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  1. I love when Rooker goes deep to the opposite field. This has been his first back-to-back starts since August 28th and 29th. There will always be major contacct concerns, but I hope they find a way to mix him into the lineup down the stretch.
  2. Remember when the Twins traveled to Progressive Park in September of 2019 to decide the fate of the AL Central? Oh how these teams have taken a step back. Minnesota more so than Cleveland, but misery doesn't like to live alone. Maybe I need to stop living in 2019, but man - was that a fun season. Gant wait to see how this start goes. The Twins are throwing John Gant at Cleveland today, for his fourth start as a Minnesota Twin. Gant was effective as a reliever in his first few outings since being traded for J.A. Happ: Reliever Gant: 8.2 IP, 13 Ks, 2 BBs, .651 OPS, 4.15 ERA Starter Gant: 12.1 IP, 12 Ks, 4 BBs, .749 OPS, 7.30 ERA While starting pitcher Gant hasn't been as effective, his overall body of work shows that he's been unlucky since being traded. FanGraphs values his time as in Minnesota at 0.4 WAR, despite a 6.00 ERA in 21 total inning pitched. While that's an ugly ERA, the underlying stats are positive. His FIP is 3.50, and xFIP is even lower at 2.99 (the lowest of his career). John Gant will be arbitration eligible in 2022, probably making roughly $3 - $4M, a slight raise from his $2.1M mark. I wouldn't pencil him into the starting rotation, but he's not an immediate cut for me. It's important to build depth beyond 5 guys that an organization pencils into their rotation in March. Gant provides some swingman depth, but at a price that's higher than average for that role. Would you bring back Gant for 2022, at $3.5M? He has a few more starts to plead his case. Civale shows that you can return from a sprained finger Gant's opponent on the mound tonight is Aaron Civale, making his first start since 6/21. Civale was having a stupendous season until that point, accumulating 1.2 fWAR over 15 starts with a 3.32 ERA. Civale has been out with a sprained finger, an injury that has haunted the Twins with Randy Dobnak and Taylor Rogers missing significant time with this diagnosis. Ervin Santana was never the same after his finger injury in 2018. I'll be interested to see how all these pitchers bounce back. Dobnak had an encouraging end to his most recent start, but I'm doubtful we'll see Taylor Rogers until 2022. On the flip side, that gives him plenty of recovery time to properly heal. Fingers crossed! Rocco Papa Baldelli Bill Evers will be managing today, as Rocco and his wife welcomed Louisa Sunny Baldelli. That is an 80-grade name, in my book. Louisa has been added to the human population's active roster. THE LINEUPS Your Minnesota Twins (60 - 77) 1. Luis Arraez - DH 2. Byron Buxton - CF 3. Josh Donaldson - 3B 4. Jorge Polanco - 2B 5. Miguel Sanó - 1B 6. Max Kepler - RF 7. Brent Rooker - LF 8. Ben Rortvedt - C 9. Andrelton Simmons - SS SP - John Gant (4-9, 3.98 ERA) Cleveland Soon-To-Be-Guardians (68 - 67) 1. Myles Straw - CF 2. Andrés Giménez - SS 3. José Ramírez - 3B 4. Franmil Reyes - DH 5. Harold Ramirez - LF 6. Bradley ZImmer - RF 7. Yu Chang - 1B 8. Owen Miller - 2B 9. Austin Hedges - C SP - Aaron Civale (10-2, 3.32 ERA)
  3. Colome allows his first earned run since 7/26. He always makes it entertaining!
  4. No command, and didn't crack 90 mph. Wonder if this injury he was pulled for has been impacting him since Spring Training, or if he's just cooked.
  5. When Sanó hits a HR to CF/Opposite way, that usually means he is about to enter a hot streak. We'll see if that's the case.
  6. Lewis Thorpe has topped out at 89.4 mph on his Fastball, per StatCast. The lowest fastball reading has been 85.9 mph...
  7. I think the Twins have had one of the, if not the largest, Australian presence in the league. I know Howard Norsetter helped bring a lot of the talent into the organization from Australia, but was let go by Falvey/Levine a few years back. https://www.startribune.com/twins-fire-international-scouting-coordinator-howard-norsetter/446164983/
  8. You have to love a summer day game during the week! It's a great day to be unproductive at work. Lewis Thorpe is making his return today, his first appearance with the major league team since May 20th. I'll be hoping his fastball velocity is over 90 mph, but he should have a chance to make-it-or-break-it for the next 1.5 months of the season. He's out of options next year, so this is a pivotal time for the Aussie. The Twins won't be able to send him down under to the minors after 2021. Speaking of Aussies, who is your favorite from the list of ex-Twins below? (Whitefield is still in the Twins org, and still very, very fast) 1. Grant Balfour 2. Luke Hughes 3. Liam Hendricks 4. Aaron Whitefield* 5. James Beresford 6. I'm sure I'm missing a few more! LINEUPS Cleveland Soon-To-Be Guardians Myles Straw (R) CF Amed Rosario (R) SS Jose Ramirez (S) DH Franmil Reyes (R) RF Oscar Mercado (R) LF Owen Miller (R) 1B Yu Chang (R) 3B Austin Hedges (R) C Ernie Clement (R) 2B Zach Plesac (RHP) - SP Minnesota Twins Max Kepler (L) RF Brent Rooker (R) LF Jorge Polanco (S) 2B Josh Donaldson (R) DH Luis Arraez (L) 3B Miguel Sano (R) 1B Nick Gordon (L) CF Ryan Jeffers (R) C Andrelton Simmons (R) SS Lewis Thorpe (LHP) - SP
  9. I'm sure he'll be back, if not this month then certainly in September. But I agree, he has a role on this team if he can play up-the-middle defensive positions. He deserves a longer a look than he's received at the major league level, with the state of the team being so abysmal and nothing to lose.
  10. Good catch, here! I was also ready for JD or Miranda to play 3B over Astudillo. Curious what the FO does with him over the offseason as he approaches Arbitration..
  11. I can't think of a more "Dog Days of Summer" locale than Houston, TX. I believe Kris Atteberry mentioned yesterday that the Twins are entering their third and final leg of the "Humidity Tour", consisting of St. Louis, Cincinnati, and now... H-Town. At least there's a roof at Minute Maid Park, unlike Busch Stadium or Great American Ballpark. Now I want some orange juice, but absolutely no pulp. The last time the Twins visited Minute Maid was in April of 2019. Check out these pitchers of record for a blast from the recent past: April 22nd Twins 9, Astros 5 Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Losing Pitcher: Brad Peacock April 23rd Twins 4, Astros 10 Winning Pitcher: Hector Rondon Losing Pitcher: Trevor Hildenberger (I miss this guy. He ranks #2 on my favorite side armed relievers after Pat Neshek) April 24th Twins 1, Astros 7 Winning Pitcher: Justin Verlander Losing Pitcher: Kohl Stewart None of these pitchers of record are still with these teams, with the exception of Verlander, who is sidelined for all of 2021. It shows how much can change in over 2 years - pitchers leave team, the Astros get caught in a cheating scandal after losing the World Series, a global pandemic brings society to its knees, etc. You know, just normal change in a 2-year span of time. Twins Claim Matt... errr... Ralph Garza Jr. In other news, the Twins recently claimed a relief pitcher from Houston. Ralph Garza Jr. is a 27 year-old right-hander that debuted with Houston on 5/29 with a 4.09 ERA with 11 IP pitched. Garza Jr. throws 3 primary pitches -- a 92 MPH Fastball, a 76 MPH Curveball, and an 89 MPH Cutter. He also mixed in a Changeup and Slider on occasion during his 11 IP with Houston. More importantly, he also has great hair. Falvey and Levine clearly have a type. Garza Jr. is now the third reliever the Twins have claimed in the last few weeks, joining Beau Burrows (who is not off to a great start), and Edgar Garcia. Garcia was claimed in the midst of the trade deadline day from the Cincinnati Reds. Which claimed reliever will make the largest impact, if any? This may be the most exciting competition over the next few weeks. Rob Returns! The Twins announced that they activated proven CF, Rob Refsnyder, from the Injured List today. Nick Gordon was the casualty from the Twins active roster, as he was sent to AAA St. Paul. I know many fans are sad to see Nick Gordon consistently miss an opportunity at everyday playing time, but he will hopefully get that in St. Paul. It is disappointing that opportunity hasn't come on the major league roster, but maybe that will change in a week or a month. Until then, we get more Jake Cave and Andrelton Simmons. On the other hand, Rob Refsnyder also deserves a shot to prove his torrid stretch was not a fluke. This man RAKED in a small sample size of 62 plate appearances over 18 games, posting a slash line of .321/.372/.500 with a 138 wRC+. The only players with a higher wRC+ in 2021 are Byron Buxton (217), Mitch Garver (144), Nelson Cruz (142), annnnnnd BAILEY OBER (184). We love small sample sizes. In all seriousness, I think a super-utility role for our Rob in 2022 is not out of the question. GET TO THE LINEUPS Without further ado, here are the lineups with some resurrected players from recent injuries: MINNESOTA TWINS (45-63) 1. Jorge "He's back, for real" Polanco, 2B 2. Brent "Why does Rocco put him in the 2-hole?" Rooker, LF 3. Josh "Not quite ready for the field yet" Donaldson, DH 4. Mitch "Father of Gamble" Garver, C 5. Rob "CF of the future" Refsnyder - CF 6. Miguel "Having a decent performance since Cruz left" Sano, 1B 7. Willians "Slugging .765 over his last 7 games" Astudillo, 3B 8. Trevor "Please break out of this slump" Larnach, RF 9. Andrelton "Yes, he's still here. Sigh." Simmons, SS Starting Pitcher: Griffin "Top Gun" Jax HOUSTON ASTROS (65-43) 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Chas McCormick, CF 3. Michael Brantley, DH 4. Yordan Alvarez, LF 5. Aledmys Diaz, 3B 6. Kyle Tucker, RF 7. Martin Maldonado, 1B 8. Robel Garcia, SS 9. *OLD FRIEND ALERT* Jason Castro, C
  12. I remember being torn up by Josmil Pinto . Sometimes the only hope to cling on to is a player's 99th percentile outcome, especially in the rebuilding years. But if a player is exposed to waivers, the front office is usually confident that even their 80th percentile won't come back to bite them too hard.
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