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  1. The Right Field Mess

    It was a risk without an acceptable backup plan. The Twins knew that. And it failed. And theyíre paying the price. And that price is a .192 batting average.

    Thatís the combined batting average of whoever the Twins have played in right field so far. Itís last in the majors. Their combined OPS is .594. Thatís the career OPS of Juan Castro. And there isnít anything close to a solution in sight unless the Twins want to mess with their best hitter.

    Two weeks before the end ...
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  2. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 42: Marquis de Buzzkill

    Aaron and John talk about Jason Marquis' implosion and the state of an increasingly ugly rotation, Drew Butera and Ben Revere turning into Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, how the Twins handled Chris Parmelee, the Van Halen concert-going experience, Nick Blackburn's return to the disabled list, their PickPointz MVP picks, and Lewwwwww! Here are:

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  3. Are We Ever Biased Towards Umpire Bias?

    There is no question that umpires have biases. The question is whether we want them or not.


    A couple of years ago I reported on a book that I was reading titled Scorecasting by Tobias J Moskowitz and L. Jon Weerthem. This writeup is going to copy a lot of that story. The book is similar to the book Freakonomics, except that it focuses exclusively on sports. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can download the first chapter for free Ė and just that much changed forever how I watch ...
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  4. Random Thoughts On A Random Loss

    I donít know if these are questions, or thoughts, of forum topics, but after a 13-hour day, Iím pretty much free associating. Letís see what happens.

    Because Fourth Place Is Just Five Games Away?
    Why is Carl Pavano pitching? The Twins long term strategy regarding Pavano needs to be to have him demonstrate enough success to get some value for him at the trade deadline, right? What is the purpose of trotting him out there at 80% to look below average? Get him healthy, let him string ...
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  5. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 41: Shake-ups and Wake-ups

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  6. Stealing Second With Runners On The Corners

    I just listened to Denard Span short circuit a potential rally by trying to steal second base with runners on the corners and one out. He was caught. I wondered if that was an especially stupid decision.

    It turns out, it's not that risky. Or at least it's not if you accept that a baserunner usually needs to steal bases about 2/3 of the time to be effective.

    Generally, one studies something like this using Palmer & Thorn's Run Expectancy Matrix. It's a neat grid that shows, ...
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  7. Changing Focus: The Danny Valencia & Francisco Liriano Moves

    At some (very depressing) point, as a season becomes turns into an extended offseason, the focus needs to change. For the Twins, that change has been coming since the middle of last week. The turning point was tonight.

    At some point, the focus changes from the team to the players. The moves become less about what the team needs, and more about what each player needs. It doesnít necessarily mean coming down on one side or the other, but the balance changes. That balance changed tonight. ...
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  8. Opening Presents Too Early

    Brian Dozier turns 25 next Tuesday.

    Thatís not young for a prospect. This spring he barely made the cut of Baseball Americaís top 10 Twins prospects. Above him on that list were Chris Parmelee (who is hitting .203), Liam Hendriks (who is being demoted to AAA-Rochester) and Joe Benson (who was demoted yesterday to AA-New Britain yesterday). He has never hit even double-digits home runs in his minor league career. Prior to this year, he was never a fulltime shortstop in the minors. ...
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  9. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 40: Morneau down, Dozier Up

    Aaron and John talk about Justin Morneau's latest injury, Brian Dozier's arrival, swapping Clete Thomas for Erik Komatsu, giving Scott Diamond a chance in place of Liam Hendriks, their new PickPointz game, Ron Gardenhire's job security, bad news for Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla, answering questions submitted by listeners via Twitter, and the latest from the minor leagues with special guest Seth Stohs. Here are:

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  10. Just Better Than Awful

    Even prior to tonightís shellacking, the Twins collective ERA sits at 5.59, last in the major leagues. On the Gleeman and the Geek show last week, I asked ďCan a team that ranks towards the bottom of the league in pitching even pretend to be competitive?Ē It turns out they can.

    Since 2000, there have been five teams that made the playoffs even though they ranked in the bottom third of the league in ERA. One of them was the Twins. In 2009, after a tense game 163 versus the Tigers, the ...
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  11. Anatomy Of A Mauer Boo

    Iím not particularly fond of how Minnesota treats its sports stars. The Puckett-like love affair is rare. More often, we pick nits. Kevin Garnett doesnít score enough, or isnít clutch enough. Joe Mauer doesnít hit for enough power or doesnít show enough leadership. Fran Tarkenton canít win the big one, Harmon Killebrew is too quiet, Rod Carew is self-absorbed Ö the list goes on and on.

    (There are forces at work here that are slicker and far more powerful than subjective analysis. ...
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  12. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 39: Ragged Rotation

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' terrible starting pitching, Delmon Young not going to Hebrew school, booing Joe Mauer, putting past division titles in proper perspective, Ben Revere's brief return, skipping Francisco Liriano, Ron Gardenhire's odd bullpen usage, and jinxing anything and everything. Here are:

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  13. Red Sox 6, Twins 5

    I blame myself.

    I do. Heading to the middle of the eighth inning, Iím forced to leave my seat to pick up my kid at 10:00. By the time I walk through the stadium, Iíve heard the roar and see Jamey Carroll standing on third base with no outs and the third through fifth batters coming up.

    If I didnít have to pick up my kid in 10 minutes, I SWEAR I wouldíve stuck around. I mean Ė you know me by now. Is there anyone MORE superstitious?

    Four blocks away from Target ...
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  14. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 38: F Bomb

    Aaron and John talk about Francisco Liriano's latest ugly start, Luke Hughes leaving via the waiver wire, the clock ticking on Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia, phone calls from listeners, why the bullpen has been better than expected, and why getting old stinks. Here are:

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