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.
If you simulated the rest of the season 10 times, how many times would...If you simulated the rest of the season 10 times, how many times would the Twins make the playoffs? Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey & Judd Zulgad to tackle that topic. Plus, 3 drivers to give Twins fans optimism the rest of the way: Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios and Defensive Runs Saved.Show More
Are the Twins buyers or sellers this year? It's too early to know, obviously, but we want to know if there's any case to be made for standing pat instead of giving up on this year -- even if you're "rebuilding," as the Twins are.
Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss that, and share their opinion about Jose Berrios' great 2017 debut with the Twins.
Are you buying stock in Jose Berrios after his great first outing? Does his emergence change the landscape for the Twins in terms of competing for a postseason spot this year? Are they ahead of schedule to be playing meaningful games in October? Or is this just a fluke that will fade over the summer.
Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad to discuss.
How many players do you think will be on the Twins roster in 2019 from the current club? How confident are you? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss their ides on this episode of the Touch 'Em All podcast, and there's really only one player they disagree on. The bottom line: You can probably fairly expect a lot of roster turnover if the Twins are going to get to where they want to be in the next 2 or 3 years.
The Twins just got smoked by the Red Sox, but Derek and Phil find multiple reasons why #OptimismReigns for the Minnesota Twins. Topics include Miguel Sano's blood-thirsty nature, the front office putting mediocre players on notice, Mike Pelfrey's continued MLB employment and Jose Berrios Watch.
Miguel Sano is playing like an MVP candidate right now, and that has Phil Mackey, Derek Wetmore and Judd Zulgad wondering: Who says no to a contract extension right now? That was the topic of conversation on Monday's Mackey & Judd show, with Wetmore as a guest. Also: Draft chatter on Hunter Greene and Brendan McKay; and the flaws of Terry Ryan's recent trades.
Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss how quickly the Twins can get back into regular contention. Hint: Mackey thinks the process should take much less time than originally advertised, especially when you look at this current lineup. Plus, when will Jose Berrios be recalled?
The Twins are off to a good start, and we're wondering how much we should believe in them. Phil, Judd and Derek discuss the hot start for the pitching staff. How good do you think they'll be the rest of the year?
Torii Hunter made his TV debut and it was a hit. We're sincerely sorry for that bad pun. We'll do better.
Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss the possible value of a guy like Torii Hunter, and why a local TV broadcast (or a grinding coaching job) won't be the only avenue open to him. It's also bobblehead giveaway week!
And what's next for Byron Buxton? Is he back on track? Does he need more work? Would you send him down if he doesn't start making more contact?
Optimism Reigns on this bonus episode of the Touch 'Em All podcast, from Monday's Mackey & Judd show on 1500ESPN. Phil Mackey, Judd Zulgad and Derek Wetmore discuss 3 reasons for genuine optimism with regard to the 2017 Twins season. What's gone wrong with Kyle Gibson? And how much longer is he going to be pitching for the Twins? Also, a discussion about the ethics of self-policing in baseball. Did Twins-Tigers go too far? Is Miguel Sano in the wrong? Are the Tigers?