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 the Twins contenders or pretenders? Or are they pretending cont...Are the Twins contenders or pretenders? Or are they pretending contenders? Or...contending pretenders? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss the state of the 2017 Minnesota Twins, and use one key game against the Boston Red Sox as an example of how good they can be. Jose Berrios vs. Chris Sale wasn't a lopsided mismatch, but Sale had the edge. Also, should the Twins call up prospect Zack Granite? Who would lose their roster spot? Byron Buxton? Eddie Rosario? Kennys Vargas? More info on this episode of the Touch 'Em All podcast.Show More
With Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios at the top of the rotation -- and a drop-off after that -- could you make the case that the Twins would be a more dangerous team in October than in the regular season?
Phil Mackey, Judd Zulgad and Derek Wetmore of 1500ESPN debate that idea. How would Minnesota's bullpen play into it? Will they need to add pieces to be a serious postseason contender? Are they still a year away in their rebuilding process?
The Indians came to Target Field and showed up the Twins this weekend. Cleveland overtook first place in the division. Many people expect them to win the Central, and now they're in the driver's seat. Should the Twins fold up the tents and go home? Or could they add some pieces? Who should they target in trades? How much of the future would you be willing to give up for a better shot this year?
Pros and cons of trading away your future if you're the Twins. Should they do it? Should they pivot and be sellers this trade deadline? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss. If you want to #TrustTheProcess, consider the message it sends to some important people inside the clubhouse. And lastly, what's going on with Byron Buxton at the plate? Why can't he just make good on some of the good flashes that he shows sporadically?
The Twins surprised a lot of us by drafting Royce Lewis first in the MLB Draft. Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss what went into that selection. They ask if it's the right pick. They talk about the Twins' apparent strategy and why it could pay off down the road. Also: Do you think Royce Lewis is going to be a star?
Will the Minnesota Twins make the playoffs? Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey tackle this question in the latest episode of Touch 'em All. Also included: How much would you pay for a weird piece of sports memorabilia? Which key Twins position player does Phil think gets traded (hint: Not Dozier)? And some warranted praise for the Twins in an area that often goes unpraised.
Should the Twins target former Rnagers closer Sam Dyson in a trade? He was recently DFA'd after struggling mightily this season, and might just be the kind of reliever that would make sense in Minnesota.
Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad to talk about Dyson, Robbie Grossman and Jose Berrios.
The Twins have been the worst bullpen in the American League, and after a rock-bottom series against the Astros, they've added 2 new arms: Alex Wimmers and Randy Rosario.
Will those two solve the immediate problems? Does the front office deserve blame for not starting the season with a better relief corps? Who could fix their issues? Lastly, in the big-picture: how should the Twins approach building their pitching staff?
The Twins gave up a record-setting inning to the Houston Astros in a come-from-ahead loss on Memorial Day. The Twins bullpen has exceed expectations at times this season, but now things have started to come unglued.
The question now becomes: Are the Twins a good enough team that they should consider trading prospects for a good late-inning reliever or two? Or should they keep their eye on the long-term rebuild?