[FONT=georgia]Sometimes people just want to see Mauer swing the bat.[/FONT]
Interesting article looking at Mauer's ability to take pitches (or inability to swing the damn bat) in favorable hitters counts.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:21 PM
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:05 PM
Perhaps "big power guy" and "a few more cuts" in hitter's counts are not totally unrelated.
That said, if Mauer were a big power guy, I'd say take a few more cuts on 3-0. Why not? But when you're a singles hitter, a single is often the functional equivalent of a walk.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:22 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:25 PM
Anthony Swarzak will miss a month after fracturing two ribs late last month in a non-baseball related activity.
Swarzak suffered the injury while horsing with around with teammates at the team's recent TwinsFest event. His absence will stretch into the Grapefruit League schedule. The 27-year-old had a 5.03 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio over 96 2/3 innings last season and is expected to operate as a long reliever in 2013.
Source: Tyler Mason on Twitter
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:47 PM
It didn't make any more sense when he posted in the Keith Law minor league thread either. I'd think the guy was a bot, but sometimes I think he actually posts his opinions...
There's already a thread on this...
Edited by PseudoSABR, 06 February 2013 - 03:49 PM.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:55 PM
One swing on 3-0 in three years was a bit stunning. I'll still take Joe's approach though, doesn't make a lot of outs and I still say he did the right thing in that Seattle game, got on base, didn't waste and out and made way for a guy who was slugging over 100 points higher than him.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:46 PM
Well, Mauer is what he is and that won't change sometimes it can be frustrating and most of the time it's probably a good thing. That said, in that game, I would have much rather have him try to hit a lefty specialist than need Willingham to have to get a hit against a tough right handed reliever.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:51 PM
Mauer would make a perfect #2 hitter. Also I do tend to think he is to passive at times, there are bad times to take a walk. If there is runner(s) in scoring position and two outs Mauer needs to be swinging IMO
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:15 PM