Game 116: Cleveland at Minnesota

Alternatively titled: In Which The Twins Get Off Their Butts And Start Winning Games Again, Thus Marking The Part Of The Season Where They Take Care Of Business Like The Professional Hitters They Are, And Also Who Does This Shane Bieber Think He Is, Anyway?

Let's see what this Smeltzer kid has when he's used as more of a conventional attack than a surprise one, eh?

Featured image courtesy of our division lead.

30 thoughts on “Game 116: Cleveland at Minnesota”

  1. Beiber 19 pitches - we need to keep that up and try to get him out even if we can't get any runs on him.

  2. If somebody's watching, tell me--was that a balk no matter who does it, or is it just a balk so we can make the rookie pay his dues?

    1. Definitionally, yes it was a balk. But I've seen thousands of examples of much worse from lefties that weren't called.

    2. You are giving MLB umpires way too much credit to think that they choose to selectively make bad calls.

      1. I don't know about "selectively make bad calls", but I do think the rules tend to be different for rookies than they are for veterans. Non-Yankee rookies, that is.

  3. I'm not making excuses for the pitchers, but it would be really helpful if the batters could score some early runs once in a while.

  4. I love it when someone has a name like "Doctor Pain". I know he probably spells it "Payne", but it still amuses me.

  5. Well it was a good run. Im sure all the AAA guys we refused to trade at the deadline will be really exciting to watch next year.

    1. Sure feels that way, but they do have a pretty good run of AL Central opponents coming up, by which I mean, even if this entire 4-game set goes sideways, they’re not going likely to fall too far behind over the next 3 weeks.

  6. At least we aren't wasting the relievers that don't suck in these games. I mean why put Romo in when you are down 4 anyway when you can put Duffer in to give up a couple more runs?

    1. Yeah. I’m torn ... can’t bring in your best relievers to protect a lead if you’re not able to catch up because they’re adding on. Can’t use your best relievers later if you’ve already burned through them to keep the ‘catching up’ possible.

  7. I’d like to say that the spirit has moved me to say that the twins are going to win this game, but I’ve been drinking so .... I can’t say it’s the spirit talking.

  8. Did I miss a rules change, or are takeout slides back in play? Allen working awfully hard to slide into Polanco, and not the bag on the double play there.

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