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Wow, the knives are out. I know it’s frustrating that the lineup is underperforming, but having Rosario, Gonzalez and Adrianza here wasn’t going to solve this problem. You going to sit Polanco and A

I wonder if Kirby Puckett would have sat out tonight's game with "a sore knee."   I'm guessing not.

Kiriloff had another one driven to the wall in center the day before. I have faith he’ll start getting them to drop in.

 

"Willians Astudillo has been an uninspiring replacement."  Nick Nelson

 

Huh? .289 average, 2 strikeouts?

 

Garver and Sano added together have only .271 average and 44 strikeouts so the Turtle is better than both players combined.

 

And then we have Cave at .155 average and 25 strikeouts.

 

Time to back off criticizing El Tortuga and be thankful he's in the lineup.

 

Respect the Turtle!

The fact that Astudillo never strikes out does not make him a good hitter. He is hitting an empty .289, since he never takes walks and rarely hits for extra bases (he has a whopping three extra-base hits in 46 PAs on the season). His infield fly ball rate this season is 23% for crying out loud! I also think he is a fun player to watch and maybe he is good in the clubhouse, but let's not pretend like he fits into this team's long-term plans as anything more than a utility player off the bench.

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I started tuning this team out over a week ago after the pathetic showing in Anaheim. Looks like that was for the best. I think it's going to be checking this site once a week for the next couple months and a glance at the final scores when the notification pops up on my phone.... Better things to do with a world that's reopening.

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The fact that Astudillo never strikes out does not make him a good hitter. He is hitting an empty .289, since he never takes walks and rarely hits for extra bases (he has a whopping three extra-base hits in 46 PAs on the season). His infield fly ball rate this season is 23% for crying out loud! I also think he is a fun player to watch and maybe he is good in the clubhouse, but let's not pretend like he fits into this team's long-term plans as anything more than a utility player off the bench.

It's hard to talk long-term when the Twins are busy choking in the short term. If you want to advance the runners, if we're lucky enough to have any runners, you can't do it by striking out.

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It just doesn't feel like Rocco is managing each game to win each game. Duffy and Rogers had the only hot hand we've seen in Happ's 2-0 win and we get Stashak, Theilbar and Alcala yesterday. Examples of this so far this season are endless. We are running a marathon while everyone else is sprinting. I guess we'll be the most rested & healthiest team in baseball by September. Will it matter? 

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His wRC+, a good single number representation of offensive output, is 89 (100 is average).

Like so many other hitters this season, Astudillo has not been good at the plate.

In the right context, like if Astudillo was playing catcher competently and posting a 89 wRC+ / 99 OPS+, that would be fine. Or even if he's just filling in somewhere for a game or two a week.

 

But as an everyday 1B right now, I agree with the "uninspiring" description.

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In the right context, like if Astudillo was playing catcher competently and posting a 89 wRC+ / 99 OPS+, that would be fine. Or even if he's just filling in somewhere for a game or two a week.

 

But as an everyday 1B right now, I agree with the "uninspiring" description.

Oh, for sure, I was mostly rebutting the use of batting average as an offensive indicator, particularly for a weirdo like Astudillo.

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In the right context, like if Astudillo was playing catcher competently and posting a 89 wRC+ / 99 OPS+, that would be fine. Or even if he's just filling in somewhere for a game or two a week.

 

But as an everyday 1B right now, I agree with the "uninspiring" description.

Ah, Grasshopper! Even the smallest pebble shines bright in a sea of mud.

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Outside the first week of season,
I wonder if that's the first time in history a team has featured a guy with a .000/.000/.000 line in the cleanup spot.

I found this reference of players who made their MLB debut in the cleanup spot:

 

https://prestonjg.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/they-batted-cleanup-in-their-first-major-league-game/

 

Looks like Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 in his 2015 debut (infamously just past the first week of the season :) ), for a .000/.000/.000 line. And he was back in the cleanup spot the next game.

 

Obviously there could be others meeting your criteria, but this was a quick and easy way to verify that Kirilloff won't be the first.

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Buxton is sitting out Monday night, unfortunately:

 

Buxton went 1-for-3 with a HR and 2 RBI the last time he faced Plesac, so with the team having lost 8 of its last 9 it's a great time for him to rest that knee.

 

Edit: Astudillo also went 1-for-3 with a HR the last time he faced Plesac, so of course he's also on the bench tonight.

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In response to the rebutting of Astudillo and his batting average. I would think his speed would be the issue or lack there of? Just suggesting, if you think about it for a second.

I think his main issue is his complete lack of any plate discipline, which leads to his lack of walks and a lot of weak contact. Sure it's nice when he hits a homer on a pitch at eye-level, but 99 times out of 100, swinging at that pitch will result in a miss or a weak pop fly.

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It's cold and rainy in Minnesota right now, but in a month the Earth will turn a bit and sunshine will bring 70 degrees and more. The Twins should be able to rebound as well. While one or two players may not ever return to near  their 2019 seasons, it is hard to believe that all of the Twins core will continue to fail. Alex Kirilloff has a sweet swing and should be able to have a decent season despite his abysmal start.  Trevor Larnach is also an option should Kepler or Sano not rebound from their April blues. 

 

I'm thinking that we can maintain some patience as April closes and May unfolds. The talent to win 90 games is there and summer will be a better barometer of this team.

 

It is going to be difficult to make changes now because the minor leagues have not started yet and thus those players are all a few weeks behind  in their development.  However, at some point (drop 10-12 games below .500) critical evaluations could effect some roster moves beyond the current shuttling moves. Six or eight games below even is not a time to panic. 

 

Both teams played on the same field and in the same conditions. Exactly.

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This season and the .500 play in 2020 after the first 12 or so games, shows you even more why you DO mortgage your future and go for it by trading prospects (that never seem to come to fruition on the Twins) for the pitching ace and the special rentals or high cost player(s) in 2019. That season is now wasted with another pathetic playoff sweep, followed by 2020 playoff sweep, and now the window is slamming shut, and we have prospects with fading value, and can't hit or star on the mound when they are brought up. I would take a championship every ten years and 5 horrible seasons, than 5 horrible seasons anyway AND sweeps in the playoffs while thinking the prospect train will save you in the next year or two.

 

When the future is now, it is prudent to not pass the close. 

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