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  1. The Minnesota Twins have a bad bullpen. Whenever that’s the case, it’s challenging for a manager to navigate things a game. All you can do is look for good decision-making processes and hope the players perform. I don’t think Rocco Baldelli had a good night in the 6-4 loss to Houston yesterday evening. Before we get into the things I have a problem with, I want to point out that I do like the idea of bringing in some high-leverage relievers earlier in close games. Reserving your top guys only for the eighth and ninth innings is often a good recipe to ensure you won’t end up needing those
  2. Before we get into the things I have a problem with, I want to point out that I do like the idea of bringing in some high-leverage relievers earlier in close games. Reserving your top guys only for the eighth and ninth innings is often a good recipe to ensure you won’t end up needing those guys when it gets to that point of the game. I didn’t have any problem with Rocco Baldelli’s decision to go to Taylor Rogers when he did, I just didn’t like the way that it went down in the bigger picture. Let’s break this thing down. A lot of the decision-making process was explained by Baldelli in his
  3. That's correct. Those are all full-season stats in those. I'm going to add a clarification right now.
  4. Yes, stays on the COVID-19 and concussion IL are included in these numbers.
  5. The 2021 Minnesota Twins have been one of the most disappointing teams in franchise history but it’s all due to injuries, right? While this team has had to navigate through a lot of their players being unavailable, so have most other teams in the league. Let's dig into the numbers. The Twins haven’t been the most injured team in baseball. They’re not even in the top five. In fact, they’re barely even in the top 10. If you’re interested in looking at the data, it’s available at spotrac. In terms of number of players who have been or are currently on the Injured List, the Twins are tied fo
  6. The Twins haven’t been the most injured team in baseball. They’re not even in the top five. In fact, they’re barely even in the top 10. If you’re interested in looking at the data, it’s available at spotrac. In terms of number of players who have been or are currently on the Injured List, the Twins are tied for 10th in baseball. Here’s a look at the rankings: TEAM PLAYERS 1. Giants 26 2. Blue Jays 25 3. Padres 23 4. Mariners 2
  7. One last fun fact: Since Kirilloff came off the IL, there are 298 hitters who've seen at least 100 pitches. Alex ranks 294th in the percentage of fastballs seen over that stretch.
  8. Alex Kirilloff has been struggling since returning from the Injured List. His wrist injury appears to have sapped his power, but the fact he's being pitched to like he's a future Hall of Famer isn't helping, either. Kirilloff gave Minnesota Twins fans a glimpse into his immense potential when he hit four home runs in a three-game stretch. Because this is 2021, he landed on the IL with an injured wrist just a game later and hasn’t been the same since. Kirilloff homered in both games of his rehab assignment with the Saints, but his power has been non-existent since returning to the Tw
  9. Kirilloff gave Minnesota Twins fans a glimpse into his immense potential when he hit four home runs in a three-game stretch. Because this is 2021, he landed on the IL with an injured wrist just a game later and hasn’t been the same since. Kirilloff homered in both games of his rehab assignment with the Saints, but his power has been non-existent since returning to the Twins. Here’s a look at some of the numbers. Before IL Since IL Slash .214/.227/.571 .254/.309/.302
  10. As we start to consider how the Minnesota Twins might make a better future for the franchise, it’s easy to consider tanking as an option. It seems like the talent-acquisition cheat code. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Major League Baseball isn’t like other sports. The degree of difficulty in the draft is extreme and one player, no matter how good, can only make so big of an impact. Joe Mauer is the fourth-best No. 1 overall pick of all-time, according to Baseball-Reference WAR, behind only Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. Those top four combined to help bring on
  11. Major League Baseball isn’t like other sports. The degree of difficulty in the draft is extreme and one player, no matter how good, can only make so big of an impact. Joe Mauer is the fourth-best No. 1 overall pick of all-time, according to Baseball-Reference WAR, behind only Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. Those top four combined to help bring one World Series championship to the teams that drafted them (Jones with Atlanta in 1995). Even when you get this pick right, there’s so much else you have to do correctly to build a successful team. Know who the 10th-best to
  12. We’re still a ways out from the trade deadline but with the Minnesota Twins off to a horrible start some ideas are being bounced around early. MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa threw out a hypothetical deal that would send Josh Donaldson to Milwaukee. Let’s take a closer look. Before we get to the actual proposal, I just want to make sure to be extra clear that this is a hypothetical scenario that DeRosa is throwing out there. This isn’t a trade in the works that’s being reported or even a trade rumor. This is DeRosa just spitballing an idea he feels makes sense. Does it? DeRosa has J
  13. Before we get to the actual proposal, I just want to make sure to be extra clear that this is a hypothetical scenario that DeRosa is throwing out there. This isn’t a trade in the works that’s being reported or even a trade rumor. This is DeRosa just spitballing an idea he feels makes sense. Does it? DeRosa has Josh Donaldson and $15 million in cold, hard cash going to the Milwaukee Brewers for veteran center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left-handed pitching prospect Antoine Kelly. Donaldson is owed the prorated amount of his $21.75 million salary for this year, that full amo
  14. I know Simmons wouldn't make most people's list, he's not know for his bat and to be fair he was one of the only guys in May who did better than his averages w/RISP. But, this right here is what I'm most disappointed in from his play last month. He wasn't brought in to be a big asset at the plate, but I hoped he'd add some diversity to the lineup by putting a ton of balls in play. With Luis Arraez out, that skill would be even more appreciated right now. I also think Simmons has been more good than great defensively.
  15. Regarding Sano, he didn't crack my top five because his performance is not far from what I'd expect so I can't be that disappointed. He's going to strikeout a ton. He's going to slug. His .476 slugging percentage was 50 points above league average for the month. Matt Shoemaker sorta fell under the same category. They're guys I'm not thrilled with, but they didn't crack this top five because I'm not expecting much more than they provided in May.
  16. The Twins have won eight of their past 11 games but still finished May with a 13-16 record for the month. I don't think anyone across Twins Territory is satisfied with that. Here’s a look at my five most disappointing performers for the month of May. There were some bright spots in May, certainly more than there were in April, but another losing month is still dissatisfying. If you’re looking for a bit more balanced look back at the month with a few positive notes mixed in, here’s a video I recorded on the team’s ups and downs for the month. Just want to dwell on the downs
  17. There were some bright spots in May, certainly more than there were in April, but another losing month is still dissatisfying. If you’re looking for a bit more balanced look back at the month with a few positive notes mixed in, here’s a video I recorded on the team’s ups and downs for the month. Just want to dwell on the downs? Let’s do it. This is my list of five, it’s subjective and partially based on expectations. Share the guys you were most disappointed in down in the comments. Nelson Cruz Is it age, injuries or just a bad stretch of luck? Cruz hit .221/.302/.360
  18. Here's a video that goes over some of the recent Twins injury news, goes over the team's outfield depth and offers up a potential emergency option in center field.
  19. Insurance runs have been tough to come by this season for the Twins but they tacked on a few this afternoon at Target Field. Boy, was it a good thing that they did. Read all about the game in today’s recap. Box Score Happ: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Home Runs: Larnach (3) Top 3 WPA: Larnach .196, Garver .135, Cruz .108 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Twins jumped out to an early lead, scoring runs in the first and second innings, but that advantage was quickly erased by a Salvador Perez two-run homer in the third. J.A. Happ retired the last seven batters he f
  20. Box Score Happ: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Home Runs: Larnach (3) Top 3 WPA: Larnach .196, Garver .135, Cruz .108 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Twins jumped out to an early lead, scoring runs in the first and second innings, but that advantage was quickly erased by a Salvador Perez two-run homer in the third. J.A. Happ retired the last seven batters he faced after giving up that homer. The bats took the lead back thanks in part to a Rob Refsnyder RBI bloop single and a run-scoring passed ball. They tacked on runs in the sixth and eighth innings to extend the
  21. It's OK, I understand if people are having a difficult time having a sense of humor about anything related to this team right now.
  22. Gotta make sure to have a laugh every once in awhile, especially when things have gone as poorly as they have.
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