Byron Buxton: Fielding Phenomenon

What. A. Season. The Twins lost to the Pinstripes. I don’t care. I wrote the Twins off this year. I thought Mauer was over the hill. I thought the rotation would be the worst in the league. I thought the bullpen would be the worst in the league. I thought Miguel Sano and, maybe, Max Kepler would produce decently on offense. Boy was I wrong. Sure, the pitching was by no means top-of-the-line, but those boys kept the Twinkies in ball games. Ervin Santana was the ace I said time…

Time To Let Kershaw Off The Hook?

“He’s an elite pitcher, but he can’t pitch in the playoffs.” 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 1HR, 11K, 83P. Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers to the World freakin’ Series, and he puts up numbers like that. People can no longer say he doesn’t have the clutch factor because of a couple rough starts in years past. The guy is lights out, period. Invincible. I think I saw last night was the first time a pitcher has struck out 11 with no walks in the World Series, and I’d look it up to…

Chad Bettis Makes Ultimate Comeback

In a game where playing it was more important than winning it, Chad Bettis did both and completed an awe-inspiring comeback from chemotherapy on testicular cancer to pitching seven scoreless innings to help the Rockies to a win Monday over the Braves. This is the stuff that makes me love the game of baseball. These inspirational, motivational events have a way of pulling at your heartstrings. Last year it was Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen hitting a home run right after returning to the game after his father’s death, as well…

Best And Worst Nickname Jerseys

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will wear newly designed threads for Players Weekend, coming August 25-27. The nickname jerseys are pretty creative with the colors, logos and, of course, the nicknames. You’ll have to figure out your own favorite nicknames from all the teams on your own, but here are my top five best and top five worst nickname jerseys as far as design is concerned. Nicknames. Custom gear. And the sickest jerseys you’ll ever see.#PlayersWeekend is coming: Aug. 25-27. https://t.co/yHdg1ehoigpic.twitter.com/i9BEbcfaX1 — MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2017 Worst…

Jaime to Minny?

By the time you read this, it might be a done deal, or it might be caput, but here’s what I have on the proposition of the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia. Let’s start with some good old fashioned stats. Career: 65-52 record, 3.65 ERA, 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings, 1.288 WHIP. 2017: Keep in mind, this is for the Braves, who have scored 4.64 runs per game (17th in MLB) The Twins are 20th in the category at 4.55. 3-7 in 17 starts, 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 106…

Petter’s Midseason MLB Awards Predictions

Why did I waste away doing nothing during the MLB days off last week when I could’ve been contemplating who will win the three major awards in each league once this season is over? Here are my predictions, most of which come from my heart, not necessarily my head. American League MVP: Joe Mauerse Altuve Sorry, just had to throw out there my hot take that Joe Mauer is not a valuable first baseman. He’s a cancer in the heart of the lineup. First base is supposed to be that…

Batflip MLB All Star Recap

I was working during both nights, but I’ve got a few takeaways from the all-star break from what I saw online. Home Run Derby 1. The most obvious: Aaron Judge is a robot I picked him up in fantasy in the third week of the season, and Mike Trout is the only pick I’ve ever been more impressed with myself over. I had no doubt going into this week that Judge would win the derby. A flick of the wrist, and that ball’s 500 feet away. Top two derby performances…

Big Sexy is a Minnesota Twin

I get notified for every single roster move in Major League Baseball. When my phone buzzed a little bit ago, I didn’t think anything of it. Until I read it. Something along the lines of “@Twins sign Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal.” Minnesota just got sexier! #MNTwins sign Bartolo Colón to a minor league deal. #BigSexy pic.twitter.com/kwAL2bmoFm — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 8, 2017 Why not? You can’t not like this guy. He’s just too awesome. I’m not sure he belongs in the American League, though, ’cause he…

If You’re The Cubs Backup Catcher, Don’t Rip On Jake Arrieta

This had me laughing at the office this morning, and I knew Miguel Montero wasn’t going to last on the big league roster very long after I heard what he said. If you’re 0-for-31 throwing out base stealers on the season and having a terrible year all around, it isn’t the best idea to come out to the media and blame the 2015 Cy Young winner for the seven stolen bases you allowed. I’m all-in on the “runners steal off pitchers, not catchers” saying, but there’s no way a guy…