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  1. SPITSBERGEN - Baseball Style I had this buddy growing up; we called him LB, though it wasn’t his real name. He became LB when a high school nun who made a habit (chuckle) of misremembering names called him “Little Boy” because he was only five and a half feet tall. We teased him about it of course, but out of the kindness of our hearts we eventually cut Little Boy down to LB and he was thus christened from there on ever after. Me and LB were a Mutt and Jeff team. I hit six feet in junior high while LB labored to reach 5’4”. We took a lot of kidding about the discrepancy in our heights, but LB had a bigger heart than I did, so I overlooked his shortcomings. As he did mine. We played on the same city league baseball team. I played short and batted clean-up and LB was our everyday third baseman, our second pitcher in our two-man rotation and our back-up catcher. He was also our unanimous pick for team captain, partly because he knew more about baseball than the rest of the team put together but mostly because he had this small gap between his front teeth and he could spit better than any of us. Thhht! And a stream of spit would come flying out between those front teeth to land unerringly on the chosen target. If LB was playing third, thhht, he’d spit on third base, unless there was a base-runner. Then he’d spit on the runner’s shoes. If he was catching, thhht, the batter’s shoes would get it. When he was pitching it was a risky proposition for us infielders to conference on the mound. “LB, we got a slow guy on first and this next batter is a dribbler. Keep it low and let’s go for the double-play.” Thhht! Shoe toe - direct hit. “Dammit, LB!” Thhht! Knee cap. LB was no Gaylord Perry, but he did have a peculiar nasty curveball for our level of play. Fortunately our umpires, whichever adult happen to walk by when the game started, never thought to check the ball for foreign substances. Me, I tried spitting, but didn’t have a talent for it. What didn’t dribble down my chin wound up on my shirt front. If we’d been old enough to chaw tobaccy my uniform would have looked like it’d seen service in a porta-potty. Twisty, another buddy who often hung around with me and LB, was our first baseman and our team’s second-best spitter, but he had to be armed with sunflower seeds or he went dry. His cheeks loaded, Twisty could bury the first base area in sunflower shells by game’s end. Thuugh! And a pair of split shells would be ejected, tumbling aimlessly into the dirt. When LB was on the mound and Twisty at first us infielders were treated to a spitting concerto. Thhht! Thuugh! Thhth! Thuugh! Thhth! Thhth! Thuugh! Twisty kept a pack of sunflower seeds in his back pocket and would reload between pitches. He had it timed out perfectly. LB would toe the rubber, spit twice, check the sign, spit twice again, then go into his wind-up. But right in the middle of one game LB decided not to spit and went straight into his wind-up instead. The abrupt change of pattern threw off Twisty’s timing. The first baseman still had his glove tucked under one arm and was in the process of pouring a fresh batch of seeds down the hatch when the batter laced a hot grounder to short. I scooped it up on a short hop and accurately, which was usually about a 70-30 proposition for me, flamed the ball right into Twisty’s glove, which as mentioned, was not on his hand but rather tucked up under one elbow. The glove flew in the air, the ball flew down the baseline, the sunflower seeds flew to the ground and the runner flew down to second base, then third base as Twisty tripped over his glove and finally home while Twisty, back on his feet, chased the ball down the right field line. Probably the only time in history a guy scored an inside-the-infield homerun on account of a missed spit and a perfect throw into a bag of sunflower seeds. So why do I bother to relate this story? Well, because we’re playing the Evil Empire who always seem to find some ungodly way of embarrassing the Twins. Or maybe its the Twins who always find some ungodly way to embarrass themselves when playing the much-despised Yankees; misjudged fly balls, stumbling base-runners, cut-off throws that are either missed or thrown into the stands, horrendous fielding errors, wild flailing strikeouts with loaded bases, etc. etc. Whatever. My advice to the Twins; just try not to embarrass yourselves. We’ve all had enough of this losing thhht! Purely coincidentally, the Yankees are sending Gerrit Cole to the mound today just after “Ribs” Donaldson squawked about modern day pitchers he claimed were loading up the ball, Cole being on such pitcher. Should be interesting if the two face each other tonight. Pitching Matchup Twins: Keep Your Dobnak Up 1-5 6.17 ERA 22K Yankees: “Gooberball” Cole 6-3 2.26 ERA 104K Line-Ups To be posted later by an erstwhile reader after Rocco finishes comparing his spreadsheets to the results him and Falvey get from asking the Ouija Ball. Yankees: D. LeMahieu1B 58-227 15 3 2 .256 A. JudgeRF 59-204 34 14 0 .289 G. TorresSS 52-189 23 3 4 .275 G. StantonDH 41-160 24 9 0 .256 G. Urshela3B 53-198 26 6 1 .268 R. Odor2B 21-114 13 5 0 .184 M. AndujarLF 22-89 6 4 0 .247 K. HigashiokaC 14-76 9 5 0 .184 B. GardnerCF 25-129 5 1 1 .194 Twins: J. Polanco2B 48-202 24 6 3 .238 J. Donaldson3B 41-163 22 7 0 .252 T. LarnachLF 20-77 8 3 0 .260 N. CruzDH 49-175 25 10 1 .280 R. JeffersC 12-54 7 2 0 .222 A. KirilloffRF 26-106 18 4 0 .245 M. Sano1B 25-153 28 11 0 .163 A. SimmonsSS 39-151 13 2 0 .258 G. CelestinoCF 0-12 0 0 0 .000
  2. I'm sure it's probably been mentioned but looks like Severino is out for the year. TJ surgery strikes again. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2877980-yankees-luis-severino-recommended-to-have-tommy-john-surgery-for-forearm-injury
  3. We’ve done it, Twins fans. We’ve officially made it to Spring Training! Baseball games at Target Field will be played before we know it. As the team assembles in Ft. Myers, some of the burning questions that will assuredly be asked of Rocco Baldelli are “Who will be hitting leadoff?” or “What will the batting order be?” It’s a fun exercise as a fan because there really seems to be no wrong answer with this team. If Rocco wanted to, he could draw names out of a hat and the 2020 Twins would score some runs. This lineup has no weak spots. Check out this article from Mike Petriello about how deep the Twins are. The 2020 lineup is similar to the ‘19 version except the Twins are getting a full season of Luis Arraez and of course, they added Josh Donaldson. I’ve been calling them the “Bomba Squad 2.0”. No matter how you slice it, the 2020 Twins lineup is downright silly. The definition of #FunToWatch. They have a real opportunity to break their own major league record of 307 bombas hit in 2019. It got me thinking… How does the 2020 Twins lineup potentially compare to one of the most lethal teams of all-time - The 1927 “Murderers’ Row '' New York Yankees? Of course, the ‘27 Yankees are widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best team in baseball history. They won 110 games, a record at the time, and cakewalked their way to a 4-game sweep of the Pirates in the World Series. Four players in the starting lineup ended up in the Hall of Fame: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs. You might be asking yourself, there’s no way the 2020 team holds a candle to one of the best teams of all-time? Well, it’s potentially closer than you think… 1927 Yankees Top 9 Starting Position Players - SLG % C Pat Collins - .418 1B Lou Gehrig - .765* 2B Tony Lazzeri - .482 SS Mark Koenig - .382 3B Joe Dugan - .362 OF Bob Meusel - .510 OF Babe Ruth - .772* OF Earle Combs - .511 UTIL Ray Morehart - .328 *I would like to point out how insane Gehrig and Ruth’s SLG % were. They were #1 and #2 atop the league in 1927. The third highest SLG % that year was Al Simmons at .645. Those poor 1920’s era pitchers... Combined: AB’s: 4217 1B: 874 2B: 253 3B: 85 HR: 152 SLG: .53189 2020 Twins Top 9 Starting Position Players - Using ‘19 SLG% C Mitch Garver - .630 1B Miguel Sano - .576 2B Arraez - .439 SS Polanco - .485 3B Donaldson - .521 OF Rosario - .500 OF Buxton - .513 OF Kepler - .519 DH Cruz - .639 Combined: AB’s: 4008 1B: 608 2B: 244 3B: 16 HR: 247 SLG: .53193 That’s right. The 2020 Twins projected lineup actually out-slugged the 1927 Yankees (by .0004). Granted, the comparison is a little unfair since I am using 2019 stats. Not to mention the ‘27 Yankees performed better than the Twins in many scenarios (OPS, R/G, and AVG). But for this scenario, I choose to ignore that and only focus on the 2020 Twins being better than the 1927 Yankees at something. Speaking of something, SLG % isn’t the only stat that the 2020 Twins had an advantage over the 1927 Yankees. They also hit more home runs (247 - 152), had more total bases per plate appearance, and had more hitters with an above average OPS relative to the rest of the league. Think about these stats for a second. Who would have thought that entering the 2020 season, we’d be talking about the Twins and Murderers’ Row in the same breath. Imagine telling a Twins fan that after the 100-loss 2016 season. So there you have it. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have slowly constructed one of the most terrifying offenses in the game today, maybe...ever? OK, that might be a stretch. Only time will tell. Here’s to hoping the 2020 “Bomba Squad 2.0” season ends the same way as the Murderers’ Row - with a World Series victory.
  4. Don Larsen, age 90, passed away and with him goes the honor of being the only man to toss a no-hit perfect game in a World Series (1956). Pitching to Yogi Berra in that classic Larsen rose to heights that exceed his career 81 - 91 record. His last out was a strikeout of Dale Mitchell. In Casey Stengel's unorthodox method of random pitcher selection, Don was shocked that he was called on after a poor game two. “I must admit I was shocked,” Larsen wrote in his autobiography. “I knew I had to do better than the last time, keep the game close and somehow give our team a chance to win. Casey was betting on me, and I was determined not to let him down this time.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/obituaries/don-larsen-dead.html In today's game he would not have pitched nine innings. Only an old school pitcher like Dustin Verlander this year will insist on having a complete game. Mike Fiers had the other complete game no-hitter in 2019 and two were multiple pitcher games which lacks the same sense of anticipation to me. There were three no-hitters in 2018, two complete games, There was one in 2017 and one in 2016. There were seven no-hitters in 2015! Roy Halladay had two in 2010. Nolan Ryan threw SEVEN no-hitters. Sandy Koufax had four, Cy Young, Larry Corcoran, Justin Verlander and Bob Feller had three each! There have been 260 no-hitters since 1901 so those six had almost 10% of the no-hitters over 120 years. Like Don Larsen, Johnny Vander Meer was an obscure pitcher who reached no hit immortality as the only pitcher to throw two in a row. Others to have two in one season include Ryan, Virgil Trucks, Allie Reynolds, Roy Halladay, and Max Scherzer. Max and Justin are old school pitchers that I love to watch work a game who will take their place; will others be allowed to take their place? In 1954 there were 840 complete games - 34%. In 2019 there were 45 complete games - 0.9%. No wonder RP are burning out.
  5. Michael Powell wrote - "There was a mellow quality to conversations with the Twins after their postseason finale with the Yankees on Monday night, a wistful pride at what they had accomplished before that 18-wheeler from New York City flattened them." Wow I can feel that! "Rocco Baldelli, the Twins’ young manager, slid into his seat Monday night, having come out on the wrong side of a 5-1 score in the deciding game of an American League division series. He shrugged. His team had just lost its 13th consecutive playoff game to the Yankees, a record of futility that extends to the early days of this century. “To be very blunt about it, they probably pitched a little better than us,” Baldelli said. “They probably swung the bats a little better than us and defended better than us. We’re not going to run away from what just happened." "The Yankees dispatched the Twins as a farmer puts down an old cow, clinically and with minimal fuss." "When the end came near midnight, many fans had long ago streamed through the exits, and the Yankees celebration, the usual waste of industrial strength Champagne, had a perfunctory quality. “This was our absolute best effort,” Baldelli insisted before departing into the night. “Nothing got in the way of it.” Nothing except that Yankee eighteen-wheeler." If you want to read more from Michael Powell - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/sports/yankees-twins-michael-powell.html Or there is the game summary article - “We’ve got a really good team,” said Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres. “We don’t feel any pressure.” Compare that to our listless Twin quotes. "The Twins became the first 100-win team to be swept in the first round of the playoffs since the 1980 Yankees were knocked out by the Kansas City Royals." Doesn't that make us feel good, we are the books with the Yankees. "In a series that was expected to produce seesawing action between the two best home run-hitting teams of all time, the outcome was decidedly lopsided. The Yankees, who didn’t add major-league pitchers at the July 31 trade deadline, held the Twins to seven runs in the series." Yes we expected something too, like the series we had during the season. "When the bases were loaded with no outs in the second inning, he got Miguel Sano to pop out on a 98-mile-per-hour fastball, and then struck out Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Cave on diving sliders." “That situation right there set the tone for the rest of the game,” Severino said. That situation also summed up the Twins approach - stikeouts do nothing, put the bat on the ball. "“Today we played the best defensive game of all season,” said Carlos Mendoza, the Yankee’s infield instructor." And how was the Twins defense for this series? "Three more outs were not nearly enough for the Twins to erase a four-run deficit with Aroldis Chapman on the mound. The Yankees’ closer allowed a two-strike leadoff single to Marwin Gonzalez and walked C.J. Cron, but that was all Minnesota could muster. Chapman struck out Max Kepler on four pitches — getting three consecutive sliders past Minnesota’s leadoff batter — got some serious help on a diving catch by Gregorius on a liner by Jorge Polanco and finishing things off by freezing Nelson Cruz with a 99.4 mile-per-hour fastball for a called strike three, and the ballgame, and the series." Here is the full game summary it you want to suffer through it https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/sports/baseball/twins-yankees.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_191008?campaign_id=2&instance_id=12775&segment_id=17677&user_id=df677009e65a80ff046d9aedfdc120f5&regi_id=275511921008
  6. I wondered how the New York Press would describe game 2 - here are some key quotes - and I cannot disagree with any of them: "Dobnak’s short outing was fairly predictable. A recent Uber driver against this lineup? Rather optimistic of the Twins. The last Twins rookie to start a game in the postseason was Brian Duensing at Yankee Stadium in 2009. Duensing gave up five runs in four and two-thirds innings and his father was hit by a car outside the stadium (he was O.K.)." "The Yankees did not homer off Dobnak, but they wore him down with hard-hit singles and doubles. Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli hooked Dobnak after the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning and turned to Tyler Duffey, a reliable reliever during the regular season. But Duffey was no better against the Yankees’ buzz-saw of a lineup, which began to pile on the runs." "The best-of-five series will shift to Minneapolis on Monday, with the Yankees one win away from clinching a berth in the A.L. Championship Series. And if the Twins cannot neutralize even the Yankees’ struggling hitters, they have little hope of extending their postseason." If you wonder what they wrote after game one - "Yankees fans, spoiled by 27 World Series trophies, might be frustrated by their team’s decade-long drought without adding another title. But consider the plight of Minnesota Twins fans when they learned of their team’s first-round postseason opponent. The Twins, who last won a World Series in 1991, have been eliminated in five of their six previous recent playoff appearances — in 2003, ’04, ’09, ’10 and ’17 — by the Yankees. In 15 postseason games between the two teams before this year, the Twins had won only twice — the first games of the American League division series in 2003 and 2004." "Interspersed between the blasts and runs, the dawdling game, which lasted 4 hours 15 minutes, featured 11 total relievers as both managers tried to navigate through the other’s potent lineup." I have nothing to add - let's just start by ending this losing streak! A moral victory is at least a victory.
  7. Welcome to another exciting game thread experience at Twins Daily and game #2 in the ALDS series against the Yankees. After last nights game and the disappointing results, I'm calling an audible and doing an entirely different introduction than what I intended to write yesterday. The theme for today is simple: GET. READY. TO. FIGHT. While there were some questionable calls, plays and managerial decisions made during the game yesterday, did anyone of us think this would be easy? Playing New York at home in the playoffs is difficult for almost every team in the league. The Twins know this and that's why I think they will come out swinging hard today. I liked what I saw yesterday from half of our team. This group looked relaxed and not that stressed. The other half, not so much. I'm going to chalk that up to nerves and playing in their first post season game. The anxiety and stress that plagued some of the guys yesterday should be gone today. That's why I think we're going to put the Yankees in their place today. I honestly think our ball club playing their best beats the Yankees lineup playing their best. I'm in Dallas, Texas for a few days and had to watch the game in a bar last night. There were a few Yankee fans around but most of the people in the bar were cheering for the Twins. I'd say there was more interest in the Twins/Yankees game than in the Astros game...A lot of people are cheering for the Twins! If this team wants to take the next big step forward they will have to fight for it. Nothing worth having is for free. I'm excited to see these guys step up. This is still the best Twins team I've ever personally seen and I've been a lifelong fan for almost 40 years. The Twins are going to win today! Let's go Twins! I'll be cheering loud from Texas! Lineups TBD Weather: 62 degrees and sunny
  8. A few years ago, when the Twins inadvertently made a playoff appearance, I was notified, that, should the Twins progress, I would have the honor of introducing a play-off game thread. Then, the Twins bombed in the Bronx, following up that loss by then limping to a dreadful conclusion of the 2018 campaign. During a busy, yet head-scratching, off-season, the FO signed new players, coaches and a manager, trying to bolster a team that clearly wasn’t getting the job done. Amazingly enough, the FO put together an excellent team, a team that set both team and MLB records, setting the stage for one of the best seasons I can remember since the 1987 Squad won it all. Which bring us to today, a day in which I hope to see the Twins bomb the Bronx and show those darn Yankees the Twins are all out of chewing gum. With that, we go to some thoughts about the Days of Future Passed: The Past: 1987: Bert Blyleven: Cagey veteran leader of the 87 pitching squad. The Future: 2019: Who will step into the role this year? The Past: 1987: Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola: Future Cy Young winner. The Future: 2019: Is Jose Berrios or Brusdar Graterol the equivalent on the current staff? The Past: 1987: Mount Crushmore, consisting of Kent "Buy a Vowel" Hrbek, Tom "Bruno" Brunanski and Gary "The Rat" Gaetti. The Future 2019: Lead by Nelson Cruz, Mount Crushmore was reborn in "The Bomba Squad." The Past 1987: The relief core, embodied in Juan "Senior Smoke" Berenguer, helped nail down the Series win. The Future: 2019: The relief core, lead by the likes of Trevor May, Taylor Rogers and Tyler Duffey have come into their own. The Past: 1987:Manager Tom Kelly, man of few, but sometimes pungent, words. The Future: 2019:Manager Rocco Baldelli, man of more than few words May the Twins, in the immortal words of Captain Kirk, "Fire!" and exact their revenge on the Yankees! And now, a word from our very special guest, RiverBrian! Mauer: Guys I am pumped... Tonight the Twins open the playoffs against the Yankees. I am so proud of those guys. Morgan: Why do you always play the Yankees in the playoffs? There are 13 other teams in the American League... Why is it always the Yankees? McCarthy: They have really good hotels in New York. They don't want to play Oakland or Cleveland. No mints on the pillow. Mauer: Listen, Umm, I don't know what team you guys are cheering for but we could really use your support. what do you say... Can you guys join me and be Twins Fans? Montana: Umm... Well... Sure, why not. Mauer: Thanks Joe... (Turns to look at Maddon) How bout' you? Maddon: How much will you pay me? Mauer: What? Maddon: Pay me... You know... I'm out of work right now and I'm telling you that my loyalty can be purchased. Morgan: Yeah... Money will do the trick for me as well. Mauer: Hey... I'm also out of work now. I still pay the rent for this meeting spot. I pay for all of your daily airline flights here to hang out. I buy the beer and the food. This is even my grill. I pay for everything. Maddon: It's gonna take cash. McCarthy: I spent a long time in politics Joe... that's how it works... Money buys influence. Mauer: Fine... How much? Morgan: (Looks at Maddon) Umm... 100 bucks (Maddon nods his head). Yeah... 100 Bucks. Mauer: I can't believe this... Here ya go. Montana: Where's mine? Mauer: You already agreed. Montana: I didn't know you were handing out cash. (Mauer gives him $100). Perfect... We are Twins fans tonight! Mauer: Tonight? Maddon: Yeah... It's a hundred bucks a game. You'll need at least two hundred more for a series win. Mauer: Well, that was 900 dollars I wasn't expecting to spend, I only have 74 thousand dollars left in my wallet. Morgan: There's an ATM around the corner. Maddon: We should have asked for more. Mauer: (Looks at McCarthy). What about you... Do you need 300 dollars? McCarthy: No... I'm a ghost... I don't have pockets. Play Ball!
  9. Everyone better get ready for World War III! Last nights game was probably one of the most drama filled regular season games I've seen in years. I will not call it the best regular season game I've seen in years as the Twins lost. However, it was drama filled. I expect the last game of this series tonight will be a lot like the first two. As I mentioned above, better get ready for World War III. I fully expect the Twins will come out charging hard and playing with something to prove. My take away after watching the entire game last night is that this Minnesota Twins team will not roll over to the Yankees. They seem to have a confidence I've seen lacking in other Twins teams the last 10-15 years. We are watching playoff baseball in July. It's great that we have a team that is contending and playing the top-tier teams so well. We know the bullpen needs some support and we only have a handful of days left to find out what our front office will do. It could be Christmas in July for our Minnesota Twins...Please don't blow this deadline Falvey! We have a really, really good team that's just a few arms away from going the distance in October. By the way, when I checked this morning, last nights game thread had 1,471 posts and 74 pages. Nice to see that much activity and conversation going on. Everybody buckle in and enjoy the ride tonight. It's gonna get bumpy! World Wars are usually like that... Go Twins and make some great trades before the deadline!!!! I wanna win another World Series! Lineups: TWINS: 1. J. Polanco SS 2. M. Gonzalez RF 3. Nelson Cruz DH 4. E. Rosario LF 5. Max Kepler CF 6. Miguel Sano 1B 7. Luis Arraez 3B 8. J. Schoop 2B 9. Mitch Garver C SP: Jake Odorizzi R (11-4) 3.18 ERA YANKEES: 1. DJ LeMahieu 1B 2. Aaron Judge RF 3. Aaron Hicks CF 4. E. Encarnacion DH 5. D. Gregorius SS 6. G. Torres 2B 7. Gio Urshela 3B 8. M. Tauchman LF 9. A. Romine C SP: J.A. Happ L (8-5) 4.86 ERA Weather: Partly cloudy and a warm 85 degrees
  10. The first place Twins and the first place Yankees clash in a Strat-O-Matic battle of epic proportions! Both teams carry high-powered offenses in, and the while the real life game was exciting, this one was too... for a while. Game Summary You would expect the Twins and Yankees to score a lot of runs. Well, you won't be disappointed by this result! The first inning went off with a bang, as both teams loaded the bases with no outs, and both teams came up with 3 runs out of the 1st. The Yankees got a RBI single from Gary Sanchez, an RBI walk Luke Voit, and an RBI groundout from Gleyber Torres. Meanwhile, the Twins got an RBI single from Rosario, and LF Tauchman errored another run in, and then Gonzalez hit a sac fly. -- The second inning didn't have a baserunner, oddly enough. Then the Yankees struck back in the 3rd inning - Sanchez singled, Sano errored a ball at 1st base, and Luke Voit crushed a 3 run HR to make it 6-3. But that's not all! Perez inexplicably allowed the bases to get loaded again, just for Judge to hit a 2 RBI double to make it 8-3. Ouch. And now I'll have to dive into the bullpen! -- Sano nailed a solo HR in the 3rd, inching the Twins closer at 8-4. Then the Yankees piled on 3 more runs in the top of the 4th with Tyler Duffey pitching, with a 2 run HR from Voit and a solo shot from Tauchman. The Twins scratched one more run across in the 4th with a Schoop triple and a Polanco triple... very unlikely to happen in real life, but I'll take it. -- I got Lewis Thorpe to pitch clean 5th and 6th innings, which was nice, for a change. The Twins hitters found some life in the bottom of the 6th against Luis Cessa, as Arraez led things off with single, followed by two more singles from Garver and Polanco, making it 11-6. Cruz struck out, but Rosario was able to hit a sac fly, making it 11-7. And in the 7th, Cessa returned to give up a double to Gonzalez, an RBI single to Kepler, and a double to Schoop, making it 11-8 with runners on 2nd and 3rd one out. Unfortunately, Chad Green was able to come in and save the day, getting three outs in that RISP situation. -- Cody Stashak took the 8th and 9th and did a great job in his first MLB appearance, giving up just a single hit and a walk. However, being up by just 2 runs caused the Yankees to get Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman pitching, and the Twins' batters were blown away by these two. We've lost again, dropping our Strat-O-Record to 1-4. Very disappointing, boys! -- Box Score --
  11. After the exciting win yesterday, and after perusing the game thread yesterday, I came to the conclusion some of the Twins faithful needed some help surviving the game Nothing like high comedy, drama and angst....all in one game, which encapsulates everything that goes with being a Twins fan this year. The highs and lows of following the Twins this year have been nothing short of spectacular. Now, the Yankees come to town and they've been playing good baseball, boo!, and, have been a Twins nemesis for as long as Target Field has been in existence. Not to worry, though, Twins fans, because I have come up with the perfect way to deal with watching the Twins play the Yankees: And now, for some random thoughts. (Is there any way to add a bit of reverb to these things so this comes across as the portentous announcement it is? Pretentious?) 1. Yankees. Enough said.2. Twins. Enough said.3. Twins fans: Hoping to survive the next series.4. Twins bullpen. Said too much already. Pitching for the Twins: Martin Perez Pitching for the ************ Yankees: C.C. Sabathia 5. Play ball!
  12. Good afternoon and welcome back to another exciting Twins Daily Game Thread extravaganza! I have to admit, watching the game last night against the Yankees was depressing. Participating in the Game Thread was at times like a melancholy walk through a memory lane of Yankees games gone by... Yesterday was yesterday. Today is today. The depression, anxiety and frustration ends now! Today, our pitching ace takes the mound and returns to us the pride and excitement we have for our beloved Minnesota Twins. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax. Crack a beer open, pour a scotch, eat some ice cream, whatever you like but tonights game will be entertaining. I had in mind to introduce a drinking game for tonights Game Thread but decided against it for two reasons. #1. This is a family website and I don't want to get sued for serving alcohol to minors. #2. Although I usually find the solutions to most of my problems in the bottom of a whiskey bottle, I understand that technique may not work for everyone. So instead, I thought I would just write a positive message and hopefully become a shining beacon of light and hope within Twins Territory. I'm still very excited about our prospects this year. I think the inconsistent play we've been watching is from a Twins team not playing regularly and still trying to find it's rhythm. The best place to build momentum and get back that rhythm is a Jose Berrios start. These guys know how to hit and will get the bats going soon. The pitching staff has been lukewarm but that should turn as well. Sending Alan Busenitz down and bringing up Tyler Duffy should help. It's a positive steps forward! Speaking of staying positive, according to experts here are some tips on keeping the "glass half full" in your life. #1. Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation. Example: The Twins lost last night to the Yankees 14-1. Try responding to something like this with a genuine smile and a happy inflection in your voice..."I know, but LaMarre got to pitch!" #2. Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Example: Rosario keeps swinging at everything outside the strike zone. Try responding this way to that situation, again with a smile and a happy inflection in your voice..."Who cares, look how hard he's swinging!" #3 : Be grateful. Example: Yankees hit 4 homers last night versus the Twins who had 0. Try responding to adversity like that with this..."Dozier extended his hitting streak to 17 games and made a fool out of the guy in the stands with the yellow shirt!" Let's go Twins!!! Today's Lineups: Twins: 1. Brian Dozier 2B ® 2. Max Kepler RF (L) 3. Miguel Sano DH ® 4. Eduardo Escobar 3B (S) 5. Eddie Rosario LF (L) 6. Mitch Garver C ® 7. Logan Morrison 1B (L) 8. Ehire Adrianza SS (S) 9. Ryan LaMarre CF ® Jose Berrios SP ® Yankees: 1. Brett Gardner LF (L) 2. Aaron Judge RF ® 3. Didi Gregorius SS (L) 4. G. Stanton DH ® 5. Gary Sanchez C ® 6. Aaron Hicks CF (S) 7. Neil Walker 1B (S) 8. Miguel Andujar 3B ® 9. Glibber Torres 2B ® CC Sabathia SP (L) Weather: Mostly cloudy and 61 degrees, 8-9mph winds
  13. Today I wanted to break down how the Twins pitchers can beat the Yankees top hitters. I will talk about where to get swings and misses, outs, and where to simply avoid placing the ball (danger zones). Brett Gardner Gardner is a pest at the plate. Very tough to strikeout and always battles. Swings and misses don't happen often, (lowest on Yankees at 4.62%) but he is patient (10.46% called first strike) and he struggles with pitches on the outer half or down and out of the zone. Getting him into two-strike counts is going to be key since his wOBA is only .218 with two strikes. Even if he doesn't swing and miss, most of his outs come on outer half pitches anyway. Gardner is most dangerous on pitches that are left up in the zone or leak into the middle of the zone. KEYS: Get ahead early, miss out of the zone. Aaron Judge With Stanton hitting behind Judge, its going to be tough to pitch around. Definitely want to limit base runners with this much power in the lineup. Judge has had trouble making contact with pitches low and away so if Twins pitchers can pound that corner, he won't have much success (62.9% strikes on pitches low and away). He has also yet to get a hit on a fastball up in the zone. Pitchers with good velocity will have success mixing in elevated fastball that he will either swing under or change his eye level. Anywhere over the plate is dangerous against Judge. He barrels up a ton of pitches that are anywhere over the heart of the plate. KEYS: Spot pitches low and away, elevate the fastball. Giancarlo Stanton We all know about the crazy power Stanton has and how dangerous of a hitter he can be. So far, he's struggled a bit this season, mostly because he's swinging and missing 17.09% of the time. Fastballs and sliders have made up over 76% of his swinging strikes. His biggest weakness is the high fastball. Any pitch that doesn't get up enough will probably be crushed so the Twins need to make sure to miss high instead of laying fastballs over the heart of the plate or hanging breaking-balls that he can send into orbit. KEYS: Elevate the fastball, breaking-balls out of the zone. Didi Gregorius Gregorius has been hot so far this season as the Yankees SS. His strength is that he does not miss on pitches in the zone. He has had a lot of success so far on low pitches that he can elevate. Gregorius is a tough customer to strikeout, so keeping the ball up and away from his danger zone is key. He's a tough out so Twins pitchers need to hit their spots while staying in the strikezone because he is not a guy that chases a ton of pitches. KEYS: Challenge in the zone, stay away from low strikes. Gary Sanchez Sanchez is another hitter that can be dangerous when he gets his pitch. Pitches up and in or on the outer half he struggles with so that will be a key for Twins pitchers to stay on those edges. Almost 50% of his swings and misses come on slider low and away out of the zone. Sanchez has success hitting pitches on the inner half or anything left over the heart of the plate. KEYS: Slider down and away. If the Twins pitching staff has success against these hitters, then we should be successful in the Bronx.
  14. I didn't see one, so I figured I would start a thread for those of us going to the game in New York on Tuesday-- should that game take place there. Let me know if you are going-- and if you have any interest in grabbing a beer near the stadium beforehand. Perhaps the TwinsDaily moderators would want to do some sort of informal gathering? GO TWINS!! #WEREGONNA
  15. ANND Welcome back! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line – Game Thread Edition. Forget about our opening paragraph yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hAiCukqnWw ANND Welcome! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line – Game Thread Edition! I wish I knew what kind of spell the Yankees have on our favorite ball club over the last 13-14 years, but it’s continuing this season. Well guess what? The spell is ending TODAY! Let’s get some things out of the way like weather and lineups before the fun begins.... It’s going to be a beautiful day for a baseball game. 81 degrees and mostly sunny for the first pitch. Winds out of the NE at 6 MPH. Getting MORE WINDY as we go along. Real Feel of 89 degrees. Minnesota Twins (23-51) 1. Eduardo Nunez ® 3B 2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF 3. Joe Mauer (L) DH 4. Brian Dozier ® 2B 5. Trevor Plouffe ® 1B 6. Max Kepler (L) RF 7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS 8. Juan Centeno (L) C 9. Danny Santana (S) CF P- Tyler Duffey ® - Hoping for a bounce back outing after his 3 inning stint against the Phillies! New York Yankees (37-36) 1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF 2. Brett Gardner (L) LF 3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH 4. Brian McCann (L) C 5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B 6. Starlin Castro ® 2B 7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS 8. Chase Headley (S) 3B 9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF P- Nathan Eovaldi – Last start against the Twins: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K in a LOSING effort! Now, let’s get to our favorite segment, the SCORCHING Hot Takes of the Day! Tons of Runs today? – The 2 pitchers on the mound today have not earned a quality start in the last month. Eovaldi’s earned himself a 9.00 ERA over his last 4 starts. For Duffey, it’s even longer; his last 7 starts have failed to produce a quality start. That should mean there’s going be some offense today, right?! We think so! Everything in 3’s – Yesterday’s loss for the Twins earned them a 3 game losing streak. This has happened 10 other times already for our favorite ball club as we approach July. Someone on this team must be obsessed with the number 3… Or maybe it’s a different number, like Jim Carrey in the film Number 23… 3 losses x 10 times = 30. Minus Joe Mauer’s number, and WHAT DO YOU HAVE?? http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oqMDNQQNKQI/UQbtqEpntJI/AAAAAAAAADA/MXcYCcBXSMI/s1600/number23vm7.jpg How to save this season: The intern and I have been going back and forth on how to salvage this season for the Twins. I believe the intern has a brilliant idea relating to his experience on MLB The Show. During times when the Twins are off to a bad start on his franchise, he “forgets” to save the progress, and start over. We think that’s BRILLIANT! In order to do this, we need to find Marty McFly and travel back to November 2015 in order to consult TR & the gang on who to sign and not to sign. Featured Food at Yankee Stadium: We have another early game which is requiring more brain power than I want to put in after a night out. This host needs some FUEL to keep going. What caught my eye for a 12:00 game is their Chicken and Waffles. A great combination of food that I’ve grown to love living in the south. http://cdn-jpg.thedailymeal.net/sites/default/files/styles/tdm_slideshow_large/public/images/chickenandwaffles.jpg?itok=i2ok3Ozl Enough of this losing, LET’S GET A WIN TWINS!
  16. For reasons I can't get into, I'm not at my accustomed place(s) on a Sunday morning. It has given me a chance to think about some random things pertaining to the Twins. I don't want to rival Brian or Always 33, but here are some things I am pondering on a Sunday morning: 1) Paul Molitor was a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. He had the requisite 3000 hits, a high number of stolen bases and a World Series ring. He finished his career with the Twins and played three years for them. Included in those seasons was an outstanding 1996, in which he had 225 hits, drove in 113 and won a Silver Slugger. My question is, if Molitor had retired after playing for the Blue Jays and not toiled three years for the Twins, would he have made the Hall? 2) Brian Dozier is my favorite current Twin. He made his first All-Star appearance (which he deserved) and had an incredible first half of 2015. Since the All-Star break, Dozier has not hit well. I believe his OPS is about .665. He run production has suffered and the power has diminished. His OBP is much lower than last year. Has the league figured him out? Will he have to make adjustments to use the whole field? Should he bunt more for base hits? 3) Last year, the Twins weren't good, but especially in the second half of the season they could score runs. This year, they are struggling. While three players that contributed last year (Arcia, Santana, Vargas) were demoted, the Twins have added a rejuvenated Aaron Hicks, Eddie Rosario and especially Miguel Sano to make up for the heavy regression from the three noted above. Yet, this year the Twins are below the median for run scoring. They've increased their power, relative to the league, but are drawing fewer free passes and no one is hitting for a high average. Is this expected regression or was last year a fluke? 4) I have maintained that the Yankees or Blue Jays get one wild card spot, while the Twins are competing with Houston, Texas and the Angels for the second slot. Toronto is on the verge of sweeping the Yankees and with the Yanks injuries and remaining schedule, maybe the Twins can overtake the Evil Empire. Is there a chance that New York can miss the playoffs? Should the Twins consider New York "in play"? 5) Danny Santana was the surprise Rookie of the Year for the Twins last season. He was given the shortstop position to start 2015 (his natural position) and truly has had a miserable major league season. In 64 games at short, he has managed to register as one of the worst defenders at the position, while registering an OPS+ of 45. Late this year, the Twins have resurrected last year's quasi-incumbent, Eduardo Escobar. Esco has hit very well and done his usual capable job on defense. Do the last two seasons guarantee Escobar the starting nod at shortstop next year? What is Santana's future with the Twins? The Twins have another huge game today in Chicago. I hope people have time to offer their opinion about my scattered thoughts. Enjoy the game today or maybe the great out-of -doors or maybe some football today.
  17. I never booed Derek Jeter. I had never thought of him as the best player in baseball either. He's been in the majors for a long time and had a lot of success, no matter how it is measured. Upon reaching 3000 hits, it has become certain that he will be elected to the Hall of Fame. The question, to me, is whether he will get the highest percentage of votes or perhaps if he will be elected unanimously. Does Jeter deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? I don't think anyone seriously disputes that. He has over 3400 hits, five rings, five Silver Sluggers, and five Gold Gloves. His durability has resulted in counting numbers that are top of the class. He has been a model citizen under the microscope of the New York media. There is no hint of PEDs or illicit drugs. No one has mustered a harsh word against the man. Defensive metrics show a less-than-great defender. Jeter never won the MVP, but he has been in the Top Ten in that balloting eight times. To top off all the other honors, Jeter has been at his best in post-season. He's won several post-season honors and seems to have made a lot of key plays when the spotlight was the brightest. If I had a vote for the Hall of Fame, I'd vote for Jeter. I really can't see a reason not to vote for him, except for spite. He's had a great career and deserves the accolades.
  18. I imagine we'll hear Dickbert say something like "this is a big start for Diamond" and we'll almost hear the "dum, dum, dum, daah" from the orchestra after the words are uttered. If Diamond doesn't improve tonight, it is likely he'll be getting reacquainted with Rochester, New York. In his favor, he will be facing a team that is crippled by injuries and has shown particular weakness against left handers. However, they are the Yankees and their lesser players have managed to always shine against the Twins. Diamond needs to neutralize the few star players left in the lineup and keep the ball in the park. I imagine the Twins will struggle against Pettitte. I can't remember the last poor game Pettitte had against the Twins, but it has been awhile. I expect that Dozier will lead off, but otherwise the lineup should be similar to what it has been this month. Mauer is due to snap out of his funk and Plouffe has been swinging well. I hope the Twins can scratch out four or five runs.
  19. With the Yankees in town, it got me to thinking about how I remember Derek Jeter helping the Yankees win the 1996 World Series when I was 14 years old. At the time, I was sick and tired of the Braves being in it every year, and recall actually cheering for New York, who had been pretty terrible most of my life to that point, to win it. Now here's Jeter in 2012, in his 18th season, and really showing no signs of slowing down. Every year I keep thinking he's got to start aging and his skills have to start declining, but he's in all likelihood going to set his career high in hits at his age-38 season! If a guy like Julio Franco can stick around and continue to be productive into his late 40s, Jeter seems like he could easily do the same if he wanted to. Anyone think Jeter will still be playing in 2020, in his 26th season, approaching 5000 hits?
  20. The Twins play the most hated, vile, poop stained team in the league in late Septmember: The Damn Yankees. Even though we have been out of it since May, and our attendance is dropping, I urge you to get out to the park. I know the park will be packed in two weeks for this series, but can we pack it full of Twins fans? The Twins have an actual chance to hurt the Yankees this September. They are tied with the Orioles and have the Rays only 3 games back. This series could come down to be the most important of the wretched Yanks season. Go Orioles!! The purpose of this post is to stir up the hatred we have for the Yankees. I hate the Yankees more than I like the Twins. Please tell me how bad you hate the Yankees. I am the guy who boos Derek Jeter. Dang right I boo that ahole. He is a Yankee. If Herbert Humphrey (the chosen one) walked into a room with pinstripes on, I would still spit on him. If Jesus walked int...thats the ONLY place I draw the line with Pinstripe hatred, even though while writing the post I debated on whether I would spit or not...I mean his father DID give us free will.
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