Gardenhire Makes Me Scratch My…

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From Aaron Gleeman:

Matt Tolbert has a .290 career on-base percentage, including .183 this year, yet yesterday was the 10th time in 34 games this season he’s batted first or second in the Twins’ lineup. And prior to Trevor Plouffe‘s hamstring injury Ron Gardenhire had him batting second despite a .306 career OBP in the minors. At this point I should be used to it, but Gardenhire ignoring OBP skills because he has it in his head that No. 2 hitters should be middle infielders is maddening.

Oh, yeah, and Gardy’s thing with middle infielders needing speed so J. J. Hardy was expendable in the off-season. Bah! Humbug! Gardy said, “We want to get back to the speed game.”

I say: how about the getting-on-base-and-thus-scoring-runs game, Gardy? OBP isn’t optional since no one on means no one scores.

Take a look at 2011 Twins’ offensive ineptitude: click on R/G, R, H, 2B, HR, BB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, OPS+, and TB, and the Twins are easy to find–in last place. To summarize: in every measure of offensive performance that translates directly into run production the Twins are dead last.


Written by jjvedamuthu

May 11, 2011 at 17:31

Posted in Gardenhire, Sabermetrics, Twins

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