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Posted: September 30, 2019, 1:39 PM Post
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I have a friend who's a Twins fan. Been a running joke for years on getting eliminated by NYY. Then of course Houston takes the 1 spot this year setting it up yet again. Talking to him though, after he made jokes about how local media is adamant the team will not be intimidated by NY this time he then pretty much nails it that if you had to pick Houston on NY of course you'd rather play NY with how loaded Houston's pitching is. Still, it's just funny how they always end up with the Yanks.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 2:21 PM Post
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The Twins have an overall active 13 game playoff losing streak, and an active playoff losing streak of 10 games to the Yankees alone! Their last playoff win was game 1 of the 2004 ALDS.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 2:46 PM Post
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topper09er said:
The Twins have an overall active 13 game playoff losing streak, and an active playoff losing streak of 10 games to the Yankees alone! Their last playoff win was game 1 of the 2004 ALDS.


For all the crap we get for being so bad the Nationals have been to the postseason 4/7 years before 2019. All of those years they won 95+ and won their division. They have not won the NLDS once...ONCE. 3/4 were Game 5 losses.

They have won 7 postseason games since 2012 (when their success started). We won 6 games last year alone. If we backed it up a year we have won 11. Mind you they had a similar run of pathetic baseball much like us (1982 to 2012).


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 3:57 PM Post
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It's really crazy the Nats and LAD haven't won it all with amount of top top level starting pitching over the last 8ish years. At least LA has had multiple deep runs though. Still, it's crazy you can build teams that well with that huge advantage for multiple years and not win it all. Maybe it's one of their years but Houston is just ridiculous right now.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:11 PM Post
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tmwiese55 said:
I have a friend who's a Twins fan. Been a running joke for years on getting eliminated by NYY. Then of course Houston takes the 1 spot this year setting it up yet again. Talking to him though, after he made jokes about how local media is adamant the team will not be intimidated by NY this time he then pretty much nails it that if you had to pick Houston on NY of course you'd rather play NY with how loaded Houston's pitching is. Still, it's just funny how they always end up with the Yanks.


The Twins have basically designed a team meant to beat NYY at Yankee Stadium. If they are ever going to do it this is the year.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:11 PM Post
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Braun is good to go tomorrow! Great news on Braun. Cain will be a game time decision, but Scott Braun asked Cain how he was feeling when he was walking off the field and Cain responded with “good enough”. Looks like Cain will be a go as well!


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:14 PM Post
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tmwiese55 said:
It's really crazy the Nats and LAD haven't won it all with amount of top top level starting pitching over the last 8ish years. At least LA has had multiple deep runs though. Still, it's crazy you can build teams that well with that huge advantage for multiple years and not win it all. Maybe it's one of their years but Houston is just ridiculous right now.


I think a lot of it comes down to the ace on those pitching staffs. If they pitch like aces, almost impossible to beat as those guys pitch 2 games in each series. They can hand you two losses by themselves essentially. On the flip side when they pitch bad, that is crippling.

You look at why the Dodgers haven’t won, Kershaw. He has been a 6.50+ ERA 0-2 pitcher in three huge postseason series in his career and overall really just not that great. He is the main guy and the team often sinks with him.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:17 PM Post
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If the Brewers win Tuesday, Game 1 will be at 8:37 pm Thursday and Game 2 will be 8:47 pm Friday.

https://twitter.com/mlb_pr/status/11787 ... 93377?s=21


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:26 PM Post
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I've been reading through both the Brewers beat writers and Nationals beat writers just now. There seems to be a wildly different feel in each clubhouse. The Brewers generally seem more loose and to be having more fun. Nationals generally seem a lot more tense, seem to be feeling a lot more pressure, all the talk is around Scherzer. I admittedly didn't spend a ton of time on it, I think I like the atmosphere in the Brewers clubhouse moreso than the Nats if that is true.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 4:27 PM Post
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Suzuki is catching, means Grisham and Hiura shoudl be looking to run. Maybe Cain if he's feeling up to it. Also maybe Braun/Thames if he looks particularly slow tomorrow.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 5:10 PM Post
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Going to be at the game tomorrow with a few friends. I am really looking forward to this game I feel if they can get a few runs early it will be huge for them as I believe the Nats bullpen is definitely a weak spot. It will also take the crowd out of the game. I’m predicting Brewers win 4-3.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 5:15 PM Post
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If the Brewers win Tuesday, Game 1 will be at 8:37 pm Thursday and Game 2 will be 8:47 pm Friday.

https://twitter.com/mlb_pr/status/11787 ... 93377?s=21

Those are Eastern times, right?
Edit: As I see it, Thursday is 7:37 Central and Friday is 8:47.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 5:17 PM Post
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To me, the most interesting thing will be if Lyles is coming in to pitch after Woodruff. I wouldn't expect Woodruff to go more than 3 innings.

In a 1 game, 9 inning elimination game I only want Woodruff, Lyles, Pomeranz, Hader, and Suter. I'd feel ok about Peralta and Guerra in certain situations as well.

Probably need either Davies or Anderson on the roster just to protect yourself in case of a long extra inning game. I'd lean Davies even though he'd be on short rest if they need him.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:15 PM Post
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This is kind of what I was afraid of. Unlikely we see anyone besides Scherzer, Strasburg or Corbin tomorrow if the game is close.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:18 PM Post
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I feel a bit better using guys in roles they are used to vs. tossing starters out there mid game. The later is much more unpredictable and guys have struggled in such a role in the past.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:26 PM Post
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RollieTime said:
https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/status/1178764462989479937

Braun is good to go tomorrow! Great news on Braun. Cain will be a game time decision, but Scott Braun asked Cain how he was feeling when he was walking off the field and Cain responded with “good enough”. Looks like Cain will be a go as well!


Great! Both are needed. Damn the 0-14 and 0-15 against Scherzer - Braun starts a playoff game every time, and in any defensive game Cain may just win the game in the field.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:31 PM Post
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I don’t mind our chances tomorrow. Scherzer isn’t unhittable. Corbin and Stras normally don’t relieve. I think Woodruff gives us 3 innings of no run-ball. Suter follows for 2IP. Hat gets us to Pomeranz and Hader


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:32 PM Post
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I feel a bit better using guys in roles they are used to vs. tossing starters out there mid game. The later is much more unpredictable and guys have struggled in such a role in the past.


Do we just tell ourselves this before a game like this to make ourselves feel better or is there real statistical evidence to back it up? I really don't know, honestly curious. Feels like we used almost everyone on our pitching staff in an unfamiliar role last September/October and they did just fine.

FWIW, Strasburg has never pitched out of the pen and Corbin has been very successful in limited career innings out of the pen.


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:41 PM Post
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Braun is playing so Brewers by 4.

"I'm not as good as I was but in big moments I'm still the guy. I want that opportunity." -Ryan Braun


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Posted: September 30, 2019, 7:43 PM Post
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There's no way Braun doesn't hit a HR tomorrow. I'm calling it now.


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