08-01-2012, 06:21 PM #21
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In no particular order;
a. Willingham's quest for 40HR's
b. Plouffe coming back from the DL and maybe challenging the 30HR mark
c. Mauer pushing for another Batting Title (if Trout falters down the stretch)
d. Diamond's Starts
The losses do take their toll though... especially to the White Sox.
08-01-2012, 08:39 PM #22
Diamond pitched decently today, but made some really bad pitches, especially on 0-2 counts. All three Chicago runs can be traced to poor pitches when well ahead in counts to hitters. Frustrating and unnecessary. Those are the kinds of things that win or lose close games. Mauer's defense behind the plate has really deteriorated, too.
08-01-2012, 11:11 PM #23
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Diamond now has thrown a quality start in 11 of his 16 games. In 4 of the non QS games he only gave up 4 ER.
Dude is consistently putting the Twins in a chance to win the game if the offense shows up, did he have his faults today? Yes. But the Twins still should have won, the lack of hitting with RISP this year seems to be killing them in games like this.
08-01-2012, 11:54 PM #24
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I would suggest a possible addition:
e. Hoping that another starter or two can rise to the top. Deduno may have the highest ceiling due to his natural curveball, but there are other candidates as well -- Hendriks, DeVries and Walters.