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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to Mark G in Did the Twins Fleece Tampa Twice?   
    A pitcher whose sinker and changeup breaks down makes hitters swing and miss even at slower speeds.  A pitcher whose fastball rises as it comes into the zone may make a hitter miss in the same fashion, even at modest speeds for a fastball.  He will, though, need another pitch or two that makes hitters nervous so they can't sit on the fastball (which would make it even sneakier fast).  In my day, that is what they paid pitching coaches for.  We are supposed to have a good one; time for him to earn his money.  
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to 4twinsJA in Believing in Ober   
    I really like Ober, not that he is a future CY Young candidate or even top of the rotation pitcher, but a solid starting pitcher for Twins. Ober's case is a good argument against needing X amount of time or innings at each level before someone can advance. 
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from Danchat in Making the Most of Miguel   
    I couldn't disagree more with this. His issue has never been his weight. It's always been about his work ethic. His weight was a byproduct of a lack of work ethic, and him being trim had to do with a heightened level of working out. They go hand in hand.
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from RpR in Making the Most of Miguel   
    I couldn't disagree more with this. His issue has never been his weight. It's always been about his work ethic. His weight was a byproduct of a lack of work ethic, and him being trim had to do with a heightened level of working out. They go hand in hand.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to gunnarthor in Making the Most of Miguel   
    Sano's an impact bat who, I think, will age surprisingly well but I think he presses really hard and affects him. Once he gets going, he's ok but you got to let him go through his valleys. One of the dumber things Rocco did this year was bench him for Astuddio (sp). He should be penciled in at 1b/DH all the time. I'd be ok with Kiriloff in the OF with a healthy Buxton.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to beterday in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    Agreed, on all counts.  I think these guys - Falvey, Levine, and Baldelli - are all smart, knowledgeable baseball minds.  Yet they make an offer to Buxton that is, even with a "don't take it personally" attitude, close to, if not over the line, insulting.  Of course we don't know the incentives, but still, $80  million (11 mil/year) guaranteed is insufficient.  Make a reasonable offer and then let the chips fall where they may, but don't lose Buxton without even entering the sweepstakes.
     
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to Minny505 in Trading Rogers is Risky for Twins   
    This is a feature, not a bug. This is how most of the top bullpens work these days. The best pitcher is the 7/8 inning guy who faces the highest leverage or best hitters in the lineup, while the second best pitcher is generally put in for a clean 9th when the 6, 7, 8 batters are due up and ahead by 2 runs. 

    BTW, is Rocco is nickname? That's the first time I've seen quotations used in reference to him.
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from Minny505 in Trading Rogers is Risky for Twins   
    I understand where you're coming from, but disagree on the premise. Often times the highest leverage isn't in the 9th inning. That's why saves are a dumb statistic. You could be "closing" the game at any point from the 6th on. Colome has gone belly up on his career norms, and Robles has been about as expected. Duffey taking a step back has really hurt.
    More to the point, I don't care if Rogers pitches the 9th, but if you're moving him it better be for a haul because fixing the bullpen is much more difficult when also now needing to replace one of the best arms in baseball.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to jun in Trading Rogers is Risky for Twins   
    It would be great to trade for his Twin brother.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to joefish in Larnach Leading Rookie for Twins   
    They both have a fairly quiet and confident demeanor in the box.  I am optimistic about them both. 
    Go young guys. 
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to Danchat in Larnach Leading Rookie for Twins   
    Larnach never struggled at any level in the minors over a full season, which is why I thought of him as the "safest" prospect in the organization, and it looks like he's taken the promotion well, and he's here to stay. Hitting against MLB pitchers is incredibly difficult and Larnach will surely have some slumps, but I have confidence he will become a cornerstone for the Twins for several years. Here's hoping their pitching prospects can come up and show similar poise and competency that Larnach does.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to ashbury in Larnach Leading Rookie for Twins   
    Larnach exudes so much confidence.  I wouldn't say Kirilloff lacks that, exactly, but whenever I see him I feel as though he's wearing his older brother's baseball cap.  Larnach somehow fills out his own hat better.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to SomeGuy in Is Nelson Cruz Cooked?   
    His Ground ball rate has risen quite a bit in May, over 49%.  His career is 41.7%.  His line drive rate seems to be what took the hit as it dropped to 7% in May down from his usual 20-22% he has been having with the Twins.
     
    I believe it is the wrist more than old age.  His exit velocity and hard hit% were not off his career marks by this much for the first month.
     
    Injuries are way up this year, probably to be expected with the short season last year.  League wide offense is also way down this year.  I don't think he would fall off this much from old age in so short of a time.
     
    If you add up all the offense for all of MLB, the stat line is .236/.312/.393.  I don't think anyone would consider that when talking about the average MLB player.
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to Dodecahedron in Is Nelson Cruz Cooked?   
    He doesn't look cooked to me, but he has some interesting splits.  In 2021 so far, he played better when the Twins lost.  The Twins have lost just a little more than they have won, so overall he is doing well.  
    Yes, he is down in May, but
    Who the heck wouldn't be down in May on this team? It's not like the bottom fell out and he's hitting like he is in one of Sano's dry spells or something.  He is still producing.  He had just as many multi-hit games in May as he had in April. Cruz's May looks like a standard, uninteresting slump.  Let me know if it lasts another six weeks.
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from Minny505 in Tide Turning for Twins Pair   
    Stealing my thunder for tonight eh?!
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to blindeke in Tide Turning for Twins Pair   
    Good article. Seems like Kepler and Polanco are also turning it around, or is that my imagination?
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    Ted Schwerzler 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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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to Steve Lein 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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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from mikelink45 in Kirilloff’s Confusing Decision   
    Maybe I’m misunderstanding you, but there are no spring training games for minor leaguers in March, and there’s no season until May. Yes, there is spring camp in April. Vastly different
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    Ted Schwerzler reacted to tony&rodney in 2020 Was a Year, and We Had Baseball   
    To 2021. here, here.
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Twins Quest for Pitching Becomes Clearer   
    I don't think the Twins land Bauer, which means I'd agree with you. Ultimately I'd like to see Odorizzi and a trade for Musgrove, Gray, Castillo, or Sonny Gray
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Twins Quest for Pitching Becomes Clearer   
    I don't think the Twins land Bauer, which means I'd agree with you. Ultimately I'd like to see Odorizzi and a trade for Musgrove, Gray, Castillo, or Sonny Gray
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from mikelink45 in 2021 Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects   
    Obviously these lists are going to be full of opinion, but wanted to address a couple of points.
     
    Sabato and Cavaco are not included because of draft positioning. It's about what I've seen on them in person (Cavaco) and prior to selection (Sabato) as well as discussions I've had regarding their abilities.
     
    Thorpe has an established track record of being a very good pitcher. Mentally he fell apart for the entirety of 2020. That's factored but not enough for abandonment. Enlow on the other hand has gotten rave reviews, and I've been impressed from what I've seen.
     
    Interesting to move Jeffers into the top three based on a 26 G sample size in the weirdest season we've ever seen.
     
    Certainly appreciate the counterpoints for sure!
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from luckylager in Twins Join Cities as Saints Become Affiliate   
    The roster should certainly have a more impactful draw to it. The Saints are a great experience, but I can't say I've ever cared about the result or followed the team. Now you have an otherwise interested fanbase built in.
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    Ted Schwerzler got a reaction from Platoon in Maeda Emerges as the Ace Minnesota Needed   
    It’s a tough pill for fans to swallow, but there’s maybe 10 aces in all of baseball, and some of them are on the same team.
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