The narrative for Joe Mauer this offseason was that the transition to first base was going to heal his legs, provide him with superhuman power, and maybe help him find the missing Malaysian plane in his spare time.
So far, none of that has happened.
To Twins fans, the most relevant is the power. Through 19 games this year, he has just three extra base hits in his back pocket - two doubles and a home run. Beyond that, Mauer has not accumulated
* The Twins rank third in the American League in run-scoring, which is pretty surprising on its own but even more so when you consider that Joe Mauer has chipped in very little thus far.
I certainly don't mean to contribute to the typical Mauer panic that arises any time he goes through any kind of slump, but the slow start is noteworthy. Early on, he's striking out way more than ever before (27 percent K-rate) yet hitting for no power (three extra-base hits and a .321 slugging
Things were a struggle for Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night. The Rays pounced on him for seven runs and he was saddled with his first loss of this young season. David Price pitched nine strong innings and showed why he is one of the best pitchers in baseball.
The good thing is that it appears as if Brian Dozier is going to continue to hit a lot of home runs this season. Chris Colabello also seemed comfortable at the plate as he collected his second home run. He also saw 20 pitches over
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Originally posted at http://iowatwinsfan.com/my-twins-mt-rushmore/
Back in 2002 I traveled to Mt. Rushmore for the first time, since then I've always imagined what four faces I would put in a Twins Mt. Rushmore. So I'm going to give it a shot here. Unfortunately Minnesota does not have a suitable mountain to carve out four faces like we have in South Dakota so we'll have to use our imagination. To Twins fans I think we can refer to these four by their nicknames and you will know who
I've created a new Twins blog at www.iowatwinsfan.com. Let me know what you think, I'm new to this so I would appreciate any comments and advice.
Thanks and Go Twins
Join Seth and I tonight at 9:00 pm. If you have any questions or comments, please leave below.
Some topics on the agenda include: The fast start of Kyle Gibson, a new Trevor Plouffe, who's Sam Fuld?, and a glimpse into the future with the draft just a couple months away.
The title of today's article is based on Rihanna's "Diamonds", which I heard on KDWB today was written in less than 15 minutes. Not a coincidence, it took longer than 15 minutes to write the following report.
The Twins had an off day yesterday and return to action this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kyle Gibson will look to continue his early season success.
All apologies for having this go up later than normal. But now that we're back up and running,
Updated 04-22-2014 at 07:31 AM by Jeremy Nygaard
The season is now 18 games old and some trends can be determined. The Twins are hitting .231 vs. left handers with an OPS of .670, while they have hit .261 vs. right handers and put up an OPS of .773. Looking at splits when the season is only 11% complete means that the sample sizes are really small, so there will be outliers. However, I think the numbers tell us something.
Some items of note: Three right handed hitting regulars (Dozier, Plouffe, and Pinto) have reverse splits.
On Sunday, the Twins claimed 32-year-old OF Sam Fuld off waivers from the Oakland A’s, designating OF Darin Mastroianni for assignment (again) to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. Fuld can play all three outfield positions, with his light offensive game built on above-average speed and making contact. Aside from an extended stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Fuld is a career backup who at this point is nothing more than a fourth outfielder
Updated 04-22-2014 at 05:34 AM by jdotmcmahon
Last season, Twins fans (and minor league geeks like me) hung on Miguel Sano's and Byron Buxton's every at-bat. In fact, the night I covered (and live-tweeted) Sano's New Britain Rock Cats' debut, I gained something like 200 Twitter followers. Sure, Sano is exciting -- a kid with game-changing power and an electric personality. But behind every Sano or Buxton are hundreds of players that never get the recognition they deserve.
The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League’s Western Division standings.
One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.
The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this
Updated 04-22-2014 at 08:16 AM by SD Buhr
I was so hoping the Twins would pick him up. I was thrilled in hearing the news of his acquisition, He will be an upgrade to Aaron Hicks in every way. Fuld can immediately bat lead off and we wont have to see the huge Hicks look terrified to play. Hicks might have the physical tools.but I dont think he has the mental tools..there is no pressure on him, that is until now.
Gardy please start Fuld on Tuesday, bat him lead off..and let him play himself out of position. Its ok with me
Out of the 276 major-league players that accrued 300 or more plate appearances last year, Pedro Florimon and Aaron Hicks ranked 257th and 261st in OPS, respectively.
Although they made up for it somewhat with strong defense at key positions, both were among the worst hitters in baseball, so it was puzzling that the Twins entered this season without much in the way of backup plans at either shortstop or center field.
Unfortunately, Florimon and