Touch Em' All

Touch Em' All is a weekly discussion about the Minnesota Twins, hosted by 1500 ESPN Twin Cities' Phil Mackey and Twins beat writer Derek Wetmore. On this show, you'll find a strong mix of analytics, bad analogies and pleading for robot umpires.


Are Twins still cursed by Yankees? Plus a mailbag (ep. 137)

Before diving into your mailbag questions, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore...Before diving into your mailbag questions, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss whether the Twins are still awestruck by the Yankees' pinstripes. Or was this week's sweep just an aberration? In the Q&A portion, who should be the Twins' closer next year? Does Joe Mauer listen to Smashmouth? What should the stretch-run rotation look like? And much more!   Show More


Past Episodes

The Twins have had a fun and surprising season. If it all goes down the tubes, will we be angry?

Derek Wetmore joins Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey to debate the topic of "house money" when it comes to the MLB postseason.
Doug Mientkiewicz fired off some aggressive shots at the Twins front office after his dismissal last week. Should the Twins have handled the situation differently? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss on this Touch 'em All podcast episode.
Paul Molitor is an American League Manager of the Year candidate and there's still no clarity about his future managing the Twins. He's in the final year of his contract, and there's been no definitive answer yet from the Twins as to whether or not he'll be back next year.

With Minnesota in the thick of a postseason race, Derek Wetmore joins the Mackey & Judd show to talk about the improbable run that the Twins are on, the future of their current manager, and his credentials when it comes to in-game management.
The Twins can win the World Series. This was the main topic of discussion in the early portion of this episode of Touch 'em All with Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore. The boys also discuss how the Twins stack up against other American League teams, what their starting rotation strategy should be down the stretch, and a stat of the week that will bring you back to the early 2000's.
How many wins will the Twins need to qualify for October? Is Kyle Gibson's breakout for real? Can the Twins make a run to the postseason without Miguel Sano?

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore of 1500ESPN answer listener questions on this special in-game episode of the podcast.
The Twins have pulled off one of the most improbably great seasons in recent memory. How are they doing it? How did they surge in the postseason standings by winning 20 games in August?

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss 8 unsung heroes for the Twins' recent turnaround. The conversation gets side-tracked for far too long with talk of market inefficiencies and how the Twins' front office is set up nicely to lay the foundation for a competitive future.
Byron Buxton has played like a star since July 1, and he's helped boost the Twins into postseason contention.

When he was struggling earlier this season, some with the Twins thought about the need to send him down to the minor leagues. They decided not to, his bat caught fire, and he's been one of the best players in baseball the past two months. This episode is a 1500ESPN exclusive report from Derek Wetmore.
The Twins currently hold the second Wild Card spot in the American League, and they've got a reasonable chance to punch that ticket. Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss the postseason odds for the Twins. Phil is especially bullish, and thinks that the Twins actually stack up fairly well in a postseason format.

This episode discusses the rotation, the lineup's collective breakout, and the Stat of the Week is about a real reason to be very optimistic that MVP-caliber Byron Buxton could be here to stay.
Byron Buxton has figured it out at the plate. Are you buying it this time? Whats the biggest difference between now and earlier this season?
Also, CBO Derek Falvey joins the show to talk about Buxton, Miguel Sano, and the surprising Twins run to the postseason.

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