The Moment: While it was followed by a 2 run single from Ryan Zimmerman, it was Bryce Harper’s double a batter before that really set things up for Zimmerman. If Zimmerman hadn’t been caught between bases, his hit definitely would have been the moment, but on Harper’s shot, nobody was retired. He wins!
The Hero: Tanner Roark seems like a guy who has tripped up the Twins more than once. The Nationals’ 6th starter definitely seems like the kind of profile for a guy that would give the Twins fits. He did pretty good today, striking out 15 and allowing only 2 hits.
The Condolences: This is crazy. Eddie Rosario was the only starter to strikeout only once. Given his wild strike zone, that’s mind boggling.Also mind boggling, that despite all that, his 0-4 day came in more clutch situations. As a result, he was the worst player by WPA, despite probably not being the worst player by the eye test.
The Soundtrack: NBC Sports Radio, talking about the NFL draft. If the Twins keep losing, this is what I need to do.
The Story: Frankly, the Twins haven’t been awful this year. Their pitching, for example, is very good, and Phil Hughes was dominant except for a couple of batters in the first inning. Joe Mauer has been awesome. He was one of the two players that actually had a hit, which is nice.
But then, the parts that have been bad have been extraordinarily bad. They struck out 18 times today, 15 against Roark and 3 against the bullpen. They are now 1-9 on the road, which is another problem.
They had a hot streak when they were playing at home, and a large part of it surrounded their power. Miguel Sano and Oswaldo Arcia got a chance to play today (Sano moved to third base!!!) but it’s tough to get Byung-ho Park and Joe Mauer into the same game, which also inhibited their offense.
But you know what? Park strikes out a lot too. The problems don’t just surround the lineup construction, but rather what is available for the lineup. The team needed to add Tyler Duffey for a spot start tomorrow, which means they had to outright someone off the roster. There will be more moves to be made, and it will be interesting to see what the Twins decide to do.
In the mean time, Minnesota gets to deal with Stephen Strasburg tomorrow. Has anyone ever struck out all 27 batters before?