Will the real Twins please stand up?
by, 08-15-2013 at 09:28 AM (371 Views)
This has been a strange year for the Twins. I don't know if most realize it but take a couple of horrendous stretches out that amount to about 3 weeks of games and the Twins are 8 games over .500. The Twins had a 10 game losing streak and another where they lost 11 out of 12. So which team are they closer to be being? The one that was gawd-awful for 3 weeks or the one that has been pretty decent about 85% of the time? If a hitter was batting .290 for the season but that was done by batting .250 for 130 games and a ridiculous hot stretch of hitting .500 for a month I know how guys like Aaron Gleeman would classify him. That he is a .250 hitter that had a very lucky stretch. So doesn't the reverse work for the Twins? What do you put more faith in? 140 games of a season where the Twins play at or above .500 or a horrendous and unlucky 22 games? Now I will qualify this by saying that I am not even sure how the Twins have managed to post a winnung record for most of the games playes this year. Their starting pitching has been for the most part, abysmal. Even during this homer binge they hitting with RISP has been brutal, as it has been all season. The clutch hitting has been the most frustrating part of the team for me this year. I expected the starting staff to be mediocre at best so it isn't a surprise. I actually thought the lineup would be pretty decent. But I don't even want to know how many times we have starnded a runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs or had the first 2 hitters get on and then to now move as the next 3 go K, pop up, K. The 2 things they have been really good at is the bullpen has been outstanding and the up the middle defense. Dozier and Floriman are probably the best combo defensively in the majors, which is shocking to write and Hicks for all his struggles made a lot of amazing plays. So which version is closer to the truth?