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Joe Mauer perfect, mates not bad, as Minnesota Twins roll

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McHale is out

Eau Claire, WI

#1 Jun 17, 2009
Kevin Love on Twitter late Tuesday night: McHale won't be back. Where's the scoop, Pi Press?
Henry

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Jun 17, 2009
Joe Mauer is on steroids. Enough said.
WALGAG TOKYO

Saitama, Japan

#3 Jun 17, 2009
Congratulations Gentlemen. An excellent victory. Tight pitching. Timely hitting. Hopefully the worst is behind us.
Joe

Ely, MN

#4 Jun 17, 2009
Is there anyway possible we can get into the NL?

“Obamacs at it's finest!”

Since: Mar 09

Anytown, Minnesota........

#5 Jun 17, 2009
The guy ( Mauer) can just flat out hit, what moe can you say? I find myself watching the Twins just so I can watch Mauer bat..it is truly amazing...GO TWINS!!!! now, if we can only get some bullpen help..........
Smartass

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jun 17, 2009
"I've been swinging the bat good, " Tjoe, yes Tjoe, you gonna learn some betta English ? You speaka like da oldies long ago on West 7th by da Schmidt's. I tink you mean instead of ' good" you mean "well". Vat did dey learn you at Cretin ? Every time you saya someting say it correctly. But hey wit dat bat and glove you bring back da life to the now oldies along West 7th who love baseball, thank you. Danke
brachiosaurus

Attleboro, MA

#7 Jun 17, 2009
Mauer is a top player in baseball, and it's great to see two guys from Minnesota have a big night in the Metrodome. Let's hope that Mauer is thinking about winning games and reaching the World Series rather than a batting title or hitting .400. Congratulations should go to Perkins. the Twins won't make it to the playoffs if the rotation isn't solid. Perkins gave some evidence that it might be.

Now for a reality check: The Twins hit into five doubleplays. Mauer was not perfect; he threw one away on a dropped strikeout with two outs that allowed Monroe, the strikeout victim, to reach base. The next batter doubled. It almost cost the Twins a run. It's called complacency with a lead late in the game. Everyone is entitled--okay--like Castillo, but hitting into five doubleplays? Finally, the Pirates just aren't that good--a young team of free swingers with lots of speed but little experience.

In any case, great victory and nice to see.

“Noses run and feet smell”

Since: Dec 08

Compton CA

#8 Jun 17, 2009
they said on sports center that Mauer has to go 0 for his next 11 to be at an even .400.

amazing, simply amazing.

I love to see guys lose fly balls in the dome. last nights incident had me laughing so hard. Go Twins. Lets shut out those butt pirates
Arrogant American

Lakeville, MN

#10 Jun 17, 2009
For all you Delmon Young detractors, he has hit .342 in his last ten games--13 hits in 38 AB.

For all you Nick Punto detractors, he has six hits in 13 at-bats since coming off the DL.

For all you Carlos Gomez detractors, he has five hits in his last 11 at-bats.

Do you think that you pulled the plug on these three a little early?
Mad Dog Gus

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jun 17, 2009
Henry from Fremont, CA.."Joe Mauer is on steroids. Enough said."

A person would have to be nuts to pick on Mauer...Henry, you're nuts!

If we can pick on anything, it's the 5 double plays the team hit into last night. That needs to get corrected as nothing kills a rally like a DP. It didn't hurt them last night, but has been a problem for several years with the Twins, and it does cost them.
Minnesota Man

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 17, 2009
I would almost rather want Mauer to bat .400 than for the team (Twins) to win the world series. Batting .400 has not happened since when, 1942? The last time a team won the world series was last year.
Tim

United States

#13 Jun 17, 2009
I've never seen a strike zone as small as Mauer's. He struck out in his first at bat last night. If he doesn't hit .400, it's not for a lack of effort from the umpires. Can someone explain why one player deserves to have a smaller strike zone than another? The unwritten rules of baseball are a joke.
HAH

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jun 17, 2009
Arrogant American wrote:
For all you Delmon Young detractors, he has hit .342 in his last ten games--13 hits in 38 AB.
For all you Nick Punto detractors, he has six hits in 13 at-bats since coming off the DL.
For all you Carlos Gomez detractors, he has five hits in his last 11 at-bats.
Do you think that you pulled the plug on these three a little early?
This is a joke...right?
brachiosaurus

Attleboro, MA

#15 Jun 17, 2009
Tim wrote:
I've never seen a strike zone as small as Mauer's. He struck out in his first at bat last night. If he doesn't hit .400, it's not for a lack of effort from the umpires. Can someone explain why one player deserves to have a smaller strike zone than another? The unwritten rules of baseball are a joke.
In my view, it has been exactly the opposite. The bad calls are going against Mauer. In fact, Mauer is perhaps swinging the bat more and walking less because he has to defend a larger strike zone. By the end of the season, it's likely that Mauer's strikeout to walk ratio will be worse than last season's. He will strike out more and walk less this season. I'll concede that it works both ways, but perhaps the bad calls even out in the long run. Ironically, with the questionable strike zones so far this season--umpires seem to be inconsistent--Mauer is indeed being forced to swing more than before. Being forced to swing has helped rather than hurt Mauer, obviously.

“Free and Fair Elections”

Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#16 Jun 17, 2009
Arrogant American wrote:
For all you Delmon Young detractors, he has hit .342 in his last ten games--13 hits in 38 AB.
For all you Nick Punto detractors, he has six hits in 13 at-bats since coming off the DL.
For all you Carlos Gomez detractors, he has five hits in his last 11 at-bats.
Do you think that you pulled the plug on these three a little early?
One by one:

Delmon Young: What is his OPS during his "hot streak"? I'm guessing it is below .700 since he does not walk (five all season) and has only had one extra base hit in over a month (a bloop double). No, I was in favor of the Young trade, but I'm now a detractor.

Nick Punto: All singles. Yes, he made a nice bunt, and has gotten on base. The ceiling for Punto is pretty low--even the seasons where his average was up, he has no power and still isn't great at advancing runners etc. Punto is better suited to be a second baseman. If he is in the .350 OBP mode that he was last year, he may still be the weakest regular on the team, but the team could win with that.

Carlos Gomez: The guy has talent. I don't consider him a lost cause by any stretch. He should be in center field at least 75 of the remaining 96 games. Hopefully, he can hit well enough so that he spot in the order isn't a black hole.

“Let's put a smile on that face”

Since: Jan 09

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jun 17, 2009
Henry wrote:
Joe Mauer is on steroids. Enough said.
If you knew anything, Mauer has been a singles hitter since he joined the Twins, he had four singles last night. If he was on 'roids, he would've hit 4 homers. Many people in baseball agree that Mauer has the best swing in the majors, so respect the swing.

It was good to see Perkins back and able to get out of a couple jams.

The double plays sukked, but hey, we still scored 8 runs. It was a good game.
Tim

United States

#18 Jun 17, 2009
Are you saying Mauer's strike zone is larger than the average player's in MLB? Even the home team annoucers conceded Mauer gets the benefit of the doubt on pitches that other players do not. He's swinging more this year because he has two legit hitters behind him(Morneau & Kubel) and the pitchers cannot pitch around him. The Pirate pitcher last night made a great 3rd strike pitch that was not called and so the pitcher realizes he's not going to get that call on Mauer, so he has no choice but to come back with a pitch down the heart of the plate with a full count. Mauer is swinging more this year because he has more pitches to hit than previous years.
Juice

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jun 17, 2009
Tim wrote:
I've never seen a strike zone as small as Mauer's. He struck out in his first at bat last night. If he doesn't hit .400, it's not for a lack of effort from the umpires. Can someone explain why one player deserves to have a smaller strike zone than another? The unwritten rules of baseball are a joke.
Figures someone from Chicago would complain about this. This is what happens in sports, good players get the benefit of the doubt. Mauer has the best eye in baseball thats why he gets these calls. Just like Kobe and fouls.
LovetheTwins

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jun 17, 2009
Henry wrote:
Joe Mauer is on steroids. Enough said.
This is the stupidest comment I think anyone could make. You are a fool if you believe that Mauer is on steroids. He is one of the best "TRUE" baseball players that has stepped food on the field. Henry, Get your head out of your **** and do something with your life instead of accusing someone that has talent of using steroids!
Nick

Gillette, WY

#21 Jun 17, 2009
Henry wrote:
Joe Mauer is on steroids. Enough said.
Joe is a clean cut kid, always has been. Your brain could use some steroids.

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