Rand: Mauer had an amazing 15-game stretch

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  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 11:54 PM

Before we get too wrapped up with Joe Mauer’s strikeout pace — basically one per game, far above his career average — let’s take a step back and acknowledge an amazing 15-game stretch that we might not see from Mauer again. During a 15-game stretch starting April 30 against Detroit and ending Saturday against Boston, Mauer had:

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michaelpatrickMay. 21, 1312:52 AM

Question for batting order experts: If you've got a player(s) who typically hits well-above the average of the rest of your line-up, as he's doing this season, shouldn't he be batting after a player or two who get on base to take advantage of the high-average guy's ability to advance or bring them home? At least they got Hicks and his .140 BA out of batting first, but by putting him at the bottom of the order, this means he'll often be a lead-in for innings where Mauer bats. Same goes for Morneau's batting position as with Mauer's. I don't get it.

corkytMay. 21, 13 9:33 AM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...most overpaid player in the history of sports. All in favor at the time, now would rather have 2 quality position players/pitcher(s) for that annual salary. We have enough Punching Judith hitters already in this lineup who can crush 15 hoppers up the middle.

buccaneer44May. 21, 13 9:36 AM

Lets put optimist and pessimist aside..lets be realistic...batting behind the likes of Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier will definitely keep your GIDP numbers down..as well as your RBI total!!

schilkeMay. 21, 13 9:55 AM

Terrific BA but what about his pathetic RBI count! Mr Mauer is all show...his 13 RBIs rank 7th on one of the least productive hitting teams in baseball.

johnniecakeMay. 21, 1310:05 AM

Mauer is over rated, ask this question? Who would you rather have Mauer or Cabrera? Pretty easy answer isn't it. I for one wouldn't miss Morneau or Mauer. How often do they come thru with runners on bases. How do they stack up with the rest of the league in RBI"s? (NOT GOOD.)I would much rather have Ben Revere, Cuddyer, Nathan, Span, in the line up and Morneu and Mauer playing elsewhere.

Dantes929May. 21, 1310:18 AM

"Mauer is over rated, ask this question? Who would you rather have Mauer or Cabrera? Pretty easy answer isn't it." That is absurd. Its like sayinig "Kirby Puckett is overrated, ask this question. Who would you rather have, Puckett or Ted Williams? Pretty easy answer isn't it? Cabrerra is the best hitter in baseball. Comparing anyone to him doesn't make that person overrated. Ask Cabrerra how he would feel about hitting after Mauer?

Dantes929May. 21, 1310:22 AM

"if you've got a player(s) who typically hits well-above the average of the rest of your line-up, as he's doing this season, shouldn't he be batting after a player or two who get on base" Yes. That is the ideal. Lets put Mauer and Mauer ahead of Mauer. A big problem of Mauers throughout his career is that guys, with the exception of Span and Hudson have not been able to get on base. Mauer is a big reason Cuddyer, Morneau, Thome and Willingham had big RBI seasons. Get a couple .380 OBP guys and Mauer would have done pretty well also.

kev5115May. 21, 1311:48 AM

All I know, the day Mauer signed that ridicules contract I said the team will never win as long as he and Morneau are making 40% of the payroll. Joe has been productive Batting wise but he should be able to hit 20 homers by accident.

fuzzypilgrimMay. 21, 1312:02 PM

If only Mauer had Revere speed, he'd be the best leadoff hitter on Earth. But - an RBI guy, he hasn't nor ever will be. Captain Clutch he isn't.

aphlolMay. 21, 1312:08 PM

What a lame piece. Did any game winning r.b.i. result from this streak?


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