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Lack of Power
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They don't need score any more than that. The 2008 Twins gave up 745 runs. The difference between that number and the 804 runs the pitching and defense coughed up last year can be entirely made up with a combination of more sure-handed defense and league average luck on BABIP, strand rate and HR/FB. Though the Twins' ERA in 2011 was 4.60, their FIP last year was 4.30 and their xFIP was 4.33. A pitching staff exactly as awful as last year's - which this year's staff may very well be - could still be expected to allow about 45 fewer ER. Jamey Carroll's career .987 Fielding% at SS applied to the team's 745 total chances at the position would have resulted in 19 fewer errors, and a corresponding 13 fewer unearned runs. 804 R - 45 ER - 13 UER = 746 RA. If they can score as many runs as they did in 2008, we're in business.
I think the main concern is, the defense isn't that good anymore, and the pitching staff is pitch to contact. The team is going to need to score more runs than maybe the '08 version did.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:07 AM
Now Revere just needs some Willy Mays-Hays batting lessons, Casilla needs to make sure is head is screwed on right, and Span needs his head clear and healthy.
I'm looking forward to seeing Revere do push ups on the field after hitting an infield popup.
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