Find someone who can’t quit you the way the Minnesota Twins seem incapable of quitting reliever Griffin Jax.
To his credit, Jax showed some promise last season and is one of the young arms the Twins have proudly homegrown in their farm system. That shouldn’t make him immune to accountability, which is an axe that fans are starting to grind after Jax blew yet another lead that led to a Twins loss.
Minnesota was up on the Los Angeles Angles 4-3 on Friday when Jax entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. He faced six batters, gave up two runs, and coughed up a late lead as the Twins went on to lose 5-4.
There has been justifiable criticism of the Twins offense recently, especially when it comes to negating some of the mistakes on the mound, but this doesn’t seem to be one of them. The Twins scored four runs and still managed to lose another frustrating — and dangerously on-brand — one-run game.
Jax has been in this situation before, but he’s oftentimes gotten a bit of a pass from both management and fans. Folks aren’t being as forgiving after this latest blunder, and Jax’s struggles are now being magnified as the bigger picture is assessed.
Griffin Jax now owns an incredibly depressing and frustrating Twins stat
Watching Jax blow leads is nothing new, but it seems there have been instances where he’s simply been unlucky. This time around, the loss feels like it’s squarely on him for simply not being able to deliver, and when zooming out it adds to a pretty rough picture of his season.
After another blown lead, Aaron Gleeman shared a deep cut stat that certainly cuts deep for Twins fans.
That right there tells you everything you need to know.
To be fair, there’s a bit of nuance in there where Jax has entered situations where the margin for success was narrow and he simply wasn’t able to navigate. The entire weight of that stat should be placed on Jax’s shoulders, but most of it probably deserves to be there.
It seems the Twins need to make a decision on Jax, who they seem unable to properly hold accountable. There’s a good pitcher somewhere in him, but right now he simply doesn’t have it and something needs to be done. An assignment at St. Paul might serve him well, as the Twins have arms in Triple-A who could get called up and given a shot while Jax figures himself out.
Of course, that would require the Twins to actually make a move on Jax, which for some reason the team refuses to do. For his benefit and the benefit of the team, such a thing might be what needs to happen even if it’s an uncomfortable one to make.