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6-6 and Other Numbers of Interest
Posted 15 April 2014 - 05:09 AM
The run scoring is out of line with the Twins' other offensive numbers. They are second in the league in runs per game despite being near the bottom in team batting average, home runs and slugging. They have a positive run differential despite having a team OPS of .712 compared to their opponents .776. Those numbers will not stand, but there is a promising reason why the Twins have been efficient--they have gotten on base quite a bit (2nd in OBP in the AL) and they've hit quite well with runners on base. Improvements over any point last year, to be sure.
Further, the Twins have drawn 59 walks in 12 games, that is almost five per game, and the most walks in the American League. Certainly, some of this is small sample size, but there is a noticeably better approach by many of the hitters compared to last year. The Twins have fanned 112 times (more than nine per game), which puts them near the top in that category. It probably would be worse except that two of the team's most strikeout prone players are disabled currently. The pitching staff has uncharacteristically walked a lot of batters (46) and struck out among the least (78). The lack of strikeouts is to be expected, but not the walks.
After outhomering KC 5-0, the Twins still have hit three fewer long balls than their opponents (13-10). A series with Toronto usually hurts their home run ratio, but maybe they are on a roll. Notably, seven of the ten homers have come from two players who weren't counted on to provide that much power.
To summarize, the Twins are 6-6 after four series, all against teams with winning records in 2013, so that is quite acceptable. They have had a surprisingly good offensive showing, but their pitching has been bottom of the barrel, although they are coming off a real good weekend which included three quality starts. Perhaps their toughest part of the schedule runs from now until the end of the month. If they can hang around .500 through May 1, this team may well provide some entertainment this summer.
Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:34 AM
Not quite - the Whte Sox were worse than the Twins last year. (There weren't many bright spots on the season, but that was one.)
To summarize, the Twins are 6-6 after four series, all against teams with winning records in 2013, so that is quite acceptable.
Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:27 AM
If so, kudos to them. I think it's the single biggest factor behind the team's flukey scoring given the other statistics.
Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:44 AM
On the flip side, only one unearned run has been charged to Twins pitchers. For the team to do better than expected, they need that trend to continue. However, official scoring has been kind to Twins fielders. I can recall two DPs not turned which cost multiple runs, and a couple of bad throws that weren't charged as errors.
We've had some help. 15 unearned runs so far. Thanks!
Posted 17 April 2014 - 02:10 AM
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Posted 17 April 2014 - 04:18 AM
I'd like to play a fun game where we try and guess the last date of the 2014 season where the Twins will be at .500 or above. I'm guessing it's next week.
Right! Other fun games involve a revolver and a single bullet, a W2 and a 1040, anesthesia and a long, thin drill.
Another fun one involves Gardy, 13 pitchers, three catchers, and a platoon. But I digress.
Posted 18 April 2014 - 09:40 AM
The coming road trip should be a good test. If the team comes back within sight of .500, I'll be satisfied and surprised.