Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) drives in a run in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Offense Lagging Behind
Before the headline throws you off, let’s remember this is a particularly normal situation. When it comes to Spring Training, rarely is offensive output at the same point as pitching is early. Pitchers are hucking it up to the plate at 90-plus miles per hour. Hitters haven’t had that game situation for months, and many are still knocking the rust off.
Outside of a nine-run performance against the Boston Red Sox, the Twins have failed to score more than two runs in any other contest. Batting averages are down across the board, and the lineup has not produce in many run scoring situations. Now, expect that to slowly change.
There’s no reason to believe that pitching is simply going to fall of the deep end, but as the weeks of March go by, look for improved discipline and results at the plate for hitters. As they step into game situations and get more at bats, the results should start to trend upwards.
A season ago, the Twins were amongst the best in Major League Baseball when it came to scoring runs. Despite the fact that regression will set in for a handful of players, they have constructed a lineup in which other players should be able to step up.
Continue to stay tuned throughout Spring Training for more breakdowns of the action. Twins baseball in 2015 is just getting underway, and there’s no reason to start missing the action so soon.
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