I get the whole injuries excuse, but can we be real?
Erv is 35 years old. How much should we have reasonably expected?
Now let's get real. Buxton, Sano and Castro were all terrible when they played. What if all three did not get injured and played every day. Castro would probably be hitting around .200, and Buxton? Maybe he just isn't a major league bat. He got hot at the end of last year, but then lot's of players have had spurts. Not sure that run at the end of last year says more to me than the beginning of the last few seasons. Maybe he is going to be one of those injury plagued guys who just never puts it together? It happens and as a Twins fan it is very concerning to watch his regression. And Sano came into camp fat. There were red flags everywhere with him before the season started. He needed to do conditioning DURING the season because he didn't when he was supposed to. THat isn't bad luck
The problem I have with Buxton and Sano is they don't seem to learn. THe Twins have done a poor job developing players for a long time. We might not like it and Reusse might be a curmudgeon, but this article is entirely fair. Sick of the excuses. Injuries were not so much the cause of this terrible season as much as it was young players like Kepler, Sano and Buxton regressing and vets like Dozier and MOrrison doing nothing
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong.
Kepler has “regressed” from a 95 OPS+ last year to 101 in 2018 and a 2.0 bWAR to 2.7 with a couple weeks to go.