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Beauner said

It’s too bad they can’t get the same results against teams they’d likely face in the playoffs.


This.  Everyone needs to remember the Twins have played a ton of games against some very bad teams.  Their games against Houston, LAD, Tampa and even Boston were bad to meh.  Based on these results, I would expect a quick exit in the playoffs.

They are handling the easy teams, and that’s all we can ask for.  But if they start putting solid games together, without allowing 5+ runs per game against the top teams, then we can talk about how good the pitching staff is.

They split a 4 game series @ Boston and took 2 of 3 @ Tampa.

The Houston series wasn’t great, obviously. Houston was on a hot streak (IIRC they ended up winning 13 in a row or 13 of 14, something like that) and they beat the Twins pretty easily, however that series was without Buxton for two games and Correa missed the entire series.


Everyone knew this stretch of games was a spot where the Twins would/should be able to rattle off 11 or 12 wins out of 15. But there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the team winning 6 straight and 8 of 9 while they’re doing it.

You’re not wrong, but I look at the runs given up against those teams and I wonder if we have the pitching staff that will win games for us in October.  Has the staff been spectacular or has the competition been meek?

Runs allowed

Dodgers (7, 7)

Red Sox (4, 4, 8, 3)

Rays (6, 1, 1)

Astros (5, 11, 5)


The Twins were tied 1-1 in the 8th inning against the Dodgers in one of those losses. Thielbar and Jhon Romero got lit up in the 8th inning. IIRC the second game was Paddack’s first start. Obviously he’s out for the season now anyways.

In the game we gave up 8 to the Sox, the bullpen (Thielbar) fell apart again. Ober went 6 innings allowing 2 unearned runs and Thielbar came in for the 8th and got shelled.

I don’t think Thielbar is going to be getting huge innings in the playoffs.