The Twins have hit the 20 game milestone and are a breakeven 10-10. Considering the pessimism going into the season, we Twins fans should be happy with the results. Some raw numbers: Run differential is -6. Team ERA is 3.92, the Twins have scored 83 runs despite only 13 homers and a league-worst slugging percentage. They are 5-2 in one-run games and have allowed only 11 homers, second best in the AL. Many of these stats can't be sustained--they will allow more homers and win fewer close games--but
Since the Twins won last Sunday to go 4-2, they have lost five consecutive games and fallen to the basement of the AL Central. More to the point, they now have one of the worst run differentials in the AL and their offensive, defensive, and pitching stats are among the worst, as well.
There haven't been many positive surprises and there have been disappointments throughout the roster. The #1 disappointment has to be Aaron Hicks, hitting a microscopic .057 with an OPS of .155. Vanimal
Six games is only the first step in a marathon, but the Twins have been more entertaining than I though they would be. I don't think any of the question marks have been answered, but they have managed to be in every game and managed to squeak out three one-run wins out of the first six games.
I am not getting my hopes up, but there are a lot of things that make this club worth watching. In no particular order, here are some observations I have after one week of baseball.
Yes, I heard the postgame show which pointed out the Twins were above .500 for the first time since 2010. I have seen the positive comments about the starting pitchers and their success so far this season. I do believe this team is improved and I think they are due for better luck after two disastrous seasons where any luck they had was bad luck.
This is a club that will be hard-pressed to exceed 70 wins without more than one positive surprise. Three full games have yielded 17
I DVRed the game yesterday and watched most of it last night. While I didn't see some key events, I heard about them on the radio.
The Twins had a chance to beat the Tigers but came up short in key at-bats. They also were hurt by bases advanced by the plodding Tigers.
What went right: 1) Worley outlasted Verlander. Even though he was the losing pitcher he managed to go six innings and reached the threshold for a "Quality Start". 2) Fien struck out the side
Because that doesn't really solve the problem. If they want to call up Walters or Albers they will need to 60 day DL Wood and DFA someone. Whether or not the the Twins expect anything out of Wood,...
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What on earth makes anyone think that Walters is going to be a better pitcher than Worley? The guy is three years older than Worley, has a very pedestrian minor league track record, and has a...
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Career innings pitched: Worley - 322.2 Deduno - 84.2 Correia - 1123.2 Pelfrey - 936.2 I don't really have a problem with anyone being excited for Deduno. The argument that he was a better...
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How is it rushing? If he's healthy at the start of the year, he's already on the roster. he's going to be 26 this year. How is pitching in AAA less impactful to his arm? Or are you suggesting he's...
Liked On: Today, 11:29 AM
Watching Hernandez get shelled reaffirmed in me the notion that, in today's game, if guys don't respect your fastball, they just sit offspeed, keep their hands back and hit ropes. I don't want...
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It has to be Gibson. They used Mastro's spot for Colabello. They will likely use Woods' spot for Deduno. They are running out of 60-day DL candidates. I suppose they could DFA someone. But whom?
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Keep Parmelee up because this is his year. I'm not satisified with him, but triple A isn't going to help him. Send Arcia and/or Hicks down soon.
Liked On: Yesterday, 10:12 AM
While he hasn't played it for the Twins, Colabello did put it in a fair amount of time at the Hot Corner from 2009-2011. Not sure of they'd consider him an emergency option there. It honestly...
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I'm with you here. Parmelee needs his chance. Colabello is the better option given the current roster situation. Some AAA time won't hurt the young slugger one bit.
Liked On: 05-21-2013, 04:19 PM
Getting sent down to teh minors can be a great thing. Hicks's numbers in May have been better, and there are occasionally signs, but his one big game have also affected his May numbers tremendously....
Liked On: 05-21-2013, 05:07 AM
An extra year of control for a potential MLB-record improvement over three weeks is ok. Hicks would bat leadoff for Rochester for three weeks and Arcia could bat third (with Herrmann batting second...
Liked On: 05-21-2013, 05:06 AM
The a Twins should not worry about the super 2. It only is money with an extra year of arbitration. They should be concerned about a 21-23 year old and a year of control. It is more than simply...
Liked On: 05-20-2013, 09:48 PM
Given their offensive production and pitching this year, their record now is a far more accurate indicator of their play than what it was last week.
Liked On: 05-20-2013, 11:50 AM
I don't see how this can be blamed on Gardy. A bad pitching staff is a bad pitching staff. I'm not against the Twins exploring a different direction with their on-field management but you can't...
Liked On: 05-20-2013, 11:47 AM
Several people have made comments similar to this about trading Parmelee. If you don't think he is good enough for a bottom feeder team like the Twins why would another GM want him? And if another...
Liked On: 05-20-2013, 04:55 AM