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We need to talk more about the Eds

Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario have carried this team, but I don’t think we’re fully aware of how good they’ve been this year.

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It’s no secret that Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario have simultaneously carried the Twins offense this season. Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Escobar was hitting .302/.353/.579 (148 wRC+) while Rosario was just a tiny bit better at .321/.359/.579 (152 wRC+). Those wRC+ figures summarize how much offensive value each player has provided, with 100 being the average player. Mike Trout currently is having the Mike Trout season of his career, leading the league with a 210 wRC+, or he’s been 110% better than the average hitter. Escobar and Rosario have both been about 50% better than the average hitter, which currently places them at 10th and 12th in MLB. Not the American League, in all of baseball the Twins have two of the top 12 hitters.

Here’s another. Escobar currently leads MLB with 30 doubles (actually 32, as he hit two Tuesday night, though one was a result of a late scoring change). Jose Abreu is in second place with 26. Thanks to all those doubles, along with 12 home runs and 2 triples, Escobar currently ranks 8th in MLB in isolated power at .278. This is not a joke, on Tuesday he was only .005 behind Aaron Judge in isolated power. Aaron “&%#^ing 52 home runs in his rookie season” Judge.

Finally, I’m aware of the question that people have about WAR, but like Lucille Bluth, I don’t understand it and I won’t respond to it. In regards to WAR, Rosario’s 3.2 WAR puts him 8th in the league, while Escobar (hurt by some horrendous defense at shortstop) is 19th at 2.4. However, I think Rosario really shines if you compare him amongst all players rather than just position players. Thanks to the existence of Shohei Ohtani, FanGraphs now has a table that sorts all players by cumulative WAR instead of merely by pitchers and non-pitchers. Compared against all major leaguers, Rosario’s 3.2 WAR is 13th overall.

Considering how disappointing this season has been, it would be even worse if it weren’t for the performances of the two Eds. Hopefully the rest of the team will wake up from its collective slumber to jumpstart this team throughout the second half of the year.