Previously, on Twins Baseball...
Chief Balfour: You're a loose cannon, Molitor! You can't put Mejia on the case. He's inconsistent as a damn one eyed owl!
Molitor: He's inconsistent, like a fox. I like the kid. I believe in him.
Balfour: Damn it, Molitor! If he walks five batters and this whole damned thing comes apart at the seams, don't come crying to me to save you. The wolves will come to the door, and I swear I'll let them huff and puff and blow your house down.
(nine innings later)
Balfour: you know, Molitor. Your kid is alright. What's your next move?
Molitor: I'm going to put Gibby in against Kluber. I love the match up.
Balfour: Damn it, Molitor, stop being such a wild card!
67 thoughts on “Game 72: twins @ cleveland”
No Sano. No Rosario. No Kepler. Gimenez in the outfield. Gibson against Corey Kluber. On paper, we might as well forfeit. But as Kenny Mayne used to tell us (and maybe still does), they don't play the games on paper, they play them inside TV sets. It's baseball, so to quote Joaquin Andujar, youneverknow. Go Twins!
Baseball isn't played on paper. It is played in my tv by tiny men.
Witness the top of the first: reached on (throwing) error, walk, double, pickoff error. 2-0 Twins.
The little ones in the red clothes aren't too good at throwing the ball.
Is there anything Gimenez can't do?
Hit for average?
He hits better than most every other MLB pitcher! Well, several of them...
Hitting for average is over-rated.
Chicks dig the long ball!
If the Indians make two errors every inning, I think the Twins have a good chance to win this game.
Chief Balfour needs to ask Molly why Gimenez is playing LF
He's a maverick! He doesn't play by the rules!
Because Rosario is sick and Kepler hurt his foot. The other option for left was probably Joe Mauer.
How about Sanó??
On second thought.....
(i know he's still sick)
Only eight innings to go!
Kluber really doesn't need any help from the umpire.
if the ball is off the plate, swing away! This ump is calling them strikes.
We could stand for him to do that here.
Pitcher's best friend!
Gibby should buy that DP a beer.
Kluber really, really doesn't need any help from the umpire.
Ho-hum. Another great catch by Byron Buxton.
Strike 3 was in the right hand batters box.
I really look forward to the day when balls and strikes are called by technology.
gameday has that last one outside.
They are really bad. I haven't been paying enough attention to see if Gibson is getting similar calls, but Kluber is getting a ridiculous zone. Kepler may very well be needed today.
If the umpire is going to be terrible, he at least needs to be terrible both ways.
gibson got one back on kipnis.
Then he Gib'd one back to ramirez.
Larry Vanover's strike zone looks like this
I always thought Eric Gregg got kind of a bad rap for that game. Yes, his strike zone was very wide, but umpires had been calling those pitches strikes all year. It's just that the NBC cameras showed it unmistakably to the public in that game. I'm glad it's changed, but lots of umpires did what Gregg did that year.
I don't know how much of what Dazzle is talking about is true and how much is Dazzle telling stories, but one of the great advantages of having balls and strikes called by technology will be that the technology won't care how long you've been in the league or what your reputation is.
Technology can also easily tell if it should get of his grass or off his turf.
Still ahead through four innings. Only five to go!
That was some fine concentration by Vargas.
Joe is back in Indians pwn mode again! Yay!
Another quality short start for Gibby.
Perhaps Gibby and Duffey should switch roles.
I kind of agree, mostly because they've got crap for other options. Duffey had been pretty good this year, but I think it might have a lot to do with the long relief role where he can let loose a little more. I'd worry he'd pitch worse as a starter (though he couldn't be as bad as some of the guys they've run out there)
several minor league teams (in other organizations) that find themselves overstaffed initially will have one starter pitch 4/5 innings and the second one the following 4/5 innings in order to get them work. I think we have 2-3 pitchers that would maybe do well in that situation
Twins get a gift strike 3!
Groundskeeper Duff doing quality work
YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO REMOVE THE GROUNDSKEEPER SO EARLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE'S DOING WELL!!
Kluber can still reach 19 k's this game.
Joe and Grossman the only ones K-free
Now its time for a run or 8
Well, how 'bout that.
Twins career HR list
11. Joe Mauer 134
12. Jacque Jones 132
13. Brian Dozier 130
... welp ...
that ball was destroyed
Of course Buxton.
That sure makes up for the o'fer.
molitor. you son of a bitch.
His fantasy team had Gimenez to close.
what nibs said.
Burt Macklin couldn't have done it any better.
half game back. Well, well, well.
They're on the road, what were you expecting?
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