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Statistically speaking

  • August 31, 2014 - 12:36 AM

The Twins’ four-year run of losing seasons has coincided with the four worst seasons of hitting with runners in scoring position during manager Ron Gardenhire’s tenure. The trend bottomed out last year, but 2014 is the second-worst such season; still, the Twins have raised their average by 11 points in August. Here are the Twins’ batting averages with runners in scoring position and their team leaders (minimum of 100 plate appearances) in that category since 2002:

 

Year Team BA Twins leader Leader’s BA

2014 .242 Kurt Suzuki .326

2013 .225 Brian Dozier .307

2012 .252 Joe Mauer .372

2011 .248 Jason Kubel .324

2010 .285 Delmon Young .355

2009 .278 Joe Mauer .367

2008 .305 Joe Mauer .362

2007 .275 Torii Hunter .341

2006 .296 Joe Mauer .360

2005 .271 Joe Mauer .331

2004 .277 Shannon Stewart .359

2003 .268 A.J. Pierzynski .324

2002 .269 Jacque Jones .352

 

The problem is exacerbated with two outs; the Twins are hitting just .215 with runners in scoring position and two outs, after batting .216 last year.

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