Sunday, June 11, 2006

Hunter's Slump

Ignoring the almost comeback the Twins had last night, I want to focus on the guy who probably helped the Twins lose: Torii Hunter. I want to touch on how awful Carlos Silva and Kyle Lohse were, but thats not really news. Hunter, as expected, has slumped awfully after being hot for a few weeks. The thing is, after a long time of watching it, it's getting on my nerves. For the $10.75 million he's being paid this year, you'd think he could be a little more consistent with the bat.

Yes, he is drawing a few more walks, which is cute. But when your hitting .257/.327/.420, your just a little overpaid. After a May in which he hit .336/.402/.505, Torii is hitting an atrocious .192/.313/.269. As I said, the walks are fine, but he doesn't walk enough to really make up for that, especially in the cleanup spot. The jumps aren't really news, but he has never really jumped that much. From 2003-2005, he hit .241, .253, .291, .258, .261, .282 in the months of April through September, respectively. The worse part is how much this inconsistently hurts. Despite his initial success jumping into the cleanup spot, his numbers with runners in scoring position aren't pretty. They are .247/.301/.384 and an even worse .200/.273/.433 with two outs.

The thing is, after watching Michael Cuddyer, and yes I know this sounds a little absurd, I don't see why he can't handle the cleanup spot just fine. After last night's grand slam, he has two in the last week. Cuddyer, though he went through a little slump recently, has been a lot more steady then Hunter. He is hitting .273/.467/.636 in his last seven games and .212/.381/.455 in June after a .312/.383/.581 May. Those numbers look a little low, but there is nothing wrong with a .835 OPS or 2 home runs and 9 RBI so far since he has heated back up over the past week. I just wonder if maybe Cuddyer could not only have more success than Hunter, but be the long term solution.

As for the pitching, there are no suprises here. Carlos Silva continued to be just awful. Six innings, ten hits, five earned runs, one walk, two Ks. I don't see why this guy is getting the rotation spot over a guy like Scott Baker, sitting in Triple-A right now, who has a lot more potential and did significantly better in the rotation than Silva, even with a 6 plus ERA. Lohse, on the other hand, helped loss the game, as he put it out of reach with two and two-thirds innings of relief, in which he gave up four earned runs after allowing five straight baserunners to reach to start his appearance. So, despite the Twins seven-run near comeback, the terrible pitching got in the way. Its just another reason calling up Lohse doesn't make any sense. And that 9.22 ERA makes me sick.

On a more positive note, Joe Mauer did go 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored, setting a major leauge record by reaching base four times in five consecutive games. He's now hitting .388/.451/.544. Simply amazing.

6 comments:

Maubelneau Liriana said...

Don't forget the contribution of our infield General.

Ninth inning, Ramon Hernandex tags from first on a deep fly to CF. Hunter throws a dart to Punto at second that would have nailed Hernandez, except Punto turns to throw to first rather than put the tag on the runner going into second--not Punto's fault, his back is to the runner. Doesn't a vocal leader of the infield, who, because the throw goes directly to Punto at the bag has no other responsibility than to spectate, let Punto know that Hernandez is trying to advance to second, not retreating to first? Hernandez later scores.

This comes after last week's wasting of a good Radke start and Morneau game-tying HR in Oakland when Morneau and Castillo get tangled up on a pop-up. Doesn't a vocal leader of the infield call off one or the other to avoid the error?

Peter said...

I hate the box score of this game. A loss is no problem, we will have to experience that about 90 times this year, but a loss because you keep on sending Siva & Lohse to the mound is frustrating. It sends the wrong message to all the young talents over and over again. Does Ryan hope Lohse will hang in there to collect some trade value? I don't get it. Baker was not as bad as Silva and Lohse. Why not only build a new ballpark but build a team for 2007?

Nick M. said...

I agree about Silva, Lohse, and Baker. I don't see any reason why Silva is starting and why Lohse has been given a "second chance." (More like 5th change or so) Baker deserves to start, but Neshek also deserves to be in the bullpen. Some of the recent decisions are just absurd.

Nick M. said...

Look at that! Gardy must have read the blog, cause he took my advice. Oh wait, Batista and White are still in the lineup....

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