Summary For Troy’s Twins Chat For June 12, 2014

Hello Twins fans. Here’s a brief look at what Dad and I discussed on tonight’s Troy’s Twins Chat. We talked about the draft that was held last week. We also talked about Pinto being sent down because there weren’t enough at bats for him since the Twins signed Kendrys Morales. Also, we ccommented on Mike Pelfrey and Aaron Hicks. Plus we gave the pitching probables for the Detroit Tigers Twins series coming up this weekend.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/06/13/troys-twins-chat

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Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For June 2, 2014

Hello Twins fans. Here’s what dad and I discussed on tonight’s Twins show. We discussed tonight’s 6-2 loss to the Brewers. We also discussed how the Twins Brewers series doesn’t really seem to be much like a rivalry anymore. We ended the show by talking about some of the headlines in the Major Leagues.

To listen to the show, click on the following link.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/06/03/troys-twins-chat
Also, you can subscribe to the podcast by searching for The Troy Larson Show on ITunes.

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Summary of Troy’s Twins Chat For May 22 2014

Hello Twins territory. Here’s what dad and I talked about on tonight’s Troy’s Twins Chat. We talked about the recent performances of some of the Twins players this season. We especially talked about Phil Hughes, Brian Dozier, Kurt Suzuki and Glen Perkins. I mention the Urinal troughs from the Metrodome up for sale. We also talked about the incident of Miguel Olivo biting of a teammates ear. And I talked about Prince Fielder out for season.

To Listen to the show, click on the following link.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/05/23/troys-twins-chat

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Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For May 15 2014

Hello everyone. Here’s a summary of what was discussed on tonight’s show. Dad and I reviewed today’s game. We talked about the performances of some of the players on the Twins. We especially talked about Aaron Hicks. I suggest that Twins fans call up anyone they know in Boston and tell them that, “The Curse Of The Babe’s back.”

To listen to the show. Click on the following link.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/05/16/troys-twins-chat

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Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For May 8, 2014

Hello Twins fans. Her’s what was discussed on tonight’s show. I started off by discussing a couple of story that have to deal with podcasting. I especially talked about MLB asking ITune to remove team themed podcasts. Then my dad and I dove into the roster shuffle that’s been going on with the Twins recently. We also previewed the upcoming Tigers Twins series.

To listen to the show, click on the following link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/05/09/troys-twins-chat

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Having 13 Pitchers Can Cripple A Team

For most of last year, and almost all of this season so far, the Twins have carried 13 pitchers on their 25 man roster. However, having a 13 man pitching staff has it’s drawbacks, especially when you have a player who’s day to day as in the case of Joe Mauer, who’s currently day to day with back spasms.

With one less player on the bench, you don’t have as much flexibility. On Monday, the Twins had all three catchers in their starting lineup. Last night, Trevor Plouffe was the DH with Eduardo Escobar playing third.

As you can see, the Twins were hamstringed. On Monday, they only had two infielders on the bench in Danny Santana and Escobar. Luckily, both of them could play in the outfield if needed. The real issue would have been what do you do for your backup catcher. More than likely, if Kurt Suzuki was injured during the game, Chris Herrmann would have had to shift from right to catcher with either Escobar or Santana playing in the outfield. If Josmil Pinto was to move from dH to catcher, the Twins would have had to give up the DH spot in their lineup.

Last’s night’s game would have presented it’s own challenges as well. The challenging part wouldn’t have been so much what to do for a backup catcher since Pinto was on the bench. the challenge would more likely come from if an infielder was hurt. The Twins did have Pedro Floremon on the bench, but he’s best suited for the middle infield.

Since Plouffe was the DH, the Twins would have to had to give up their DH spot if they needed Plouffe to come in at first or third. Plus, Plouffe can play in the outfield if there’s an injury to one of the outfielders.

When you look at the roster as it’s currently set up, there sin’t a lot of flexibility. Plouffe, Santana and Escobar can play in the outfield if needed. However, the fact that there are only two players on the bench really cripples your team, especially when one is your backup catcher.

The word is the Twins will be making a roster move soon to replace a pitcher with another outfielder which will help resolve the short bench. Oswaldo Arcia is currently at AAA Rochester where he’s batting .333/.379/.444 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Also, Mauer should be returning soon since he’s back is feeling a lot better.

As you can see, having a 13 man pitching staff can cripple a team significantly, especially when you have a player who’s not playing because of an injury. Not only that, but when you don’t have a lot of players that can play multiple positions, that will cripple your bench even more significantly. If the Twins can go down to a 12 man pitching staff, it will significantly help the club.

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A Look At Chris Colabello’s Season So Far

This past offseason, Chris Colabello received an offer to go overseas and play in South Korea. Instead, he decided that he’d stay here and go to spring training and see if he could be a major league player. He made the 25 man roster out of spring training and has exceeded expectations so far.

In 23 games, Colabello has batted .308/.351/.505 with 3 homeruns, 27 RBIs and 11 runs scored. That’s a far cry from his 2013 campaign where in 55 games he batted .194/.287/.344 with 7 home runs, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Right now, Colabello is on pace to have 190 RBIs this season, one behind the record held by Hack Wilson, who drove in 191 runs for the Chicago Cubs in 1930. What’s even more remarkable is that Colabello is currently on pace to hit only 21 home runs this season. When Wilson set the RBI record, he hit 56 home runs.

What has helped Colabello to drive in all of those runs is the players that bat ahead of him in the lineup. Trevor Plouffe, who’s batted third most of the season has an on base percentage of .419. Joe Mauer, despite having a unlike Mauer batting average of .266, has a on base percentage of .378. And there’s Brian Dozier who typically leads off who has an on base percentage of .354.

When Colabello bats with runners in scoring position, he’s batting .345 with 20 RBIs and 2

    home runs. When there’s a runner on first base, Colabello is batting .409 with 6 runs batted in.

    Logic has it that Colabello’s success probably won’t continue at the current rate it is. Teams will eventually pitch him differently if they haven’t already. Not only that, the players that bat in front of him in the lineup will also eventually have a slump.

    As it stands now, Colabello is poised to have a sucessful season, The potensial is there for him to have a record breaking season in the RBI category once he starts hitting more home runs. and even if he does cool off, Colabello will still have a solid season.

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