25-Man Roster Thoughts
Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:59 PM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:33 AM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:35 AM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:17 AM
I'm liking Parmalee just because between him, Doumit, and Plouffe, Revere will be spending time as a 4th OF where he's best served. The pen is going to go the way of the starting rotation. If they can go deep into games on a consistent basis, then I'm really not too worried about it, but they have to be consistenly getting into the 6th/7th. They didn't do that last year, and it showed.
The only real headscratcher that I see is that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why Burnet made the team. I think he'd have been best served by being optioned and spending some time in AAA figuring out how to get his mojo back. I don't like the idea of him figuring it out up here. Hopefully, he gets plenty of low leverage situations where the offense has gone nuts and the SP has done well, because I don't trust him in tight games.
Burnett made it because they are only carrying 4 starters for now and because Waldrop is hurt, otherwise he would hav been sent down. They are familiar with him and needed an extra arm and probably because he was better then anyone else for that spot...anyway doubt he sees much time in close games. As for Parmalee, he made the squad as a direct result of Justin's situation, not to say he did'nt play well last Sept and this March but if they had more confidence in Morneau at 1B then Parm starts in Rochester...let's hope it works out.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:26 AM
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:50 PM
Posted these on Twitter earlier tonight. Figured I'd post them here also as a conversation starter.
Now that the 25-man roster appears set, here are a few things that strike me...
- Quantity rather than quality in bullpen. Gardy's going to have to establish a reliever hierarchy on the fly. Will it hurt the team early?
- And finally, if Hendriks puts together a couple good starts it could create some interesting early drama in the rotation.
What strikes you?
Exactly what "Quality" did they not include in the bullpen this year? They basically brought north 7 of the best "ML Ready" arms they had currently. Gray sucks, but will be sent down as soon as Baker/Marquis is back.
If Hendrix produces he will be given a spot pretty quickly.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:50 AM
I think Parmalee is the real deal. Not worried about him too much. The bullpen. The bullpen. Oh my....
I get the sentiment here... though at the moment I'm a bit optimistic about them as I woudln't be surprised if Maloney and Burton are pleasant surprises for this team. I think Duensing can go back to his former self where he gets an inning with two lefites and a righty and dominates... That said, there's something to be said for the fact that a bull pen failure is often the result of starting pitching failure. The Twins had lots of that last year, in part due to injuries, and in part due to shoddy defense pretty much everywhere, and in part due to Liriano not being able to throw strikes. I suspect the Twins pen will be much better if those 3 big issues are put to rest. You cannot reasonably expect a pen to do well when starters are not getting past the 5th nearly enough.
That's where having a nice mix of innings eaters and K guys comes into play. Liriano and Baker can get a nice amount of Ks and extend the game a bit on their own, though in some cases, they have problems finishing games due to throwing too many pitches. Pavano, Blackburn, and Marquis are much more dependent on their defenses, particularly up the middle. I'm hoping the up the middle disaster is gone now, because if it is, those 3 will do a bit better.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:16 AM
Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:27 AM
I agree on the bench; compare the 2011 Opening Day Roster's bench with 2012:
C Drew Butera
1B Jim Thome
IF/OF Matt Tolbert
OF Jason Repko
OF Ben Revere
IF Sean Burroughs
IF/OF Luke Hughes
C/IF/OF Ryan Doumit
Yeah, if you think about the 2011 contribution and the likely 2012 contribution, it looks about like this: