Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for October 8th, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Brian Dozier
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 8th, 2017

Welcome to the October 8th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

News and Notes

NLDS, Game 2: Washington Nationals 6, Chicago Cubs 3

After a solid start from Jon Lester, the Cubs were up 3-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning, but the Nationals exploded for 5 runs to seal a comeback win and tie the series at 1.

Gio Gonzalez went 5 innings for the Nationals, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Sean Doolittle closed out the game with a scoreless 9th, allowing a hit, striking out one. Lester went 6 innings for the Cubs, allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2.

The Cubs were led offensively by William Contreras with a home run and two walks. Kris Bryant had a double and a single. Anthony Rizzo had a home run. Javier Baez had a stolen base. For the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman had a home run, a single, and a stolen base. Anthony Rendon had a home run and a walk. Bryce Harper had a home run.

Game 3 of the series will shift to Chicago on Monday.

NLDS, Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 5

The Diamondbacks jumped out with 2 runs in the first inning, but the Dodgers then scored 7 unanswered runs, building up a cushion that would serve well as the Diamondbacks made a late surge in the 7th inning.

Robbie Ray went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 6. Jorge De La Rosa threw 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2. Rich Hill got the start for the Dodgers, going 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4.

Paul Goldschmidt led the Diamondbacks with a home run and a single. Brandon Drury had a pinch hit home run. Jake Lamb had a pair of singles. Daniel Descalso had a single and a walk.

Logan Forsythe had a trio of singles and a stolen base. Yasiel Puig had three singles. Austin Barnes had a double, a single, a walk, and stole a base. Chris Taylor had a single and a walk. Justin Turner had a single, was hit by pitch, and he stole a base. Corey Seager had a single, a walk, and stole a base.

Game 3 of the series will move to Arizona on Monday.

More from Puckett's Pond

Playoff games today

Houston Astros @ Boston Red Sox, 1:30PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Brad Peacock vs. Doug Fister
Television: FS1
Series Standing: Astros lead 2-0

Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees, 6:30PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Television: FS1
Season Series: Indians lead 2-0

Notes from around baseball

Next: Previewing the Twins Free Agents

One Last Thing

The Twins have often been a team to avoid in fantasy baseball. In preseason lists this season, Brian Dozier was frequently a top 30 player, but he was often the only player in the top 100 of rankings. Miguel Sano was usually the only other Twins player who rated in the top 150 players.

At the end of the season, the situation was much different. ESPN’s player rater lists Brian Dozier as the top Minnesota Twins player at 34. However, there were a host more ranked well, including Ervin Santana at #37, Eddie Rosario ranked at #81, Byron Buxton ranked #121, and Jose Berrios ranked #138. That gives the Twins 5 players in the top 150, and that doesn’t even count Miguel Sano’s quality play before he was injured.

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