Sunday, April 15, 2012

Twins, Rangers, and LOB City

The Twins were swept by the Rangers this weekend.  Usually a series sweep can be blamed on a variety of different factors, but for the Twins this weekend, there was only one reason they weren’t able to hang with Texas.  LOB city.  As electrifying as a Chris Paul to Blake Griffin lob can be for the Clippers, it’s equally devastating when the Twins marquee hitters cannot get an RBI with the bases loaded. 

Over the course of 3 games the Twins left a total of 26 runners on base.  If the Twins are going to have an chance at a .500 season, their big bats need to come through in clutch situations. Justin Morneau has yet to get a hit with runners in scoring position this season, including going 0-3 with the bases loaded.
The weekend did yield some positive take aways though.  Liam Hendricks pitched a great game Sunday afternoon.  He made one bad pitch, a hanging breaking ball, that Mike Napoli drilled into the second deck in left field.  A part from that, the Rangers did not fair well against the rookie.
Denard Span is doing everything you want your leadoff hitter to do.  He collected 6 hits over the weekend, including a clutch RBI double off of Yu Darvish on Saturday that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Josh Willingham is almost always on base.  He had 4 hits and 4 walks over the series.  With no one hitting behind him, he was pitched around by the Rangers pitching staff.  The addition of Clete Thomas will hopefully remedy that problem.  
Now it’s off to New York for the Twins.  They open up a 4 game series in the Bronx on Monday night.  The April schedule does not let up anytime soon.

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