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#121 killertwinfan

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:31 AM

 

100% on board with this. That suggest reversing the course on what they're currently doing though. Garver is already wasting away on the bench in favor of Wilson. Where things are, the second half should see Gordon, Garver, Busenitz, Cave, Moya, Curtiss, etc all up and playing often. You can reset quickly next year, but figure out which of those players are a part of it.

I am puzzled with Molitor's reticence to change or shake things up.I like watching Wilson catch, but when a guy flirts with a .100 batting average for significant stretches, it makes no sense.You have to play Garver and hope he gets better as the year goes on.That position needs to be addressed in the off season, both for depth and the future.Also, when Dozier goes cold as ice and you got hot bat's behind him (um relatively hot bats) he needs to move Dozier down in the order.Same story with pitchers.Hildenburger has been our best reliever for a long time and unfortunately Reed has lost it.It took long to promote Hildy and demote Reed.He needs to be demoted again.  

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#122 yarnivek1972

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:56 AM

I agree unless the context of the team is desperate need for offense. If offense is killing the club, pitchers asking for a preferred catcher could be counter productive to addressing the weak points and the primary reason why a manager is necessary. Managers need to make the decisions that are important to the club and not to the pitchers personal preferences.

Brian Dozier shouldn't get to pick where he hits in the order either. :)



That might be a valid point if this team was in contention and winning games was the goal unto itself.

However, the priority seems to have shifted (or at least it should) to evaluation and development. In that instance, I might be more inclined to give a pitcher I want to evaluate a catcher he feels more comfortable with at the expense of developing someone who pretty much every baseball mind has said is a career backup.

#123 WLFINN

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

 

I am puzzled with Molitor's reticence to change or shake things up.I like watching Wilson catch, but when a guy flirts with a .100 batting average for significant stretches, it makes no sense.You have to play Garver and hope he gets better as the year goes on.That position needs to be addressed in the off season, both for depth and the future.Also, when Dozier goes cold as ice and you got hot bat's behind him (um relatively hot bats) he needs to move Dozier down in the order.Same story with pitchers.Hildenburger has been our best reliever for a long time and unfortunately Reed has lost it.It took long to promote Hildy and demote Reed.He needs to be demoted again.  

All Wilson does is hit, and he scored from second on a hit to the pitcher...Molitor is a genius

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#124 yarnivek1972

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:06 PM

A nice quick inning would be good. So he could get the next inning and we could avoid FRE.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:07 PM

I am puzzled with Molitor's reticence to change or shake things up. I like watching Wilson catch, but when a guy flirts with a .100 batting average for significant stretches, it makes no sense. You have to play Garver and hope he gets better as the year goes on. That position needs to be addressed in the off season, both for depth and the future. Also, when Dozier goes cold as ice and you got hot bat's behind him (um relatively hot bats) he needs to move Dozier down in the order. Same story with pitchers. Hildenburger has been our best reliever for a long time and unfortunately Reed has lost it. It took long to promote Hildy and demote Reed. He needs to be demoted again.


Reed was placed on the DL today.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:13 PM

 

All Wilson does is hit, and he scored from second on a hit to the pitcher...Molitor is a genius

 

Beat me to it.:)


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:47 AM

 

All Wilson does is hit, and he scored from second on a hit to the pitcher...Molitor is a genius

Wilson may be our best batter with RISP.  


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:49 AM

 

Reed was placed on the DL today.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised.He went from incredible to awful.Must have been pitching hurt.  

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:51 AM

Wilson may be our best batter with RISP.  

I would have guessed this was pure hyperbole, but actually his splits are just as you suggest. Bases empty he bats .103, but in RISPy situations he's batting .280 with plenty of additional value leading to a .875 OPS.

 

Either of the Ed's or Joe do well with runners on, too, but Bob's surprisingly been no slouch.

 

It's all small sample size, but still. Will The Real Bobby Wilson Please Stand Up! (And I hope it's not One Oh Three Bobby.)

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:51 AM

 

Wilson may be our best batter with RISP.  

Whatever RISP is he should start sharing it with some of the others....quite a few of the others... :eek:


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 05:23 AM

 

Meanwhile, Doug Mientkiewicz got the AAA job in the Detroit system with the Toledo Mudhens, and continues to just win. Players like to play for him. 

 

Dozier? He has absolutely no motivation to do anything but have a career year, what with free agency coming up, so I don't buy he is trying to be anything but the best he can be. Unfortunately for him and the Twins, that is not happening.

A minor league manager with primarily aging AAA player winning means exactly what for the parent team? They either do not have any players hence using the long term minor league player or they are not developing the talent and playing to win a AAA game, not MLB games in the future.Advocating that your teams win over player development shoots an organization in the foot. Of course if you believe analytics don't belong in baseball then root for that kind of manager. 


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:56 AM

Whatever RISP is he should start sharing it with some of the others....quite a few of the others... :eek:

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:13 AM

 

You have to play Garver and hope he gets better as the year goes on. 

 

Garver had a slump in May, otherwise he has been fine.

 

 


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 05:46 AM

 

Garver had a slump in May, otherwise he has been fine.

My issue has been when he is behind the plate.  

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 10:16 AM

Garver had a slump in May, otherwise he has been fine.


It adds up to a .707 OPS.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 10:34 AM

Not sure if this goes along with this thread, but it was interesting (probably the wrong word) to see that Cardinals management fired Matheny and two coaches, despite sitting just 4 games back.  I guess I don't see that happening with the Twins, but I couldn't help but feel while watching Astudillo pitch yesterday that his body language was screaming WTF am I doing out here?  Baseball is cruel--he finally gets his change at the Big Leagues, and he is on the mound before he is behind the plate.


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 11:35 AM

 

Not sure if this goes along with this thread, but it was interesting (probably the wrong word) to see that Cardinals management fired Matheny and two coaches, despite sitting just 4 games back.  I guess I don't see that happening with the Twins, but I couldn't help but feel while watching Astudillo pitch yesterday that his body language was screaming WTF am I doing out here?  Baseball is cruel--he finally gets his change at the Big Leagues, and he is on the mound before he is behind the plate.

 

Yeah. The problems this year really look like management problems.




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