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Every fan’s reason for hope at the MLB Trade Deadline
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The Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is one of the most exciting days of my year. I’ve taken the day off from work in the past to keep an eye on deadline moves that would make or break teams’ seasons. Here’s a reason for fans of every team to have hope at the MLB Trade Deadline. The Buyers Houston Astros Reason for hope: The Astros are frontrunners with the throttle floored and no one in the rearview mirror. Making moves...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017
When Twins end up sellers, Escobar could be moved
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Fans will get to see if the Minnesota Twins truly can hang over their next nine games. Starting Thursday, the Twins will see starting pitchers Jose Quintana (8.7 K/9, 2.47 K/B), Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K in last start against Twins), Corey Kluber (11 K/9, 4.71 K/BB), Josh Tomlin (9.33 K/BB), Chris Sale (12.2 K/9), Drew Pomeranz (10.4 K/9), Rick Porcello (4.72 K/BB), David Price (BOS 3-1 in his four June starts) and Jason Vargas...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Berrios, Twins look to split series with Mariners
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In a prior blog post I called Jose Berrios the ace of the Minnesota Twins pitching staff. Not because I think six starts proves anything, and not because I don’t believe in Ervin Santana. I do. Santana gets by on pitching prowess like Greg Maddux. But Berrios can flat out miss bats, regardless of who’s swinging them, and that’s what makes an ace. We’ll get a good indication of Berrios’s development on Thursday at noon against a hot Mariners lineup...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017
Why Ervin Santana’s complete games are so important to Twins
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Ervin Santana tossed his third complete game shutout of the season Friday night. That’s one more than the rest of the league combined despite it coming against a San Francisco Giants team with the lowest team OPS in baseball (.651). But the “Maddux” Santana pitched Friday night in San Francisco is so important given the recent stress on the Twins bullpen and the struggles it has experienced all year. The Twins bullpen allows the highest opponent batting average in baseball (.273), which has...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017
The Minnesota Twins need hard-to-get pitching
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Last week I urged the Minnesota Twins front office to acquire pitching — any pitching — and not to wait too long in doing so. Well, here are five pitchers the Twins could target if they want to remain competitive this season, but most of them will cost something you might not like to lose. Pat Neshek Neshek is familiar to Twins fans, and his side-armed delivery should play well out of a Twins bullpen that can’t miss bats. He misses plenty...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017
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