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    Article: Should we be worried about Ricky Nolasco?

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    That's a good point - BABIP can tell us a bit about the defense behind a pitcher - The other rate stats for May seem to be creeping back towards his career averages, but if the BABIP stays up, it might be due to some bad outfield defense. It's not an error in the boxscore if the fielder was no where near the ball - or are slow getting the ball back in to the infield.
    Bad luck, or bad Defense, either way Nolasco has been getting the short end of the stick.

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    I think this is an important question, that I have no idea what the answer is. I hope he and Twins figure it out soonish....
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    Couldn't hit the glove in April. Suzuki set up inside and Nolasco was outside. I haven't watched him lately. I assume this has improved.

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    I have been worried about how he would perform since the day he was signed and I would imagine many others were also just from judging his trace record. Sign in, please.

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    He hasn't been as bad as Jason Marquis so we have that.

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    His margin of error is narrow. He's been stable and reliable, but not especially effective throughout his career. So, yeah, we should be worried about Ricky Nolasco because he's Ricky Nolasco and he pitches like Ricky Nolasco.

    The numbers are bearing that out. He's pitching like he pitches and the results will vary from kinda bad to kinda good.

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    I hate calling these luck. This is about adjustments. More likely, he's doing something different allowing batters to square up on him better. Hopefully, he figures it out so that those numbers drop.

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    NoLOLasco is having a problem, somewhere, somehow. Maybe he's got a phantom groin injury like Big Pelf, but something's not right and it's not just the temperature, he got rocked down in the Trop in Tampa. BABIP may be part of it, but he's giving up a lot of hard hit balls, coupled with some bad plays defensively. A couple hits get correctled called errors and his ERA is better, but it doesn't solve his problems.

    I still like the Nolasco signing, was really happy when it happened. He's got YEARS left on his contract, the twins can and should give him a long leash. Hopefully he "figures it out." Whatever that means.

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    I have nothing intelligent to say about Nolasco, but I am agitated at this very moment, and I was on Tuesday and last weekend watching the SF games when players are put in positions they are not prepared for. I consider myself extremely inexperienced in understanding baseball, but even a newbie like me can see that it takes skill to read a fly ball or one that bounces off the wall, etc., and that being the case, why would you put Santana in center and then essentially allow him to fail? I know I know it's because there is no other CF'er, but come on. Nolasco may have his problems pitching, but he is getting no support from Gardenhire when he puts players in positions they have no business playing. Personally, I think this is a crappy thing to do to.
    Okay. I feel better getting that off my chest. Thank you all for letting me vent. No one in my family cares to hear my rants.

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    There is a premise as a team the poor defense was the cause of BABIP going up. As a staff BABIP this year is no worse than last year at this point. Can't blame the current defense. Can't blame Gardenhire.

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    the defense was not so hot last year, either, though...

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    not sure why you started with 4 years ago, but this more recent data supports your argument as well.

    Nolasco's BABip is .350 , well above the rest of the team. He also leads the team in HRs Allowed and Walks, which aren't counted in BABip, but are likewise sources for concern.

    He pitched well against the Yankees. I think that league average is about what he brings to the table.

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    Apparently we should be worried about Nolasco and Gardenhire didn't mince many words:



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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    Apparently we should be worried about Nolasco and Gardenhire didn't mince many words:
    Gardy can say what he wants to say, but I'd point the finger at the pitching coach, before I point it at Nolasco...
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    You have to take some chances sometimes, and that is what the Twins did. It certainly is not working out right now. Hopefully after this season Nolasco can regroup and give us a 4ish era and 200IP per season. That is my glass half full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    Apparently we should be worried about Nolasco and Gardenhire didn't mince many words:



    thanks JB - so much I'd like to say in response to these tweets.

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