07-03-2012, 01:46 PM #1
Positives from 2012
1) Trevor Plouffe. While there are some soft spots in his season (strikeouts, L-R splits, hitting in RBI situations) he has become a monster, punishing lefties and finding the seats with regularity. The combination of Plouffe and Willingham has given the Twins righthanded power for the first time in ages. Plouffe also has played more than acceptably as a third basemen, filling the chasm left by Danny Valencia's failure.
2) Scott Diamond. Eleven starts has not been a full season, but Diamond has been good in most of them, and not bad in the others. Diamond has had enough stuff to get batters out and has excelled at throwing strikes, fielding his position and limiting bad innings. Diamond has easily been the best starter and papered over some of the carnage put on the starting staff.
3) Alex Burnett. As usually the last guy in the 'pen the last two years, Burnett was unimpressive. The peripherals still aren't that good, but he has "pitched to contact" and gotten outs. He is throwing more breaking balls and has been rewarded with success. It was pointed out that Burnett has really been good against LH hitters and that really helps the Twins' bullpen.
07-03-2012, 01:57 PM #2
Yeah, all three of those guys have been nice positives. I'd also add Revere and Burton. Both are cheap and should be part of the Twins the next few years.
07-03-2012, 02:00 PM #3
4. Mauer is back to form... though...
(A) He doesn't hit enough home runs
(B) He isn't catching enough
(C) He doesn't pal around with the media hacks
(D) He isn't writing checks back to the Twins
(E) All of the above
07-03-2012, 02:02 PM #4
Yeah, Mauer, Burton, and Revere belong here too. Revere has really shown some impressive improvements in his plate approach this year.
I'd put Perkins on this list too, mostly because there was part of me that still thought last year was a mirage. But nothing mirage about him - the guy absolutely throws gas.
07-03-2012, 02:19 PM #5
07-03-2012, 02:28 PM #6
Twins optioned RHP Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester.
Hendriks gets the boot after giving up four runs over four-plus innings Monday against the Tigers. He now has an ugly 7.04 ERA over eight starts in the majors this season. Cole De Vries was called up from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding roster move.
Hendriks is so worthless atleast Cole can pitch.
07-03-2012, 02:46 PM #7
Like they said on the broadcast - really want to see that walk rate improve if he can. Would live to see him swipe bases a bit more often too. Not sure if he's on a leash or not.
07-03-2012, 03:04 PM #8
Wow! I think some of you are in the wrong thread.
Positive that we can carry into next year.
Mauer leading league in OBP.
Plouffe at 3b
Perkins, Burton, Burnett, Duensing in the pen
These guys keep me watching every day. I look forward to adding a few more names to this list in the second half.
07-03-2012, 03:20 PM #9
5. Free agents Willingham, Doumit and Carroll carrying their weight (and possibly then some).
07-03-2012, 03:34 PM #10
This a funny year. It just doesn't feel like your watching a last place Team.
07-03-2012, 03:38 PM #11
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07-03-2012, 04:01 PM #13
A few more positives (agree with the ones mentioned here) , but are hidden...
- Span is not bothered by concussions
- Ditto for Morneau
- Casilla finally got it together with the glove (but unfortunately he does not get the playing time he deserves to get consistency with the stick)
- Cole De Vries (who actually has the second highest K/9 for starters after FranKKKKKKKKKKKKie) is actually silencing the experts who thought that he was organizational filler
- this front office did a couple things that has not done before during the season: a. cut their second highest paid free agent acquisition, b. extended a player during the season and c. kept another high paid player (Nishioka) where he belongs (AAA)
- Gardenhire and his buddies did not get extended yet.
Still a long season left and I am sure that there will be many more positives.-----
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
07-03-2012, 04:10 PM #14
07-03-2012, 04:14 PM #15
Maybe it's just me, but I think the 2012 Twins are 2 good-to-decent SP's away from being a legit contender in the AL Central. The bullpen has been outstanding so far, and there are actually a number of options in the minors that could potentially help/eat innings (Thielbar, Watts, Pugh, Deduno). The lineup is the deepest in the central, with speed and OBP at the top, and power int he middle (on a side note, what kind of odds whould you have gotten in Vegas before the season for the following bet--on July 1, Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham will have more combined homers than Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. 100-1? 500-1?). If they can just find 2-3 more guys who can go 6-7 innings each time with an ERA at or under 4, I truly believe this team is back to being the class of the AL Central. As for class of the AL? That's another matter.
07-03-2012, 06:51 PM #16
07-03-2012, 07:16 PM #17
Diamond is a big one. I don't think anyone viewed him as a future rotation staple after this first year in the organization, but he's really shown a lot this season. Surely he won't maintain a sub-3 ERA in the long-term, but his abilities to throw strikes and get grounders are legit and portend at least reasonable success going forward.
07-03-2012, 07:16 PM #18
There are a lot of positives here. With some better starting pitching and a better shortstop this could be a team to be feared, at least in the Central. Hopefully, Dozier can improve and the Twins can get some better starters.
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