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The trade that is coming

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:13 PM
TR has made more moves than most expected (though he has added exactly what I expected, nothing more or less). I expected a starter to be...
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Who's the back-up catcher on this squad?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:46 PM
Kurt Suzuki is the Twins everyday catcher, but even as the everyday catcher, someone else is going to need to kneel behind the plate a co...
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Who will be the 5th starter?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:36 PM
The venerable Strib posted a Q&A with Terry Ryan. His response to a question on pitching is below. I read it as: - He acknowledges Gi...
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Who is Tommy Milone and where does he fit in?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:15 PM
I think it's fairly easy to openly state 4 of 5 rotation spots...pending health or injury issues of course...are set for the Twins in 201...
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Fryer outrighted to AAA

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 PM
With Eric Fryer outrighted to AAA, there are only 2 catchers on the 40 man roster. Presumably this means Ryan and Molitor plan a larger c...
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Offensively, Twins Remain Uneven

"We have holes. And some of it is pitching, and some of it is not. There are other areas we need to address."

- Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan as reported by Phil Mackey



Attached Image: 6.jpg The Twins rotation currently ranks 29th in the majors in ERA and 28th in innings pitched. But Ryan is right – they aren’t the only sore spot that will need to be addressed this offseason.

The decision to promote and play Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base highlights one such area. The Twins rank 29th in the majors in OPS(On Base Plus Slugging) from that position. Even if their best option, Jamey Carroll, had played there the entire season, his OPS would only rank 25th. Similarly, the shortstop position ranks 27th overall.
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The Twins are likely to use the rest of the year to further evaluate this offseason’s priorities. They might start be looking at where each position ranks offensively versus the rest of the league:


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[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD="align: center"]OPS[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]MLB Rank[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Left Field[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]938[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]2[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Catcher[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]822[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]5[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Designated Hitter[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]845[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]8[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Third Base[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]765[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]11[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Center Field[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]718[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]First Base[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]749[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]19[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Right Field[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]692[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]25[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Shortstop[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]575[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]27[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Second Base[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]571[/TD]
[TD="align: center"]29[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

2B – Let’s start with the worst and get more optimistic. Most of the damage has been done by Alexi Casilla whose overall OPS is 580, which is one hundred points below his OPS last year and 50 points below his career OPS. He’ll likely get better, if he hasn’t already played himself out of the picture. (Again.)

SS – Either you believe Brian Dozier will get better or you don’t. I think he will. He certainly needs to.

RF – Even if Ben Revere had all the at-bats here, his 738 OPS would only rank 22nd. However, according to Ultimate Zone Rating, he has also saved another 10 runs with his glove. Using WAR, which tries to include defensive value, he ranks 12th overall.

1B – Parmelee (667 OPS) and Mauer (752 OPS) are responsible for about 40% of the at-bats here.

CF – The Twins have only given 15 at-bats to players other than Revere and Denard Span in center field. Those players have gone 0 for 15, which drags down the number about 20 points.

3B – Imagine where the Twins would rank if Danny Valencia and his 522 OPS hadn’t eaten up about 1/3 of the at-bats this season.

DH – The at-bats have been split four ways, but Ryan Doumit gets most of the credit. His OPS is 939 as a designated hitter, just 766 as a catcher.

C – Not that the Twins two-headed catching monster isn’t working well. They only rank behind St. Louis (Yadier Molina), Milwaukee ( Jonathan LuCroy), San Francisco (Buster Posey) and Philadelphia (CHOOOOCH!)

LF – Speaking of monsters, ladies and gentlemen, Josh Willingham, version 2012.

Certainly, the Twins pitching has been an issue. But Ryan is correct to not overlook the uneven production from the lineup, too.


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