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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:18 PM

With the completion of a four-game sweep, the Twins have gotten over the .500 mark.After their first series in Detroit and a losing series in Chicago, who woulda thunk it?Anyway, while things have gotten better for the Twins, some concerns remain.Here are five in reverse order of importance.

 

5) Center field.Jordan Schafer has been dreadful, but because he is platooned and there have been a high number of left handed starters, we've seen a lot of the surprisingly competent Shane Robinson (still not an answer in center BTW).I would rate this problem higher if not for both Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton hitting very well in high minors.One of them will be patrolling center field by Memorial Day, I would guess, perhaps sooner.

 

4)After years of being problem #1 for the Twins, the rotation has improved.However, there is so much uncertainty there.I can't feel confident when any pitcher starts a game.The distance between Hughes' best game and worst game is the narrowest, but we haven't seen vintage Hughes so far.Ricky Nolasco has only pitched two games and was shelled in one and survived for five innings in the other.All the other guys have had encouraging outings mixed with below average starts."Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get".

 

3)Defense.Torii Hunter had a good series, both offensively and defensively, against the Whities, but he has been a poor defender in right for some years now.Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar have gotten the most time in left and they have been below average defenders, as well.Schafer grades out as below average in center.Not much good news in the outfield.Danny Santana has made far too many errors, while showing off fine tools at shortstop.The other regular infielders have done well.On balance, the outfield defense and Santana at short is pretty scary.Santana needs to clean it up, but OF defense is probably going to only improve if the faces change.

 

2)Strikeouts.In an era when many hurlers are averaging over a strikeout an inning, the Twins just don't have many guys capable of fanning hitters.This exposes the suspect defense even more.Among the rotation, Hughes and May have strikeout stuff, Nolasco has an OK strikeout history, but Gibson (especially) and Pelfrey just don't get many whiffs.Even the relatively hard throwers in the bullpen, with the exception of Perkins, just don't get strike three. 

 

1)Bullpen.Perkins has been solid.Most of the other guys would be classified as inconsistent.Without big K numbers and a suspect defense behind them, I see the current bullpen yielding many leads and letting some competitive ballgames get away.The hope here is that the Twins promote guys who are doing well in the minors and a couple succeed when promoted. 

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#2 JB_Iowa

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:28 PM

For now, I'm taking Bobby McFerrin's advice. I'd rather be happy than worry because I have zero control over the five items you're worried about.
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:14 PM

Five things the Be Happy (Don't Worry) about:

 

1)Danny Santana has increased his BA from .195 to .267 in two weeks.

2)Joe Mauer is hitting .308.

3)Trevor Plouffe has nearly doubled his BA and reached base in 15 straight games.

4)Aaron Thompson has turned in an excellent start as a LH reliever.

5)Kyle Gibson has three quality starts in five appearances and had a very nice outing last time out.

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:28 PM

All I can say is that I'm enjoying the fact that the "team" is playing good ball.
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:34 PM

1. Hemorrhoids.

2. Blood pressure.

3. Arthritis.

4. The heartbreak of psoriasis.

5. Hemorrhoids.
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#6 twinsnorth49

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 11:18 PM

Why worry about them? Just live in the moment. Which at the moment, is pretty damn good. :)

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 04:48 AM

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#8 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 05:27 AM

Some of these I think will be addressed.Hopefully Pressley and Tonkin pitch well enough to solidify the pen.CF will need to be addressed, though I'd give Hicks a bit more time.As long as the defense remains sketchy, I suspect the rotation will too.That said, May has been pretty encouraging and Santana will be back around the all star break. 


#9 jimmer

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 07:44 AM

I'm just gonna enjoy the winning while it lasts.

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 07:57 AM

Santana gets a pass from me. Yes, his routine play errors are annoying but you really need to net those out against his fantastic plays.  Maybe that still leaves us with below average but not so below average.I have knocked Plouffe's supposed improvement at third base defense but am becoming a believer. He has gotten to more balls that I didn't think he would already this season than I have seen his entire career. Infield defense overall is still solid. While left field has been as bad as ever in left I do think Hunter plays right much better than Arcia did.

Pelfrey gets a bit of a pass for blowing up yesterday. Long first half of the inning and one of his hit batters with 0-2 count just leaned in and moved his elbow so it would hit the pad. I thought it was pretty blatant.

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

 

Santana gets a pass from me. Yes, his routine play errors are annoying but you really need to net those out against his fantastic plays.  Maybe that still leaves us with below average but not so below average.I have knocked Plouffe's supposed improvement at third base defense but am becoming a believer. He has gotten to more balls that I didn't think he would already this season than I have seen his entire career. Infield defense overall is still solid. While left field has been as bad as ever in left I do think Hunter plays right much better than Arcia did.

Pelfrey gets a bit of a pass for blowing up yesterday. Long first half of the inning and one of his hit batters with 0-2 count just leaned in and moved his elbow so it would hit the pad. I thought it was pretty blatant.

It's early, so grains of salt and all, but right now Santana ranks dead last in DRS out of 29 shortstops. -6 runs saved.  Hunter ranks 21st out of 21 RF in the same stat.

Edited by jimmer, 04 May 2015 - 08:22 AM.


#12 ashburyjohn

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 06:04 PM

1. Hemorrhoids.

2. Blood pressure.

3. Arthritis.

4. The heartbreak of psoriasis.

5. Hemorrhoids.

A little rhoid rage there, Chief?

 

As for the thread subject, I'm only worried about transitioning from old innings to young innings. It's happening.

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