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SEA 1, MIN 0: Twins Get LeBlanc’ed

Mother Nature tried her best. Back on April 8, the Twins-Mariners game was postponed due to weather. That contest was rescheduled for tonight, but rain delayed the start by over an hour.

The Twins should have taken the hint.

When the game finally got underway, a flat Twins team failed to mount anything resembling an offense and lost 1-0 thanks to a defensive miscue.
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The Twins made Wade LeBlanc look like Sandy Koufax. He pitched six scoreless innings and only gave up three hits. The Twins hit only two balls in excess of 100 mph off LeBlanc. In comparison, the Mariners had six such hits off Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi still pitched a great game himself, striking out seven batters over six shutout innings. Matt Magill pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before things got way too interesting in the eighth.

Dee Gordon hit a double off the wall to open things up against Trevor Hidenberger. The next batter laid down a bunt. Logan Morrsion airmailed the throw into right field, allowing Gordon to score the go-ahead run. Also that inning, Max Kepler whiffed on a line drive that he lost in the lights, but luckily just the one run scored that inning.

The Twins didn’t even get a runner to second base until Mitch Garver hit a double in the seventh inning. The only other Twins hits were singles from Joe Mauer, Morrison and Ehire Adrianza and the team failed to draw a single walk.

Robbie Grossman was ejected for arguing balls and strikes while he was in the Twins dugout. Phil Hughes pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

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Morrison also failed to make a defensive play in the Yankees series, that led to a loss. Mauer is much, much better in the field. Morrison needs to DH. I am cautiously optimistic for his bat to heat up. But if Morrison can't "get in the game" as a DH then the FO needs to deal with it somehow.

i doubt Morrison playing first is about Morrison.

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Agreed, but that's not what i thought you said, must have read it wrong. I'd be thrilled if he's one of the top third of players in the game.


Many of those 189 players also provide value at defense or baserunning though.
Not that I can't live with those numbers from Morrison, but top third in offense is probably the minimum bar for a player with no other value.
    • Hosken Bombo Disco likes this

Many of those 189 players also provide value at defense or baserunning though.
Not that I can't live with those numbers from Morrison, but top third in offense is probably the minimum bar for a player with no other value.


I'm not sure, I haven't thought about that. But they certainly aren't promoting any better options soon, even if they are there....

 

If Mauer plays in the field and Morrison is the DH, that doesn't happen, yes?

 

 

I haven't seen Morrison much, but from what I've read he's a below average 1B, right?

 

It's hard to complain about losing a 1-0 game with zero earned runs scored. These things happen. Though I'd rather see hits, of course.

 

With Chief on this one. He looked pretty good last night. Made several nice scoops, had nice range on ground balls.

 

That throw was terrible though but Ozzie Smith made errors too. I like to think Mauer wouldn't have done the same but who knows. I want Mauer to be effective in August and September and getting him some days off makes sense. I've noticed the Twins flipping Morrison and Mauer on days after Joe makes a lot of diving plays. I wonder if they're trying to manage his soreness.

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Wade is 25.... And you are worried about options and service time? We probably don't agree on that. He certainly plays better defense than Grossman, and he hits better than Buxton, and maybe Grossman. Despite what people say, Grossman plays a lot. A and he's replacement level....

Gordon? I just think he's going to be better than what they have. I understand the doubters. I don't agree with them.

And, forty man? They don't need everyone on that list now, as we see from history when they turn over the list every year.

 

Wade (and Granite) hit lefty. The Twins have little need for a LH hitting OF unless Rosario or Kepler goes down. Wade wouldn't play over either of those. If he was right-handed, Grossman might not be on the team but he isn't.

 

Robbie Grossman had a tough first two weeks but he's put up an .868 OPS over his last 16 games. Driving the ball, getting on base, not as awful in the field. I'd prefer the Twins go find a new fourth OF (Wade/Granite bat from the wrong side; I'd like to see McCutchen if he's available) but Grossman is an acceptable 5th OF/bench bat. He almost always takes a good approach and there's value to that.

 

 

Wade (and Granite) hit lefty. The Twins have little need for a LH hitting OF unless Rosario or Kepler goes down. Wade wouldn't play over either of those. If he was right-handed, Grossman might not be on the team but he isn't.

Robbie Grossman had a tough first two weeks but he's put up an .868 OPS over his last 16 games. Driving the ball, getting on base, not as awful in the field. I'd prefer the Twins go find a new fourth OF (Wade/Granite bat from the wrong side; I'd like to see McCutchen if he's available) but Grossman is an acceptable 5th OF/bench bat. He almost always takes a good approach and there's value to that.


They need guys who can hit, left or right. This handedness obsession is odd to me. I get it, I don't agree with it. Don't forget defense and baserunning....

Sure, trading for an OF would be nice, but that's not happening until mid July....
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Top one third of all players isn't good enough? How high are your expectations?

 

The Twins didn't sign Morrison play like a minor leaguer for a month (April) and be a borderline average singles hitter for the next 2 weeks (May).

 

The Twins didn't sign Morrison play like a minor leaguer for a month (April) and be a borderline average singles hitter for the next 2 weeks (May).

 

that literally has nothing to do with the post i replied too....which was that being a top 59 offensive player in all of baseball isn't good enough. No place was I taliking about the past......

 

They need guys who can hit, left or right. This handedness obsession is odd to me. I get it, I don't agree with it. Don't forget defense and baserunning....

Sure, trading for an OF would be nice, but that's not happening until mid July....

 

Not sure what there is to agree with. Lefties hit righties better and righties hit lefties better. You're putting your team in a better spot if you have a backup OF who hits from the opposite side as the guy he spells.

 

Twins 4th OF is likely to play when there is a LH starting pitcher on the mound. Lamonte Wade has a .667 OPS vs. LH so far this season (admittedly small SS) and would not be put in a position to succeed. Robbie Grossman's career MLB OPS vs LHP is .753 (and even as he has slumped this year it is still .733).

 

If Lamonte Wade was a can't miss prospect, sure he'd be up. But he seems like more of a 4th OF unless he starts hitting with power (another reason he should be playing every day in the minors). His defense would be better than Grossman but a defensive OF is less useful for the Twins than a guy who hits righty. Especially with Sano out and our right handed options severely limited.

 

As for the deadline, not necessarily. Trade deadline is the final date but trades can and do happen before then. The Giants, for instance, are 21-21 with top two pitchers out for at least another month. They may be ready to sell by late June, especially a guy like McCutchen who would get them close to being under the luxury tax (important if they see themselves as a Harper/Machado target this offseason).

 

For now Grossman is fine (there aren't internal options and the available external options are not better than Grossman now) but hopefully by the All-Star Break, the twins can make an upgrade. With the pen and the rotation looking good and Polanco back around the break, it might be their biggest need.

 

 

The Twins didn't sign Morrison play like a minor leaguer for a month (April) and be a borderline average singles hitter for the next 2 weeks (May).

 

No they signed him for his entire body of work. Morrison is trending in the right direction and has a career OPS+ of 108. He isn't striking out more often than he has in the past and his line drive rate is similar to his career rate. His BABIP is .224 and while some will blame the shift, he saw the shift a lot last year and still had a career year.

 

He'll get a bit more lucky and the hits will fall. He may not be last year's Logan Morrison but should settle in to be an above average hitter. At some point he will carry the team for a week and that will be fun. When Sano comes back, he should be DHing against lefties less, which would be nice.

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Not sure what there is to agree with. Lefties hit righties better and righties hit lefties better. You're putting your team in a better spot if you have a backup OF who hits from the opposite side as the guy he spells.

 

Twins 4th OF is likely to play when there is a LH starting pitcher on the mound. Lamonte Wade has a .667 OPS vs. LH so far this season (admittedly small SS) and would not be put in a position to succeed. Robbie Grossman's career MLB OPS vs LHP is .753 (and even as he has slumped this year it is still .733).

 

If Lamonte Wade was a can't miss prospect, sure he'd be up. But he seems like more of a 4th OF unless he starts hitting with power (another reason he should be playing every day in the minors). His defense would be better than Grossman but a defensive OF is less useful for the Twins than a guy who hits righty. Especially with Sano out and our right handed options severely limited.

 

As for the deadline, not necessarily. Trade deadline is the final date but trades can and do happen before then. The Giants, for instance, are 21-21 with top two pitchers out for at least another month. They may be ready to sell by late June, especially a guy like McCutchen who would get them close to being under the luxury tax (important if they see themselves as a Harper/Machado target this offseason).

 

For now Grossman is fine (there aren't internal options and the available external options are not better than Grossman now) but hopefully by the All-Star Break, the twins can make an upgrade. With the pen and the rotation looking good and Polanco back around the break, it might be their biggest need.

 

Trades just don't happen, of good players, historically until July. That's what history shows us. Whether teams should or should not trade earlier is a different discussion, but they just don't usually. Super, super, rarely. So, another 6 weeks by your timeline.

 

In the meantime, Wade could be up and playing (though that is less needed now that Buxton is back, agreed). I'm not sure why we are looking at 6 weeks of data for Wade, but a career for Grossman....

 

And, despite people continuing to type it, I disagree. Defense matters.

 

Trades just don't happen, of good players, historically until July. That's what history shows us. Whether teams should or should not trade earlier is a different discussion, but they just don't usually. Super, super, rarely. So, another 6 weeks by your timeline.

 

In the meantime, Wade could be up and playing (though that is less needed now that Buxton is back, agreed). I'm not sure why we are looking at 6 weeks of data for Wade, but a career for Grossman....

 

And, despite people continuing to type it, I disagree. Defense matters.

 

Defense does matter (BTW, I never said it didn't) but it isn't the sole thing. Also, Lamonte Wade isn't a defensive whiz, he's a decent fielder. Grossman is below average but he matches other needs (switch hitter) that Wade does not. In an overall picture of the 4th OF role, the defense seems less important, especially since the Twins have the guy Grossman replaces as a defensive sub in late-inning situations. Wade's defense is useless in games he does not start (he's not a defensive replace for Buxton, Kepler or Rosario) while Grossman's ability to PH as a switch hitter makes him potentially useful every game.

I use the data we have at hand, the more we have the better. We don't have any other data of Wade in the high minors or majors. Another point in Grossman's favor. He may not be perfect but you know what you get. Wade is likely to be overmatched at times simply because of inexperience. If he checked every other box, great. But as is, he doesn't fit the team.

 

This does raise some long-term concerns for Wade and Granite. It's hard to see the Twins having much of a role for either one (and certainly not both) in the upcoming 2-3 years. It'll be interesting to see if they become trade chips at the deadline.

 

Trades just don't happen, of good players, historically until July. That's what history shows us. Whether teams should or should not trade earlier is a different discussion, but they just don't usually. Super, super, rarely. So, another 6 weeks by your timeline.

 

 

Certainly most trades take place in July but there are trades of consequence that happen in June.

2016: James Shields traded to White Sox by Padres
2015: Mark Trumbo moves from ARI to SEA as ARI ties to dump payroll
 

These two both seem like decent comps. Veteran guys who are biggish names but who don't fit a fading team are dumped early because of payroll concerns and a need by a team that wants to contend. The Twins have a definite need for a 4th OF who hits RH.

I guess here's a question: Would you trade Wade or Granite (and the five to six years of control) for McCutchen (and his salary) today? I wouldn't with Wade (he's only 24 and may develop a power tool that could make him useful) but I think I'd pull the trigger with Granite. He's almost 26 and seems like a 4th OF - that seems reasonable to get a guy who makes more sense for a team with hopes to contend. Thoughts?

Granite? Before the other team finished asking the question.

Wade? That's tougher. This team isn't close to New York or Boston, or Houston, so I have to think hard about that right now. The playoffs aren't random enough to give up a guy I believe in for a couple months of a backup. Trading for a starter might lead to an easier yes.
Well, I hope a couple of people step up tonight- looking at you, Jose- because that thing yesterday was just pathetic. I feel blessed I wasn't able to actually watch that hot mess.
Except for Odor-Easy.

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