Monday, September 24, 2018

Gopher the bullpen

The Twins outscored the Oakland Athletics in their weekend series, but the A's won two of three.

In the process they underlined the biggest failing of the Minnesota bullpen -- its vulnerablity to home runs.

Trevor Hildenberger has given up 12 homers in his first 71.2 innings, far too many for a closer but still a lower rate than many of his colleagues.

Addison Reed and Matt Magill have each given up 11 long balls in 55 and 54 innings respectively. Alan Busenitz has given up eight in less than 25 innings. Gabriel Moya and Tyler Duffey, like Busenitz yo-yo'd up and down this season, six apiece in 33-plus and 22-plus.

There's some things to like about the arms in the Twins bullpen. But giving up homers every four or five innings is a road map to failure.

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