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Posts posted by mnfireman

  1. 3 hours ago, bighat said:

    Miranda is technically in the lineup over Arraez, which is also bad IMO.

    I suppose the reasoning is that Luis is batting just .217 against LHP so far this year with no extra base hits in 23 ABs. But honestly, I think he's just such an elite hitter that I'd prefer him at 1B over Miranda right now, regardless of matchups.

    I'll take Miranda's night over Arraez's.....

  2. I think (hope) the 100 game plan is just for this year and did not come into play until he hurt his knee.

    Going forward Buxton himself needs to figure out how to stay on the field. He has started to dial in the recklessness in the field that led to running into walls and teammates, now he needs to figure out how to not get hurt on the bases. If he had been running hard on that pop-up, he gets second standing up. Since he didn't (nor do many MLB players), he should have been content to stay at first instead of having to awkwardly slide into second and jam his knee (like many MLB players have done).

    We also don't know how much of his hip problems are related to running to first, stepping on the bag (creating a jamming force on the ankles, knees and hips), and coming to an abrupt stop from full-speed. I do love the hustle, but sometimes you need to let the routine grounder to the pitcher or second baseman be routine and just jog to first. Groundballs to short and third are potential infield hits and you gotta go hard to first!!

  3. 5 minutes ago, Schmoeman5 said:

    Is it possible that Buxton just wants to get out of Minnesota? Remember, he signed his new deal to the tune of roughly 15 million per. 

    Ummm, no. He and his agent negotiated escalating bonus clauses into his contract that could make the contract worth up to $23-25 MM per year

  4. 15-8 with, 5-7 without. I'd like to see him play 135 games, so roughly 88-47 with, 11-16 without; 99-63 overall. Could probably win the division even if his games played went down to 125 or 130 at those rates. 

    Contusions/bruises are really hard to judge how long the after effects last, he could wake up June 1st and be pain free and play every game the rest of the way, or he might feel it all year and only be able to play 2/3 or 3/4 the rest of the way. Or worse, favoring the knee re-aggravates the hip and he has to be shut down for ??? 

  5. 33 minutes ago, Nine of twelve said:

    For example, would it have changed Carl Willis' managing yesterday if it had been publicized before the game that Buxton would not be available?


    I think anybody who's watched this team the last couple of years knows that when Baldelli gives a guy that has nagging injuries the day off, he has the whole day off (see Cruz, Donaldson, Garver, Buxton, Polanco, Jeffers, Correa...). Willis basically only had to prepare for the starting line-up and make bullpen moves accordingly.

  6. While I believe days off are a necessary thing in keeping a player healthy, sometimes game situations require said player to be become available. Tonight's game presented such a situation and its not even the first time its happened this season. Buxton could have hit for either Miranda or Gordon in the 10th and could have also hit for Celestino in the 8th. If/when the situation warrants it, a player on the bench needs to be ready to enter the game, not content that he has the day off and that will not change. It shortens the bench and hurts the team.

    Teams already start with a short bench, so play him when needed whether its a start, a pinch hit/run, or defensive replacement or IL him. And I don't just mean Buxton.


  7. Maybe he will get on track this year, maybe not. His advanced and peripheral numbers are not good so far this year. Exit velocity and barrel % against are at career high levels, which puts hard hit % also at a career high. Batters are also making more contact and swinging less at his pitches outside of the strike zone. They are also hitting the ball up the middle or to the opposite field at higher than normal rates against him. His K/9 and K/BB% are also way down. ,

    On a positive note, his velocity and pitch movement are in line with his career numbers and BABIP is at a career high. His actual ERA is also below his xERA, so it is possible that he will turn things around.

  8. I think the Twins have gotten as much as they are going to get out of Sano. He turns 29 tomorrow and history is not kind to sluggers his size as they approach and pass 30, just look at the Fielder's, Cabrera, Hrbek, Luzinski, and several others that I know I am forgetting. Even Thomas and Papi and Albert each battled injuries and production issues after and into their 30's. 

    Thank you Miguel Sano, but I believe it is time to move on and let him have an opportunity elsewhere.

  9. If Lewis is for real and Correa opts out after the season, the future would look very bright, especially if Martin and the young pitching is for real. If Correa decides to stay and even agrees to an extension, Polanco becomes a very attractive trade piece (I say Polanco because of the love for Arraez on this site).

  10. 7 minutes ago, RpR said:

    There seems to be a need here for some one to be the brunt of ire.

    Sano has earned $1.5MM so far this season (1/6 of $9.25MM) but according to fangraphs his production thus far has been worth -$6MM. If the Mets can justify DFAing Cano and his remaining $40MM for lack of production, I think the Twins can justify eating the $7.5MM owed Sano (didn't include the $2.75MM buy out option for next season). He is completely clueless at the plate and is a defensive liability.

  11. I would like to see Miranda play well enough for the team to DFA Sano and to put Arraez back into a utility role. Sano is totally lost at the plate and is a liability defensively. Take away Arraez's two best games and he is slashing .224/.307/.293 for the season, not the GREAT offensive player many make him out to be, and is also a defensive liability.

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