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Article: Game Thread: Twins@Red Sox, 6/26@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:30 PM
One of the great thinkers of our time… Eddie Vedder once said: “The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself”. Take that Cleveland!...
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Article: Interview With Twins #1 Draft Choice Royce Lewis

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:13 PM
When the Major League Baseball draft commenced in early June, the only certainty was that the Minnesota Twins would make the first select...
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Possible Trade Partners for Dozier

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:56 PM
While awaiting late starting games, I revisited the "idea" of trading Brian Dozier.I began by asking which teams were not out of contenti...
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Sundry Questions re Rookie Ball

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:51 PM
I hope someone can answer these questions for me: Are the roster sizes for the two Rookie teams also 25? Does Extended "Spring Training"...
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Twins DFA Melotakis

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:50 PM
I was a bit surprised by this move.    Twins designate both Wimmers and Melotakis.   https://www.mlbtrade...-melotakis.htm...
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Morneau no longer thrown for a curve

Attached Image: Morneau.jpg Last night Justin Morneau hit multiple home runs in a game for the third time this season. As impressive as that is, the most noteworthy aspect about that feat is that the Twins first baseman hit both of those off of curve balls – something that he had done only once since 2010.

Heading into Monday’s game against the Indians, Morneau’s numbers against curves had been very underwhelming. According to Fangraphs.com, his Pitch Value on curveballs had been 5.7 runs BELOW average – making it the third worst output against benders in all of baseball.

But now, after two home runs off of uncle charlies from Zack McAllister and Josh Tomlin, Morneau is looking tougher to retire on that pitch.

Why is this significant to his progress?
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As I wrote about in May, teams had exploited Morneau’s tendency to jump the gun with his swing with a high percentage of curve balls. While he was opening up his front side drastically, opponents who simple throw him a wrinkle. Because he was firing open, the off-speed breaking stuff likely caused him to be too far out front to put a proper swing on the ball. Now, instead of pulling his front side out he has remained locked in on the ball – leading to better connectivity and punch on those pitches.

And, because of that, he is hitting .360/.404/.590 since July 5 after going through a series of mechanical adjustments which seemingly have helped him stay back - from the start of the season until July 4, Morneau swung and missed at 14.1% of curves but that rate has dropped to 6.3% since then. In fact, his .415 weighted on-base average over the past 30 days is in the top ten among AL performs.

It’s good to see Morneau crushing curve balls again and all pitching in general. As John Bonnes wrote about today, this performance (combined with his soon-to-be expiring contract and Chris Parmelee’s AAA outbreak) may make the 31-year-old attractive to the few clubs in the league who are in need of a high-priced first baseman.


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