September 20, 2017: Funky

I saw Moya pitch for the first time last night. I dig it. Especially that weird twitching right before he goes into the wind-up.
 
 
 

I prefer the Twins to end their season by...

  • a close loss to the Yankees in the wildcard game. (71%, 12 Votes)
  • a blowout loss to the Yankees in the wildcard game. (18%, 3 Votes)
  • missing the wildcard game. (12%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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Happy Birthday–September 20

Chuck Dressen (1898)
Zeke Bonura (1908)
Tom Tresh (1937)
Rich Morales (1943)
Roric Harrison (1946)
Pete Hamm (1947)
Mickey Klutts (1954)
Pat Bangtson (1964)
Jason Bay (1978)
Steve Lombardozzi (1988)

Jason Bay is the only player born on this date to play in ten major league seasons.  This is the only date on which there is only one player to have been in the big leagues for ten seasons.  That will change if Ian Desmond plays next year.

Pat Bangtson was drafted by the Twins in 1987 and was in their system through 1991, reaching as high as AAA. He then worked as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1992-2005, when he became the head coach at the University of Akron.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to the Philosofer's daughter.

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Game 151: Twins at Yankees

Admit it, you’re nervous. Sure, there are only twelve games left and the Twins have an easier path than the LAAAA but man can the Twins just pull off a nice 5 game win streak? Can they take advantage of facing a pedestrian Jaime Garcia and win the first game of the series against the Yankees? Can’t the Angels just fall on their face for 4 games or so and then we can all relax? In my estimation Twins need one win at the Yankees and one win at Cleveland then take at least 5 from the lowly Tigers to assure a playoff berth.

Tonight we get old versus young, fat versus skinny, $25,000,000 versus $507,500. CC Sabathia against Joes Berrios. Live from Yankee Stadium at 6:10p.

DSL Twins Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Alberoni Nunez, .352
Ruben Santana, .340
Yeltsin Encarnacion, .318

OBP

Nunez, .420
Santana, .418
Encarnacion, .408

SLUGGING

Nunez, .545
Encarnacion, .523
Santana, .453

OPS

Nunez, .965
Encarnacion, .931
Santana, .871

DOUBLES

Wander Valdez, 12
Agustin Marte, 11
Santana, 10
Juan Martinez, 10

TRIPLES

Encarnacion, 8
Nunez, 7
Jesus Feliz, 5

HOME RUNS

Estamy Urena, 3
Nunez, 3
Francisco Martinez, 3

RBI

Nunez, 38
Urena, 36
Marte, 29

RUNS

Samuel Vasquez, 44
Santana, 36
Nunez, 35

WALKS

Vasquez, 24
Encarnacion, 22
Valdez, 21

STOLEN BASES

Vasquez, 26
Nunez, 11
Marte, 11

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS--5 STARTS)

Fredderi Soto, 1.34
Andriu Marin, 2.02
Jesus Toledo, 2.38

ERA (RELIEVERS--10 GAMES)

Junior Navas, 0.00
Frandy Torres, 0.72
Luis Bellorin, 2.95

WINS

Torres, 6
Seven tied at 4

SAVES

Torres, 10
Five tied at 2

INNINGS

Michael Montero, 58.1
Soto, 53.2
Marin, 49

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Montero, 64
Luis Gil, 49
Marin, 46

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Cristian Castro, 37
Bellorin, 36
Torres, 34

WHIP (STARTERS)

Montero, 0.96
Soto, 1.06
Gil, 1.22

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Torres, 1.01
Osiris German, 1.04
Jose Bermudez, 1.08

Happy Birthday–September 19

Yank Robinson (1859)
Stuffy McInnis (1890)
Roger Angell (1920)
Epitacio Torres (1921)
Bob Murphy (1924)
Duke Snider (1926)
Bob Turley (1930)
Bill Williams (1930)
Chris Short (1937)
Joe Morgan (1943)
Joe Ferguson (1946)
Masaji Hiramatsu (1947)
Joe Maddon (1954)
Charlie Reliford (1955)
Randy Myers (1962)
Jim Abbott (1967)
Pedro Munoz (1968)
Javier Valentin (1975)
Mike Smith (1977)
Nick Johnson (1978)
Scott Baker (1981)
Danny Valencia (1984)
Gio Gonzalez (1985)
George Springer (1989)

Roger Angell has written several books and essays on baseball.  He is the stepson of author and essayist E. B. White, who was the co-author of "The Elements of Style".

Outfielder Epitacio Torres was a star in the Negro Leagues and the Mexican League in the 1940s and 1950s.  He is a member of the Mexican League Hall of Fame.  Whitey Ford once described him as "the best player I've seen in my career."  He is also the father of major leaguer Hector Torres.

Bob Murphy was a baseball broadcaster from 1954-2003, spending most of that time broadcasting for the New York Mets.

Bill Williams was a National League umpire from 1963-1987.

Masaji Hiramatsu won over two hundred games in Japan, pitching for the Taiyo Whales.

Joe Maddon was interim manger of the Angels in 1996 and 1999, and managed Tampa Bay from 2006-14, and is currently the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Charlie Reliford was a major league umpire from 1989-2009 and is currently a supervisor of umpires.

George Springer was drafted by Minnesota in the 48th round in 2008, but did not sign.

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2017 Game 150: Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

As mentioned in today's CoC, we're hitting the final stretch of the regular season, which hopefully isn't also the final stretch of the Twins' season. 4 more series remain (@NYY, @DET, @CLE, DET), and we start off with a chance to cut into NY's hold on the first WC slot (currently at 4.0 games).

Also, this will be a test for the Twins as they're currently looking at a one game playoff in NY. As history has shown, the combination of the Yankees, playoffs, and the Twinkies does not bode well. Hopefully this series will be a chance to work through some issues in advance.

Santana faces off against Twins cast-off Garcia, who may feel he has something to prove.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.