Byron Buxton: Fielding Phenomenon

What. A. Season. The Twins lost to the Pinstripes. I don’t care. I wrote the Twins off this year. I thought Mauer was over the hill. I thought the rotation would be the worst in the league. I thought the bullpen would be the worst in the league. I thought Miguel Sano and, maybe, Max Kepler would produce decently on offense. Boy was I wrong. Sure, the pitching was by no means top-of-the-line, but those boys kept the Twinkies in ball games. Ervin Santana was the ace I said time…

Twins Offseason Preview

Now that the World Series has ended, the MLB offseason is now officially underway. So now is a perfect time to take a look at some of the moves that the Twins can make this winter to put themselves right back in the playoff hunt in 2018. The obvious focus for the Twins this offseason should be the same as it has been for that past decade, GET BETTER PITCHING! The Departures Probably the best thing that the Twins have going for them is they are still a very young…

It’s Time to Stop Complaining About Juiced Baseballs

“It’s a deep fly ball, back at the wall, and it is GONE!” If you have been watching any of this year’s World Series that is a phrase you have heard Joe Buck say a lot recently, 22 times in fact, which is already a World Series record. This has helped create two of the most exciting games that have ever been played in the history of baseball. However, the underlying story of this entire World Series has been, are the baseballs juiced? Now if you follow baseball year-round, you…

Time To Let Kershaw Off The Hook?

“He’s an elite pitcher, but he can’t pitch in the playoffs.” 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 1HR, 11K, 83P. Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers to the World freakin’ Series, and he puts up numbers like that. People can no longer say he doesn’t have the clutch factor because of a couple rough starts in years past. The guy is lights out, period. Invincible. I think I saw last night was the first time a pitcher has struck out 11 with no walks in the World Series, and I’d look it up to…

Chad Bettis Makes Ultimate Comeback

In a game where playing it was more important than winning it, Chad Bettis did both and completed an awe-inspiring comeback from chemotherapy on testicular cancer to pitching seven scoreless innings to help the Rockies to a win Monday over the Braves. This is the stuff that makes me love the game of baseball. These inspirational, motivational events have a way of pulling at your heartstrings. Last year it was Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen hitting a home run right after returning to the game after his father’s death, as well…

Best And Worst Nickname Jerseys

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will wear newly designed threads for Players Weekend, coming August 25-27. The nickname jerseys are pretty creative with the colors, logos and, of course, the nicknames. You’ll have to figure out your own favorite nicknames from all the teams on your own, but here are my top five best and top five worst nickname jerseys as far as design is concerned. Nicknames. Custom gear. And the sickest jerseys you’ll ever see.#PlayersWeekend is coming: Aug. 25-27. https://t.co/yHdg1ehoigpic.twitter.com/i9BEbcfaX1 — MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2017 Worst…

Why the Twins Should Consider Platooning Max Kepler

Since getting called up in June of 2016, Max Kepler has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. He has shown signs of being a good all-around player, as he has produced both at the plate, and out in right-field defensively. However, there is one glaring thing that Max Kepler cannot do, and that is hit left-handing pitching. Since his call to the bigs, Kepler has hit a measly .175 against lefties, with absolutely no power, producing just 12 extra-base hits in 222 plate appearances. Max has also had a…

Jaime to Minny?

By the time you read this, it might be a done deal, or it might be caput, but here’s what I have on the proposition of the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia. Let’s start with some good old fashioned stats. Career: 65-52 record, 3.65 ERA, 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings, 1.288 WHIP. 2017: Keep in mind, this is for the Braves, who have scored 4.64 runs per game (17th in MLB) The Twins are 20th in the category at 4.55. 3-7 in 17 starts, 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 106…

Petter’s Midseason MLB Awards Predictions

Why did I waste away doing nothing during the MLB days off last week when I could’ve been contemplating who will win the three major awards in each league once this season is over? Here are my predictions, most of which come from my heart, not necessarily my head. American League MVP: Joe Mauerse Altuve Sorry, just had to throw out there my hot take that Joe Mauer is not a valuable first baseman. He’s a cancer in the heart of the lineup. First base is supposed to be that…