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  1. Yup. It's that kind of year. Enjoy the ride.
  2. Great swing! But, sure looks like an illegal pitching motion. He is way off the rubber with the contact foot elevated before he releases the ball???
  3. Gibson pitches 8 innings of 3 hit, 8 strikeout ball. He didn't do that often for the Twins. Is he doing something different with the Rangers?
  4. Well, based on the season so far, they're clearly a .500 team. Not good enough for the playoffs and not bad enough for a high draft pick. Bring on the Vikings.
  5. I wonder if this is a team built with a hitting philosophy that doesn't work as well as it did a couple of years ago. Hit the ball hard in the air, don't worry about strikeouts--but changes in the ball and more pitches high in the zone seem to lead to a lot of strikeouts and long flies. At least to the eye test.
  6. The real question might be do they have enough hitting. It's early, but too many days they look like the surprisingly punchless team that showed up last season.
  7. Right now this is not a good team. It is also a team that isn't playing well. Pick your explanation, there are lots to choose from. They have about a month to figure it out or this season will go down as a squander.
  8. Win expectancy scoring 2 or fewer runs is something like 15%. Seems a little harsh to put this one on the bullpen/bullpen management.
  9. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a team missing starting position players (Buxton, Sano, and Polanco) and a front-line pitcher (Santana) is a worse team, even with the free agent additions. Right now it is surprising how much worse. Many of the players we are counting on are young. Some players take longer than others (Dozier, Brian and Hicks, Aaron, etc.). Others never become reliable performers (add a longer list here). We are just entering the period where we discover what kinds of careers Buxton, Sano, Polanco, Kepler, Berrios, etc. will have. All we can say for sure is that it won’t be instant, unblemished stardom for any of them.
  10. Hard to know how WWII would have ended if the Germans had had the capability to bomb Pearl Harbor. (The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
  11. Thanks for these summaries! Questions: Spring training being what it is, and what it isn't, do you get enough information to have answers to some of the Twins questions (like these)? 1. Is Phil Hughes a replacement level (at least) starter? 2. Are Buxton and Rosario picking up (offensively) where they ended last year? 3. Is Kepler any better against left-handed pitching? Or is there not enough time/performance/information in Spring Training to begin to answer any of these things.
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