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Article: SEA 1, MIN 0: Twins Get LeBlanc’ed

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:58 PM

Mother Nature tried her best. Back on April 8, the Twins-Mariners game was postponed due to weather. That contest was rescheduled for tonight, but rain delayed the start by over an hour.

The Twins should have taken the hint.

When the game finally got underway, a flat Twins team failed to mount anything resembling an offense and lost 1-0 thanks to a defensive miscue.Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
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The Twins made Wade LeBlanc look like Sandy Koufax. He pitched six scoreless innings and only gave up three hits. The Twins hit only two balls in excess of 100 mph off LeBlanc. In comparison, the Mariners had six such hits off Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi still pitched a great game himself, striking out seven batters over six shutout innings. Matt Magill pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before things got way too interesting in the eighth.

Dee Gordon hit a double off the wall to open things up against Trevor Hidenberger. The next batter laid down a bunt. Logan Morrsion airmailed the throw into right field, allowing Gordon to score the go-ahead run. Also that inning, Max Kepler whiffed on a line drive that he lost in the lights, but luckily just the one run scored that inning.

The Twins didn’t even get a runner to second base until Mitch Garver hit a double in the seventh inning. The only other Twins hits were singles from Joe Mauer, Morrison and Ehire Adrianza and the team failed to draw a single walk.

Robbie Grossman was ejected for arguing balls and strikes while he was in the Twins dugout. Phil Hughes pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

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#2 wsnydes

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:32 AM

I would argue that the Twins bats did take the hint.:)

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:48 AM

The Twins have scored 3 runs over the past 27 innings. Hard to win when you don't hit. Escobar and now Rosario have gone a bit cold and nobody else seems to be able to hit a baseball. The news on Sano is depressing. We're going to have Wilson and Adrianza's bats playing in a lot of games over the next month or two.

 

On a positive note, I LOL'ed at today's headline...too funny.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:49 AM

Weak pop flies off of wet bats into heavy damp air was the story of that snoozer. Watching the grounds crew prepare the field was more entertaining.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:21 AM

Morrison looked like one of those guys that has no clue what's going on but runs and jumps in front of you when you have everything under control....only to make a mess of everything and now make everyone's jobs harder when he was trying to help out.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:44 AM

 

Morrison looked like one of those guys that has no clue what's going on but runs and jumps in front of you when you have everything under control....only to make a mess of everything and now make everyone's jobs harder when he was trying to help out.

 

Morrison has been heating up, but the lack of power is concerning. He's only slugging .336 with only 9 XBH in 136 Plate Appearances. The OBP of .294 is probably more concerning.

 

Worth Noting: Morrison has been far less patient than in past years. He has swung at 49.8% of pitches, far more than his career clip of 44%. He has swung at 28.3% of pitches outside the zone, compared to 26.9% in his career. Most staggering, though, is that he has swung at 78.8% of pitches in the strike zone, WAY higher than his career mark of 66.8%. 

 

I can't say I understand why this is happening, but it's certainly worth noting.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:02 AM

A shame about that errant Morrison throw, but at least Odirizzi pitched well and struck out a few batters.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:13 AM

 

Morrison has been heating up, but the lack of power is concerning. He's only slugging .336 with only 9 XBH in 136 Plate Appearances. The OBP of .294 is probably more concerning.

 

Worth Noting: Morrison has been far less patient than in past years. He has swung at 49.8% of pitches, far more than his career clip of 44%. He has swung at 28.3% of pitches outside the zone, compared to 26.9% in his career. Most staggering, though, is that he has swung at 78.8% of pitches in the strike zone, WAY higher than his career mark of 66.8%. 

 

I can't say I understand why this is happening, but it's certainly worth noting.

Morrison got off to a terrible start, but since May 1st: .279/.367/.488

 

Even his OBP of .294 for the year is a little misleading, as it's his batting average that is driving that number. 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:24 AM

6 of the position players last night hitting under .250 so was this great pitching by Seattle or simply a weak Twins lineup? Mauer's .300 plus now way in the rear view mirror. 1 run in 2 games with a Cardinals team in town not happy about being swept in their place and would love to return the favor. Berrios needs to step it up tonight and the offense better wake up and that includes Buxton who can play the headache only so far. He is starting to be a headache. They better at least split these 2 against the Cards or here we go again.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

No offense to anyone in particular, but I sure hope the team isn't prone to getting that "here we go again" attitude after every losing streak, lost game, bad at bat,  errant throw, sure homer that goes foul, line drive that gets caught, strike on the edge that doesn't get called, or baserunner that gets tackled and tagged out.  Baseball is a tough game that requires tough minds.

 

Go get 'em tonight, gentlemen.  Can't wait for when Buxton get's his bat going and starts gliding around the bases more.  Every night could be that night.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

 

6 of the position players last night hitting under .250 so was this great pitching by Seattle or simply a weak Twins lineup? Mauer's .300 plus now way in the rear view mirror. 1 run in 2 games with a Cardinals team in town not happy about being swept in their place and would love to return the favor. Berrios needs to step it up tonight and the offense better wake up and that includes Buxton who can play the headache only so far. He is starting to be a headache. They better at least split these 2 against the Cards or here we go again.

 

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

 

Mauer's OBP is .413. He's doing okay.

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#12 blindeke

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:55 AM

If Mauer plays in the field and Morrison is the DH, that doesn't happen, yes?

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:06 AM

I haven't seen Morrison much, but from what I've read he's a below average 1B, right?

 

It's hard to complain about losing a 1-0 game with zero earned runs scored. These things happen. Though I'd rather see hits, of course.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:20 AM

 

I haven't seen Morrison much, but from what I've read he's a below average 1B, right?

 

It's hard to complain about losing a 1-0 game with zero earned runs scored. These things happen. Though I'd rather see hits, of course.

He's actually looked pretty good, IMO. Smalley likes his D according to last night's broadcast.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:00 AM

How unlucky are the Twins hitters that they continually face the reincarnation of Cy Young game after game after game...

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:14 AM

Weak pop flies off of wet bats into heavy damp air was the story of that snoozer. Watching the grounds crew prepare the field was more entertaining.

Humid air is less dense than dry air. However, if there is fog or drizzle the water droplets slow the ball somewhat.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:17 AM

Wade and Gordon should be up here, imo.

They really miss Sano and Polanco on offense. A lot.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:28 AM

I haven't seen Morrison much, but from what I've read he's a below average 1B, right?
 
It's hard to complain about losing a 1-0 game with zero earned runs scored. These things happen. Though I'd rather see hits, of course.

The run Seattle scored was an earned run. That is because the ball Kepler dropped was ruled a hit and the run would have scored on that play regardless of Morrison's error.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:28 AM

Morrison got off to a terrible start, but since May 1st: .279/.367/.488
 
Even his OBP of .294 for the year is a little misleading, as it's his batting average that is driving that number.

That's a nice sign, but not that remarkable in itself. It would put him about 59th out of 189 qualifiers in that time. But, I hope it continues.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:33 AM

Morrison also failed to make a defensive play in the Yankees series, that led to a loss. Mauer is much, much better in the field. Morrison needs to DH. I am cautiously optimistic for his bat to heat up. But if Morrison can't "get in the game" as a DH then the FO needs to deal with it somehow.



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