GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 7:10pm

The Twins kick off tonight’s action in line to have the sixth pick in next year’s amateur draft, but they’re within three games of picking as high as fourth and as low as fifteenth. While the Twins are out of postseason contention, there are still thirty three games left on the Twins schedule that hold a whole lot of value.  There might not be a big difference in value between the sixth and tenth picks, but if the Twins fall past that tenth spot they would no longer have a protected draft pick, which means they would not be given a compensatory draft pick the following year if they were unable to sign their 2014 selection.

I’m certainly not arguing that the Twins should go out and try and lose games, just that the real goal for the remainder of the season should be on finding out what kind of talent is available in the system and seeing that talent on the field in Minnesota.

Go Twins!

 Kansas City Royals

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 Gordon, A, LF  Dozier, 2B
 Bonifacio, 3B  Herrmann, C, RF
 Hosmer, 1B  Morneau, 1B
 Butler, B, DH  Willingham, LF
 Perez, S, C  Doumit, C
 Lough, RF  Colabello, DH
 Getz, 2B  Plouffe, 3B
 Escobar, A, SS  Thomas, C, CF
 Dyson, J, CF  Florimon, SS
 _Shields, P  _Correia, P
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Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 6 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1

So Kevin Correia went seven innings without giving up a run and the Twins’ bullpen blew it?

That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. – JC

Fantasy Football 2013

So last year I opened up a couple spots for the “easy league” I run in fantasy football – and we had a good enough time that I thought I would offer two spots again to any new Knuckleball folk that might want to give it a try.

Read a description of our basic league principles here: Last Year’s Invite

We have a good time once baseball season has ended and if you have always wanted to give it a try but never felt comfortable in those high pressure competitive leagues or just want to see how things work, you are more than welcome.

But just because we’re low pressure doesn’t mean that we aren’t still a competitive group – after all, the Beverage Bowl is on the line! We have a traveling trophy for the winner each year!

Beverage BowlThis will be our 7th season playing so we have a lot of names on that trophy now.

If you’re interested in participating, email me at CapitalBabs@gmail.com. Again, I’m offering up 2 spots and I’ll fill them first come, first served.

 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT FOLKS!

GameChat – Astros @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

UPDATE: Pedro Florimon is a late scratch with wrist soreness, Bernier will start in his place.

I don’t know if you count it as an exciting game or a really boring games when two bad teams play extra innings, maybe both, but I was not around to see it all as I fell asleep some time around the 4th inning.

Failing to make a roster move to replace Scott Diamond, even if they just brought up an extra bat for a few days, cost the Twins last night as they were working with a thin bench and they ended up losing the DH.

Things should be a little more normal today, but the Twins will need a strong performance out of their starter to save the bullpen.  But hey, Andrew Albers arrives today, so there’s that!

Go Twins!

Astros

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Villar, SS Dozier, 2B
Altuve, 2B Mauer, C
Castro, Ja, C Morneau, DH
Carter, DH Doumit, RF
Wallace, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Dominguez, 3B Arcia, LF
Grossman, LF Colabello, 1B
Barnes, B, CF Thomas, C, CF
Hoes, RF Bernier, SS
  Bedard, P   Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Minnesota 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 6 9 0

Kyle Gibson had a great opportunity to rebound from a poor start in Seattle and he couldn’t keep it together, failing to pitch into the fourth inning.  Luckily the Twins’ bullpen was back in full force again tonight after a marvelous performance a night ago.  Six scoreless innings from the pen, topped by a great performance from Anthony Swarzak.  For coming into the game and calming things down (3IP, 5K, 0H, 1BB), tonight’s BOD is Anthony Swarzak, with ice cream for the rest of the bullpen.

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2013 MLB All-Star GameChat!

Congratulations to Joe Mauer and Glenn Perkins of course for being in the All-Star Game. It’s god awful hot in NY tonight (much like Minnesota) so who knows what we’ll get for baseball tonight.

Sadly, I won’t be able to watch but I’m putting up a chat for those of you who CAN and would like to compare.

Instead of our usual lineup box, I’m posting info that will have all the available reserve positions as well as notes for how the players GOT to this game.  Hope you find it helpful! I also went through and bolded some players you should all take notice of – former Twins who are representing different teams now but still (or newly) at an All-Star level.

American League Starters

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C: Joe Mauer, Twins C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees 2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Mike Trout, Angels OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
Pitchers
Pitchers
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP: Grant Balfour %, A’s LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, &, A’s RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
RHP: Yu Darvish *, Rangers LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Steve Delabar #,Blue Jays RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
RHP: Greg Holland %, Royals LHP: Jeff Locke *, Pirates
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma &, Mariners RHP: Mark Melancon @, Pirates
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians RHP: Edward Mujica %, Cardinals
RHP: Matt Moore @, Rays RHP: Sergio Romo @, Giants
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers RHP: Adam Wainwright &, Cardinals
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees RHP: Jordan Zimmermann *, Nationals
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
Reserves
RHP: Chris Tillman %, Orioles C: Buster Posey, Giants
RHP: Justin Verlander &, Tigers C: Brian McCann @, Braves
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
Reserves
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
C: Jason Castro, Astros 1B: Freddie Freeman ##, Braves
C: Salvador Perez, Royals 2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers 2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays 3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

NOTES
* Chosen on Player Ballot, injured
@ Injury replacement
# Final Vote winner
## Final Vote winner, injured
& Chosen on Player Ballot, pitched Sunday
% Replacing Sunday pitcher

Let’s hope that I didn’t forget anyone! Enjoy all!

 

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So the AL breaks the win streak the NL had going… it’s about time!

I think the story for tonight’s win was all about the pitching. AL pitchers just had some REALLY amazing NL hitters off-balance for most of the night. They were able to get a couple hits here & there but never put anything together.

2013 All-Star Game MVP is Mariano Rivera who came out and pitched the 8th inning with a fairly ceremonial entrance to an empty field with Enter Sandman playing behind him. To see both dugouts standing and applauding a true All-Star on the field was a special moment for players and fans alike.  Congrats Mo.

GameChat Twins @ Rays 6:10pm

I’m struggling to get reliable internet service today, so I’ll get the chat up and update rosters as the internet is available.

Sorry gang.

I got it, Eric! – JC

TWINS

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Dozier, 2B Jennings, D, CF
Mauer, C Scott, DH
Doumit, DH Zobrist, 2B
Morneau, 1B Longoria, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Loney, 1B
Arcia, LF Joyce, RF
Parmelee, RF Johnson, K, LF
Hicks, CF Lobaton, C
Florimon, SS Escobar, Y, SS
  _Gibson, P   _Archer, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 4 5 1

Crap. One bad inning of pitching and then, in the 9th, tying run at the plate with no outs and we get three straight Ks. I know Rodney was throwing 100 mph, but still. Disappointing. – JC