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Article: Improving Twins Offense Is Greek To Me
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:05 AM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:14 PM
I have no doubt that with Vavra's coaching the entire infield play will improve. Vavra has a long distinguished career of infield instruction.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:23 PM
I don't know that I like a 2 year deal, mostly because this team is already wishy-washy when it comes to deciding to rebuild. I don't know that I like the idea of letting this team get older when they proabably should be in development mode. They are already playing Press Your Luck with guys on the wrong side of 30 with questionable injury history. I'd hate to see the crap storm that would hit if three or four of Youk, Willingham, Morneau, Mauer or Doumit go down in 2013.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:46 PM
I am very much in favor of goin after Eric Chavez to platoon with Plouffe. Chavy hit lefties as well as he did in OAK this year & is still a solid defensive player. He cannot hit lefites at all (couldnt in OAK either) but Trevor crushes lefties.
Better than having Eduardo Escobar as your 2nd utility guy
Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:43 PM
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[TD="width: 34"][FONT=Times New Roman]OBP[/FONT][/TD]
[TD="width: 34"][FONT=Times New Roman]SLG[/FONT][/TD]
[TD="width: 34"][FONT=Times New Roman]OPS[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman]Fenway[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].304[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].400[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].512[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].911[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman]Elsewhere[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].264[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].371[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].456[/FONT][/TD]
[TD][FONT=Times New Roman].828[/FONT][/TD]
Now, .828 OPS is pretty good. But he is getting old, he appears to be declining, etc. All that should be considered when evaluating him.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:38 PM
Quick note (and I am sure of this ) Youkilis' nationality is not Greek despite his Greek last name. He is Jewish Romanian. One of his ancestors changed it to "Youkilis" from "Weiner". I kid you not.
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:23 PM
I think you are great. You write some fabulous stuff but I can't support your thesis here.
1. 7 Million spent on Youkilis is 7 million not spent on pitching.
2. I didn't bother looking up runs scored per game in the AL but I did look up Runs scored in the AL and everyone played 162 games. 4 teams were below the Twins. They were the Rays, Royals, Indians and Mariners in that order.
3. The Twins were 10th overall and scored 701 runs over 162 games. The playoff bound Orioles were 9th with 712 over 162 games. The AL West Division winning A's were 8th with 713 runs over 162 games.
4. The A's scored 12 more runs over 162 games than the Twins. No doubt those 12 runs must have been large but it's one extra run every 13.5 games.
5. 4 of the top 5 run producing teams in 2012 did not make the playoffs. Rangers were #1, Angels #3, White Sox #4 and Red Sox #5.
6. Apart from watching that stupid ass batting stance every night. I'm not against signing Youkilis per se. The Twins need to improve it's depth overall but the Twins need balance more than anything. Improving the balance of this team by improving the pitching is the only way to go in my opinion.
7. Balance means you need Pitching, Hitting and Defense. It's a three legged stool and if you lose any of those legs. The other two legs better be amazingly strong. There is no facit of the Twins game that is strong enough to support the collapse of any facit. We may not have the best hitting in the league but it is clearly the strongest of those three legs. Balance it out. In 2013 we may have a short stool overall in comparison but if balanced it will give us a chance to win some more games.
7. On the pitching side the Twins allowed 832 Runs. The A's allowed 614. That's 1.3 runs per game and I think we can all agree that the bullpen did a pretty nice job so that puts it primarily on Starting pitching.
8. Starting Pitching in 2012 put the team in the hole early often. Not always... but... often. Once in a hole... It effects your psyche, It makes you press harder instead of just playing harder. That eventually leads to a "what's the point" mentality. The extra base just doesn't matter as much. This negates your running a game a little. The Twins may have led the league in Stolen Bases but stolen bases isn't the way back into a game and it never has been. Stolen bases are the way to pressure and keep your opponent down. You need to conserve your base runners when down. Being down early changes what you need your team to do to get back into it and the Twins are built differently. Defensive miscues are magnified when you are down. It just isn't a good way to start ballgames.
8. I'm not saying offense doesn't need to be improved but I don't think it can be done with a fairly large splash. If Money can be spent for 2013. It has to be spent almost entirely on Pitching.
9. Signing Youkilis is kinda like saying... The Pitching is going to suck so we need to produce more to compensate... So let's spend more money on offense. It makes more sense to spend money directly on pitching in my opinion. Straight to the source.
10. A MLB baseball player is no different than we are. Some of us think the Twins are toast in 2013. Some of us think that anything can happen. You have a percentage of half empty half full guys on this website and it's the probably the same percentage in the dugout. They are just like us... We can look at a roster or players and draw our conclusions on our chances in 2013 and so can the players.
11. No one can look at our staring rotation right now and feel that we gotta it made in 2013. No one on Twins Daily is comfortable with the starting pitching and you gotta believe that Mauer and Morneau have a similiar feeling about the starting pitching and that will walk with them into the 2013 season like a shadow hanging over them.
12. Make bold and I mean BOLD in bold font moves to address the starting pitching. Remove that Shadow. Give them a chance to believe.
It will produce the extra base. Playing with a lead will augment teams strength's like the running game. Players like Plouffe won't press as much and he just might start hitting better pitches as a result.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:31 PM
It's an intriguing idea, but rather than spending money on a FA 3bman, why not just bite the bullet and move Mauer there. Mauer is moving off catcher--it's just a matter of time, and in reality should have been done a few years ago--and 3b would make the most sense. Sign a FA catcher to split time with Doumit and be done with it.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:34 PM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:49 AM
The same could have been said about Josh Willingham last year. Turned out pretty well for the Twins in his first year here.
[QUOTE][COLOR=#3E3E3E]I don't know that I like a 2 year deal, mostly because this team is already wishy-washy when it comes to deciding to rebuild. I don't know that I like the idea of letting this team get older when they proabably should be in development mode.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]
I complete agree about the Twins probably should be in rebuild mode. My past two Blueprints focused on that aspect. Since they appear to refuse this needs to happen, I altered my Blueprint to gear them to win-now. Two years is not an unreasonable length of time for a contract, in my opinion.
[QUOTE][COLOR=#3E3E3E]I am very much in favor of goin after Eric Chavez to platoon with Plouffe. Chavy hit lefties as well as he did in OAK this year & is still a solid defensive player. He cannot hit lefites at all (couldnt in OAK either) but Trevor crushes lefties.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]
It's not a bad option at all. I also liked the fact that Chavez hit better AWAY from Yankee Stadium to prove that his power numbers were not enhanced by the slow-pitch softball configurations in the Bronx.
[QUOTE][COLOR=#3E3E3E]It is a good idea but not for this particular player. They should be signing under the radar players that could either boost them into contention or be flipped for a nice prospect at the deadline.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]
Why does it have to be an "under-the-radar" player? Given his poor performance in 2012, Youk is certainly not on many radars and if he does rebound, he would certainly deepen the lineup enough to "boost them into contention".
[QUOTE][COLOR=#3E3E3E]1. 7 Million spent on Youkilis is 7 million not spent on pitching...[/COLOR][/QUOTE]
I'll stop you right there and encourage you to read the Blueprint as a whole because it basically covered what you are saying. My Blueprint focuses on starting pitching first and foremost, but it does so by targeting what should be relatively inexpensive starters to allow for a deal such as this to be made. But, as you said, balance needs to be made thus the acquisition of Youkilis to improve the lineup so not only are we shaving off runs from the 2012 ledger, we are also increasing the amount scored.
[QUOTE][COLOR=#3E3E3E]Quick note (and I am sure of this [/COLOR][COLOR=#3E3E3E] ) Youkilis' nationality is not Greek despite his Greek last name. He is Jewish Romanian. One of his ancestors changed it to "Youkilis" from "Weiner". I kid you not.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]