A Shift back to Old Ways?
Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:29 PM
Here's the thing, though: through the first 23 games of the season, the Twins were leading the majors with 5.5 runs scored per game. They had walked 121 times, also best in the majors. It was a big part of the reason their offense was keeping the team afloat (12-11 record at that point) in spite of some pretty horrendous starting pitching.In the last 21 games, they've walked just 60 times.They're 11-10 in that time, but that's largely because their starting pitching has improved dramatically. They've scored 75 runs in those 21 games, an average of 3.57 per game.
As the story notes, when Chris Parmelee got the call the team started to repeat some phrases we're used to hearing around here about "being aggressive" or has been jokingly dubbed "swing like a man!" And yet, the walks seem tied to our surprising early success scoring runs.
A few interesting notes: The Twins Zone% in April was 21st, in May so far it has been 2nd. They have increased their percentage of swings at pitches outside the zone since April also, but still remain second to last in the majors.
Is there a philosophical battle going on among the coaching staff or has the league simply read the scouting report and adjusted their approach to the Twins' offense?
Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:45 PM
Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:54 PM
It will be interesting to see how the Twins are able to adjust from here, a number of hitters simply have to start making better contact on hittable pitches.
Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:29 AM
In Parms case, I think there's something to him needing to be a bit more aggressive. When he destroyed AAA, he was being aggressive, but he had a great OBP. When he came up, the OBP wasn't bad, but he was very timid. I think in his case, recognizing when you get a hittable pitch and 'swinging like a man' at it would be best for his career. I like walks, but there's still a balance between working the count and taking a good cut at a hittable pitch.
Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:59 PM
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