All Things 2023 Minnesota Twins In-Season Thread

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They really should re-seed after the WC Round. Teams with the best record should be playing those with the worst record, regardless if they were Division Champs or not.

Would have resulted in:

ALDS
Twins @ Orioles
Rangers @ Astros

NLDS
Diamondbacks @ Braves
Phillies @ Dodgers

The NL is really puzzling as both a Wild Card Teams won. Seems like an easy fix.
It's not just the 5 days off, it's the number of games in a series.

I've stated it before but the NHL and NBA play 82 game seasons and have best of 7 matchups in the playoffs.

The friggin MLB has best of 3 and best of 5, when playing twice as many games in the regular season.

It's a freaking joke.
 

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They really should re-seed after the WC Round. Teams with the best record should be playing those with the worst record, regardless if they were Division Champs or not.

Would have resulted in:

ALDS
Twins @ Orioles
Rangers @ Astros

NLDS
Diamondbacks @ Braves
Phillies @ Dodgers

The NL is really puzzling as both a Wild Card Teams won. Seems like an easy fix.
And all should be best of 7
 

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And all should be best of 7
I'm totally OK with Best of 5 for this round, more urgency and already playing into November.

Baseball is different than NBA, underdogs have a much better shot even Best of 7 when you can rely on 2 stud pitchers to get through a series.

I would be in favor of reducing or even eliminating all off days during a series, which would favor teams with deeper pitching staffs in general and rotations specifically.
 

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They really should re-seed after the WC Round. Teams with the best record should be playing those with the worst record, regardless if they were Division Champs or not.

Would have resulted in:

ALDS
Twins @ Orioles
Rangers @ Astros

NLDS
Diamondbacks @ Braves
Phillies @ Dodgers

The NL is really puzzling as both a Wild Card Teams won. Seems like an easy fix.
Doesn't really bother me not reseeding. The 2 best clubs during regular season have home field, and I think that's all that really matters. Just my opinion.
 

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I'm totally OK with Best of 5 for this round, more urgency and already playing into November.

Baseball is different than NBA, underdogs have a much better shot even Best of 7 when you can rely on 2 stud pitchers to get through a series.

I would be in favor of reducing or even eliminating all off days during a series, which would favor teams with deeper pitching staffs in general and rotations specifically.
My whole issue is the baseball season is based on 5 man rotations and 162 games. It's then reduced to 3 man rotations. If you eliminate all days off for a 7 game series, you have to pitch your 5 starters, which is what the whole 162 game is based on. I'd be all in on that. You are still going to see the upsets unlike the NBA, because it's baseball.
 



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My whole issue is the baseball season is based on 5 man rotations and 162 games. It's then reduced to 3 man rotations. If you eliminate all days off for a 7 game series, you have to pitch your 5 starters, which is what the whole 162 game is based on. I'd be all in on that. You are still going to see the upsets unlike the NBA, because it's baseball.
That's not really true. The current ALDS will have both teams using 4 starters and same will be true in League Championship and World Series. True, not 5, but not 3 either.
 

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My whole issue is the baseball season is based on 5 man rotations and 162 games. It's then reduced to 3 man rotations. If you eliminate all days off for a 7 game series, you have to pitch your 5 starters, which is what the whole 162 game is based on. I'd be all in on that. You are still going to see the upsets unlike the NBA, because it's baseball.
I'm with you on reducing the off days, even just having 1 would be an improvement. 2 off days in a 5 gamer is just silly.

Would also help the Twins this season with the depth of their rotation.
 

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I'm totally OK with Best of 5 for this round, more urgency and already playing into November.

Baseball is different than NBA, underdogs have a much better shot even Best of 7 when you can rely on 2 stud pitchers to get through a series.

I would be in favor of reducing or even eliminating all off days during a series, which would favor teams with deeper pitching staffs in general and rotations specifically.
I'd be ok with reducing, especially how NL is doing it right now. However, MLB has had travel days since basically World Series started and think you need them, especially in 7 game series with long travel times. I could be for a 2/3 config for 5 game series.
 




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My thoughts would be to go first 2 games at the lower seed, last 3 at higher seed for 5 game series. And 3/4 for 7 game series. One day off for travel.
 






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I like the current playoff set up. As recently as 1984, you only had to win three playoff games to reach the WS. Now you have to win seven, maybe nine. Seems to be more of a test now. Of course, letting more teams into the postseason cheapens the regular season somewhat, but also keeps things interesting late in the season for more teams.
 

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I like the current playoff set up. As recently as 1984, you only had to win three playoff games to reach the WS. Now you have to win seven, maybe nine. Seems to be more of a test now.
The LCS were only 3 games all the way into the 80's? I never knew that.
 


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My thoughts would be to go first 2 games at the lower seed, last 3 at higher seed for 5 game series. And 3/4 for 7 game series. One day off for travel.
Ok with the 2/3 split as I mentioned earlier. I still like 2/3/2 for 7 game. Maybe that's just what I'm so used to.
 


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The LCS were only 3 games all the way into the 80's? I never knew that.
The first Best of 7s were 1985, and right out of the gate the Royals rallied down 3-1 (when it would have been over) to take it in 7. Would have been over if had still been 5.

Of course, could have played out differently with a different Home/Road set up and pitching matchups.
 



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a little playoff history:

1903-1968. AL and NL champs played in the World Series. "the good old days" for us old folks.....

1969-1993: leagues split into 2 divisions. the League Championship Series was played to determine WS qualifiers. Best of 5 from '69 to '84. Best of 7 starting in 1985. Footnote - 1981 players strike resulted in split season with a Divisional series before the League Championship series.

1994-2011: MLB went to 3 divisions in each league with 1 wild card team. best of 5 Divisional Series with winners advancing to best of 7 League Championship Series.

2012-2019 & 2021: 2nd Wild-Card team added to each league with a 1-game Wild Card playoff before the Divisional Series.

2020: thanks to covid, 8 teams from each league qualified for an expanded playoff system.

2022-present: 3 Division winners and 3 Wild card teams qualify in each league.
 

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Tomorrow and then Wednesday, will mark the latest into October the Twins have played outdoor baseball games in Minnesota since Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against the Dodgers.
 
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Man playoff baseball is amazing.

Too bad though, would really be nice if someone can take care of the Braves so we don't have to face them.
I thing the Phillies are pretty good too, and I dislike them very much so I’m ok with the Braves beating them.
 



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We'd be playing into mid November. I'd be fine with all 7 game series if they shortened the regular season, but I don't see that happening.
The NBA plays into June.....I mean, WTF
 




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