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#1 jorgenswest

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:52 PM

Nine of Twelve made this observation that interested me.

 

 

I'll make this observation. It's rare for a team to have a significant postseason run with no left handed starting pitcher. It would not surprise me to see the front office trade for one if the team looks strong during the month of July.

 

It is clearly rare to make a significant postseason run without a left handed starting pitcher. I am guessing it is also rare to finish outside of the playoffs without a left handed starting pitcher. Are teams without left handed starters less likely to make the playoffs?

 

In the 2000s, three teams have made it to the world series without a left handed starter (each had one spot start in the season by a lefty).There have 18 such regular season teams with 0 or 1 left handed starts over the season in that time span. Making it through the season without anything more than a single spot start by a lefty is rare. It doesn't appear to make it less likely that a team will advance to the world series (3 in 18 is better than 2 in 30),

 

The Twins need to go with their best starters regardless of whether they are left handed or right handed. It didn't stop the 2004 Red Sox, 2004 Cardinals or 2016 Indians from advancing to the world series. It won't be the reason that keeps the Twins out either.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:55 PM

I'd rather have Lance Lynn than Mejia.

 

I don't think it helps to have a lefty just for the sake of having one. How many of these teams had a mediocre lefty?

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:57 PM

This is a non-topic. Most teams have a lefty starter just based on the fact that there are a significant number of left-handed pitchers in baseball . . . it has no greater significance.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

Allan Anderson did not exactly light up the league in 1991.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:06 PM

I want the best possible starting 5 rotation the Twins can have.  If that includes having not a single 1 LHP, so be it.  Hopefully the front office feels the same way.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:13 PM

I want the best possible starting 5 rotation the Twins can have.

Me too, but if I have six starters of approximate equal ability, one left handed and five right, I'll install the lefty in the rotation and drop one of the righties.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:26 PM

This isn't a big deal and perhaps one of the more overrated things in baseball.

Looking at this a little further though. The Indians are the only team in the AL Central that has a very strong lefty lineup (just a quick analysis). So having a strong righty rotation will be a benefit in 75% of the divisional games which is relevant due to the unbalanced schedule.

 

It might be a tough year facing the Twins main competition for the division title though. Of course, the first two pitchers up from the farm system this year are lefties (*** perhaps Slegers beats Gonsalves up).

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:50 PM

 

Me too, but if I have six starters of approximate equal ability, one left handed and five right, I'll install the lefty in the rotation and drop one of the righties.

 

So are we in that spot?  Is Mejia good enough to bounce Gibson?  I wouldn't be surprised if it happens by mid-season.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:57 PM

No.then again, I'm hoping Gibson is bounced from the rotation.Mejia or Gonsalves taking Gibson's spot would make this question moot

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:20 PM

There are times when it is nice to have a lefty but it isn't completely necessary. 

 

If you consider that rotation and keeping starters on schedule trumps adjusting the rotation to force a lefty to start against the lefty heavy team.It probably doesn't matter that much. 

 

Starters got to get through them all for at least a couple of times through the rotation. It's hard to platoon the starter... they gotta get both sides of the plate out. 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:52 PM

Maybe we could sign a pitcher who is amphibious. 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:54 PM

 

Maybe we could sign a pitcher who is amphibious. 

 

He's probably a bit of a toad though

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:38 PM

 

I'd rather have Lance Lynn than Mejia.

 

I don't think it helps to have a lefty just for the sake of having one. How many of these teams had a mediocre lefty?

 

I would much rather had Mejia than Gibson. How many years have we seen the same thing? Misses right down the middle all the time.... Mejia has more upside for the present and the future. Maybe we can move Gibson for a prospect.... likely an A baller but time to move on....


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:44 PM

No.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:48 PM

 

Allan Anderson did not exactly light up the league in 1991.

http://www.baseball-...php?p=anderal02

 

That was fun, clicking on this link. Back in an era when wins MEANT something, Allan compiled 16 and 17 wins, gave us 200 IP's in back to back seasons and earned $200k and $300 k respectively. Then, he hoodwinks them into giving him the big bucks, $785k, and lays an egg. Got too fat and happy. You can't trust those leftys.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:51 PM

Next year, Michael Pineda will ne back, another right hander. But Gonsalves, a lefty should be ready. 


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:12 AM

I don't want left handed starters. I want starters who can get left handed batters out.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:54 AM

yeah, not too worried here. I still think Mejia comes north for now anyways, but even if he doesn't, both Mejia and Gonsalves will be spending time in the rotation this year baring injury.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 05:28 AM

 

I would much rather had Mejia than Gibson. How many years have we seen the same thing? Misses right down the middle all the time.... Mejia has more upside for the present and the future. Maybe we can move Gibson for a prospect.... likely an A baller but time to move on....

 

I'd move Mejia to the pen. We can't have a starter averaging less than 5 innings per start. We just can't.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 05:56 AM

I'd move Mejia to the pen. We can't have a starter averaging less than 5 innings per start. We just can't.


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