    I am not so concerned with steals as I am with missed opportunities to advance after the catcher drops a ball in the dirt and it dribbles ten feet away. Any average speed player should be ready to break for the next bag after every pitch. 
    Instead, I see guys just standing there, not even trying to take advantage, unless the ball goes all the way to the backstop. 
    All I ask is that every player, even the catchers, do their three hops, landing the third hop just as the ball gets to the catcher. If the ball dribbles away, take off! Yes, guys like Buxton can steal on a clean catch, but a ball dribbling away gives you about two seconds to churn those feet. If you have any kind of respectable athletic speed, you should make it to the next base. That means everybody on the current Twins roster. 
    No, I'm not saying a 270 pound, 40 year old DH should do this, or your player with a bad knee. Three skips is just what every kid in little league does, and it should work even better in the bigs. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I didn't predict it, but it's satisfying to see that Devin Smeltzer has become the team's most reliable starter. Ryan and Gray may have more impressive "stuff," but Smeltzer has command and a plan every time he toes the rubber. 
    Once again, hitters were unwilling to offer at his first pitch slow curve. So, he kept doing it. Cleveland's lineup clearly was getting more and more frustrated by this soft-tossing lefty moving the ball all around the zone. The only thing they could do is hope the umpire missed more strike calls. That blown strike on the outside change-up cost Smeltzer a strikeout, a hit, and about 15 extra pitches. Bring on RoboUmp!
    Good dinger by Gordon. I like having him on the team, and I'm pretty sure Baldy does, too. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from wabene in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I didn't predict it, but it's satisfying to see that Devin Smeltzer has become the team's most reliable starter. Ryan and Gray may have more impressive "stuff," but Smeltzer has command and a plan every time he toes the rubber. 
    Once again, hitters were unwilling to offer at his first pitch slow curve. So, he kept doing it. Cleveland's lineup clearly was getting more and more frustrated by this soft-tossing lefty moving the ball all around the zone. The only thing they could do is hope the umpire missed more strike calls. That blown strike on the outside change-up cost Smeltzer a strikeout, a hit, and about 15 extra pitches. Bring on RoboUmp!
    Good dinger by Gordon. I like having him on the team, and I'm pretty sure Baldy does, too. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from wabene in What did we think of Alex Kirilloff return?   
    Of all the problems I see with the Twins, Kirilloff isn't one of them. He's a superb hitter, and he will soon make the adjustments needed to rake at the mlb level. He will be a high-average power hitter.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from bighat in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    I didn't predict it, but it's satisfying to see that Devin Smeltzer has become the team's most reliable starter. Ryan and Gray may have more impressive "stuff," but Smeltzer has command and a plan every time he toes the rubber. 
    Once again, hitters were unwilling to offer at his first pitch slow curve. So, he kept doing it. Cleveland's lineup clearly was getting more and more frustrated by this soft-tossing lefty moving the ball all around the zone. The only thing they could do is hope the umpire missed more strike calls. That blown strike on the outside change-up cost Smeltzer a strikeout, a hit, and about 15 extra pitches. Bring on RoboUmp!
    Good dinger by Gordon. I like having him on the team, and I'm pretty sure Baldy does, too. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Sherry Cerny in Twins 11, Diamondbacks 1: Dylan Bundy Shines, Offense Explodes as Twins Win   
    When the Twins signed Dylan Bundy, I thought it was a low-risk, low-reward gamble. Hadn't heard news about Bundy for quite a while, but what I did hear sounded like a guy whose arm was pretty much shot. 
    First few games, I thought the Twins lucked into a mature pitcher with a new repertoire of dink and dunk off speed stuff. Then he had a spell where it looked like the league read his book and was beating him with it. 
    Finally on Saturday Bundy showed that he can still be the pitcher from the first few games, and even a little better. Eight innings of one-run ball. He was getting first-pitch strikes with a slow curve, and AZ wasn't sitting on it. 
    Bundy appears to be using a "just enough" approach. Just enough velo and command with his heater. Just enough bend and command with his curves and sliders. An occasional change-up, just enough fade. The common factor was command. He threw 70 percent strikes, and most of his off-zone pitches were sucker balls. 
    It was a command performance, and it may have rescued the bullpen for the next series. Great job by Dylan Bundy.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from RpR in What did we think of Alex Kirilloff return?   
    Of all the problems I see with the Twins, Kirilloff isn't one of them. He's a superb hitter, and he will soon make the adjustments needed to rake at the mlb level. He will be a high-average power hitter.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from LewFordLives in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Pagan is a little like a roulette wheel. Stupid to play at all, but if you must, then bet once, and if you win, then get the hell out. Go buy a nice dinner on the house. 
    Instead, Rocco bet twice on Pagan, and wound up with the Pagan Sacrifice. I'm trying to get across the extreme swings of the guy's pitching. If you get a nice box of chocolates, enjoy them and move on. Don't open the next box, because... Those might not be chocolates!
    Remember Samuel Deduno? Incredibly live arm, his heater would bend two-and a half feet. Hitters could barely touch him but Deduno could barely find the strike zone, and if he had to throw a "get it over" pitch, they tended to sail over the fence. Pagan is a little like that. His stuff is electric, but he's just barely got it under control, and he can implode just as fast as he can burn through three batters. Ultimately, you can't have guys like that in your bullpen. Sometimes you can't afford to see a reliever blow a lead.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Ex-Iowegian in What did we think of Alex Kirilloff return?   
    Of all the problems I see with the Twins, Kirilloff isn't one of them. He's a superb hitter, and he will soon make the adjustments needed to rake at the mlb level. He will be a high-average power hitter.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Karbo in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Pagan is a little like a roulette wheel. Stupid to play at all, but if you must, then bet once, and if you win, then get the hell out. Go buy a nice dinner on the house. 
    Instead, Rocco bet twice on Pagan, and wound up with the Pagan Sacrifice. I'm trying to get across the extreme swings of the guy's pitching. If you get a nice box of chocolates, enjoy them and move on. Don't open the next box, because... Those might not be chocolates!
    Remember Samuel Deduno? Incredibly live arm, his heater would bend two-and a half feet. Hitters could barely touch him but Deduno could barely find the strike zone, and if he had to throw a "get it over" pitch, they tended to sail over the fence. Pagan is a little like that. His stuff is electric, but he's just barely got it under control, and he can implode just as fast as he can burn through three batters. Ultimately, you can't have guys like that in your bullpen. Sometimes you can't afford to see a reliever blow a lead.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Pagan is a little like a roulette wheel. Stupid to play at all, but if you must, then bet once, and if you win, then get the hell out. Go buy a nice dinner on the house. 
    Instead, Rocco bet twice on Pagan, and wound up with the Pagan Sacrifice. I'm trying to get across the extreme swings of the guy's pitching. If you get a nice box of chocolates, enjoy them and move on. Don't open the next box, because... Those might not be chocolates!
    Remember Samuel Deduno? Incredibly live arm, his heater would bend two-and a half feet. Hitters could barely touch him but Deduno could barely find the strike zone, and if he had to throw a "get it over" pitch, they tended to sail over the fence. Pagan is a little like that. His stuff is electric, but he's just barely got it under control, and he can implode just as fast as he can burn through three batters. Ultimately, you can't have guys like that in your bullpen. Sometimes you can't afford to see a reliever blow a lead.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Dman in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Pagan is a little like a roulette wheel. Stupid to play at all, but if you must, then bet once, and if you win, then get the hell out. Go buy a nice dinner on the house. 
    Instead, Rocco bet twice on Pagan, and wound up with the Pagan Sacrifice. I'm trying to get across the extreme swings of the guy's pitching. If you get a nice box of chocolates, enjoy them and move on. Don't open the next box, because... Those might not be chocolates!
    Remember Samuel Deduno? Incredibly live arm, his heater would bend two-and a half feet. Hitters could barely touch him but Deduno could barely find the strike zone, and if he had to throw a "get it over" pitch, they tended to sail over the fence. Pagan is a little like that. His stuff is electric, but he's just barely got it under control, and he can implode just as fast as he can burn through three batters. Ultimately, you can't have guys like that in your bullpen. Sometimes you can't afford to see a reliever blow a lead.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Pagan is a little like a roulette wheel. Stupid to play at all, but if you must, then bet once, and if you win, then get the hell out. Go buy a nice dinner on the house. 
    Instead, Rocco bet twice on Pagan, and wound up with the Pagan Sacrifice. I'm trying to get across the extreme swings of the guy's pitching. If you get a nice box of chocolates, enjoy them and move on. Don't open the next box, because... Those might not be chocolates!
    Remember Samuel Deduno? Incredibly live arm, his heater would bend two-and a half feet. Hitters could barely touch him but Deduno could barely find the strike zone, and if he had to throw a "get it over" pitch, they tended to sail over the fence. Pagan is a little like that. His stuff is electric, but he's just barely got it under control, and he can implode just as fast as he can burn through three batters. Ultimately, you can't have guys like that in your bullpen. Sometimes you can't afford to see a reliever blow a lead.
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