Aug 27, 2010: Twins 6, M's 3 - Flavor Text, 4

=== Franklin Gutierrez ===

1.  Everybody likes Franklin.  Especially me.

2.  He's pretty much an average ballplayer, plus he runs quite well, getting great defensive stats out of Safeco.  He's +25 runs in Safeco and would be +10 in Texas.

3.  I think it was Denard Span, in the 2nd.  Hard fly ball to left-center.  That ball hung and hung and hung up.  Guti ran over smoothly and caught it on the run.

4.  So could Michael Saunders.

5.  He's hitting .246/.308/.361.

6.  A .308 OBP is terrible.

7.  A .361 SLG is terrible.

8.  Dr. D, early on, doubted Gutierrez' ability to become a better than 100-110 bat.  I'll take that Wonka bar now, please.  Great call by me.  :bows to all four directions:  (Taro's call on Strasburg, next up.)

9.  Gutierrez certainly has a value contract - which I'd flip to put the lefty Saunders in center field.  You could get a bunch for Guti, I'll bet.

10.  This would involve colossal humility by Capt Jack, who has a "trophy" heist playing for him in CF. 

11.  I don't feel strongly about any of this.  I'm just relaying facts.  ;- )

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=== Adam Moore ===

As physically gifted as ever.  Love the arm, love the stroke, love the upper-body strength, love the dominating body language.

In the 7th, Scott Baker got down to him 1-0 and then tossed in these three pitches to strike him out:

  1. 82 mph, low-away, breaking lower and awayer, swinging strike

  2. 82 mph, low-away, breaking lower and awayer, swinging strike
  3. 83 mph, low-away, breaking lower and awayer, swinging strike

Baker threw these pitches with the same air that a female college pitcher would use to toss softballs by Dr. D if he wandered onto the wrong practice field.  It was a truly melancholy AB, a Pro's Against Joes at-bat, one that made you wonder if this ballclub is ever going to win again.

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=== Matt Tuiasosopo ===

Hit .300+ with two homers on the road trip.

Looks like he's trying to be selective, and in fact worked Baker for a walk, but keeps swinging weirdly through all kinds of pitches, as though he needs glasses or something.

Doing a Pedro Cerrano thing, flailing at curves and then swinging behind fastballs.  Is it lack of talent, or is it an adjustment issue?  I'm a Tui fan, but right now the evidence is coming in against me.

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Part 5

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Taro's picture

I don't know Doc.. The entire lineup is underperforming.
Really wouldn't want the Ms to sell low on Gut. As bad of a year hes having, hes still on pace for a 3 WAR above-average season and is one of our most valuable assets.
Add to the fact that his BABIP is 17 points lower than career averages and hes "regressed" to only 15 runs above average in the field and I think he has a big rebound year next season.

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Would be what you'd be doing, ya ... it sez here that you'd still get plenty...
No arguments of course with using Gutierrez ourselves.  Main worry is the cumulative Safeco effect.  But as an all-around player he's hardly an albatross :- )
Halman is another interesting option for CF, along with Saunders and possibly Ichiro.  Halman was on TV again tonight and you got to love the way he moves out there.  Am sure you'd get a +10 UZR from him in Safeco.
But ya, not trying to be *too* hard on Guti.  It's the park I'm torqued at.

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Taro's picture

'11 is the kind of season where you try out guys like Halman... The contact issues are insane though.. Odds are strongly against him, but if he ever pans out.. Holy Moly.
The Halmans, Wilsons, Tuis, Manginis, etc are the reason I think DH needs to be an open spot next season. These guys are all intersting (Halman in particular), but kind of fringy.
I'm hoping Saunders pans out in '11. That would be a very nice overall piece there. I think he probably will stick.

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