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  1. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins continue their longest road trip of the year so far with games in Cleveland over the weekend. A four game series with the Boston Red Sox is looming at the beginning of next week but Minnesota needs to concentrate on beating opponents from the AL Central.

    To the surprise of many experts and fans, the Twins are still sitting around the .500 mark. The team recorded their 12th win on the first day of May. Last year, the Twins didn't record win number 12 until May 17 so it is ...
  2. Wha Happened? #5 (vs Rangers and @ Tigers)

    Here again, is a brief and not at all accurate reflection of how the Twins did over the past week

    Game 20

    Rangers 2 - Twins 1
    Despite the evening's overlong, numbingly-slow, seemingly interminable catalogue of the talents of others, the Twin Cities were delighted by their own brief shining moment of glory.

    But enough has been written about the Vikings' draft...The Twins also played and saw Josh Willingham hit a homerun in a losing effort to a ...

    Updated 05-02-2013 at 08:06 AM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  3. What is the matter with Joe Mauer?

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ID:	3957After a slow start in the seasonís opening week, Joe Mauer was once again cracking line drives Ė right on schedule Ė but has more recently found himself in one of the worst stretches of offensive baseball of his career and quite possibly the worst since he was a fetus.

    Pardon the arbitrary endpoints, from April 6 to April 20, Mauer had collected 18 hits in 35 at bats (a whopping .514 batting average). In that time, the Twins catcher was blistering the baseball ...
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  4. How valuable is Eduardo Escobar?

    When the Twins traded Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox last July, it seemed like the club was getting a bag of balls and some chewing gum in return. There wasn't much to get excited about with names like Pedro Hernadez and Eduardo Escobar. Flashforward a couple of months later and it is starting to look more and more like the Twins got some servicable players.

    Escobar has built himself a nice little niche in the Twins clubhouse. Manager Ron Gardenhire uses him as a late inning ...
  5. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins actually got to get all of their games in so far this week. Monday's game with the Marlins had to be moved to Tuesday as part of a doubleheader but this was a step in the right direction after multiple cancellations last week.

    Texas is in town for the weekend and it sounds like the weather is actually going to start feeling like spring. Highs will continue to rise and hopefully the Twins can continue to play baseball around the .500 mark.

    The weekend is almost ...
  6. Two strike counts and Joe Mauer

    "Strike two, you're out," seems to be the current mantra for most of baseball.

    One of the biggest challenges for batters in recent years has been their ability to come back in an at-bat after falling into a two-strike count. Since 2006, there has been a steady decrease in playerís ability to hit with two strikes. Last year, two-strike hitting dropped to a new low, as batters were only able to muster a .178 batting average.

    How do pitchers have so much of an advantage ...
  7. Wha Happened? #3 (vs Mets and Angels)

    Game 10

    Mets 16 - Twins 5
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    Yeah...that happened. But on the plus side, at least our name isn't a shortened form of the snobby title "Metropolitans". As in: "Oh, how droll! The
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  8. Wha Happened? #3 (vs Mets and Angels)

    Game 10

    Mets 16 - Twins 5
    Artists rendering of
    a Metropolitan player
    Yeah...that happened. But on the plus side, at least our name isn't a shortened form of the snobby title "Metropolitans". As in: "Oh,
    ...
  9. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Tragedy struck Boston on Monday with the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon.

    A very visible sporting event was attacked and this story hit home with a lot of us. It can be frightening to think about attacks happening at big events but people are resilient. There were numerous positive stories coming out of the tragedy. A former New England Patriots lineman carried a woman to safety and there were plenty of other stories like this.


    Many teams around the world of ...
  10. Joe Mauer and catcher framing

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ID:	3785Catcher framing is extremely popular in baseball research circles right now. Go over to Fangraphs.com or BaseballProspectus.com and you will find several studies and articles on the subject. Itís Hansel hot right now.

    While we can determine which catchers are better at getting more out-of-zone pitches called strikes than others, we still do not have a full grasp on what it means to a teamís bottom line. In some ways, it feels like a butterfly effect. If ...

    Updated 04-17-2013 at 02:05 PM by Kevin

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  11. Arcia's ascension could mean Willingham's exit

    With the Twins up and down start to the year, it is hard to know if the team will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. Most likely the team will be selling. There will be plenty of talk about Justin Morneau being dealt in the coming months since his contract is up at the end of the year. Another important name to watch out for in the hot stove reports is Josh Willingham.


    Willingham is coming off his best season and there might be more than one team looking to add a powerful ...
  12. Game 13 - Automauerton

    I'm ashamed to admit I used to complain about Joe Mauer five years ago. I was an impressionable baseball fan, and I think I allowed the tough dudes of sports bitchery to get too far inside my head.

    I picture those men, the constant whiners, as if constantly huddled under bleachers and punching each others' arms to emphasize every point.

    I think I'm older and wiser now, and I appreciate Joe Mauer a great deal. He's very good in his bad years, and a precision hitting machine ...
  13. Finding solutions for struggling Aaron Hicks

    With the Twins struggling to find offense in the club's games this weekend, there have been a few boo birds roosting in the stands at Target Field. Some of these might be angry fans sitting out at a cold baseball game with nothing better to do. For others, it could be the frustration of the last couple of seasons coming to a head.


    Aaron Hicks has found himself in a bit of a rough patch to start his MLB career. According to FanGraphs version of WAR, Hicks has been the worst player in all of baseball this season. ...

    Updated 04-16-2013 at 12:46 PM by Kevin

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  14. Will the real Twins base stealers, please stand up?

    Twins fans have been spoiled in the last two seasons.

    Ben Revere made base stealing look easy. Even Denard Span could swipe a base or two if the club needed it. Both of these men are in different uniforms to start the 2013 season. In fact, three of the top four base stealers from the 2012 Twins are no longer with the organization.

    Last year the Twins stole 135 bases, which ranked first in the American League. In 2011, the club finished in 10 place in the AL with 92 stolen ...
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