Game 51: white Sox @ Twins

So. This team can put it in the seats , sure. But can they grind out nine innings of stringing together a bit every other inning, scoring a single run while pitching to contact and losing by six? Because I think I speak for everyone when I say that is the kind of baseball we've become accustomed to in Minnesota.

Until these guys know what it means to consistently load the bases with infield singles, then run themselves out of the inning by getting picked off each one of the bases, are these guys even Minnesota Twins? I submit that they are not.

But I suppose they'll do.

81 thoughts on “Game 51: white Sox @ Twins”

  1. Well that's a waste of a challenge on a very obvious replay. I wonder if the guy in the clubhouse didn't have the best angle

      1. Actually, you can. I believe the phrase is whether the play should have been made with ordinary effort. Whether he touches the ball is irrelevant.

        1. Yea, it would be awfully weird not to call an error, say, on a grounder that went between an infielder's legs because he didn't get his glove down.

  2. I really dislike the runner is off the bag a half millimeter after a slide and he is out because of a challenge.

    1. You'd think so, but we've said that when other roster moves were made, and he's still here.

        1. No, he doesn't. So I assume he'd have to be designated for assignment and clear waivers to be sent to Rochester.

          1. Okay that is what I thought. So DFA or option Arraez to make sure he's getting consistent at bats.

            1. Adrianza looked alright today. I don't think he is awful as a back up utility guy. I would rather see Arraez get another few months of seasoning at AAA. Basically, this slot is a defensive replacement/spot starter. He looks worse than he is just because everyone else in the line up is raking. He is basically just keeping that spot warm until a younger replacement is full ready.

  3. Every time a catcher makes a throw where the fielder doesn't have to even move his glove I'm just amazed.

  4. I know everyone makes an error once in a while, but I really dislike giving the other team an extra out. There's a reason they only make you get three outs in an inning rather than four.

    1. That reason is some people decided over a hundred years ago that three outs sounded about right.

  5. Alonso got old in a hurry. 109 OPS+ through age-30 season, 88 OPS+ in 2018 and to date in 2019.

  6. Dick falling over himself to compliment an opposing pitcher for "quieting down the Twins offense" for merely giving up more than a run an inning.

  7. Given that the Twins have barely played the central division so far, I'm actually expecting now that they'll win 100 games for the first time since 1965.

    1. I had a legitimate discussion today with my Dad and Brother about flying out to Minneapolis for playoff games this fall.

        1. Its actually looking like it will be the week of 9/22 - do the Vikings/Twins double play weekend.

  8. The porta-dock.com jingle seems to go through my head quite a bit, so I guess it's a good commercial. I have no need for their product, however.

  9. Having to announce on a TV broadcast how to go to a game where the team doesn't suck is a thing now I guess.

  10. I get that the Twins have been mashing, but if the White Sox manager is truly happy with their starter giving up 5 runs in 4 innings, they need a new manager.

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