The Twins have won 8 of their last 12. Are we still poo, pooing? Seems that way.
I suppose it’s warranted because it’s been terrifying, also a lot of games against the worst team in baseball, but wins are wins. There are some ways to turn this season around with confidence though. Those include LOB, Dob and Rob.
Let’s start with Rob. While Refsnyder is still getting his footing in centerfield (cue smashing into the wall the other day) he has been fantastic taking over the reigns with Byron Buxton out. While his batting average has leveled off in the past couple games, the guy has shown he can be composed at the plate, still sitting above .300. Most impressive though has been his ability to track down balls in the outfield. If a guy gets to 75% of the balls Byron can reach, we are sitting well. Rob has done this.
It’s also nice to have him as a corner option when Buck gets back. With Kirilloff getting some play at 1B and the Twins current first baseman struggling horrifically at the plate, Rob isn’t a bad go-to guy.
I was at the series over the weekend, and it sure is funny to look out into the outfield and see Trevor Larnach, Rob Refsnyder and Alex Kirilloff. Not the crew we expected at the beginning of the season, but here we are.
For the record, Refsnyder did have the best numbers with the Saints. As I mentioned per this Twinkie Town article, I’m glad they brought him up.
Next, the Dob. Randy Dobnak just isn’t panning out on this team. Even though he signed a 5-year extension this offseason, he slays with the Saints, he just hasn’t been successful in the bigs.
His inflated 6.49 ERA, 1-4 Record comes off 26.1 IP / 30 H / 20 R / 19 K.
I would love for him to prove me wrong, but it’s just not working on this major league roster.
Another thing that needs to go, the high number of runners LOB. In the past 6 games the Twins, as a team, have left 44 runners on base. We sat and watched in misery over the weekend as runner after runner was stranded against the Royals, ultimately ending in a series loss.
Nelson Cruz is in dare I say it, a slump, averaging .150 in his last 20 AB. He has been struggling. Sunday against the Royals he left 4 runners on base, in Monday’s win, he struck out 3 times leaving 3 on. Out of the ordinary for him, but costly.
The man who is maybe the most frustrating has left 18 runners on base in his last 6 games. Something needs to change. ASAP.
Miguel Sano last 6 games: 17 AB / 1 H / 10 SO / 18 LOB
He is striking out in half of his at-bats, on the season as well. I always have hope for him, but if he doesn’t switch things up to hit for contact, I’m done having faith in him. He’s not a guy you want at the plate with bases loaded anymore.
It’s not home run or strikeout. That’s not working. He needs to adjust. The Twins are in the top 5 in all of baseball for home runs, yet have seemingly been competing for the worst record in baseball. It’s not the route to go.
It’s not just Sano who has struggled with runners on base. Josh Donaldson has actually also left 18 runners on in the last 6 games, and he only played in 5. However, the difference lies with productive at-bats. Josh had 6 hits in those games with only 3 K.
The Twins are just leaving too many runners on base. At least they are getting runners on, but situational hitting needs to improve. A healthy Arraez and Buxton will hopefully help with this.
Keep Rob. Dob is going to have to prove us wrong. LOB needs to be cut in half. These three things can keep this Twins team moving in the right direction. It’s a make-or-break June.
Here’s a look at who the Twins play this month and their records to start June: BAL 17-37, KC 26-26, NYY 29-25, HOU 29-24, SEA 28-27, TEX 22-33, CIN 24-28, CLE 29-24, CWS 33-21