Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:10 PM
It used to be Ryan's favorite line, then echoed by Gardy: "We'll go as far as our pitching carries us."
And last year, the pitching was very bad, with starters the worst in professional baseball. That's quite a thing: THE WORST in MLB.
This year, the problem is going to be on offense. What were we last year in terms of runs scored, 29th of 30? I think we will have a real problem scoring runs.
The issue is: are we a power team or a speed team? For Gardy, he doesn't like to take outs on the basepaths and so, he doesn't run. But, he has no power. And thus, the problem: stuck between a power paradigm and a speed paradigm, we end up doing neither, and leading the league in not scoring runs.
Doesn't matter how much pitching the Twins have. You need to score runs to win, especially against good pitchers. I don't see it this year. Between a lack of chemistry, a reluctance to run and an inability to hit for power, the Twins are, once again, headed for the basement of the AL.