The only one of the Twins’ regulars whose swing rate had risen from 2013 in Cameron’s analysis is Chris Colabello, and that increase was a mere 1 percent. Mauer’s rate was dead even, 38 percent, and Pedro Florimon was down just 1 percent. Everybody else was down at least 4 percent.
Which helps explain innings like the eight-walk rally against Toronto on April 17, or the six-walk, one-hit “explosion” against the Tigers bullpen on Saturday. The Twins are more willing than they’ve ever been to let the opposing pitcher beat himself.
It’s hell on newspaper deadlines — Saturday’s game lasted 3 hours, 13 minutes, and broke a streak of three games that had lasted more than 3:30 — but it’s productive.
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