Since Logan Webb was in the process of cutting dozers in the opening game of NLDS, what in the world were the Giants Relief pitcher Tyler Rogers doing sitting among the paying customers? It turns out that this was Tyler’s twin brother, Taylor, who was a relief jar for the Minnesota twins.
“A lot of people thought it was wrong for me,” Rogers said Saturday before the Giants faced the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Even during the game, they were asking him why he was in the stands.
The 10th set of twins will be on the big league rasters at the same time, Taylor Rogers is left-handed resting with less than three-quarters of an arm. Tyler is a self-propelled submarine, so talking about mechanics gives way to more practical matters.
Although this was Tyler’s post-season debut, Taylor has October experience with twins. With 50 career saves and an average of 3.15, Taylor was an American League All-Star for Minnesota this season.
“We talked a little bit about the playoffs,” said Tyler Rogers. Because you can get ready and there’s still a minute and a half left in the break, it was good news from him.
Moving on to a 3-0 lead, Rogers took note of the long break after calling Webb for two outs and Moki Bates to ride. He immediately retired Corey Sager from the ground ball to end the inning, then gave way to Camilo Dowell in the ninth.
On the contrary, Rogers can go up to 82 miles per hour and hit the Dowell 100.
“The videos they play before Jack McGee and Dowell show fire behind the ball,” Rogers said. “I was like, ‘Can’t you set fire to 82?’ ”
With a 7-1 record, averaging 2.22 runs and 13 saves and 80 notable performances in the league, Rogers as the most stable giant reliever. For a long time, keeping in mind that side arm and submarine right-handers can’t get out left-handed hitters, right-handers hit .299 against Rogers, while left-handers hit just 177.
How does he do
“You have to be able to get out, down, out,” Rogers said. “I don’t think there’s a secret version. I know submarine side-arm boys get the label to get out of the opponent’s hands, even before they ever get a chance.
Rogers recalls being asked for his debut how he would bowl left-handed players, and his response was, “I haven’t faced anyone yet.”
Colito, a teammate at Chatfield High School in Littleton, went to play college baseball in Kentucky, while Tyler stayed close to Garden City Community College. Here Chris Fanigan suggested leaving his arm slot on the side arm.
“I really had no intention of becoming a major. Honestly, it was just building my college baseball team, and it started a kind of journey from there,” said Tyler Rogers.
Rogers discovered that many have learned side arm pitchers. Everyone is different in terms of delivery and release point.
“There was a lot of trial and error, and that’s something I was 100 percent determined to do,” Rogers said.
Along the way, with constant practice and experience, he slowly dropped his arm until he was throwing the submarine.
“He found me in a way,” Rogers said.
Rogers could have avoided a devastating Los Angeles blast against the Dodgers on July 20, which left three runs on one hit and two walks without retiring a batter.
Manager Gabe Kepler put Rogers in another rescue position the next night, and Rogers retired the side to win 4-2.