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    Senior Member Big-Leaguer Highabove's Avatar
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    There has been talk of adding a Bullpen car for the pitching staff. I believe the Twins are leaning towards the second model.




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    The problem with that idea Highabove is that it presumes the Twins medical staff is aware of a problem requiring action. Typically we play with a 21 or 22 man roster while we wait these things out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    The problem with that idea Highabove is that it presumes the Twins medical staff is aware of a problem requiring action. Typically we play with a 21 or 22 man roster while we wait these things out.
    The lights on an ambulance for the Twins wouldn't work. Same with that thing they use to change the stoplight color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
    Googling "Rich Harden Best I've Felt in Years" turns up a lot of results. Here's one from 2010-


    http://seattletimes.com/html/sports/...ersharden.html
    Part of the really great thing about your post is the city that the story comes from.
    Surprise, AZ.

    There is no such thing as a coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
    This would make an absolutely amazing story if he can come back like his early self. I guess he's already passed the Zumaya test.
    Liked the Zumaya signing, but even a year later it's still hard to believe that the difference between the real Zumaya and the Onion parody Zumaya was 12 pitches. Nice to hear that Harden has felt good so far, but he's the classic hope-for-the-best, expect-the-worst type of signing.

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    A lot of things will need to go right for the Twins to do well this season.
    Here's a list of things I think are possible but could just as easily go wrong.

    Twins long-shot list:
    Harden revival, healthy for whole season
    Gibson wins 15 games
    Deduno wins 15, cuts walks in half
    Morneau hits 30 taters
    Florimon hits .250
    Butera hits .225
    DeVries wins 12
    Hendriks wins 10
    Plouffe hits 28 taters, healthy for the whole season
    Dozier wins 2B, hits .265
    Benson beats out Hicks for CF, stays up and healthy
    Mauer plays healthy all year

    If most of those things happen, I think the Twins could compete for a wild card. Most of them are physically possible, but of course some of them are less probable than others. Frankly, if they all stayed healthy, that would be a major accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
    A lot of things will need to go right for the Twins to do well this season.
    Here's a list of things I think are possible but could just as easily go wrong.

    Twins long-shot list:
    Harden revival, healthy for whole season
    Gibson wins 15 games
    Deduno wins 15, cuts walks in half
    Morneau hits 30 taters
    Florimon hits .250
    Butera hits .225
    DeVries wins 12
    Hendriks wins 10
    Plouffe hits 28 taters, healthy for the whole season
    Dozier wins 2B, hits .265
    Benson beats out Hicks for CF, stays up and healthy
    Mauer plays healthy all year

    If most of those things happen, I think the Twins could compete for a wild card. Most of them are physically possible, but of course some of them are less probable than others. Frankly, if they all stayed healthy, that would be a major accomplishment.
    All of those things are unlikely but one is virtually impossible... There is simply no way Gibson will win 15 games on a strict innings count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
    A lot of things will need to go right for the Twins to do well this season.
    Here's a list of things I think are possible but could just as easily go wrong.

    Twins long-shot list:
    Harden revival, healthy for whole season
    Gibson wins 15 games
    Deduno wins 15, cuts walks in half
    Morneau hits 30 taters
    Florimon hits .250
    Butera hits .225
    DeVries wins 12
    Hendriks wins 10
    Plouffe hits 28 taters, healthy for the whole season
    Dozier wins 2B, hits .265
    Benson beats out Hicks for CF, stays up and healthy
    Mauer plays healthy all year

    If most of those things happen, I think the Twins could compete for a wild card. Most of them are physically possible, but of course some of them are less probable than others. Frankly, if they all stayed healthy, that would be a major accomplishment.
    I had a little fun thinking about the order of likelihood in that list. As BB already pointed out, Gibson winning 15 is almost certainly on the bottom end. While maybe not technically "likely," I think a few aren't super long shots.

    Morneau has hit 30 bombs in three of his last four healthy seasons (obviously he's older now and, you know, hasn't been healthy for a while). Hendriks winning 10 seems conceivable (Correia has done it 4 years in a row!). Plouffe hit 24 last year while only playing 119 games, so 28 IF healthy seems in play. Dozier hit .234 last year, so .265 seems reachable if he puts some things together. And my feeling is that any health issues for Mauer would be new things, which can happen to anyone at any time, of course. After that, things get a little more long-shotty.

    Keeping it a little on topic with the thread, I don't foresee Harden staying healthy all year, but I'm hopeful to be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsfaninsaudi View Post
    No, but it's a good add-in. Didn't read that, but it's expected. Got to start from the bullpen and work his way up.

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