Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Notes, quotes and comment

The Twins have four left-handed relievers on their active roster right now -- Taylor Rogers, Buddy Boshers, Nik Turley and Glen Perkins -- but Rogers is probably the only one who can reliably get outs.

Enter, if a tweet from one of his former pitching coaches is accurate, Gabriel Moya:

Moya is a 22-year-old Venezuelan the Twins got from the Arizona Diamondbacks for John Ryan Murphy back in July. His numbers in Double A (split between two teams) are astoundingly good: 0.77 ERA, 87 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.

The Twins have not announced his callup, much less the corresponding move to open a roster spot for him (the 40-man is full). But there is, or should be, an opportunity here for a second lefty, and Chattanooga's season is over (the Southern League being one of three minor leagues to cancel their championship series because of Hurricane Irma).


The Twins had a pretty good day Monday in their "pillow fight" (Aaron Gleeman's term) for a wild card berth, as the Royals, Mariners, Orioles and Rays all lost.

But the Twins have basically treaded water the past three weeks in a period in which they played nobody above .500. They really had an opportunity to seize control of this wild card race and didn't.


Cleveland's winning streak is now 19 games. The great Joe Posnanski supplied this breakdown of the Tribe's streak before Monday's 11-0 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers; the numbers now have to be even more astounding.

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