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Mr. Ed -> 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 7:56:22 AM)

Boyd Tesch

Opening Day nothing like it. With Easter being the weekend I get to watch You know where I will be come 2:05


SoMnFan

Hear hear

Great Day

Lets all hope this is one to remember, for RIGHT reasons.




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 7:57:19 AM)

Good posts to start up the game days.

Hope for a fun year. They have some pitching depth,the likes that I haven't seen on a Twins team since my youth.




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 7:59:27 AM)

The only reason I say that on depth, is because 1-5, when Erv is back, is deeper than the 2000s Twins, the 91 twins, and the 87 twins.

Those teams always had questions. If Kyle Gibson is your ? mark at the 5 starter vs the 3 starter, in much better shape to start the season.

FINALLY

FINALLY some front office people who are at least half-way getting it.




McMurfy -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 8:00:44 AM)

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 8:03:13 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.

All I've wanted, for quite a long time.
You can't outpitch everyone every night
But having a balanced, competent, powerful lineup is a real start towards consistency.




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 8:03:39 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.


You're right, fans of the game will see the Twins match up better.

And opposing sheep fans will say "WHO" to some of these guys.

Just like the Twins sheep do.




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 8:19:45 AM)

Last year, the Twins became the first team in major league history to make the postseason after losing more than 100 games the previous year, going 85-77 and finishing second in the American League Central Division.

Minnesota uncharacteristically made a number of offseason moves, many of which brought in players on short-term deals.

Simply put, the Twins want to win now. Manager Paul Molitor guided the team to the postseason last year, where they lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.

"We're going to bust our tail to win a championship this year," Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier told the Minnesota Star Tribune. "This year. We're all in. We've got the pieces in place to win this year."

Dozier is in the final year of his contract as are many of the Twins, but one area Minnesota definitely improved in was pitching -- and bringing in Odorizzi helped there.

The Twins traded for the right-hander in exchange for a prospect during mid-February after Odorizzi went 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA last year with the Rays. Minnesota is hoping he can reach the potential that Tampa Bay saw at times.

Odorizzi is 5-4 with a 4.71 career ERA versus Baltimore.

Minnesota also added pitchers such as Lance Lynn, Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke while players like Logan Morrison (first baseman/designated hitter) also came in and will give the team more offensive punch.

"There's a lot of excitement in here," Joe Mauer told The Star Tribune. "Every year is exciting, but what we accomplished last season has really added to it."

The Orioles' biggest problem will be the same one they faced last year. They came into 2017 worried about their starting pitching, and it struggled all season long.

The Orioles finished with a 4.97 ERA -- the fourth-worst mark in baseball -- and collapsed in September to finish 75-87. Baltimore was in the playoff hunt, despite the poor starting pitching, until the final three weeks.

But there were some positives. Bundy pitched consistently much of the season and finished at 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA while Kevin Gausman threw much better in the second half.

Bundy (0-2, 5.54 ERA versus Twins) looked good in spring training. The right-hander said he just hopes to keep getting better and be an anchor for an improved starting rotation.

"I've always wanted to be a major league starter and be that guy everyone can depend on," Bundy told The Baltimore Sun. "I want to keep working."






The spring training signings of Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb could make this rotation much better. They re-signed Chris Tillman, once the No. 1 starter, but coming off a poor season and a shaky spring.

Closer Zach Britton (torn Achilles tendon) will be out until at least June and while the bullpen has plenty of good arms, there are going to be some questions, like can Brad Brach be a consistent closer until Britton returns.

The Orioles also have a number of players in the last years of their contracts. Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Britton are three of the better-known ones. Manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette also are in the same spot.

The Orioles will have a lot of talent but also a number of questions.


Probably posted before, but interesting.




Trekgeekscott -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 9:57:40 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed

The only reason I say that on depth, is because 1-5, when Erv is back, is deeper than the 2000s Twins, the 91 twins, and the 87 twins.

Those teams always had questions. If Kyle Gibson is your ? mark at the 5 starter vs the 3 starter, in much better shape to start the season.

FINALLY

FINALLY some front office people who are at least half-way getting it.



I still find it amazing that we won it all in 87 with a pitching staff of Viola, Blyleven, and oh shit now what.

In 91 it was Morris, Tapani, Erickson and well crap.

Yet we managed to win it all both years.

And depth wise this rotation is better though it lacks an ace.




ewen21 -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:25:40 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed

Good posts to start up the game days.

Hope for a fun year. They have some pitching depth,the likes that I haven't seen on a Twins team since my youth.

If you had to pick a Gameday song for today, what would it be?




ewen21 -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:31:33 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: SoMnFan

quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.

All I've wanted, for quite a long time.
You can't outpitch everyone every night
But having a balanced, competent, powerful lineup is a real start towards consistency.

Always hated the "pitching and defense" argument. As if that's all you need.

I looked up our playoff game stats since 2002. We didn't win because we didn't hit. Period
In all those playoff losses we averaged less than three runs scored a game. You win NOTHING with that kind of offense

A strong balanced lineup can wear down any pitcher. Especially in October when these "ace" pitchers have already thrown around 200 innings




ewen21 -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:38:57 AM)

A damn. Rusty Staub passed away.

My first favorite player was Rusty Staub. That 1973 Mets team turned me on to baseball. I was lucky enough to go to Shea Stadium several times in 1972 and 1973. I got to see Willie Mays, but number 4 was my first favorite ballplayer.

Rest in peace "la grand orange"




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:48:54 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: ewen21

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed

Good posts to start up the game days.

Hope for a fun year. They have some pitching depth,the likes that I haven't seen on a Twins team since my youth.

If you had to pick a Gameday song for today, what would it be?



Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Only time I really care to hear it.

or

Centerfield




Pete M. -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:49:33 AM)

Where's the prediction thread for 2018? [sm=scratch.gif]

Oh, and happy Opening Day!




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 10:50:27 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Pete M.

Where's the prediction thread for 2018? [sm=scratch.gif]

Oh, and happy Opening Day!


Make it here!

92-70 Eke out the division
Lose in LCS




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:00:25 AM)

Dozier
Mauer
Sano
Rosario
Morrison
Escobar
Kepler
Buxton
Castro

Odorizzi




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:13:16 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: ewen21

quote:

ORIGINAL: SoMnFan

quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.

All I've wanted, for quite a long time.
You can't outpitch everyone every night
But having a balanced, competent, powerful lineup is a real start towards consistency.

Always hated the "pitching and defense" argument. As if that's all you need.

I looked up our playoff game stats since 2002. We didn't win because we didn't hit. Period
In all those playoff losses we averaged less than three runs scored a game. You win NOTHING with that kind of offense

A strong balanced lineup can wear down any pitcher. Especially in October when these "ace" pitchers have already thrown around 200 innings

The biggest thing you and I agree on every year.
Have a good season, ewen!




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:14:54 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed

quote:

ORIGINAL: ewen21

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed

Good posts to start up the game days.

Hope for a fun year. They have some pitching depth,the likes that I haven't seen on a Twins team since my youth.

If you had to pick a Gameday song for today, what would it be?



Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Only time I really care to hear it.

or

Centerfield

Boys of Summer from Don Henley
Very little to do with baseball, but the only song that rocks enough for me.




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:18:28 AM)

A Pete sighting!!!

96-66 for me
Dozier, Berrios, Gibson, and Buxton with big years, even after many trips UNDER THE BUS
The new pitching pick-ups help, make us more consistent.
We even win a playoff series for a change.
Molly makes us all forget the long painful Gardy regime finally.




JT2 -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:19:28 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: ewen21

quote:

ORIGINAL: SoMnFan

quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy

First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.

All I've wanted, for quite a long time.
You can't outpitch everyone every night
But having a balanced, competent, powerful lineup is a real start towards consistency.

Always hated the "pitching and defense" argument. As if that's all you need.

I looked up our playoff game stats since 2002. We didn't win because we didn't hit. Period
In all those playoff losses we averaged less than three runs scored a game. You win NOTHING with that kind of offense

A strong balanced lineup can wear down any pitcher. Especially in October when these "ace" pitchers have already thrown around 200 innings



That (hitting) was the downfall of all those great Bobby Cox teams. Loaded, deep pitching staff, the best in baseball. Except for '95, they didn't hit.




EricW -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:30:13 AM)

I say 87-75. Yes, that's me. [&o]




lylej -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:35:38 AM)

88-74 Twins ,,,,,,,

Nationals' new beer prices could pay for Bryce Harper's contract themselves!!! WTH

https://sports.yahoo.com/nationals-new-beer-prices-pay-bryce-harpers-contract-004949140.html




Phil Riewer -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:37:47 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: JT2
quote:

ORIGINAL: ewen21
quote:

ORIGINAL: SoMnFan
quote:

ORIGINAL: McMurfy
First time in a long time that we match up on the pregame lineup.
Opposing fans will see our lineup and Go, oh shit, they’re pretty good.

All I've wanted, for quite a long time.
You can't outpitch everyone every night
But having a balanced, competent, powerful lineup is a real start towards consistency.

Always hated the "pitching and defense" argument. As if that's all you need.
I looked up our playoff game stats since 2002. We didn't win because we didn't hit. Period
In all those playoff losses we averaged less than three runs scored a game. You win NOTHING with that kind of offense
A strong balanced lineup can wear down any pitcher. Especially in October when these "ace" pitchers have already thrown around 200 innings

That (hitting) was the downfall of all those great Bobby Cox teams. Loaded, deep pitching staff, the best in baseball. Except for '95, they didn't hit.


You even look at our Catchers---they can hit and have some power. Backup/Utility guys even have some pop. Gardy's backups had zero pop.

The biggest thing I am worried about is our best hitter the last couple months is out for 80 games. A healthy Sano and Morrison at DH hopefully offset Polanco suspension.




Mr. Ed -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:40:29 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: lylej

88-74 Twins ,,,,,,,

Nationals' new beer prices could pay for Bryce Harper's contract themselves!!! WTH

https://sports.yahoo.com/nationals-new-beer-prices-pay-bryce-harpers-contract-004949140.html


Ridiculous 16 dollars for a beer. Sheesh




Phil Riewer -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 11:43:56 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Trekgeekscott
quote:

ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed
The only reason I say that on depth, is because 1-5, when Erv is back, is deeper than the 2000s Twins, the 91 twins, and the 87 twins.
Those teams always had questions. If Kyle Gibson is your ? mark at the 5 starter vs the 3 starter, in much better shape to start the season.
FINALLY
FINALLY some front office people who are at least half-way getting it.

I still find it amazing that we won it all in 87 with a pitching staff of Viola, Blyleven, and oh shit now what.
In 91 it was Morris, Tapani, Erickson and well crap.
Yet we managed to win it all both years.
And depth wise this rotation is better though it lacks an ace.


Even the bullpen back then was iffy other than the closer. Having 2 CY Young candidates on the staff (Morris, Erickson 1st half) and an MVP candidate in the OF (Puckett) fixes a lot of warts.

87 Team was a real good hitting team, 91 was more smoke and mirrors but they had enough hitting.

87:Bert 267 Innings, Viola 251 Innings, Juan 100 Innings, Reardon 80 innings.....[:-]
91: Jack 246 Innings, Tapani 244 Innings, Erickson 204 Innings, Guthrie 98 Innings, Willis 89 Innings....Leach, Augilera, and Bedrosian Between 69-77 innings




SoMnFan -> RE: 2018 Minnesota Twins Gameday (3/29/2018 2:13:59 PM)

That's it ...
Three up three down
We suck .....




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