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    MN_ExPat reacted to Riverbrian in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    First off... Great Article. Viewpoints and discussion from the other 29 teams is needed on this website to be able to properly compare and contrast our singular focus on the Twins... So Thank You. Great Article. 
    At the time of the trade... I loved the acquisition of Lopez and absolutely hated the loss of Arraez. I understood why the trade was made... I just didn't think we could afford to lose Arraez because it was late January and the offense was concerning to me WITH Arraez on the roster. I simply wasn't as worried about the pitching as I was about the hitting at the time of the trade. 
    I had absolutely no faith in Kepler or Gallo at that point and I didn't know who Julien was at the time and even if I did know who he was... He still had options. I'm not afraid of rookies but I know that they are more likely to bounce around than solidify with options available.
    In 2022... Arraez was the only player on the team that I felt was consistently a threat every at bat and he was gone.   
    Quality starting pitching comes at a big cost and Arraez was big cost.
    One part I loved about the article. Jazz Chisholm in place at 2B. Miami needs to improve offense. They trade for a 2B (Arraez) and they sign a 2B (Segura). Just pointing out that here is yet another example of a major league team players around. Segura didn't work out but Arraez and Chisholm in the same lineup has made them better. For those who think that Arraez, Polanco and OK... Julien can exist on the same roster. I state once again... Yes they can. 
    In hindsight... would I do the deal again.
    I would because I am becoming a big Lopez fan. Pablo has made this deal worthwhile. Welcome to Minnesota Pablo. Stay Healthy. 
     
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    MN_ExPat reacted to roger in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    Huge fan of Arraez since he was in the lower minors.  Loved the kid and was hopeful he would remain a Twin for his entire career.  So I am saddened that Arraez is no longer leading off for the Twins.
    With that said, understand the reasons the Twins made the trade and even agree with them.  Am elated that the trade has worked out so well for both teams.  The Twins will enter the playoffs this year with a real chance of winning a round or two because of the strength of their starting pitching with Lopez as their #1 guy.  Aren't those the best trades, where both teams win?  
     
     
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from Wizard11 in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from Squirrel in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from Melissa in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from FlyingFinn in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from cjj td in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat got a reaction from Althebum82 in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    ...Not saying you're wrong to feel that way, buuuut, you may be jumping the gun.  Just wee little bit.  Perhaps we could pause for a moment before we call for Correa's figurative head?? 
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    MN_ExPat reacted to BobAzar in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    When they messed up on Farmer's K late in the game I laughed and said to my wife "God, I love when the Sox are terrible". and I thank @RandBalls Stu for naming them the Godless White Sox
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    MN_ExPat reacted to bighat in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    So many of Royce's homers are just like the one he hit last night in Chicago - no-doubter bombs! 
    Haven't seen that type of power in a Twins uniform in recent memory. 
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Old Twins Cap in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Watching Julien run around the bases without a helmet, awkward but determined -- it kind of changed my life.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to mikelink45 in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Great game and the rookies are really leading the team.  Nice game for Maeda, but I have to ask about 
    So is it consistent or up and down?
    Earlier an article asked if the rookies could handle the post season - I think this rookies can handle anything. 
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    MN_ExPat reacted to BH67 in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Kenta Maeda threw 77 pitches through six innings and 28 more in the seventh. Many years ago a 100+ pitch night wouldn't capture my attention, but it's less common now and makes me wonder if that creates risk to the health of a starter. I understand Rocco's strategic reasoning, of course. And Ryan had 102 pitches and Gray 89 against the Rays, and neither made it to the 6th inning.
    But Maeda looked brilliant in the middle innings. The Twins' starting pitching on the whole seems to be peaking as the playoffs arrive.
    As for the Vikings, the two fumbles in the first quarter against the Bucs revealed to me that the 2023 vintage of Kirk Cousins would not be as sweet as the 2022 variety. Ergo, it's time for Kwesi and Kevin to implement their vision of the future. Their 2025 team could be fun to watch...as the Twins are now.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Aerodeliria in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    The biggest thing for me is that whatever was bothering Maeda seems to have vanished at least for this game. I still think he tweaked something--some kind of muscle strain or something--because he wasn't getting many swings and misses. Today he seemed to be back to 'normal,' which is a relief heading towards October.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Aerodeliria in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    That's a historical quote...
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    MN_ExPat reacted to SotaSports in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    I was watching the Vikings game instead of the Twins, and I feel bad for missing Maeda go 7 innings! Not to mention that beautiful swing Eddy put on that home run. It's also getting easy to take Lewis for granted with his consistency this year, in spite of his injury interruptions. I admire his skill and persistence.
    In all seriousness, when was the last time Maeda went 7 innings?? Not because of ineffectiveness (necessarily), but simply because of workload... I know, it was against the error-ridden South Siders, but nonetheless. I still think he's best suited as a piggy-back guy for the playoffs, though.
    EDIT: I found that this was just the third time in in his last 40 starts that he's gone 7 innings, and the second time this year.
    This is the kind of win that a playoff team gets against an inferior team. Love to see us stop playing down to the competition.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to blindeke in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Burning through their relievers while not using any of ours is big going into tomorrow and the next day too.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to twinssporto in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    The Vike's might blow it this year but I truly believe this Twins team has a better chance of winning the World Series than the Vike's getting to the NFC Championship game.
    I think the Twins are a real sleeper team this year...I might have to blog an article to give more info.
    This team is starting to "Gel"...
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    MN_ExPat reacted to darwin22 in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Nice to see the offense kick it into gear the 2nd time through the order as the first trip produced nothing.
    See Ober is being recalled to start tomorrow night. 
    What is the corresponding move?  I'd seem to think it will be Headrick getting sent down as Thielbar and Funderburk provide enough help out of the bullpen. If thats the case, will Keuchel be moved into a long/middle relief role?  Or...will Keuchel remain in rotation with Twins going to a 6-man rotation for remainder of year?
    Sorry for the questions as I wasted my evening watching the Vikings play another inept game.  
    Need to take care of business this weekend in CHI before moving onto Cincinnati.
     
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Danchat in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    Should have watched this rather than the Vikings game. Uffda.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Matt Braun in Twins 10, White Sox 2: Homer Happy Rookies Go Off In Chicago   
    I will never complain about kicking the crap out of the White Sox 
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    MN_ExPat reacted to tony&rodney in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    It was completely understandable why so many people were upset when Luis Arraez was traded. A fan favorite and entertaining player plus the AL Batting Champion seems like a guy to keep.
    The Twins sorely needed pitching however, and despite the high risk inherent in all pitchers something needed to occur or the Twins were doomed to repeats of using guys like Archer and Bundy. Actually Bundy and Archer were better than one could have expected as shown by their current standing.  Pitching is critical to team success and starters are the most valuable of all baseball players.
    I was all in with the Lopez-Arrez trade immediately. While I loved Arraez, it was obvious the Twins needed a quality starter to be a .500 team or better. It is looking like this trade was excellent for both teams which is a good thing. I'm actually hoping the Twins can pull off a similar trade during this coming offseason. Pitching is the main factor in a winning team.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to Dman in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    No one in Minnesota liked losing Arraez and his bat was sorely missed the beginning of this season, but the team had a glut of players to plug into his position and had a great need for top of the rotation starters.  The Twins needed a Pablo type pitcher even more than keeping around one of the best hitters in the game which sounds crazy as I write this, but given Julien's OPS is currently .842 and Arraez is at .842 it sounds less crazy.  They get there in different ways but the production is close enough to cover for the lose of Arraez at least in IMO.  Don't like OPS then Julien's WRc+ is 135 and Arreaz 128.  Like War better Julien is at 2.3 and Arraez is at 3.1.  Pretty much anyway you slice it they are close enough and we didn't have anyone close to the level that Lopez is at.
    Did I want the Twins to trade Arraez, No.  Do I think they made the right move Yes I do.
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    MN_ExPat reacted to GNess in What to Make of the Twins Arraez-for-Lopez Trade Now   
    Nice article. Most Twins fans held and still hold Arraez in high regard. But I think we can probably conclude something similar about Pablo Lopez.
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