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All-Star Break Thoughts

Posted by stringer bell , 11 July 2015 · 1,735 views

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I'm jumping the gun by a day, but the Twins are approaching the All-Star break and they certainly qualify as contenders. After beating Detroit today, they are tied for the second best record in the league at eight games over .500. One can't help but be a little optimistic about the Twins chances for the last 74 games. Today was a high point, not only hammering Detroit's starting pitcher, but also the mid-game announcement that Brian Dozier would indeed make the 2015 All-Star team, all on the heels of the startling comeback the earned the Twins a near miraculous victory on Friday night.

However, there are obvious flaws on the team. The leading percentage hitter currently is Joe Mauer, hitting in the mid-.270s and until this home stand the Twins had struggled to score runs for the better part of six weeks. We've seen a bullpen that is far from dominant and still have unsettled and unproductive positions (catcher and shortstop). The starting staff continues to allow far fewer runs than their peripherals would suggest.

Since the Twins outstanding month of May, analysis has focused on how the club is winning and also if they can sustain that performance. Most analysts still think the club is suspect. A good example is Baseball Prospectus, which provides a Postseason Probability for each team. They currently peg the Twins at 21.6%, lower than the Tigers (2.5 games behind the Twins) and the Indians (4.5 behind Minnesota). This is supposedly scientific analysis.

The team is far different that the one that opened the season in Detroit. Eddie Rosario has claimed an outfield spot, Aaron Hicks appears to be here to stay this year, and several members have changed in the bullpen. The rotation has added Ervin Santana to the rotation.

I think more changes are in the offing. Either by trade or promotion, I think the bullpen will continue to be redone. Byron Buxton figures to return to Minnesota after a rehab and perhaps an option to AAA, Oswaldo Arcia has begun to pound the ball at Triple A,

I am still not convinced the Twins are a playoff team, but it looks like they could easily be in it for the two and a half months. I'm predicting a couple of moves that will fortify the bullpen (perhaps trading for a lefty reliever and promoting a hard thrower) and also perhaps a trade for a catcher, who could help this year and beyond. I would expect improvement from the offense, combined with a bit of regression from the rotation.

I have predicted 85 wins for the club since they broke camp in Florida. I hope that number is reached although I'm not sure if it will be enough to gain admission to the post season.

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HitInAPinch
Jul 12 2015 07:28 AM

I, too, have doubts about the Twins playoff hope.At the same time, they are doing pretty much the same thing they did during the playoffs and World Series years:

Take your lickings against the elite pitchers and beat up on the others.This Detroit series is a good example.

 

 

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blairpaul715
Jul 12 2015 07:33 PM

Wow, 85 wins was quite a prediction......I cant say i made a prediction, but I was hoping for a .500 season before the first game of the yr................but I am happy with the record and can see our flaws, so will ride the ship as long as it stays afloat, and hope for the best, and knowing that 2016 could be ONE of our years.........The front office has made alot of moves thru out the year, and happy that they are not staying pat when things go awry, and that they make changes.......altho not fast enough for some Twins fans. I am happy it is the all star break and I am not thinking of football season :)

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Congratulations to the Twins on a successful first half, from the field to the manager to the front office.

 

Twins baseball has been fun again. I expected the starting rotation to be fairly consistent this year but I didn't see more than .500 by the all-star break. Until the last 10 days, the veteran hitters had provided most of the run production. Somehow, adding Sano has energized the other young hitters; Rosario, Santana and (wow) Hicks. They give me a bit more optimism about the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HitInAPinch
Jul 13 2015 07:58 AM

 

Congratulations to the Twins on a successful first half, from the field to the manager to the front office.

 

Twins baseball has been fun again. I expected the starting rotation to be fairly consistent this year but I didn't see more than .500 by the all-star break. Until the last 10 days, the veteran hitters had provided most of the run production. Somehow, adding Sano has energized the other young hitters; Rosario, Santana and (wow) Hicks. They give me a bit more optimism about the second half.

 

Maybe the others looked at the cool, calm approach Sano has shown?I mean, Good Grief:8 walks, 8 RBI's 2 HR's in only 11 games!Ok, ok, 15K's

 

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