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  1. Good afternoon Twins fans and welcome back to more Game Thread fun and excitement! Can our Minnesota Twins win tonight in front of a full stadium? Local media in Minneapolis report that tonight's game is sold out and the stands will be full. Personally I'm glad I'm not going as it's hot as Hades here...game time temperatures will be almost 94 degrees with a heat index near 100. I think I prefer watching tonight's game in a dark bar with a few cold ones lined up. Happy July 5th by the way! It is the officially observed holiday at least according to my iPhone calendar. Hope most of you had the day off today. I had the day off and didn't do much. Getting ready to grill up some burgers and brats for dinner tonight and listen to the game on WCCO. I like listening to the game on the radio, it's so old school. In case you wanted to know, all my kids along with a few of their significant others are home tonight and they eat literally everything in the house. Four pounds of burger just doesn't seem to go as far as it did...It's time they all get real jobs and help their old man out with the groceries. Big game tonight! Can the Twins get past the White Sox? Not sure but that's why I'll listen to the game and find out. The lineup tonight is somewhat underwhelming...I'll let you decide. Gotta run now, college kids say we are low on beer. I'll throw them a $20 and tell them to buy a case of Hamms. I'll be drinking the good stuff. Go Twins! Tonight's lineups: TWINS: 1. Luis Arraez, 3B 2. T. Larnach, LF 3. Jorge Polanco, 2B 4. Alex Kirilloff, 1B 5. Max Kepler, RF 6. Miguel Sano, DH 7. Nick Gordon, CF 8. Ben Rortvedt, C 9. A. Simmons, SS P - Bailey Ober, R WHITE SOX: 1. Tim Anderson, SS 2. Yoan Moncado, 3B 3. Jose Abreu, 1B 4. B. Goodwin, CF 5. Y. Grandal, C 6. Gavin Sheets, DH 7. A. Vaughn, LF 8. Adam Eaton, RF 9. Leury Garcia, 2B P - Dylan Cease, R Weather: HOT! HUMID! SWEAT FACTORY!
  2. If you're expected to win, and then fail to do so in spectacular fashion, people are going to have thoughts. It's also safe to assume that those thoughts don't stay surface level for very long. For the 2021 Twins, the last few weeks have been a long trudge past the acceptance of things as they are, and have begun to approach the next station down the line: Why? "Why" is an important question that has consumed the game of baseball since its creation. It is a question that drives everyone involved in the game and almost everyone that follows it. Careers are made and broken attempting to answer it. Out of all the major spectator sports in the world, baseball is one of the most random, volatile, and unpredictable. The best team in the league facing off against the worst still isn't as heavy a favorite as you might expect. This makes answering the question even more important. But this game has been played for over a century, and despite front offices being invaded by every Ivy League sabermatrician with programming experience, there's a lot about the game that just cannot be accounted for. It is within this vacuum that narrative begins to form, and like a gas, expand to fill every available inch of social media. Our emotional investment in the Twins demands an attempt to make sense of a senseless sequence. Words like "implosion" don't feel adequate, because it doesn't do justice to how much it feels like it's a force being inflicted upon the team, rather than the results of internal motivations. Regardless, we try and take an inventory of what hurts, and search for accountability. Is the roster underperforming? Unquestionably. I can't recall ever seeing so much of a single roster falling to the bottom 20% of their preseason projections with such synchrony. Are the Twins seeing their share of injuries? Yes, and then some. Are the Twins unlucky? According to the stats, they're the unluckiest in the league, and have a lot of production stats in common with the Oakland A's, who have more wins than the Twins have losses. Everything is happening, it's all bad, and it's happening all at once. And then, to rub salt in the wound, the White Sox got hot. They started their rebuild later, they were on a trajectory to give the Twins a bit more time to contend, and then they leapfrogged them in the standings while destroying them mercilessly along the way. They're doing this while also suffering from their best players sidelined and being managed by a guy who started his pro ball career when John F. Kennedy was in office, and hasn't updated his worldview since. Where the Twins are punished for their faults, the White Sox seem to glide through life. As a Twins fan, this was supposed to be our time, and the spotlight got stolen by the worst possible division rival. Watching all this transpire, attempting to process it, you're left holding the bag and being asked to put a nice neat bow on a morass of misfortune. Unable to wrap your arms around it, the narrative becomes more and more tempting. "The coaches are too calm, they need to fire up this team and yell more!" "Rocco's lost the clubhouse, it's time to fire him." "The players don't want it enough!" Any time you hear missives like these, and they aren't accompanied by direct evidence from the clubhouse or a credible source, Colin Cowherd-sized alarm bells should start going off in your head. You are being asked to accept generalities to rationalize a giant sea of inexplicable fate. Explaining data points by assuming the motives of strangers is a task that should be reserved for criminal profilers, not Twins Twitter. Kenta Maeda isn't struggling because of some nebulous lack of leadership, it's because he's lost the ability to locate his slider. There's a notable clip from ESPN's First Take in 2012, when Mark Cuban came onto the show, and used every available moment to go after Skip Bayless and his notions of 'narrative'. Throughout the exchange, Cuban lays out his argument for why statements like how the one team "played harder" aren't worth the airtime they're eventually given- because they're not backed up by any meaningful data and are fueled by apathy at best, and intentional ignorance at worst. If you want to convince me how the Twins got to 13-26 and have someone to blame, you're going to have to do a lot more than sell me on a lack of motivation, clubhouse chemistry, or some kind of failing strategic approach, because in the words of Kronk, it doesn't make any sense. Baseball is a cruel game. You can assemble the same roster and play the same way, and end up with radically different results by the end of the season. I have a hard time finding obvious fatal flaws in the approach by the front office, management, or the players themselves. Sure, I'll always agree that ownership could stand to spend some more money, but a few million dollars doesn't magically repair Byron Buxton's hamstring, and it doesn't solve why any game that doesn't go exactly 9 innings becomes an automatic loss. I'm not angry at the team, the coaches, or the FO. I'm just sad. This roster- and by extension, this fanbase- deserves better than the hand they've been dealt, right as the window of contention seemed to be opening wide (and, by some accounts, ahead of schedule). And now, after six weeks of unprecedented horror- which is saying something for a team with this kind of history- the voices are growing louder that it's time to pack it in and start over from scratch. All that said, I'm going to continue rooting for this team. They clearly want it enough. The clubhouse knows what they're capable of, and would love the opportunity to showcase it, if fate and luck would just get out of the goddamn way. In the meantime, I'll be watching, and screaming into the nearest pillow every time a barreled ball goes straight at an opposing fielder. The Twins are dead. Long live the Twins.
  3. Good evening and welcome back to the Twins Daily Game Thread party! Happy September 1st too. Only 30 days left of the regular season. If I'm gonna level straight with my gentle readers today, I am tired of this losing streak. To be honest, (because what I usually write on here are fabrications and lies) I'm a little angry and frustrated too. The losing streak ends tonight! Trust me! My win percentage when I do game thread introductions has got to be over .750. Everybody just relax, I am going to will us a win tonight. If these players can't get it done tonight I will do it for us. By the way, I also have some help tonight from a big Mr. Pineda and Mr. Buxton. I'm expecting good things from them tonight! Welcome back Pineda and Buxton!! Can someone from the training staff PLEASE roll out Donaldson's calves and get him back to the show soon? Frustrations aside, the Twins really do need to get their heads into the game and finish strong over the next 30 days. We need momentum heading into the playoffs. It starts tonight! My pick to click tonight: Byron Buxton Go Twins! Starting Lineups: TWINS: 1. Miguel Sano (1B) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. M. Gonzalez (RF) 5. Eddie Rosario (LF) 6. Ehire Adrianza (3B) 7. Byron Buxton (CF) 8. I. Vargas (2B) 9. R. Jeffers © SP - Big Mike Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA) WHITE SOX: 1. T. Anderson (SS) 2. Y. Grandal © 3. J. Abreu (1B) 4. E. Encarnacion (DH) 5. E. Jimenez (LF) 6. L. Robert (CF) 7. N. Mazara (RF) 8. Y. Sanchez (3B) 9. N. Madrigal (2B) SP - Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.70 ERA) Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 degrees
  4. Catch-Up What's the best part of baseball? I would argue its the fact that unlike other sports, you get an opportunity to write a wrong the day after a rough game and now the Twins have that chance. A fully rested bullpen, a trade acquisition with high aspirations making his debut, a full blown nerdy analytical lineup from Rocco, let's do this. Where to Listen WCCO 830, TIBN Where to Watch Fox Sports North Starting Pitchers Minnesota: Kenta Maeda*| 10-8, 4.04 ERA, 153.1 IP, 1.07 WHIP in 26 starts and 11 relief appearances in 2019.Chicago: Reynaldo Lopez**| 10-15, 5.38 ERA, 184.0 IP, 1.46 WHIP in 33 starts in 2019.*=Kenta Maeda: History lesson for you all. Garver switched to #8 because of this man on the bump. Maeda is honoring a tradition that has been a mainstay in Japanese baseball that the "ace," of the rotation adorns the #18 and now today we get to see him earn that number. A tradition started with the Yomiuri Giants in the 90's carries to the Minnesota Twins today, and we're all better off for it. **=Reynaldo Lopez: Led MLB in ER's (110) last year. Minnesota Batting Order* *=Per Twins Daily Writer Matthew Taylor on twitter: Twins splits vs. Lopez Chicago Batting Order Storylines 1. Per Twins Daily writer Tom Froemming on Kenta Maeda, Notebook 7/26 Maeda threw 84 pitches in his final tuneup outing of Summer Camp, so he should be close to full stretched out. It’s going to be interesting to see how he performs away from Dodger Stadium. He has a career 3.23 ERA at Chavez Ravine and 4.54 mark everywhere else. In his only previous outing at Guaranteed Rate Field, Maeda delivered five innings of one-run ball back in 2017.Maeda has been death to right-handed hitters over his career, holding them to a .199/.251/.339 batting line (.589 OPS). That bodes well, as this is a very right-handed White Sox lineup, but switch hitters Yasmani Grandal (.799 OPS) and Yoan Moncada (.839 OPS) have been better against righties over their careers. 2. Since the Twins got thumped yesterday, their bullpen is fully rested. On the other hand the White Sox still tooted out some of their best arms yesterday so again on paper, the Twins should have this one. I would look to Maeda to make a strong debut, look for Arraez to have a good day, and in honor of Maeda from @TwinsCave on twitter, 行くツインズのズ行こう!!
  5. Here’s a breakdown of what was known about the schedule going into Monday’s release: All teams will play 10 games against each team in their division, so 2/3rds of their schedule will be against division opponents. The other 20 games will be played against the corresponding regional division in the National League. For the Twins, this means playing teams from the NL Central. Out of those 20 games, six will be with the closest natural rival. For the Twins, this means playing the Brewers six times. Every team has six total off-days throughout the season. Before the full schedule was released, fans learned the Twins would be opening the 2020 season on the north side of Chicago against the White Sox. This likely means a pitching match-up of Jose Berrios versus Lucas Giolito starting at 7:10 Central. Chicago is expected to be better this season after adding some key pieces, but most prognosticators have them slated to finish third in the AL Central. After three games in Chicago, the Twins have an eight-game home-stand that includes two games with the Cardinals, four games against Cleveland, and two games versus the Pirates. Minnesota’s next eight games are on the road with two games at Pittsburgh, three games in Kansas City, and three game in Milwaukee. Next on the schedule is seven home games against the Royals (4 games) and Brewers (3 games). From there, the club goes on the road for 10-games with three in Kansas City, three games in Cleveland, and four games in Detroit. Following this, the club heads home for seven games with three against the White Sox and four against the Tigers. Also included in Minnesota’s final month of the schedule is two games in St. Louis, before coming home to face Cleveland in what could be a pivotal series in deciding the division winner. Minnesota’s last road trip includes four games against the White Sox and three games against the Cubs. This allows the team to end the year at Target Field with two games versus Detroit and three games versus Cincinnati. Notes on the schedule: The Twins get seven home games against Cleveland which means the Twins will only play in Cleveland for three games. Minnesota’s inter-league schedule includes six games against Milwaukee, four against Pittsburgh, four against St. Louis, three against the Cubs, and three against the Reds. In September, 15 of their 23 games are against AL Central opponents. August might be their easiest month with 18 of their 29 games against the Pirates, Tigers, and Royals. What are your thoughts on the team’s 60-game schedule? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  6. Catch-up All across the board, the Twins had a fantastic ballgame yesterday. Timely hitting by Adrianza, a superb start from the Twins, "ace," in Kenta Maeda, and excellent work by the bullpen. Chicago left a ton of runners out on the field yesterday and Rick Renteria's White Sox will look to bounce back and even up the series today. Pre-game 12:45pmCT Where to watch. https://www.twitch.tv/thuuuuney/ Starting Pitchers Chicago:Gio Gonzales 0-2, 14.73 ERA, 7.1IP,2.45 WHIP Minnesota:Jhoulys Chacin 1-0, 2.45 ERA,11.0IP, 1.36WHIP Minnesota Batting Order C Mitch Garver .333 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI SS Jorge Polanco .267 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI DH Nelson Cruz .245 BA, 2 HR, 8 RBI LF Eddie Rosario .327 BA, 3 HR, 10 RBI 3B Josh Donaldson .346 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI 1B Miguel Sano .209 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI RF Marwin Gonzalez .353 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI 2B Ehire Adrianza .214 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI CF Byron Buxton .234 BA, 3 HR, 4 RBIChicago Batting Order SS Tim Anderson .138 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI 3B Yoan Moncada .264 BA, 2 HR, 12 RBI 1B Jose Abreu .213 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI DH Edwin Encarnacion .196 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI C Yasmani Grandal .333 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI LF Eloy Jimenez** .404 BA, 5 HR, 7 RBI RF Nomar Mazara .306 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI CF Luis Robert .273 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI 2B Leury Garcia .327 BA, 3 HR, 7 RBI**= Eloy Jimenez: 3rd in AL, Batting Average, (.404). Bomba Tracker - 2020: 22 - 2019 through 14 games: 22 Storylines 1. Twins look to build off an all around team win in yesterdays game as they tout out the team leader in Quality Starts, Jhouyls Chacin (2) today. 2. Despite leaving 10 men on in the final four innings, the White Sox look to even up the series today behind the hot bat of Eloy Jimenez (3rd in AL Batting Average). 3. The last Saturday day game the Twins had ended in a thriller with Eddie Rosario's Walk-Off Shot so we're expecting beautiful weather in Chicago for a great contest today!
  7. Catch-up The Twins are coming off of a bummer of a homestand (2-4) and are looking to bounce back in Chicago. Meanwhile the White Sox are trying to claw back early in April and make a bid for the AL Central title for the first time since 2008. Pre-game 6:45pmCT Where to watch. https://www.twitch.tv/thuuuuney/ Starting Pitchers Chicago Carlos Rodon 1-1. 8.59 ERA, 7.1IP, 2.18 WHIP Minnesota Kenta Maeda 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 10.0IP, 0.80WHIP Minnesota Batting Order RF Max Kepler .224 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI SS Jorge Polanco .291 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI 3B Josh Donaldson .313 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI C Mitch Garver .333 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI LF Eddie Rosario** .333 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI DH Nelson Cruz .260 BA, 2 HR, 8 RBI 1B Miguel Sano .179 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI 2B Ehire Adrianza .182 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI CF Byron Buxton .250 BA, 3 HR, 4 RBI** = Eddie Rosario: T-1st on team BA, (.333), HR, (3), 1st in RBI, (9). Chicago Batting Order SS Tim Anderson .132 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI 3B Yoan Moncada .286 BA, 2 HR, 12 RBI 1B Jose Abreu .227 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI DH Edwin Encarnacion** .209 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI C Yasmani Grandal .317 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI LF Eloy Jimenez .375 BA, 5 HR, 7 RBI RF Nomar Mazara .313 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI CF Luis Robert .286 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI 2B Leury Garcia .327 BA, 3 HR, 7 RBI**= Edwin Encarnacion: Career splits against Minnesota, (.287BA,27HR, 92 RBI, .954 OPS) Bomba Tracker - 2020: 20 - 2019 through 13 games: 19 Storylines 1. Kenta Maeda seeks his first win of the year after arguably the best start of his career on Saturday (6.0 IP, 2H, 14 K's, 0 ER) which resulted in a no-decision. 2. Tim Anderson is trying to make baseball fun again after a slow start,(.132 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI), but the White Sox have been led early by the scorching hot bats of Yoan Moncada (12 RBI's in 12 games), and Eloy Jimenez (.375BA). 3. White Sox come into the ballgame 4-2 at home early in April while the Twins are 6-1 on the road thus far, something's got to give today!
  8. Well the White Socks are looking like they have completed their laundry list and the Twins might want to look over their shoulders. Here is there roster http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/roster/ and this is before adding Kuechel for three years and $55m. Yes they began with a catcher and added a pitcher (and then Gonzales too) with Kopech and Giolito on their starting rotations too. The Chicago Tribune wrote, "The Sox re-signed Jose Abreu, signed switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal, acquired a front-line starter in Keuchel and brought in two smaller and somewhat riskier acquisitions in Gonzalez and Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, whom they acquired for prospect Steele Walker." And the paper adds - "The Sox lineup already was solid with defending AL batting champion Tim Anderson, Abreu, Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez at the top. It figures only to get better with Grandal and the the call-ups of center fielder Luis Robert and second baseman Nick Madrigal, both of whom should be on the roster before May, if not sooner." And then there is this quote, "Believe it or not, the Sox will be considered an American League Central contender in a division with three rebuilds, a slow-motion teardown in Cleveland and the always unpredictable Twins." And, by the way, the Detroit Tigers signed C. J Cron and Schoop - adding some familiar bats to their flimsy lineup. Every time players are signed by another team I see posts that list the next ones on the list. But guess what, those players are on the bottom of the list for a reason.
  9. http://wolterskluwerblogs.com/mediation/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/2015/05/magic-number-7.png Good afternoon and welcome back to another exciting game thread! After last nights win I'd prefer this game just go a standard 9 innings and we win by 10 or 12 runs. I can honestly say I stayed up until the final out was made and very glad I did. Entertaining game to say the least...Magic number now at 7!!!! Tonights game I think goes to the Twins. The momentum is there and I believe the Twins players can smell a division win just around the corner. If the Detroit Tigers had any pride in themselves and for the great game of baseball they should beat Cleveland tonight making our magic number 5... I wanted to write more but I'm tired after staying up so late...Pardon my brevity (inside joke from last nights game thread). My "pick the click" tonight is...Mr. Sano Lineups: TWINS: 1. Luis Arraez LF 2. Jorge Polanco SS 3. Nelson Cruz DH 4. Eddie Rosario RF 5. Miguel Sano 3B 6. Jake Cave CF 7. Jonathan Schoop 2B 8. Jason Castro C 9. Willians Astudillo 1B SP: Jake Odorizzi ® 14-6, 3.60 ERA WHITE SOX: 1. Leury Garcia CF 2. Tim Anderson SS 3. Jose Abreu DH 4. Yoan Moncada 3B 5. Eloy Jimenez LF 6. Zach Collins C 7. Yolmer Sanchez 2B 8. Matt Skole 1B 9. Daniel Palka RF SP: Ivan Nova ® 10-12, 4.86 ERA Weather: 79 degrees. 4% chance of rain. 8mph winds blowing out! (more bombas???)
  10. I started typing this thread and, through the magic of hitting the wrong keys, managed to lose everything I'd written. My loss is probably Twins Faithful gain. The Twins, after taking two from Cleveland in Cleveland suddenly seemed to remember they were guests and promptly gave back a game. I'm not sure where Miss Manners comes down when it comes to sports etiquette but it seems to me that, in pro sports, guest or not, sweeping the leg is called for. Now the Twins return home and the lineup is slowly returning to health and starting to contribute that which we've missed these last few games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q3uPysQaZY On paper, this looks to be a mismatch. However, the game is not decided on paper so, let's hope the Twins get the job done against the White Sox. With that, some things to argue, I mean, flame each other, I mean, discuss politely over tea and crumpets with pinky finger properly extended. 1. Crescent Rolls or Croissants? 2. Earl Grey or Jasmine? 3. Caribou or Starbucks? 4. Popover or Muffins? Lineups: Jose Berrios ® 1. Luis Arraez (L) 2B 2. Jorge Polanco (S) SS 3. Nelson Cruz ® DH 4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF 5. Mitch Garver ® C 6. Jake Cave (L) RF 7. Miguel Sano ® 3B 8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B 9. LaMonte Wade Jr (L) CF Reynaldo Lopez ® 1. Leury Garcia (S) CF 2. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B 3. Jose Abreu ® DH 4. Eloy Jimenez ® LF 5. James McCann ® C 6. Matt Skole (L) 1B 7. Danny Mendick ® SS 8. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B 9. Ryan Goins (L) RF 5. Play ball!
  11. SSO1 was nice enough to come up with some idea for me to crib from, I mean, tossed out as a challenge to use as game thread material. Not one to lightly cast aside ideas for game threads, much like a 10 year old me scrambling for the returnable pop bottle that would be used to buy Tops trading cards, I grabbed that list and set it aside as the treasure it is. In looking at the list, it's hard to decide if I should go in the order the ideas, I mean, challenges, as listed or should I start with the easiest one first? See archived game thread here for list of ideas: http://twinsdaily.com/topic/34601-game-thread-david-twins-vs-tigers-610pm-edt-8242019-ad/ I oughtthay bemay igpay atinlay ouldway be unfay. Utbay, I ecidedbay to ivegay athay deaia up. Then, I looked at the IpRay AnVay InkleWay idea and thought, neato! Imagine, you've been Twins fan these last few years but, for some reason, took a 9 month long snooze after the Twins tanked in ought 18 and then woke up to find out the Twins are in first place, are leading the league in bombas! (though you wonder what, exactly, a "bomba" is) You rush out, buy a jersey, and have the name, "Rip Van Twinkie" embroidered on the back, because, hey, Twins fan, and you've slept a long time. Might as well celebrate! Then, SSO1 mentions "Daves Top 10" being a rejected idea. To which I reply, "Challenge Accepted!" 1. Seventies rock bands: Rare Earth or Grand Funk Railroad? 2. Motown: Gladys Knight and the Pips or The Four Tops? 3: Iconic Sixties movie: The Magnificent 7 or Bullitt? 4: Iconic Seventies movie: MASH or Kelly's Heroes? 5: Iconic baseball player of the sixties: Killebrew or Koufax? 6: Iconic car of the sixties: Charger, Mustang or Camaro? 7: Iconic personality of the sixties: Paul Harvey or Rod Serling? And with that, Lineups: *: Play ball!
  12. After mailing in the last thread (FYI, trying to FedEx electrons to TD is marginally easier than herding cats. Marginally.) I decided to put some thought and effort into this game thread series opener. ("game thread series opener" is a trick to increase word count because, nothing says "lots of thought went into the opener" quite like a bunch of words on a screen) What was interesting about the "mailing it in" start of the game series thread openers was the Twins sweeping Texas, and, apparently, Tony Diaz switching uniforms so he could show Texas the proper way to run their way out of innings. Which brings us to today, Twins taking on the White Sox, a team the Twins have handled pretty well this year. Unfortunately, though, I cannot engage in my usual mockery of Sox fielding, due to the Twins have their own problems when it comes to catching the ball. Curse you Twins, for taking some of my best material from me! (Now there is a batting practice comment. There will be points awarded to best riff) The also-rans get: And, due to someone pointing out the obvious, we shall toss up some food for thought: 1: New York or Ribeye?2: Bacon or Ribs?3: Veronica or Betty?4: Mashed or Baked? Speaking of baked: 5: Mel or Russell? (can't forget the ladies!) Lineups: 6: Play ball! I waited just so I could get the lineups into the game thread, but the Twins left it really late!
  13. Good morning and welcome back to Game Thread central! We have another great game on tap today against the struggling Chicago White Sox. I think the Twins will bounce back today in a big way to take 3 of 4 from Chicago. With the White Sox trotting Mr. Covey out on the mound today I would look for another multi-homer game from the Twins. My pick to click today is Nelson Cruz. I apologize for the brevity of my post today but I was up in Alexandria, MN bass fishing with my son yesterday and got extremely sunburned. My face looks like Rocky Balboa after going the distance with Apollo Creed in Rocky I...The big news besides my sunburn is the trade the Twins pulled off with the Florida Marlins. Welcome aboard Mr. Romo. Please help our bullpen! I also hope to see some major trade deadline deals come through in the next couple of days. Don't blow this opportunity Falvey!!!! Just a quick insider note regarding Romo. My sister has worked for the Florida Marlins for almost 20 years and gets to know the players well. She called me last night to to say Romo's a great guy and the players in the club house really like him. She said we are getting a great leader and pitcher that still has a lot left in the tank. She also said Chris Vallimont could be a great pickup. I guess we will find out about these two soon enough. The division race is tightening up but I'm really not that concerned. I've posted this before that I would gladly take the existing Twins team over the Cleveland Indians team any day of the week. These two teams are heading in opposite directions for the next 3-5 years (full disclosure, I would like a couple of Clevelands pitchers but that's it). Let's go Twins!! I need to go find some Aloe... The starting lineups today: TWINS: 1. Max Kepler RF 2. J. Polanco SS 3. Nelson Cruz DH 4. L. Arraez 3B 5. M. Sano 1B 6. M. Gonzalez LF 7. J. Schoop 2B 8. Jason Castro C 9. B. Buxton CF SP: Kyle Gibson (9-4) 4.24 ERA WHITE SOX: 1. Leury Garcia RF 2. Ryan Goins SS 3. Yoan Moncada 3B 4. Jon Jay LF 5. Eloy Jimenez DH 6. W. Castillo C 7. AJ Reed 1B 8. Y. Sanchez 2B 9. Adam Engel CF SP: Dylan Covey R (1-6) 6.04 ERA Weather: 87 degrees and a 2% chance of rain.
  14. Happy Sunday and welcome back to another exciting installment of the Twins Daily game thread! We've got a lot to talk about today. The final All-Star rosters will be posted today, the Twins look like they have their offensive mojo back and Aussie Lewis Thorpe makes his first major league appearance today starting for the Twins. 1. Who else on the Twins team will make the All-star roster today? Stringer Bell started a nice post about this topic earlier so I won't go into this much but I expect the Twins will have another 5 players named: Berrios, Odorizzi, Kepler, Cruz and Cron. I would add Rosario to this but since he's on the IL I doubt he'll make it. That's an impressive amount of players representing our team. Looking forward to seeing who's picked. 2. Our Twins looked like they got back to their old ways again yesterday by pounding the ball all over the park. I posted a comment yesterday on Tom's post game write-up about how crazy good this team is when our full lineup is playing (hurry back Eddie). I honestly have never seen anything like it. I can't imagine what an opposing pitcher must be thinking before the game or how they prepare to pitch through our lineup. I would love to be a fly on the wall listening to an opposing teams pitching coach talk to their starter about preparing for a game against us. I've been a lifelong Twins fans for over 35 years and have never seen a lineup mash like our team has done so far this year. Enjoy this people! It doesn't come around very often. 3. Lewis Thorpe will be our starting pitcher today and also making his first MLB debut. Thorpe hails from Australia and will become the 34th Australian to appear in the Major Leagues. Thorpe is the Twins number 9 prospect per MLB pipeline but has had an up and down year in the minors. I'm looking forward to seeing how he does. On a more human note, it looks like Thorpe's parents surprised him yesterday and flew all the way from Melbourne, Australia to see his MLB debut. According to reports, Thorpe was led outside the visitors' clubhouse by the Twins travel director and froze when he saw his parents waiting for him in the tunnel. Thorpe pulled his mother into a big hug and then his father. According to Thorpe, "he's never seen his dad cry like that". Reading that actually brought tears to my eyes too. My son stayed out east this summer for a college internship and hasn't been around much this year. I think I can relate a little bit with Thorpe's dad... Go Twins! Lineups: Twins: 1. Luis Arraez, LF 2. J. Polanco, SS 3. Nelson Cruz, DH 4. Mitch Garver, C 5. M. Gonzales, 3B 6. C.J. Cron, 1B 7. Ehire Adrianza, RF 8. J. Schoop, 2B 9. B. Buxton, CF Lewis Thorpe, SP (L) White Sox: 1. Leury Garcia, SS 2. Yoan Moncada, 3B 3. Jose Abreu, 1B 4. James McCann, C 5. Jon Jay, RF 6. Eloy Jimenez, LF 7. Jose Rondon, DH 8. Y. Sanchez, 2B 9. Ryan Cordell, CF Lucas Giolito, SP ® Weather: Partly cloudy and 82 degrees, 0% chance of rain
  15. Today represents the half-way point of the Twins schedule. The Twins sit currently at 52-28 and the math says (Add the 2, carry the 6, divide the numerator and multiply by 1) this evening represents game 81. I'm still surprised the Twins have 52 wins at this point of the season. I'd have been happy with 51, maybe even 50! But 52? Get out of town... The Twins train, despite injuries, continues to roll on and win games. Which depth, as has been pointed out by others, has been key to the Twins continuing success this year. Now, the Twins, after playing all day and half the night, move on to Chicago to play the White Sox. Hopefully, the Twins shake off the long drawn out game of yesterday and put the hurt on the White Sox. *A bit of music for Carole With that, we move on to the 5 QUESTIONS section: 1. Berrios: Is Berrios settling back into his groove. 2. Sox: Are they truly getting better? 3. Twins: Are they mainlining coffee in order to stay awake for this game? 4. Errors: Will the Sox continue to trend in a positive direction, for the Twins, when it comes to fielding mishaps? Pitching for the Twins: Jose Berrios Pitching for the Sox: TBD (Wow, this TBD guy must get DFA'd a lot, because this is the second time the Twins have faced him) 5. Play Ball!
  16. "Red-headed step-children are mollycoddled compared to this thrashing." ----Halos Heaven game thread, last game of the series against the Angels. The above statement can be applied to multiple teams this season, with the way the Twins have been swinging the lumber. And, even better, the Twins have also had their share of close games, yet found a way to win. But, the White Sox are in town, and, as a division rival, cannot be overlooked, because things tend to be tough within the division. Witness what happened when the Twins played Detroit and split the series. Currently, the Twins own an 8 game lead over Cleveland and take on a Chicago team that, with the young talent they have, should be trending in the right direction. (I had to look twice at the division lead and it's not even the end of May.) One thing to note, though, is the White Sox continue to struggle in the field, currently ranking 29th out of 30 teams when it comes to catching the ball. Only Seattle is worse. Let's hope the above statement can be applied to the White Sox after this next series. Some things to think about: 1. Over/Under on the errors committed by the White Sox this series? 2. When does the Sox management figure out the ability to catch the ball should probably be considered when developing players? 3. Giolito shut out Houston. 4. Should be a fun series. Oh, who am I kidding? Every series this year has been fun. Pitching for the Twins: Jose Berrios Pitching for the White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez 5. Play ball! Uncle Ted even wrote a song about the Twins and where they stand with the Central Division:
  17. Today is a getaway day for the Twins and I'm sure their baggage has been securely and neatly stowed in preparation for getting out of Dodge, I mean, Chicago: *Some images just beg to be used in a game thread. In looking at the game write-up, looks like it was a wild one in Chicago: *It's no Mitch Williams, though. But, for now, our Twins head out on the road, looking for new adventures, and, hopefully, on this road trip: *West Coast road trip coming up! And now for something completely different: And now, for some thoughts on last nights game: 1. That Kopech guy putting 98mph heat on the corner is unfair. 2. It's unfair, because that kid needs to be a Twin. 3. Berrios was Berrios. 4. Rain delays are aggravating. 5. Yay Twins for the win! 6. I got nothin. Play ball! Pitching for the Twins: Kyle Gibson Pitching for the White Sox: Carlos Rodon. Looks to be a good one!
  18. Good morning, one and all! Yes, I'm here to fulfill my duty as your game thread guide: *It's no "Young Frankenstein" though. Anyway, I've been looking for a reason as to why the team underperformed this year, and came across this novel theory: *About the only part of that particular episode that was any good. You'd think they could have dubbed in some better voices. Sheesh. Since I've gone hopping down the bunny trail, I'll leave this here just because: *Yes, that is Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" fame. Well, enough chit chat, as it's time for me to leave a random image that has nothing to do with anything and on the relevance scale is less than zero: Some observations from last night: 1. I felt bad for Mr. Gonsalves. His debut was underwhelmingly underwhelming. 2. From what I saw, it looked like Busenitz did okay. 3. Bats were there, pitching wasn't. 4. No doubt there's some young talent on the Sox team. 5. Go Twins! 6. The burning question: Did I manage to get the right team, time and date? We shall see. Pitching for the Twins: Jose Berrios. Pitching for the White Sox: Michael Kopech
  19. I blame all of the Twins current woes on the White Sox. That team just, arggh, there are no words! Those meddling Sox! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbXxgQLlF08 *Mmm, scooby snacks! Okay, snacks in general. Now that we have the pleasantries aside, it's time to move on. We have another baseball game today in which we hope our favorite 9 can figure this game out and get we, the fans, a W! *Yes, I like ABBA. And your point is? Yes, it's been a very puzzling year but, hey, we're still able to watch the best game every invented. Granted, our team may not be putting their best foot forward these days, but, still, they are our team. With that, I'll toss in a metal interlude just because. *Not sure if this has been used before, but, what the heck, right? With that, I'll leave you with these random thoughts: *Why does the vacuous stare seem familiar? Hmm... Some random observations from last night; 1. Balks can be overturned? 2. Molitor knows how to get ejected? 3. Gibson may not have had the best results last night, but, by golly, he really pitched his guts out. 4. Sox. Uggh. Sox. 5. Morneau played for the Sox at one time. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one. Play ball! Pitching for the Twins: Jake Odorizzi Pitching for the White Sox: Lucas Giolito
  20. Because I like the classics, I thought I'd throw this out there: *Yeah, yeah, I know, I qualify as a "classic" myself. Maybe even "antique." What, exactly does this have to do with the Twins playing the White Sox? I have absolutely no idea. But, hey, baseball! Speaking of which, did you know the Twins are currently 6-3 against the White Sox? (I couldn't find an official source, so, I added it up myself. Fortunately, I had enough fingers.) *I may or may not have used this method of counting. Though the Twins have fared well against the Sox, I blame the Twins troubles on the Sox games that were postponed early in the season. *Trouble, I say you got trouble, son! And with that, I leave you with these incredibly irrelevant thoughts: Some random observations from Sunday: 1. Hard to believe, but Colon really grew on me though I hated the signing last year. And he showed why he's still pitching in the big leagues on Sunday. 2. Berrios: Showed the big dog the young dog can get it done too. 3. The Twins seem to know how to get on base. It's after getting on base the problems seem to start. 4. Hildenburger is looking like the real deal. 5. I cannot say enough good things about Fernando Rodney. Seems to be the bullpen equivalent of Bartolo when it comes to keeping calm and taking care of business. Play Ball! Pitching for the Twins: RHP Lance Lynn Fun note: Lance Lynn has posted a 2.88 ERA over his last nine starts. Pitching for the White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez Not so fun note: Last time Reynaldo pitched against the Twins, he allowed only 1 hit over seven innings and wound up with a no decision.
  21. I got up this morning wondering where I was going to go with this game thread. Avoiding excessive negativity is in the style sheet:* *Kelly's Heroes and baseball. What's not to like? I have to admit, it's been an interesting year, because the Twins have definitely been getting some decent starting pitching. The bats, though, seem to come and go, which is puzzling, to say the least. Maybe a bit of motivation is in order?* *I knew I could work this clip in some how! In the end,though, baseball is still the best game ever invented, and while the home town nine may disappoint, baseball, in and of itself, never disappoints. *I got distracted watching these. They are a hoot! With that, I leave you with the following thoughts: Some observations from last night: 1. Adrianza brought the bat for a change.2. Escobar does it again.3. Odorizzi again gave the team a chance.4. The Sox do have some good young talent.5. Shake off that loss, Twins, it's another day! Play ball! Lineups:
  22. Well, this year is my fourth year of doing game threads. It's been fun and I've truly enjoyed the amount of freedom allowed when writing intros. Admittedly, when it comes to game threads and the Twins, there have been some highs and lows:* *When in doubt, post video. Today, though, is a special day, because today is a double header Tuesday. Which means:* *Not that there's really any such thing as too much baseball. Especially when the Twins win. In watching the White Sox, it's obvious there's some talent and it will be interesting to see the talent develop over the next few years. Meanwhile, though, the Twins need to show this young Sox team who's the boss:* *Ouch. Some random thoughts: Wow, according to Baseball Press, I'm very late getting this thread up and in place: Some observations from last night: 1. I think I went through baseball withdrawal. 2. The baseball draft took place. Yay! 3. The Twins didn't play last night. 4. Woot! The Yankees split with the Tigers yesterday. 5. Some observations from the night before last: 1. Nice to see Dozier Encarnacion the Indians. 2. Yay Walk-offs! 3. Rosario is entertaining to watch, mistakes and all. 4. FRE: The man just goes about his business and gets the job done. 5. Kepler: I really like this kid. Good steady player who looks to be getting better and better. Play ball! Pitching the first game of this double header; Twins: TBD White Sox: Lopez Pitching the second game of the double header: Twins: TBD (this TBD guy must have quite the arm!) White Sox: Giolito Mods: Please note, I may not be able to post the lineups. Also, Baseball Press and mlb.com do not agree as to which Sox pitcher is starting the first game. Of course, since I'm really late with this thread according to Baseball Press, I'm thinking mlb.com is probably correct. We shall see.
  23. Today is day three of my Twins game thread extravaganza. Since taking on the responsibility, the Twins are 2-0. Coincidence? I hope so because no way I want to write a 162 game threads. Though, I suppose the possibility of the Twins FO offering financial remuneration might be an incentive to continue. Anyway, I was taken to task about the brevity of previous posts and I protested that "brevity is the soul of wit." Of course, the response I received was a rather tacky "and you've written something funny when?" I hate it when I get a query like that where I can just hear the tone at the end of the sentence go up in pitch. Some stuff to think about:* *not a selfie Random observations from last night: 1. Lance Lynn did pretty well. Nice to see him make the pitches when he needed to. More importantly, no walks.2. Rosario had 5 RBI's. Though, first time I've seen a player hit a double and "run" with his legs spread that far apart.3. Mauer: Walk machine.4. Umpire last night: Somewhat generous strike zone. 5. Garver looked better behind the plate. Lineups: Unfortunately, again, I won't be home in time to post lineups. Hopefully one of our mods will be kind enough to pick up the slack. However, Pitching for the Twins: Kyle Gibson. Pitching for the White Sox: James Shields
  24. Since the thread yesterday had such excellent results (Twins Win) I decided I best stick to what is the winning formula. So, without much further ado, here is the thread from yesterday. (be quiet over there, I'm not being lazy, I'm being creative!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haWRUpPw_tI It was nice to stick out a game and not cringe a dozen times. By my count, there were only a half dozen cringe worthy moments. Progress! Today the Twins play the Sox and hopefully, Mr. Lynn will shake off whatever has been troubling him and get the job done. And now, some thoughts for thinking: 1. Hector Santiago pitches for the Sox?2. Daniel Palka plays for the Sox?3. Sorry, I got nothing.4. More nothing.5. Okay, we'll just mail it in at this point. White Sox: P: Hector Santiago Twins: P. Lance Lynn mods: I may not be back in time to post lineups. Thanks again everyone who reads what I put up! I appreciate it very much.
  25. I woke with a start and realized I had a game thread due today. Fortunately, the door to my office was closed so I had some privacy as I consulted my zzzz's, I mean, muse. I wonder if I can claim workers comp because I slammed my knee into my desk when I awakened? This season started out so well and the game second game in Puerto Rico was a regular season game for the ages. Since then, our home town nine has fallen into the doldrums. But, never fear, we're going to be cheerful in the face of adversity because we're baseball fans. Why? Because no one knows how to blamecast quite like baseball fans. We're very adroit when it comes to blamecasting. Disclaimer: Don't try this at home because we're what you call "experts." With that out of the way, some things to think about: (for a small fee!) Lineups: Twins Pitching: Jose Berrios ® 1. Joe Mauer (L) 1B 2. Brian Dozier ® 2B 3. Max Kepler (L) RF 4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF 5. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B 6. Logan Morrison (L) DH 7. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS 8. Jason Castro (L) C 9. Ryan LaMarre ® CF White Sox Pitching: Carson Fulmer 1. Yoan Moncada (S) 2B 2. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B 3. Jose Abreu ® 1B 4. Nicky Delmonico (L) LF 5. Matt Davidson ® DH 6. Daniel Palka (L) RF 7. Leury Garcia (S) CF 8. Tim Anderson ® SS 9. Omar Narvaez (L) C Just kidding about the things to think about. Some things to think about: 1: Is light beer really beer?2: What is the point of decaffeinated coffee?3: Parkay: Is it butter or not? (it's freaking margarine and it tastes like margarine, yeesh!)4: Ketchup on hot dogs? Yes? No? Sacrilege?5: Space X is awesome!
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