Twins not OK with all their Ks

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 12:57 AM

The Twins have struck out at a record pace this season.

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jbrennanflSep. 21, 13 7:09 AM

Unfortunately, we've got a team of sub .250 hitters who may have been OK in the minors but are not capable major league hitters. Plouffe takes a ton of early fast balls for strikes. Does he think he is Mauer? Pat Reusse said it best in a recent blog "this is a terrible team without enough of a nucleus on which to build". Time for wholesale changes.

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buntingtwinsSep. 21, 13 7:10 AM

Pitching, fielding, going with the pitch, making contact, putting the ball in play, moving runners along, athleticism in the outfield, sure handed infield, smart base running, solid fundamentals. That was Terry Ryan's success formula. The Twins competed with and often finished in front of the White Sox, Indians and Tigers. Teams loaded with sluggers. The Twins couldn't out slug them, but they won by doing everything else right.

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filidogSep. 21, 13 7:26 AM

Who cares anymore. This will be a bad team for a long time folks. All these clowns making the decisions will keep there jobs. Where is contraction when you need it? I'm optimistic for the T-Wolves. Can't wait to see Love, Pekovic, Rubio and the rest. Should be a decent season.

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jastkeSep. 21, 13 7:56 AM

Gardy hit on one of the two big factors--taking too many close pitches, especially with two strikes. The other big factor is that there just aren't a lot of good hitters on this team.

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heiniemanushSep. 21, 13 9:10 AM

My theory: FoxTrax and other systems are forcing umpires to call the strike zone as the rulebook defines it. The high strike seldom was called prior to the last couple of years. Of course better hitters would help. Oh, and I guess it wasn't Joe Vavra's fault after all.

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hjlazniSep. 21, 13 9:15 AM

The writer does not know why this is occurring. The "Twins Way" teaches that you wait for the pitch to get deep before you swing. These guys can't pull the trigger after waiting to long.

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skeptikSep. 21, 1310:09 AM

Well, at least this twinkies team is setting some new records that will be in the record books for a long time. HMMM...at least 'til next years team shows what it can do.

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eltomaslSep. 21, 1310:30 AM

how can you write an article about this team's lack of hitting and never mention tom brunansky? he's been the hitting coach for this disaster. he appears to have nothing for these hitters.

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BCanniffSep. 21, 1310:46 AM

What do you expect when the hitting coach is Tom Brunansky. He averaged 107 strikeouts a year over 14 seasons for a total of 1187. He did hit an average of 24 home runs a season which is why he stuck around so long with a low .245 career batting average. He has these kids swinging for the fences with the same results. We need them to hit more like Rod Carew or Kirby Puckett or just about any other former Twin player who hit over .300.

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BallFourSep. 21, 1311:09 AM

Close pitches. Interesting. The WSJ just did a piece on who gets the benefit of the doubt from umps on ball-strikes and who doesn't. Among pitchers, Mariano Rivera gets the call on more pitches that are outside balls than anyone. And as a team, the Twins are in the top three for teams that get run up on pitches that are balls. When you hit as badly as this team, and give away as many extra outs as this team, and pitch as horrendously as this team, every little bit counts.

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