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Game 96: Oakland at Minnesota

Bassit v. Odorizzi.

There's a part of me that, all season long, just hasn't bought into Odorizzi. For some reason, I feel like he's been doing it with smoke and mirrors. But his last outing, against Cleveland, felt like something different. He didn't have many K's (2), and he still only lasted 5.1 innings, but... it was an important game. A win in that middle game of the series would deny the Indians a chance to gain ground in a home series against the Twins. And limiting the Tribe to just 3 hits felt like something notable. It wasn't about whether Odorizzi is truly an all-star pitcher, and was every bit about the team, and doing what he could to contribute.

Meanwhile, last night's game felt much the same way. It was a hero off the bench who provided the, uh, heroics. Walks were drawn, pressures were kept up, etc. Down 3-1, it was starting to feel like another loss. And then suddenly it wasn't, and it seemed like the whole team was clicking again.

This is one of the things I love most about baseball. It is so much more a team sport than most others. And this is one of the things I've been loving about this iteration of the Twins: it feels like a team. A really well-rounded team.

Speaking of the A's, this phenomena reminds me a bit of Moneyball. One of the great things about Moneyball, and probably something that isn't emphasized all the time, was the focus on the team aspects. Beane said "we don't need you to hit 40 HR, we need you to hit 20, and we'll get the other 20 from X, Y, and Z" (or somesuch. I can't be bothered to look this up.).

Anyway, that's how this Twins team feels to me. And I like it.

Now let's get us another win!

Game 95: Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins

The Twins’ AL Central lead is down to 4 games, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Twins get to face the hard-charging A’s (55-41, 2nd in the West, 4.5 games in back of Houston, 8-2 in their last 10) while Cleveland (also 8-2 over their past 10 games) are looking to complete a sweep of the terrible Gardy’s (Detroit). CLE took 3 out of 3, June 21-23 & have won the first 3 of their current 4-game series ... yeah.

I’m going to focus on the pitcher tonight because the professionals on the offensive side of the equation have had their game scrutinized sufficiently over the 1st half. Though maybe they wouldn’t mind getting back to the April/May Twins as opposed to the last months-worth of games (scoring 5 or fewer runs 16 times in 24 games for a record of 13-11).

“Fun” statistical coincidence(?) and the perfect example of the mediocrity average baseball we’ve been seeing recently...
Last 10: 5-5
Last 20: 10-10
Last 30: 15-15

In his last start, Gibson managed to secure only 11 outs against Cleveland (July 12) before giving way to the bullpen in a game the Twins came back and win 5-3. Gibby is having a slightly better year numbers-wise than his career averages, but I’d certainly appreciate it if we see a start more in line with his June 14 blanking of the Royals - 8 IP, 2 H, 6 SO. I’d even take a start like his last winning performance against the Rays on June 25th: 4 ER on 7 H, with 7 SO scattered over 7 innings. We’ll see.

Game 24 — Athletics at Twins

It’s May and the Twins have a winning record.  Miguel Sano had a great first month and has been decent in the field (man what a rifle for an arm at third base).  Polanco doing well, Buxton maybe showing some signs of life at the plate, serviceable pitching… all portend to at least some hope that we will continue to see entertaining, hopeful baseball into the Summer.

Ervin Santana has been lights out this year and brings his 0.77 ERA to tonight’s game against the Athletics and the 2017 debut of Sonny Gray.  Game at 7:10p

2015 Game 26: Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins

It's official, I have absolutely no idea what to think of these guys.

I don't really have a lot of time here, but that's okay because I don't really have a lot to say (socaltwinsfan created a good case for healthy skepticism here). With help from a thoroughly enjoyable drubbing of the White Sox, the Twins are a winning team for the first time in almost a year. At this point, I'm not going to think too much about it and just enjoy.

We close out the longest homestand of the year with a visit from the scuffling A's. Maybe we can even get a few more ticks above .500. Hughes, in search of his first all mighty W, starts off on the mound tonight.

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2014 – Game 116: Twins at Athletics

I won't talk about May here ... things can only improve for him, right?

As for today's game, I wouldn't mind avoiding the sweep, but that's about all the energy I've got to invest at this point.

Hughes (11-8, 4.01 ERA, 98 ERA+, 2.68 FIP, 1.246 WHIP) v. Hammel (9-9, 3.70 ERA, 104 ERA+, 3.78 FIP, 1.203 WHIP)*

*2014 combined stats: Cubs & A's

Following yesterday's game, the Twins did what most (all?) of us thought they should be doing at this point in another lost season by trading veteran pitcher Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash or a player to be named later. There was some brief discussion of it here yesterday. Comments were pretty matter of fact. Between insufficient run support and about average stuff, Correia provided about as was expected. Even so, according to sean:

Correia had a 1.6 rWAR last season and a -0.0 rWAR this season. FanGraphs rates them 1.4 fWAR and 0.9 fWAR respectively. The Dodgers are paying the final $1.5 million, so that's 1.6 rWAR and 2.3 fWAR for $8.5 million. That's $5.3 million / rWAR and $3.7 million / fWAR. He did everything the Twins expected, plus some.

That's kind of a nice way to sum up that FA signing...they got what was expected, plus some.

2014 Game 113: Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics.

Looks like we've got a long series of late games in front of us, you guys. Don't forget to once again brew yourself an extra cup.

As we've recently discussed, not a whole lot of bright spots in our view these days, and I certainly don't have any sunshine to sell you. Let's just keep our heads down, finish up this series without embarrassing ourselves, and go somewhere where the smell of sewage isn't so fresh.

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