The Twins may have been 5th in runs scored in August but their record was still 11-18 (worse than their season average if I am doing my math correctly) .... and it wasn't all due to pitching. The Twins were able to pad that run total by beating up on AAAA pitchers but when it came to facing ML average or better pitchers, it often seemed like they were stymied.
I understand the argument that there aren't many roster spots available to fill and I'm willing to see how these players develop but I'm not sure how much more palatable that is going to make 2015. I just don't see the pitching as being there. The defense will continue to be spotty. And the hitting will be unpredictable.
It isn't a very pleasant picture when we come to year 5 of the debacle.
Hitting is always unpredictable. Average or better pitching will often stymie anyone's hitting. If anyone was average for us this year it was Gibson but look how awesome he was half the time and poor the other half. You can't discount the Twins at #5 because of who they beat up on. Not only do other teams beat up on those pitchers as well our offense never got to face the worst rotation in baseball. Our offense showed marked improvement in better at bats but they are young so I am hoping for more improvement, particularly from Arcia. It may not be all pitching but it is mostly about that.