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The Twins fail with bases loaded. Is literally anyone getting the job done?

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And if not, can they please start?

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Entering Wednesday’s series finale against the Yankees, the 2019 Twins have an OPS of .499 with the bases loaded. That statistic is not a typo - their bases-loaded OPS is .499.

Not only is that worst in the league, it’s worst by a significant margin, 63 percentage points behind the next-lowest Tigers.

And as you may have guessed, OPS is not the only statistic where the Twins rank in the the league’s dungeon. In 91 bases-loaded plate appearances (13th most in the league), Minnesota has put up:

  • 15 hits (fifth-worst)
  • five extra-base hits (tied for fifth-worst)
  • one grand slam (tied for second-worst)
  • eight sacrifice flies (tied for eighth-most)
  • 48 runs (third-worst)
  • 22 strikeouts (ninth-most)
  • 24.2% K rate (11th-most)
  • three walks (tied for second-worst)
  • 3.3% walk rate (third-worst)
  • 0.1 BB/K (tied for worst)
  • nine GIDP (tied for most)
  • .195 AVG (second-worst)
  • .213 OBP (second worst)
  • .286 SLG (worst, by 37 percentage points)
  • .091 isolated power (second-worst)
  • .226 BABIP (fourth-worst)
  • 2 wRC (tied for worst)
  • 24 wRC+ (worst by 13)
  • negative-9.0 wRAA (worst by a full 2.8)
  • .206 wOBA (worst)

PIck your metric - this sucks.

But there must be a silver lining in this pile of woe, mustn’t there? Can’t there be a single Twin who is successfully putting bat on ball with three runners aboard, bringing at least one across the plate?

I hope so, but let’s check.

Going by plate appearances:

  • Max Kepler: 12 PA, 4 hits (all singles), 6 RBI, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, .364 AVG
    slash line: .333/.364/.697
  • C.J. Cron: 11 PA, 1 hit (2B), 4 RBI, 3 K’s, 1 SF, 2 GIDP, .100 AVG
    slash line: .091/.200/.291
  • Nelson Cruz: 10 PA, 3 hits (2 2B), 8 RBI, 5 K’s, .333 AVG
    slash line: .333/.556/.889
  • Jorge Polanco: 10 PA, 1 hit (2B), 6 RBI, 1 walk, 2 K’s, 3 SF, 1 GIDP, .167 AVG
    slash line: .200/.333/.533
  • Eddie Rosario: 9 PA, 3 hits (all singles), 7 RBI, 1 K, 1 GIDP, .333 AVG
    slash line: .333/.333/.667
  • Jonathan Schoop: 8 PA, no hits, no RBI, 3 K’s, .000 AVG
    slash line: zeroes across the board
  • Marwin Gonzalez: 7 PA, 1 hit (single), 4 RBI, 2 walks, 2 K’s, .200 AVG
    slash line: .429/.200/.629
  • Mitch Garver: 4 PA, 1 hit (single), 2 RBI, .250 AVG
    slash line: .250/.250/.500
  • Jason Castro: 4 PA, no hits, 1 RBI, 2 K’s, 1 SF, .000 AVG
    slash line: more zeroes
  • Ehire Adrianza: 4 PA, no hits, 2 RBI, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, .000 AVG
    slash line: zip, zilch, nada
  • Miguel Sano: 3 PA, no hits, 2 K’s, .000 AVG
    slash line: you know it already
  • Byron Buxton: 3 PA, 1 hit (HR), 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 GIDP, .333 AVG
    slash line: .333/1.333/1.667
  • Willians Astudillo: 3 PA, no hits, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, .000 AVG
    forget the slash line
  • Jake Cave: 2 PA, no hits, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, .000 AVG
    slash line: usually an awesome guitar riff
  • Michael Pineda: 1 PA, no hits, .000 AVG
    slash line: AL pitcher

Aside from Cruz, Kepler, and Rosario (and that one Buxton grand slam), the individual Twins players really aren’t doing much with the bases loaded: the stats back up the eye test. What the team can do to fix this, I’m not certain, but it’s going to require better performances at the plate across the board.

Feel free to panic or reassure as you see fit.

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