Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:34 PM
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:08 AM
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:16 AM
The Twins have also struggled recently against Toronto. Not really sure why they don't have the same issues with Boston, maybe because they have seen so much of them over the years with having their Spring Training home in the same city that they don't have the same effect.
My theory on Boston was that they had a lot of solid hitters (Millar, Varitek, Damon) who were much better when they got ahead of the count. Our pitchers rarely fell behind so their patience wasn't as great an asset for them. And Boston really used to struggle at the Dome and that might have gotten in their heads some.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:11 PM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:18 PM
I'm not sure what to conclude from this (and would like to take a look at how some of the other Central teams fared). Overall, has the Eastern Division just gotten that much stronger while the Twins (and the Central in general I would guess) have stagnated? Can all of this be attributed to a lack of power pitching? (I doubt it).
The AL East changed a lot the last decade. The Rays went from bottom feeders to contenders (and that is reflected in what you see). Baltimore has been getting worse and worse by the season. The Yankees stayed pretty much the same, the Red Sox improved slightly and the Jays have been close to .500 for a decade.
I think that a more interesting and telling comparison would be the Twins' record against teams (all divisions and leagues) which had records >.500 if you exclude the games they played against the Twins.
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