Obviously I haven’t posted here in years. I found it difficult writing a blog just about baseball (and just about the Twins). As we begin another season of baseball, I’m making it official: this blog is dead to me. I’ll leave it up for the foreseeable future as a bit of history — my own little “Kilroy was here” on the vast interweb wall.
My love of baseball hasn’t died at all; if anything, it’s grown. There are many, many areas still let to explore. I’m still unclear whether sliders and cutters break out or in, or if that’s even consistent. Are there right-handed pitchers who throw sliders that break both left and right? Or does the slider of a RHP always break to his right? And I’ve only scratched the very outer surface of sabermetrics.
It’s a bit ironic that I became a Twins fan in 2010, when they did okay, and they’ve sucked ever since. Really, really sucked. Just look:
2010: 94-69 (.577); .273/.340/.421; 4.79 R/G; 3.93 (4.15/3.48) ERA 2011: 63-99 (.389); .247/.306/.360; 3.82 R/G; 4.60 (4.64/4.51) ERA 2012: 66-96 (.407); .260/.325/.390; 4.33 R/G; 4.77 (5.40/3.79) ERA 2013: 66-96 (.407); .242/.312/.380; 3.79 R/G; 4.55 (5.27/3.46) ERA -
The above lines show win-loss (percent); team AVG/OBP/SLG; team average runs per game; pitching staff ERA (starters’ ERA/bullpen ERA).
We’ve typically been okay (and sometimes downright good) in the field, and our batting isn’t stellar, but doesn’t seem our worst feature. That would be our pitching. Which stinks. Year after year.
My burning question: Why can’t the Twins get decent pitching?!
Anyway, so far this year, it looks like this:
2014: 6-6 (.500); .240/.340/.373; 5.58 R/G; 5.17 (5.40/4.79) ERA -
So we’re scoring some runs (and winning some games!), but not looking a whole lot better at the plate and — once again — our pitching really, really sucks.
Why can’t the Twins get decent pitching?!
In any event, while I maintain (increasingly desperately) my membership as a Twins fan, I won’t be posting about it here anymore. At least such is my intent. The world is a place filled with change, so it’s not impossible I could return to this blog. But it’s unlikely as a Twins’ Championship this season.
(Plus: The extra ads they’ve added are another huge reason I’m abandoning this blog. Baseball is becoming as ad-ugly as the other sports. E.g. The Target Field batter’s eye has an ad superimposed on it in many camera shots, and I hate that!)
I do love baseball very much still, and will continue to write about it when the mood strikes. I’ll just be doing it on my other blog: Logos con carne. Maybe I’ll see you there.
But from New to the Game it’s, “So long and watch out for foul balls!“