The Two Constants (Or Not So Much)
Here in Twins Territory, it used to be that solid defense and strike-throwing pitchers were the name of the game. We’d do those two things right and be able to get by with players that didn’t necessarily matchup well with our opponents.
This year, I can understand why the defense has gone downhill a bit. The organization made a conscience choice to go offense-over-defense the least few years with guys like Delmon Young and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, with primarily negative results.
What perplexes me, though, is why the pitchers aren’t throwing strikes anymore. I mean, in the span of just a couple of years, we’ve gone from strike-throwing machines to probably being below-average in that category. AS a team with no ace pitchers, we just can’t put guys on base and expect to win ballgames.
After this humiliating sweep at the hands of the White Sox, I think that same hard decisions about the constitution of this team will need to be made over the rest of the season.
Preview (51-63, 4th, 4.5 GB CWS): Tim Wakefield (6-4, 4.99) vs. Scott Baker (8-6, 3.01)