The Minnesota Twins finished the season with 101 wins crossing the 100-win mark for just the second time ever (102 wins in 1965). The Bomba Squad set the Major League record for homers in a season with 307, but they couldn’t get past their playoff kryptonite in the New York Yankees and fell 3-0 in the ALDS. That was last year. Now, let’s look forward to the 2020 season, whenever that starts.
Trevor Richards may have a 5.0 BB/9, but he is currently sporting a 14.7% swinging strike rate (10th in MLB) and a 32.4% o-swing (29th in MLB), which is well above the league average of 29.3%. He also has a 68.2% contact rate, which is the 9th lowest in the league and has yielded 11, 13 and 18 swinging strikes in his last 3 starts. Opposing batters are currently hitting .088 against his changeup, which has resulted in a 23.3% swinging strike rate. Pair this with 2 struggling offenses in the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, paired with a home pitchers park, Trevor Richards should be in for a solid Week 3.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have started off the season on a high note. They are 5-2, Cody Bellinger is looking like an MVP, Kiké Hernandez seems to have found his groove in the leadoff position, Joc Pederson has dominated right-handed pitchers so far, AJ Pollock has looked impressive, David Freese has been clutch, and yet, the Dodgers best player, Justin Turner, hasn’t done much this season. Just imagine this team when Justin Turner gets it going, along with Corey Seager. Continue reading →