|Oswaldo Arcia pulls in a fly ball|
during Sunday's game.
For me, the significant aspect of this is: A left-handed hitter homered off a left-handed pitcher. Second time in two days, really; on Saturday Chris Parmelee homered off Jose Mijares, the former Twins lefty specialist now with the Red Sox.
Two at-bats are just two at-bats — and it's early March — but for the record: In 2013, Arcia's OPS vs. lefties was 110 points lower than against righties, and Parmelee's was 170 points lower.
For Ron Gardenhire, the significant aspect was/is Arcia's personality — his "attitude." "We need attitude," the manager said. "Attitude wins baseball games too."
Talking about "attitude" is like talking about "chemistry." It's nonsense. Arcia should be in the lineup not because he's cocky, but because he has more talent as a hitter, and a brighter future, than the alternatives.
More than "attitude," the Twins need some outfielders who can go get the ball, some infielders who can do something useful at the plate, and some pitchers who can go seven, eight, nine innings. Those are tangible things that have been missing, or present only sporadically, for three years.
Attitude is only useful if it comes with production.