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  1. This is true, in that relievers were used that way in 70's and 80's. Whether you want to use relievers that way today is an open question. A lot of relievers were burnt out at young ages from that kind of use. Starters also threw complete games then, giving their bullpens breaks, fairly regularly. Starters on good teams anyway also got deeper into games. One last problem, is that a greater percentage of today's relievers are max delivery guys. How many of them can bounce back quickly from multi inning use is another question. We will have to see but I really hope the Twins can coax more innings out of their starters. I doubt if the best relievers on the Twins will be able to stand up to this workload if it continues like this the rest of the year.
  2. I think a meaningful question is how often is Statcast wrong? If statstat is only accurate to within 1 in., does that mean Statcast sometimes turns a 16 plate into 14 in. plate? Or maybe an 18 in. plate sometimes? What about the top and bottom of strike zone? Is it the same for every hitter? What about the depth of the plate? Is Statcast set a the front Or the back of the plate ? Either way, how many times does a breaking ball go over the plate but miss the box? I will be more inclined to support automated strike zones when I am convinced they aren't likely making nearly as many bad calls as the umpires do.
  3. For a number of years it has seemed to be the policy of the Twins to limit their minor league catchers time behind the plate. They may play other positions or appear at DH, but you don't seem To see any of them catching more than the half the games. I assume that there are reasons for this. My guess is that catchers can get pretty beat up in the minors, because so many pitchers have control issues. I don't know the actual reasons. Maybe Seth or one of the TD experts knows more about this.
  4. I agree with this. It is hard for me to understand why more major leaguers aren't better at bunting. Especially when it doesn't take a particularly good bunt to give you a "free" hit. Since teams hardly work on defending a bunt anymore, you would think more players and teams would want to get better at bunting. I also wonder about players or teams worrying about changing their swings to take advantage of shifts. I heard Rod Carew say that he had 3 different swings. Clearly Carew was a pretty special player. But if he could work on and maintain 3 different swings, you would think modern players could make adjustments to take advantage of the shift without destroying their swing.
  5. So far, Wade has played 8 games. Raley has the fewest with 5 and the fewest ab's with 16. Wiel is in the mix somewhere as he has 6 games and they aren't all at first probably because of Rosario.
  6. Actually, Andreoli seems to be playing center most nights. The other outfielders are rotating thru the DH spot. So all 4 are in the lineup most nights.
  7. Ok, and that might happen. But Brock is right. He could easily break in moving around from outfield to 1b to DH. Eventually somebody likely gets traded. Just who doesn't have to be decided now. It would be better to decide that when you actually have too many players for not enough positions.
  8. I don't agree/understand this. If Kiriloff turns out to be as good a major league hitter as it appears he might, you can certainly afford to play him at first rather than OF because he will be as good or better than any 1b you are likely to develop or be able to find. The other problem is If you refuse to play him at first before he has proved he is that hitter, you will have to trade him for less than he probably going to be worth. It can go either way, but trading minor leaguers who have a good chance to be impact players, does not often turn out for teams who can't buy their way out of that kind of mistake.
  9. Part of the problem for Austin is that during his option years he received little big league opportunity until traded to the Twins. While with the Twins, he showed off his strength(ability to hit home runs at a good rate). He also revealed some weaknesses, strike zone judgement, poor contact skills and weak defensive ability at 1b. Hence Cron, who is at marginally better in all those areas except home run rate. Now, i agree with Riverbrian, that Austin hasn't had sufficient opportunity to prove himself at the major league level. Maybe he will get that chance in San Francisco. But for the Twins he was not a particularly good fit. Even before Cron. There is plenty of right handed power in this lineup, even before Sano. There is a shortage of on base skills and contact skills, hence Austudillo's increased playing time. I don't know how much Cron improves the lineup's weaknesses, but he is likely going to do better in those areas than Austin, in 2019. After this year who knows, but there should/could be other options by then. Austin's lack of options hurt his chances of remaining a Twin, but it wasn't the only factor.
  10. Of course you are right. The best hitters on this team, Cruz and Polanco use the whole field. So does Rosario when he is going good. Those hitters aren't shifted as much, and when they are, it isn't as effective. You can see it in their spray charts that they get hits to all fields. Even Ortiz got a lot of hits to the opposite field. He played ping pong with the Green Monster a lot.
  11. This is not entirely true. While some pitchers couldn't be sent down, there were was certainly a shuttle between AAA and the big leagues. There was also a constant picking up of dfa guys and then trying to shuttle them. One can argue there wasn't enough true major league depth, but there was shuttle. Duffy was was on it as well as others.
  12. Oh the the Twins have been doing this for quite awhile now. One could argue even during the last few years of the previous regime. It it partly a by product of short starts. Also somewhat a result of short appearances by relief pitchers. Even if a relief relief pitcher is only facing a batter or two, there are only so many appearances he can make in a short time frame. The 3rd factor of course is when a reliever makes an extended appearance like deJong did, he also becomes unavailable for at least a few days. Most organizations are genuinely trying to protect their pitchers arms, so this has to happen. It just happens a little less if you have a strong group of starters.
  13. This seems to have become the norm with the Twins and many other teams. An almost constant switching out of the back end of the bullpen to serve the perceived needs of the next day or so. I almost miss the days of Terry Mulholand, who served all those needs in one person.
  14. I agree with this. Span likely could be still, a useful big league hitter. A good hitter without much power doesn't seem to be valued much. There maybe other factors in Span's case. It is possible he isn't interested in playing for close to the major league minimum. Since his production, in theory anyway, can be matched by someone making close to the minimum, that could be one factor. He maybe also viewed as a player whose age suggests he is due for drastic decline in productivity.
  15. I suspect that there could be quite a bit resistance from any number of managers from time to time. When you can and will be fired for failure, you may may very well resist suggestions you don't agree with. When those suggestions are clearly more than suggestions it puts a manager in tough place. When playing time and other things concerning player usage are no longer really under the control of the manager, it can be pretty easy to lose control of the clubhouse. I think there are plenty of interesting and potentially difficult aspects to the blurring of lines between the front office and the on field management. There are a lot benefits potentially available to the manager, but there are any number of potential pitfalls as well.
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