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hose
09-20-2003, 11:40 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting?ageMax=99&hand=a&league=al&sort=groundToFlyRatio&seasonType=2&type=sab&split=0&pos=all&season=2003&ageMin=0


Knowing your enemy and how they have success against you is the first step in figuring out how to beat them at their own game.

The Sox have not had much luck up in the Metrodome the last few years. The obvious reason would be that the Sox pitching and defense hasn't been all that great. But this year the Sox have had some outstanding starting pitching and their defense has improved drastically with Valentin and Lee really holding their own.

After trading for Alomar and Everett the Sox added more defense w/Robbie and a Twin killer in Everett. So what gives?

Why can't the Sox blow away the Twins up in Dome? With a line up with 3 potential league MVP's in Lee, Thomas, and Maggs the Sox should kill the Twins mediocre starting pitching and build a lead so not to worry about Minneasota's great bull pen coming in and shutting the door.

Give credit to the Twins defense for starters, Koskie and Meincavierwitcztscz are about as good as it gets on the lines and Hunter catches everything in middle. But we all know that. So what the heck does Minnesota do that is so much better than the Sox up in the Dome?

The Twins batters put the ball on the carpet while the Sox, outside of double play grounders :?: , are a fly ball hitting team.
Ground balls outs in other parks turn into doubles and triples in the Dome. Plus putting the ball in play on the turf can cause miscues and errors because of the speed of the ball.

In the American League the Twins have 7 starters in the top 27 with the best ground ball to fly ball ratio while the Sox top player is Maggs and he comes in at #39 on a list total of 79.
Robbie Alomar would be in the top 10 if his NL stats were used.

Twins and Sox AL rankings for ground ball/fly ball ratio
#1-Jones
#5-Rivas
#8-Guzman
#15-Pierzynski
#23-Hunter
#27-Stewart
#39 -Maggs *******first Sox on AL list
#44- Meinkacvxteiztwitzc
#52- Koskie
#54-Lee
#66-Crede
#67-Everett
#74-Valentin
#79-Thomas