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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    Brain damage? Yeah, must be brain damage.

    Soroka cards are going through the roof right now...his 2015 BC base auto has exceeded $80 a pop. I have a base, refractor and purple ref auto of his and had wanted to add more a couple weeks ago but they already were on the move in price. Gone are the days when I could get them for $6-$8....sold most of them when base hit the $40 range but made sure to hold onto those 3 previously mentioned autos.

    Watching him pitch reminds me so much of Maddux back in the 90's....and as he was my favorite pitcher of all-time (never missed any of his starts during the mid to late 90's) I would not make that comparison unless I was dead serious about it. I'm not saying he's going to achieve the type of success Maddux did...it's just his arsenal, how he attacks the plate, the high baseball IQ, ability to paint corners and the late movement on his stuff that freezes batters. His two-seamer is his bread and butter pitch...so much movement and his changeup is straight like a four-seam fastball so it's very tough to distinguish.
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    So...... how about them Twinkies?

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    Right on the money. His two-seamer (or sinker, whichever you prefer to call it) is by far his best pitch IMO. Very late sinking action that generates weak ground ball contact if contact is made at all. I hear a lot about how his changeup is his best pitch and while I agree it's very deceiving, I just love that two-seam...so much natural sink.

    My only concern is that his lower arm slot may end up tipping batters to what he's going to throw. That and his shoulder...
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    [QUOTE=clarkzac;2565693]So...... how about them Twinkies?

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    Amazing! In 1st place by 10 games in May, have 300 runs already while quite a few teams don't have 200 runs. Lot of credit has to go to Rocco. Hope they keep it up!

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    So...... how about them Twinkies?

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    Amazing! In 1st place by 10 games in May, have 300 runs already while quite a few teams don't have 200 runs. Lot of credit has to go to Rocco. Hope they keep it up!
    I think they did a great job with finding some buy low talent in Schoop and Cron. Can't help but to look at Polanco's breakout season either. I think a lot of credit also has to go to Wes Johnson, the new pitching coach. I know a lot of fans were scratching their heads when they hired Johnson, due to him just being a college pitching coach. It seems to be working out well for Martin Perez and Jake Odorizzi. Eddie Rosario is having another decent start to the season, but he's been somewhat streaky so far. As a big Twins fan, I could go on and on with this post, but I don't want to bore anybody

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkzac View Post

    I think they did a great job with finding some buy low talent in Schoop and Cron. Can't help but to look at Polanco's breakout season either. I think a lot of credit also has to go to Wes Johnson, the new pitching coach. I know a lot of fans were scratching their heads when they hired Johnson, due to him just being a college pitching coach. It seems to be working out well for Martin Perez and Jake Odorizzi. Eddie Rosario is having another decent start to the season, but he's been somewhat streaky so far. As a big Twins fan, I could go on and on with this post, but I don't want to bore anybody
    Eddie Rosario has been absolutely killing it in my fantasy league. Based on the points system in my league he's been the 3rd best outfielder in all of baseball...higher ranking than Trout & Betts! He was a great find for me a couple years back & I'd say he's had more than just a decent start to the season but I agree with you there on "streaky". I remember last year (and/or the year before that) there was a point where he was looking like a potential MVP but then he'd go on these prolonged slumps that really hurt his overall season numbers...which were still good in general, just not excellent or MVP worthy. At some point in the season I remember him having an OBP up in the .350 range and they were crediting his breakthrough season on that but then they began to trend towards his career numbers. That may be his biggest flaw in regards to his offensive game....doesn't take enough walks.

    I'm glad that Odorizzi is finally having a good season but it annoys me that he had to wait to do it until I dropped him from my team (Honestly, I held onto him for longer than I should have...or so I thought). I had Nelson Cruz and CJ Cron before they became Twins so now all of a sudden I've pretty much got the Twins middle of the order on my fantasy team which I find kinda funny so now I'm following their box scores every night. My brother lives in Minnesota and whenever I go down there I get to go watch them. When I was down there last June I got to see Rosario hit 3 home runs! That was funny too cuz I was telling my brother and his wife to keep an eye on Rosario (they don't know a whole lot about current players)....well, they remember his name now after that game!
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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    Eddie Rosario has been absolutely killing it in my fantasy league. Based on the points system in my league he's been the 3rd best outfielder in all of baseball...higher ranking than Trout & Betts! He was a great find for me a couple years back & I'd say he's had more than just a decent start to the season but I agree with you there on "streaky". I remember last year (and/or the year before that) there was a point where he was looking like a potential MVP but then he'd go on these prolonged slumps that really hurt his overall season numbers...which were still good in general, just not excellent or MVP worthy. At some point in the season I remember him having an OBP up in the .350 range and they were crediting his breakthrough season on that but then they began to trend towards his career numbers. That may be his biggest flaw in regards to his offensive game....doesn't take enough walks.

    I'm glad that Odorizzi is finally having a good season but it annoys me that he had to wait to do it until I dropped him from my team (Honestly, I held onto him for longer than I should have...or so I thought). I had Nelson Cruz and CJ Cron before they became Twins so now all of a sudden I've pretty much got the Twins middle of the order on my fantasy team which I find kinda funny so now I'm following their box scores every night. My brother lives in Minnesota and whenever I go down there I get to go watch them. When I was down there last June I got to see Rosario hit 3 home runs! That was funny too cuz I was telling my brother and his wife to keep an eye on Rosario (they don't know a whole lot about current players)....well, they remember his name now after that game!
    The team certainly has been fun to watch this year. I'm bummed I won't make it to many games this year (10 hour drive one way to Target Field, have a soon to be 5 month old at home, and summers are my busy season at work- ag industry). I did make it to two games in April against the Orioles and got to see 5 home runs each game. I don't care who it's against, its always fun to see that many home runs. Another name to mention is Mitch Garver. Before his injury, he was absolutely crushing the ball. Glad to see he is beginning his rehab assignment this week. I would really like to see Berrios find some consistency on the mound. He's been doing well up until the last 2 starts or so, but even then you could tell he never quite had his normal stuff.

    Max Kepler is another one who seems to be taking a step forward so far this year. Slash line of .281/.351/.546 and his 12 HRs is just shy of his career high of 20 that he hit last year. Still fairly young at 26 and under team control for another 5 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkzac View Post
    The team certainly has been fun to watch this year. I'm bummed I won't make it to many games this year (10 hour drive one way to Target Field, have a soon to be 5 month old at home, and summers are my busy season at work- ag industry). I did make it to two games in April against the Orioles and got to see 5 home runs each game. I don't care who it's against, its always fun to see that many home runs. Another name to mention is Mitch Garver. Before his injury, he was absolutely crushing the ball. Glad to see he is beginning his rehab assignment this week. I would really like to see Berrios find some consistency on the mound. He's been doing well up until the last 2 starts or so, but even then you could tell he never quite had his normal stuff.

    Max Kepler is another one who seems to be taking a step forward so far this year. Slash line of .281/.351/.546 and his 12 HRs is just shy of his career high of 20 that he hit last year. Still fairly young at 26 and under team control for another 5 years
    The kid from Germany, I remember him. Followed him a bit his rookie year (2016 I think?) & I remember him being pretty hot out of the gate and then he cooled down significantly. I wasn't even aware of his breakout season but yeah, if he can keep up those numbers he could be an All-Star by the break.

    Jose Berrios is having another good start to the season too. Command was always my biggest worry with him (as a prospect/rookie) but considering he has the best BB/9 rate in the AL I don't think it's been an issue for him.
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> https://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    Speaking of Kepler, he just won Player of the Week honors (along with Arenado for the NL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    Speaking of Kepler, he just won Player of the Week honors (along with Arenado for the NL)
    I saw the Arenado pick for player of the week a mile away but truthfully I didn't even realize that Kepler had the week that he did. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't been paying much attention to the Twins, which has long been my favorite team in the AL Central.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    I saw the Arenado pick for player of the week a mile away but truthfully I didn't even realize that Kepler had the week that he did. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't been paying much attention to the Twins, which has long been my favorite team in the AL Central.
    You should definitely pay more attention this year But they have been really fun to watch with them averaging nearly 2 HRs/game so far this season, including 2 games of 8 HRs, and multiple games of 5 HRs (two of which I was able to see in person)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    I saw the Arenado pick for player of the week a mile away but truthfully I didn't even realize that Kepler had the week that he did. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't been paying much attention to the Twins, which has long been my favorite team in the AL Central.
    Neither did I. In fact, while I follow their box score and occasionally tune in to watch so I can see how my players are doing (and I sorta inherited them as my AL team since I have family living in MN) I had no idea Kepler was playing as well as he has been this season.

    Also, were you aware that none other than Eddie Rosario was leading (tied) the league in home runs (and RBI's, not that I follow that stat)? He's on my fantasy team and I wasn't even aware of that. I think it's cuz I pay more attention to the NL and we've got Bellinger & Yelich with over 20 so I figured Springer, Trout, Betts, etc. would have a similar number albeit Springer is tied for the lead league as well.
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> https://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    Oh hell yeah!!!! Suntrust Park will be hosting the 2021 All-Star game!

    Man, I'd love to get my hands on some tickets for that game. I don't particularly care for the All-Star game one way or the other but it would be a trip to get to see it live!
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> https://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    Braves may be down 14-4 tonight....which blows...but all four of those runs have come via an Austin Riley grand slam...which is pretty cool!

    7 home runs in the first 55 at-bats of his career. I'm really kicking myself now for offloading my collection too early.

    .364 avg 7 HR 20 RBI 1.179 OPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkzac View Post
    You should definitely pay more attention this year But they have been really fun to watch with them averaging nearly 2 HRs/game so far this season, including 2 games of 8 HRs, and multiple games of 5 HRs (two of which I was able to see in person)
    I promise I'll do better. Do you think their success is sustainable? Division lead too large for the Indians or the White Sox to overcome?

    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    Oh hell yeah!!!! Suntrust Park will be hosting the 2021 All-Star game!

    Man, I'd love to get my hands on some tickets for that game. I don't particularly care for the All-Star game one way or the other but it would be a trip to get to see it live!
    Never been to an All-Star weekend either but if given the chance near my current hometown, I'd jump on it. Get those tickets son.
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