I really do not get it. Souhan wrote an article today trashing the Twins offense. The premise of the article is that the Twins have gone from a speed team, to a team that relies too much on the homerun, and resembles a "Money Ball" offensive philosophy.
He claims the Twins are 1 dimensional. He points to the stats that show the Twins are 24-16 when hitting a homerun, but 10-18 when they do not.
It's kind of interesting to complain about this. Most of the cricism of the Twins offense in the past is the lack of power in the lineup. Remember those years when we'd have a good pitching staff but one of the worst offenses in the league? In 2005, the Twins were last in the AL in runs scored with 688 on the season. We had the 3rd least amount of home runs in the AL, and were 4th in the league in AL in steals. The Twins had the 5th best pitching staff in the AL.
How did that workout for them? They went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the AL Central.
The Twins currently sit 7th in the AL in homeruns. They are 6th in Runs scored. The offense isn't holding the team back. What's holding this team back is consistency in the rotation, and in the middle relief. The Twins are 10th in the AL in ERA, and have allowed the 6th most runs in the AL as well. Once the pitching gets better, this team will do better.
What's wrong with finally having guys on the team with pop? It's obviously helping us as we're scoring runs. Now, I don't disagree that some of the speed guys could do a better job of getting on base, and that would help us score more no doubt.
The problem is pitching, however, not lack of speed. Sorry Souhan, but you do not know what you're talking about.
You can read his article here.