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2021 Series #14 | Twins @ Indians | May 21-23, 2021

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I can't believe a 29-year-old career minor leaguer with 137 major league at-bats hit a home run off Karinchak. Baseball is a very funny game. They take out the guy who hit the 3-run homer for a defensive replacement and the replacement hits his own 3-run homer.

But it never should have come to that if not for a throwing error by Hernandez and a dropped ground ball by Chang. He actually muffed a ball that had reached the top of its hop and was on the way down, and it wasn't sharply hit. Those two defensive lapses cost the Indians two runs and the game.

Not to mention Luplow striking out twice against a lefty with runners on third and one out. Or Josie striking out on three pitches against a 38-year-old with a runner on third and nobody out. How does he swing and miss a 91 mph fastball?

Plesac did his best Tristan McKenzie impression; three impressive innings and then fall to pieces in the 4th. I have no idea what happened there. He gave up two hits on pitches that were out of the zone and there were two defensive lapses that cost him two runs. It should have been a 3-run inning with ordinary defense.

Hard to believe the Twins won this series with no Buxton, Cruz, Pineda, or Berrios. This does not bode well for the Indians, especially the performances of Bieber and Plesac. The Twins got to both of them.

The Indians were 3-for-18 with RISP. The Twins were 3-for-5. That pretty much sums it up. That and two 3-run homers.

The Owen Miller debut fell flat. He was over-eager in his first three at-bats and the crafty 38-year-old got him to chase. Then he settled down and put the ball in play, although he didn't square it up. But now that he's got his feet wet maybe he'll be more selective and the hits will come.

Congrats to Amed Rosario on a four-hit game. Those are extremely rare with this team. I don't know if we've even had one this year. I love the way he's been going to right field. You don't see many triples in this park but with his excellent speed he legged one out. Too bad Josie, Luplow, and Eddie couldn't get him home.

The White Sox lost again but it doesn't matter. Over 162 games they will pull away. Their roster is much better.
 
I can't believe a 29-year-old career minor leaguer with 137 major league at-bats hit a home run off Karinchak. Baseball is a very funny game. They take out the guy who hit the 3-run homer for a defensive replacement and the replacement hits his own 3-run homer.

But it never should have come to that if not for a throwing error by Hernandez and a dropped ground ball by Chang. He actually muffed a ball that had reached the top of its hop and was on the way down, and it wasn't sharply hit. Those two defensive lapses cost the Indians two runs and the game.

Not to mention Luplow striking out twice against a lefty with runners on third and one out. Or Josie striking out on three pitches against a 38-year-old with a runner on third and nobody out. How does he swing and miss a 91 mph fastball?

Plesac did his best Tristan McKenzie impression; three impressive innings and then fall to pieces in the 4th. I have no idea what happened there. He gave up two hits on pitches that were out of the zone and there were two defensive lapses that cost him two runs. It should have been a 3-run inning with ordinary defense.

Hard to believe the Twins won this series with no Buxton, Cruz, Pineda, or Berrios. This does not bode well for the Indians, especially the performances of Bieber and Plesac. The Twins got to both of them.

The Indians were 3-for-18 with RISP. The Twins were 3-for-5. That pretty much sums it up. That and two 3-run homers.

The Owen Miller debut fell flat. He was over-eager in his first three at-bats and the crafty 38-year-old got him to chase. Then he settled down and put the ball in play, although he didn't square it up. But now that he's got his feet wet maybe he'll be more selective and the hits will come.

Congrats to Amed Rosario on a four-hit game. Those are extremely rare with this team. I don't know if we've even had one this year. I love the way he's been going to right field. You don't see many triples in this park but with his excellent speed he legged one out. Too bad Josie, Luplow, and Eddie couldn't get him home.

The White Sox lost again but it doesn't matter. Over 162 games they will pull away. Their roster is much better.
You will no doubt be criticized for your conclusion. And your critics will be dead wrong.
 
Luplow batting cleanup? Is he even hitting .100 in May? wtf?



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Luplow batting cleanup? Is he even hitting .100 in May? wtf?



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I probably would have gone with Harold Rosario since Luplow has been hitting so badly lately. But with Franmil out they really don't have an obvious replacement.
 
I honestly don't believe in the guy but just give Bobby Bradley his shot already.
Granted, small sample size, but Bradley is hardly lighting the world on fire in Columbus... he's hitting .200. 24 Ks in 64 ABs. Striking out at almost a 38% clip.
 
Yeah no thanks on anyone who strikes out that much. It'd be one thing if he could walk too like Joey Gallo but he hasn't shown that patience. Maybe some day he will patch that up enough to at least be a serviceable LH bat. I could see him getting the call up once we stop getting lefties thrown at us over the next week just because we have nothing to choose from.
 
Sunday rubber match became a clinic on lost opportunities..

....onto the tigers in mo-town... Hentges on the hill with the pill for what might become his most important outing of his career..

Owen Miller was a bit amped up for the debut.. perhaps, as someone suggested, he'll relax thereby slowing the game down..

Nelson, Wittgren Shaw, Maton and Q... the hold it together bunch.. did just that.. Nelson was particularly impressive as he arrived with "ducks on the pond" and didn't allow them to score.

Thoughts?
 

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