If Twins ever play deep into October, get ready for some frosty opinions

If Twins ever play deep into October, get ready for some frosty opinions

Alternating between cursing at snowflakes and shivering in the wind over the weekend could you make you wonder what a deep run by the Twins in the playoffs would feel like.

Strasburg Ks 12, Nats top Cards 8-1; 1 win from World Series

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More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn't quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series.

Twins bench coach Shelton to interview with Mets, Pirates

October 13
Twins bench coach Derek Shelton this week will interview for vacant managerial openings with the Mets and Pirates, according to sources with knowledge
He's a candidate to be a manager, a position he sought with the Twins.
Twins
October 14
The Astros were able to land Justin Verlander to enhance their pitching rotation at the 2017 trade deadline. Can the Twins pull off a similar deal for

Twins need a top starter to take next step, but how do they get one?

The playoffs proved what most of us knew: The Twins need more high-end arms, particularly in the starting rotation.
Twins
October 12
Twins 'opener' Randy Dobnak started ALDS Game 2 against the Yankees.

Reusse: Idea for Twins rotation: four starters, one 'pairing'

One factor making this strategy viable is the move to a 26-player roster in 2020. That makes it basically a given that teams will have 13 pitchers from Opening Day through Aug. 31.
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October 11
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who hit a team-leading 41 home runs in his first season with the Twins, will turn 40 in the middle of next season.

Who will stick and who won't for the Twins in 2020?

Who stays? Who goes? Who sits? Who starts? Here's La Velle E. Neal III's (very early) forecast for the Twins roster:
Twins
October 10
Jake Odorizzi is a free agent coming off his best season in the majors. He said he'd like to return to Minnesota but is a free agent.

Twins management vows to pursue 'impact pitching' for 2020 and beyond

Twins management said it plans to aim high to upgrade its roster, with an extra focus on improving a starting rotation that frayed badly during the second half of this season.
Twins
October 10
Is MLB using a less-juiced ball in the playoffs (and did it hurt the Twins)?

Is MLB using a less-juiced ball in the playoffs (and did it hurt the Twins)?

If you like your “we were robbed!” conspiracy theories served with a mountain of evidence, let's turn your attention to an article in Baseball Prospectus.

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  • AL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Minnesota 101 61 .623 0 46-35 55-26 8-2
    Cleveland 93 69 .574 8 49-32 44-37 4-6
    Chicago White Sox 72 89 .447 28.5 39-41 33-48 7-3
    Kansas City 59 103 .364 42 31-50 28-53 3-7
    Detroit 47 114 .292 53.5 22-59 25-55 2-8
  • AL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    NY Yankees 103 59 .636 0 57-24 46-35 4-6
    Tampa Bay 96 66 .593 7 48-33 48-33 7-3
    Boston 84 78 .519 19 38-43 46-35 4-6
    Toronto 67 95 .414 36 35-46 32-49 6-4
    Baltimore 54 108 .333 49 25-56 29-52 5-5
  • AL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 107 55 .660 0 60-21 47-34 8-2
    Oakland 97 65 .599 10 52-29 45-36 6-4
    Texas 78 84 .481 29 45-36 33-48 4-6
    LA Angels 72 90 .444 35 38-43 34-47 3-7
    Seattle 68 94 .420 39 35-46 33-48 4-6
  • NL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    St. Louis 91 71 .562 0 50-31 41-40 6-4
    Milwaukee 89 73 .549 2 49-32 40-41 7-3
    Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 7 51-30 33-48 2-8
    Cincinnati 75 87 .463 16 41-40 34-47 4-6
    Pittsburgh 69 93 .426 22 35-46 34-47 4-6
  • NL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    Atlanta 97 65 .599 0 50-31 47-34 4-6
    Washington 93 69 .574 4 50-31 43-38 9-1
    NY Mets 86 76 .531 11 48-33 38-43 7-3
    Philadelphia 81 81 .500 16 45-36 36-45 3-7
    Miami 57 105 .352 40 30-51 27-54 4-6
  • NL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Dodgers 106 56 .654 0 59-22 47-34 8-2
    Arizona 85 77 .525 21 44-37 41-40 8-2
    San Francisco 77 85 .475 29 35-46 42-39 3-7
    Colorado 71 91 .438 35 43-38 28-53 5-5
    San Diego 70 92 .432 36 36-45 34-47 1-9
  • Batting Average
    N. Cruz MIN .311
    J. Polanco MIN .295
    E. Rosario MIN .276
    M. Kepler MIN .252
  • Home Runs
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    M. Kepler MIN 36
    M. Sano MIN 34
    E. Rosario MIN 32
    M. Garver MIN 31
  • Runs Batted In
    E. Rosario MIN 109
    N. Cruz MIN 108
    M. Kepler MIN 90
    J. Polanco MIN 79
    M. Sano MIN 79
  • Earned Run Average
    J. Berrios MIN 3.68
    M. Perez MIN 5.12
  • Wins
    J. Odorizzi MIN 15
    J. Berrios MIN 14
    K. Gibson MIN 13
    M. Pineda MIN 11
    M. Perez MIN 10
  • Strikeouts
    J. Berrios MIN 195
    J. Odorizzi MIN 178
    K. Gibson MIN 160
    M. Pineda MIN 140
    M. Perez MIN 135
  • Batting Average
    T. Anderson CWS .335
    D. LeMahieu NYY .327
    Y. Moncada CWS .315
    M. Brantley HOU .311
    R. Devers BOS .311
  • Home Runs
    J. Soler KC 48
    M. Trout LAA 45
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    A. Bregman HOU 41
    G. Springer HOU 39
  • Runs Batted In
    J. Abreu CWS 123
    X. Bogaerts BOS 117
    J. Soler KC 117
    R. Devers BOS 115
    A. Bregman HOU 112
  • Earned Run Average
    G. Cole HOU 2.50
    J. Verlander HOU 2.58
    C. Morton TB 3.05
    S. Bieber CLE 3.28
    L. Giolito CWS 3.41
  • Wins
    J. Verlander HOU 21
    G. Cole HOU 20
    E. Rodriguez BOS 19
    D. German NYY 18
    (3) Players 16
  • Saves
    R. Osuna HOU 38
    A. Chapman NYY 37
    B. Hand CLE 34
    I. Kennedy KC 30
    (2) Players 30
  • Batting Average
    C. Yelich MIL .329
    K. Marte ARI .329
    A. Rendon WAS .319
    J. McNeil NYM .318
    N. Arenado COL .315
  • Home Runs
    P. Alonso NYM 53
    E. Suarez CIN 49
    C. Bellinger LAD 47
    C. Yelich MIL 44
    (2) Players 41
  • Runs Batted In
    A. Rendon WAS 126
    F. Freeman ATL 121
    P. Alonso NYM 120
    E. Escobar ARI 118
    N. Arenado COL 118
  • Earned Run Average
    H. Ryu LAD 2.32
    J. deGrom NYM 2.43
    M. Soroka ATL 2.68
    J. Flaherty STL 2.75
    S. Gray CIN 2.87
  • Wins
    S. Strasburg WAS 18
    M. Fried ATL 17
    C. Kershaw LAD 16
    D. Hudson STL 16
    L. Castillo CIN 15
  • Saves
    K. Yates SD 41
    J. Hader MIL 37
    W. Smith SF 34
    R. Iglesias CIN 34
    K. Jansen LAD 33
  • Sunday, October 13
    Houston 3, NY Yankees 2, F
  • Monday, October 14
    Washington 8, St. Louis 1, F
  • Today, October 15
    Houston @ NY Yankees St. Louis @ Washington
  • Wednesday, October 16
    St. Louis @ Washington Houston @ NY Yankees
  • Thursday, October 17
    Houston @ NY Yankees
  • Friday, October 18
    Washington @ St. Louis
  • Saturday, October 19
    NY Yankees @ Houston Washington @ St. Louis
  • Sunday, October 20
    NY Yankees @ Houston
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Twins
October 10
Stacey Green and Steve Frenzel take a selfie with Homer Hankies on their heads as fans prepared for Game 3.

Reusse: Despite playoff sweep, Twins brought relevance to long summer

In the Age of the Internet, there are people who watch baseball as if they are watching football, where every blip is a crisis. That's not how the 2019 Twins should be judged.
Twins
October 10
Nelson Cruz played around with teammates Eddie Rosario (left) and Willians Astudillo during a Twins workout Sunday at Target Field.

Cruz will return. Here's why he'll take pay cut after 40-homer year

Nelson Cruz, the veteran designated hitter, set a franchise record for slugging percentage in a big offensive season.
Twins
October 10
Max Kepler was among the many Twins players dealing with nagging injuries toward the end of the season.

Hartman: Injuries gave Twins no chance against dominant Yankees

After a disappointing end to a historic season, the Twins believe they are in good shape for 2020.
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October 9
Twins first baseman C.J. Cron pointed to third baseman Miguel Sano after he fielded a grounder by Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton in Game 1 of

Kepler to rest injured back; Cron might need thumb surgery

While Max Kepler should be OK next spring without any further treatment on his nagging back, the Twins fear the same might not be the case for first baseman C.J. Cron.
Twins
October 9
The Twins' most logical offseason move would be trading a position player for a starting pitcher. The best bargaining chip is outfielder Eddie Rosario

Souhan: Why Twins should consider trading Rosario

Rosario is talented, entertaining, clutch ... and tradable. Will the Twins deal their cleanup hitter for pitching this winter?
EPISODE 44
October 9
Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi talks to reporters during a news conference during the ALDS.

Podcast: Things the Twins must do to address pitching as offseason looms

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to break down the Twins as they head into the offseason sooner than expected after a three-game sweep by the Yankees. The series highlighted a need for high-end pitching. How can the Twins get more of it, and what will they prioritize this offseason?
Twins
October 9
Ranking the disappointment: Eight Twins playoff losses, 2002-present

Ranking the disappointment: Eight Twins playoff losses, 2002-present

After going back and forth on this a few times, here is a list of eight, in order of least to most disappointing playoff finishes for the Twins.
Twins
October 9
Twins players, including injured center fielder Byron Buxton (middle), wore some grim faces during the ninth inning of an ALDS Game 3 loss to the Yank

1-2-3 and they're out: Twins lament quick end to team's fine season

The players were packing up Tuesday and coming to terms with a disappointing ending to a memorable season.
Twins
October 8
Morneau on roster as Team Canada tries to qualify for Olympics

Morneau on roster as Team Canada tries to qualify for Olympics

The former Twins first baseman retired, partly because of concussion-related issues, after being an American League MVP and National League batting champion.
Twins
October 8
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman (54) was mobbed by teammates after the Yankees defeated the Twins.

Yankees over Twins (again): A story as simple as the American Dream

The main reason the Twins lost (again) to the Yankees (again) is that they’re playing in a system tilted against them. The baseball economy mirrors the U.S. economy.
Twins
October 8
Some moves worked out for Twins manager Rocco Baldelli throughout the ALDS series with the Yankees. Some definitely are up for debate.

Plenty to ponder: Baldelli's playoff moves fall under the microscope

Everything a manager he does is up for scrutiny, especially in the postseason. And there were things about Rocco Baldelli's decisions to dissect after the Twins' season-ending loss.
Twins
October 8
Eddie Rosario later hit a home run to get the Twins close, but he remained on his knees after being thrown out at first base in the fifth inning of th

Swept again: Twins' playoff losing streak hits 16 games, 16 Octobers

The highest-scoring team in Twins history went weakly into the winter with 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, extending a baseball-record streak of postseason defeats that dates to 2004.
Twins
October 8
The Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrated with teammate Gary Sanchez after Torres belted a home run in the second inning of Game 3 on Monday nigh

Souhan: From Metrodome to Target Field, Twins' dubious record lingers

The playoff failures are a shared history now, from old Yankee Stadium to new, from Metrodome to Target Field, from Everyday Eddie Guardado to Any Pitch Will Do Eddie Rosario.
Twins
October 8
Certainly Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and the Twins’ Miguel Sano had differing emotions Monday as they gazed into the sky to find Sano’s infield

Reusse: There is no Yankees jinx over Twins, just Yankees superiority

Even when the Twins proved plenty worthy by making the playoffs, the Yankees were simply a better ballclub.
Twins
October 8
Right fielder Aaron Judge let out a yell after reeling in a sixth-inning drive off the bat of Miguel Sano, keeping the Twins from scoring — one of s

Yankees flash some excellent leather to throttle Twins' offense

The Yankees didn't just use majestic home runs to bounce the Twins from the postseason this time. Aaron Boone's squad did the little things well, too.