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    Thegrin got a reaction from RpR in Where We Stack Up   
    Fortunately, it is so early in the season that we can't tell if these numbers are trends or aberations.  Lets look at these again, at the end of May.
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    Thegrin got a reaction from stringer bell in Where We Stack Up   
    Fortunately, it is so early in the season that we can't tell if these numbers are trends or aberations.  Lets look at these again, at the end of May.
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    Thegrin reacted to Mark G in Where We Stack Up   
    I have said this before, both last year and this year, only one number matters in the end - number of runs scored in the game.  Yeah, I know how corny and simplistic that sounds, but they have done stats on teams records when they score 3 runs or less in a game and when they score 4 or more, and it is a pretty accurate assessment of how a team will fare.  Last year we scored 3 or less slightly over 35% of our games and we won 73, and that was a team that was 2nd in the league in home runs.  So far this year (counting Monday night) we have scored 3 or less 7 times and 4 or more 4 times.  Not a coincidence our record is 4-7.  Slugging will only get you so far, unless you hit 307 home runs again; there has to be a consistent hitting approach that will manufacture runs.  Bunting for hits, sacrificing runners, taking the extra base, making contact instead of the almighty launch angle looking for a home run.  The analytics numbers are nothing more than moral victories for teams (and players individually) that don't score enough runs to win enough games.  In school they teach all the new discoveries and methods to students, but they teach history as well, because there are lessons to learn from the past too. Old school baseball still has a lot to teach the smartest kids on the block.  Just one man's extremely humble opinion.  
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    Thegrin got a reaction from wabene in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    This is all very interesting, however, it completely ignores the fact that most of these pitchers did not want to relocate to Minnesota.  Their reasons may or may not have been valid, but it is my understanding that Minnesota wasn't even on the radar as a desirable place to play.
    Perhaps if the Twins had a better defense.  I had hopes that Donaldson-Simmons on the left side would tighten up our defense, but alas, it was not to be so. 
    Since the top pitchers would not move here, even if we matched their top-dollar offers, what strategy do we have left?
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    Thegrin got a reaction from ashbury in 40 Starts a Season   
    Reading those stathead statistics is eye-opening. Thanks for the informative article.
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    Thegrin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Play the rookies   
    I love playing Rookies if they can hit.  A hate playing Rookies when they make base-running mistakes or throw to the wrong base. 
    If I was a high impact starting pitcher and looked at the Twins defense,  I'd probably find somewhere else to play (all things being equal).
    Play the Rookies ? Give them a try, if they seem mature enough to handle it, otherwise let them continue to learn in the minors.  After all, there must be a reason they've done it that way all these years. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Falvey and Lavine fear loss of readers for TD   
    No matter what we do, there will be some fans who will not be satisfied.  After all, fan is short for fanatics.  
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Oldgoat_MN in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Seeing Schoop play 2b made me wonder why he wasn't a Thirdbaseman ?  He has a wonderful arm and seems to be quick enough for the hot corner.  If I was a team looking for a solid hitting 2nd or 3rd baseman, I'd give Schoop a call. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from PSzalapski in From Contender to Champion: my plan for the 2020 Minnesota Twins   
    Gibson is a free agent. Sure, but he is also a lifelong Twin and by all accounts a good teammate.  If his illness is cured, then there is no reason not to try and sign him to a "reasonable" contract.  If it doesn't look like he is totally well, then let him go.  He gave the Twins some good years and I wish him the best. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from wabene in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in 2020 Minnesota Twins Blueprint, version 1.0   
    Don't care much for these moves, I would however be interested in the hallucinogens you took to construct it. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Dman in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Dantes929 in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from nclahammer in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from KGB in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from bighat in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from h2oface in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from In My La Z boy in BaseballTradeValues.com is your new favorite website   
    I'll rent Baumgartner & Smith for Javier & Thorpe.  They may turn into fine MLB players, but MadBum & Smith could win us a World Series. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from woolywoolhouse in MLB Realignment Doesn't Have to Wait   
    I think North Carolina should have a team.  It is a populous state with a great baseball tradition. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Steve Lein in BaseballTradeValues.com is your new favorite website   
    I'll rent Baumgartner & Smith for Javier & Thorpe.  They may turn into fine MLB players, but MadBum & Smith could win us a World Series. 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Catch the ball!   
    The defensive stats are not what they seem.  We see errors and the official scorekeepers call them hits.  Since it happens everywhere, we trust that the stats will even out.
     
    Statistically (According to MLB.com) the Twins are ranked in the middle of the pack.  That seems about right.  However, we seem to be killed by throwing errors.  I have no idea how to quantify this, except to keep a game by game log of fielding and throwing blunders regardless of how they are scored.
    If you focus on throwing errors, the solution is fairly simple. Examine the defenders priority's and change them so that players don't make the desperate throw's.
    Perhaps, given the player's competitive natures, this may be simpler said than done.  
     
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Andrew Gebo in First Place Underdogs   
    Once upon a time the Twins won a couple WS too. 
     
    good article.
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    Thegrin got a reaction from Madisonsdad in Who Gets the Axe ?   
    absolutely send Littell back. Let him and another RP shuffle back & forth from Rochester. 
    If Arraez keeps hitting, put the most banged-up player on the 10-day DL and keep shuffling until Arraez stops hitting or you run out of banged up players.  (Which I doubt would ever happen.) 
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    Thegrin got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Who Gets the Axe ?   
    absolutely send Littell back. Let him and another RP shuffle back & forth from Rochester. 
    If Arraez keeps hitting, put the most banged-up player on the 10-day DL and keep shuffling until Arraez stops hitting or you run out of banged up players.  (Which I doubt would ever happen.) 
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