Friday, March 25, 2011

Ultimate Twins Team Bracket: 1965 vs. 1970

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The last slot in the Final Four is up for grabs today as the AL Pennant winning 1965 Twins battle with the AL West winners in 1970.  On the other side of the bracket, we saw an upset in the #2 vs. #3 match-up. Could the 1970 Twins be the second upset winners of the tournament?

Here is a look at the other series in the first round to get you caught up on the tournament thus far:
1. 1991 Twins vs. 2006 Twins
2. 2002 Twins vs. 1969 Twins
3. 1987 Twins vs. 2010 Twins

1965 Twins Batting/Positions (By Games Played)
C Earl Battey (.297 BA, 6 HR, 60 RBI, .783 OPS)
1B Don Mincher (.251 BA, 22 HR, 65 RBI, .853 OPS)
2B Jerry Kindall (.196 BA, 6 HR, 36 RBI, .563 OPS)
SS Zoilo Versalles (.273 BA, 19 HR, 77 RBI, .781 OPS)
3B Rich Rollins (.249 BA, 5 HR, 32 RBI, .641 OPS)
LF Bob Allison (.233 BA, 23 HR, 78 RBI, .787 OPS)
CF Jimmie Hall (.285 BA, 20 HR, 86 RBI, .810 OPS)
RF Tony Oliva (.321 BA, 16 HR, 98 RBI, .870 OPS)
DH* Harmon Killebrew (.269 BA, 25 HR, 75 RBI, .885 OPS)
*No DH in 1965

1970 Twins Batting/Positions (By Games Played)
C George Mitterwald (.222 BA, 15 HR, 46 RBI, .679 OPS)
1B Rich Reese (.261 BA, 10 HR, 56 RBI, .703 OPS)
2B Danny Thompson (.219 BA, 0 HR, 22 RBI, .482 OPS)
SS Leo Cardenas (.247 BA, 11 HR, 65 RBI, .674 OPS)
3B Harmon Killebrew (.271 BA, 41 HR, 113 RBI, .957 OPS)
LF Brant Alyea (.291 BA, 16 HR, 61 RBI, .897 OPS)
CF Cesar Tovar (.300 BA, 10 HR, 54 RBI, .798 OPS)
RF Tony Oliva (.325 BA, 23 HR, 107 RBI, .878 OPS)
DH* Rod Carew (.366 BA, 4 HR, 28 RBI, .930 OPS)
*No DH in 1970

Best of 5 Series
Game 1 Match-Up: Mudcat Grant vs. Jim Perry ('70)
Both team trotted out their 20 game winners to get this series started. These pitchers had been innings-eaters during the regular season and that continued in this game. Each team looked off-balanced at the plate and they struggled to string hits together. In the top of the 9th inning, the '70 Twins were able to push two runs across the plate. The '65 Twins got runners on in the bottom half of the inning but Perry was able to escape with the complete game shutout.
1970 Twins 2
1965 Twins 0 ('70 Twins Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2 Match-Up: Jim Katt ('65) vs. Jim Katt ('70)
An interesting pitching match-up that pits a young Jim Katt against himself from five years in the future. The younger Katt got the better of the two on this day by only giving up three runs on five hits over seven innings. The elder Katt gave up six runs before exiting the game in the sixth inning. The '65 team had awaken and historians have looked at this game as being one of the turning points in the series.
1965 Twins 8
1970 Twins 4 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3 Match-Up: Jim Perry ('65) vs. Bert Blyleven
A teenage Bery Blyleven squares off against a younger version of Jim Perry than made an appearance earlier in the series. Blyleven would give up a three run homerun in the third inning to Killebrew. In the very next inning, Perry gave up a two run homerun to Killebrew from the '70 team. From that point on there would be little excitement in the game. The '65 team would add an insurance run late in the game to seal the win.
1965 Twins 4
1970 Twins 2 ('65 Twins Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4 Match-Up: Camilo Pascual vs. Tom Hall
The pivotal Game 4 in the series would be one of the most memorable and for all the wrong reasons. The game was tight with both teams having the lead during different portions of the contest. Allison had hit a homerun earlier in the game and Hall wasn't pleased with that results. He came high and tight on Allison on back-to-back pitches before hitting Allison. The two exchanged words as Allison trudged toward first base. The lead-off hitter in the next inning was Killebrew and the first pitch plunked him in the back. The benches would clear but no punches would be thrown. The '70 team used the energy to claw their way to a series tying victory.
1970 Twins 12
1965 Twins 9 (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5 Match-Up: Mudcat Grant vs. Jim Perry ('70)
The fifth and decisive game in the series would have the same pitching duel as the Game 1 barn-burner. The loss in Game 1 had stuck with Grant over the course of the series. He and the '65 team would not be denied in this game. A two-run first inning and a three-run third inning would be enough to put them over the top. All of the energy in the bats of the '70 team had been used up in the previous game. The '65 team had clinched the last spot in the Final Four.
1965 Twins 5
1970 Twins 1 ('65 Team Wins Series 3-2)

It has been a great first round of the Ultimate Twins Team Bracket and the Final Four is sure to bring more fun and excitement. The Final Four is composed of two different eras in the history of Twins baseball, the World Series Champions and the power teams of the late 1960's.

Check back next week for the Final Four in the Ultimate Twins Team Bracket.


Topper said...

I wonder if they didn't brawl despite the benches clearing because so many of them saw their doppelganger on the team

NoDak Twins Fan said...

Yeah they didn't want to punch themselves in the face.