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  1. #1
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    Are we having FUN yet?

    So exactly one year ago today, I started a thread with this same title. This year, no need for the snark. We should be talking about the Twins and enjoying this little taste of success while it lasts.

    The Good
    The pitching, particularly the bullpen. Wow, they've been lights out. Pressley is being used in the Miller role, and it's been brilliant.
    The defense has been superb. Buxton is awesome out there in center field.
    Sano showing some life. I like him at 1B.
    The seventh inning ....

    The Bad
    Mauer has been brutal.
    Buxton has been even more brutal, at least at the plate. He looks hopelessly overmatched.
    Our DH occasionally bats ninth ....

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    Yes, the pitching until today has been good, not just the bullpen.

    No, the dang batting order. Why is Buxton batting 3rd? It makes no sense and just goes and strikes out a ton.

    Mauer, uh that may be the sound of your career being over. Brutal at the plate is correct.

    Why on earth did they get such an early home opener? Maybe being so cold worked because they finally won.

    Fix the batting order. Get a DH who can hit and not utility role players. I think that means you bring Park in and try him.

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    Park or Vargas, either one has to be a bigger threat at DH. I think you have to keep rolling with Buxton, try to let him hit his way out of it. He does enough defensively that you can afford to be patient with him at the plate. Mauer should be fully a platoon player at this point. Get Sano some time at 1B.

    Hope the pitching holds up. It's not reasonable to expect it to continue as it's started, but maybe they can maintain it at some level and keep this team relevant deep into the summer.

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    Twins are 7-5 but the hitting is not good. Seeing the top teams in the Division this week will be interesting. If they can go 4-3 it would be a good sign. I just don't see a team hitting this poorly being able to keep it up.
    It doesn’t matter if you are a king or street sweeper pretty soon you will dance with the reaper!

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    Yeah there are some players who are just not doing it on offense.
    I saw some of yesterdays game. Buxton is totally over whelmed at the plate. And he blew the game with a lackadaisical throw on a shallow fly ball single.
    Is his arm that weak that he couldn't throw it harder to home? And not count on the bounce to get it there.

    The SP continues to be very solid and they can only hope it remains because until they get some resemblance of hitting, that is what they have to depend on.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf on the Prowl View Post
    Twins are 7-5 but the hitting is not good. Seeing the top teams in the Division this week will be interesting. If they can go 4-3 it would be a good sign. I just don't see a team hitting this poorly being able to keep it up.

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    Buxton, Rosario, Mauer. At this point, none look like big-league hitters. Watching Joe has just gotten kind of sad.


 

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