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  1. “Generally the better the hitter, the fewer the fastballs he sees.”

    “power hitters see more fastballs and good hitters are often power hitters.”

    Can you explain these apparently contradictory statements?

    Comment by Nate — December 3, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

  2. I can explain them, the second one was a mistake, clearly that was not what he meant to say. I’m sure he will fix it up shortly.

    Comment by doctor_teh — December 3, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  3. Yeah I made a mistake, ‘more’ in the second sentence should be ‘fewer.’ I changed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Just like teh doctor says below this comment.

    Comment by Dave Allen — December 3, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  4. Could you look at it by count? Mauer probably sees as many 3 ball pitches as anyone.

    Comment by zach — December 3, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  5. Could this have anything to do with Mauer batting in a disproportionate number of situations with the bases empty (compared to other good players)?

    i noticed he hit 20 solo HRs.

    he had 55% of his PA’s with the bases empty.

    just picking another guy who mostly batted 3rd, Teixiera only had 47.5% of his PA’s with the bases empty.

    are pitchers just being more aggressive b/c there is no one on base?

    Comment by Steve — December 3, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  6. Gardenhire should be ashamed of sticking so many awful hitters in front of Joe.

    Comment by twinsfan — December 3, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  7. I wouldn’t call Span/Cabrerra awful. The platoon of lineup placeholders that occupied the 2 hole before the allstar break on the other hand…

    Comment by adohaj — December 3, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  8. The twins need some lead off hitters that can get on base.

    Comment by PhD Brian — December 3, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  9. Span hit lead-off for the Twins all season and has solid on-base skills.

    Comment by Dave Allen — December 3, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  10. part of that is the fact he NEVER swing on the first pitch of an-at bat and almost always seemingly gets ahead in a count

    so the pitcher often times HAS to come in with a fast-ball with Justin Mornea and Jason Kubel and the RED HOT Michael Cuddyer on deck and in the hole.

    Comment by Steve H — December 3, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  11. Span no, he’s fantastic at the top of the lineup.

    Cabrera? He certainly qualifies as awful and has no business at the top of anyone’s lineup.

    Comment by twinsfan — December 3, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

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