gross. Hitting needs a major upgrade. Two key hitters who don’t strike out could make them dangerous next year if the other pieces stay. Ironic that they traded away their best overallhitter, even if they got an ace from it.14’s strikeouts last night and 14 strikeouts tonight against not very good Houston pitchers. That’s just not gonna be a recipe to win games.
Except that's exactly why rolling the dice on 6 different relievers is flawed. Only one has to have a bad night and you're screwed. Ultimately it didn't matter with this offense. But if we had gotten it tied, the odds were still not in our favor.Rocco's bullpen plan actually worked if not for T-bar.
52 strikeouts in 4 games. Striking out 48% of all outs. Just incredible.14’s strikeouts last night and 14 strikeouts tonight against not very good Houston pitchers. That’s just not gonna be a recipe to win games.
It basically worked but didn’t like the approach.Rocco's bullpen plan actually worked if not for T-bar.
Can you imagine the strikeout numbers with Buxton and Gallo in the lineup.The elephant in the room is Buxton.
He's supposed to be a reliable, dangerous hitter. One that the Twins desperately need, and he's terrible.
If he's swinging a good bat, the the Twins could have won this series.
Realistically, the Twins need one more high OPS batter and one more high OBP batter to be truly dangerous next year.
They'll need to replace Gray, as well.
With that said, there's a good core for next year.
Maeda will be gone and Paddock will start. I think Varland might stay in the bullpen.Solano struck out way too may times for a good hitter. Need a legitimate 1st baseman, a good contact, decent hitting outfielder and a replacement for Gray if he goes. Have Lopez, Ryan, Maeda, Ober for sure. Paddock looked really good when he came back. Is he a starter or reliever? Don't need much to be good next year. Need better hitters and better hitting approach.
Here’s a list. Kepler and Polanco have team options that the Twins should pick up.You probably know better, but I thought Maeda had 1 more year on contract. Good chance I'm wrong though.
Kepler and Polanco......Meh
I would move on from both. Kepler for sure.