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#21 Darius

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:05 PM

Two notes:

First, 101 wins is not the team record. The Twins won 102 games in 1965.

Second, when I look at Arraez, I'm not sure I see the star everyone seems to be sold on (at least everyone on Twitter and in the blogosphere). I see a guy who gets the bat on the ball, but without a lot of authority (35% hard hit rate, 24% FB-IFFB%)). He puts the ball on the ground (42% GB Rate) and last year he benefitted from a .355 BABIP. I guess I see him more as a solid placeholder until Lewis is ready to join the club and take over up the middle, not a reason to be excited about the team.

All of that said, I'm definitely excited about the team, and I think everyone is sleeping on how good Rich Hill can be when he's healthy. If Berrios takes a step forward and Hill comes back healthy, that's a 1-2 that can compete with anyone in the league come October.


Sure, Rich Hill can be good when healthy. But, expecting anything out of him is a huge mistake, IMO. He’s never pitched over 135 innings in a season in his career. For whatever reason, he seems to always be having blister issues. He’s over 40, and is coming off of an elbow surgery.

It’s more likely Rich Hill doesn’t throw an inning as a Twin than becomes a postseason horse.

Decent back-up plan/flier. Awful plan A for a team desperate for starting pitching.
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#22 joefish

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:49 PM

Are we better than last year's one-game playoff exit?

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:44 PM

 

Are we better than last year's one-game playoff exit?

 

 

Nope! At least on paper. The rotation is worse and so is the lineup. 


#24 IndianaTwin

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:01 PM

 

Are we better than last year's one-game playoff exit?

 

By “one-game playoff exit,” which of the three games are you referring to? 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:18 PM

By “one-game playoff exit,” which of the three games are you referring to? 

The exit one, presumably. :)

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:29 PM

The exit one, presumably. :)

I read it as "game one playoff exit," because we all knew it was over when the Twins curled into the fetal position about halfway into game one.
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#27 DocBauer

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:52 PM

Personally, nothing is dampening my enthusiasm. I mean, real Twins baseball is a month away! All the world is better when it's baseball season!

I love the offense, minus only Cron, if you really look at. Sure there could be some regression, but I also think we haven't seen the best of some guys, notably Sano and Buxton. I really like the pen, so much better than how last season began, and depth to continue to maintain and improve. I feel Berrios has another level, and I'm actually excited about some of the kids already "here" and a couple more that could make an appearance before the year is over.

I am NOT excited about still needing one more bat and not knowing who it's going to be or where it's going to come from. Holding out hope for Donaldson...I'm starting to think we have at least a shot of making that happen...but I'm getting really tired of this waiting game.

I am NOT excited about the rotation to begin the season. IMO, the Hill move is like a mid season acquisition that could prove big. But only Bailey still has me bummed and burning. A month away and we still need another good, decent, solid arm if not a really good one. The FO can't be that sold on the kids can they?

But I remain hopeful and excited. Cold, rainy, dreary day here in Omaha, but spring and ST are on my mind.
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#28 IndianaTwin

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:21 PM

 

Personally, nothing is dampening my enthusiasm. I mean, real Twins baseball is a month away! All the world is better when it's baseball season!

I love the offense, minus only Cron, if you really look at. Sure there could be some regression, but I also think we haven't seen the best of some guys, notably Sano and Buxton. I really like the pen, so much better than how last season began, and depth to continue to maintain and improve. I feel Berrios has another level, and I'm actually excited about some of the kids already "here" and a couple more that could make an appearance before the year is over....

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But I remain hopeful and excited. Cold, rainy, dreary day here in Omaha, but spring and ST are on my mind.

 

I’m with you. I’ve heard folks talk about regression, but the fact of the matter is also that a whole lot of guys are on the right side of the career progression curve as well. 

 

Oh, and I just arrived in eastern Iowa on business. Keep the rainy and dreary out there, will you? 

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#29 jrod23

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:14 PM

Show me a season where Buxton stays healthy, and I'll maybe...maybe believe that Arraez isn't capable of maintaining a +.300 average.I just want Arraez to do what he's been doing all his career.Hitting and playing very serviceable defense.And I want Buxton to do what he's been projected to do all his career, which is play unparalleled defense and have game changing speed on the bases with some pop in the bat...ALL. SEASON.LONG.Too much to ask?

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#30 specialiststeve

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:00 PM

 

Nope! At least on paper. The rotation is worse and so is the lineup. 

 

? How would the rotation be worse... we have top 3 back .. Gibson and Perez were Okay before the all star break and AWFUL after. Bailey and Hill are "at least" their equal and with Dobnak showing he belongs we are clearly better... not as good as the big boys but better than last year. 

 

As far as the lineup Cron was pretty good I admit but still have time to hopefully sign Donaldson which imporves our lineup. Shoop barely played after Arraez signed. Arraez will only get better ..... 

 

Love the top ten assessment! Please bring on the spring soon!!

 

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