Rob Dillingham Looks A Lot Like A Player Who Tortured the Wolves In the Playoffs
By Max Kappel - Jul 1, 2024
Draft picks don’t always work out. The Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t actually know what Andrew Wiggins would become after they effectively selected him first in the 2014 draft. […]
Woods Richardson Can Take the Next Step By Following A Unique Blueprint
By Max Kappel - Jun 18, 2024
Simeon Woods Richardson has performed admirably for a Minnesota Twins team that was counting on some combination of Anthony DeSclafani, Louie Varland, and Chris Paddack to bolster […]
Pablo López Is Caught Between What He Is and What He Ought To Be
By Max Kappel - May 29, 2024
Pablo López should be pitching much better than he has been this season. While he has a 5.25 ERA, he has an expected ERA (xERA) of 3.25, […]
Is Jhoan Duran’s Walkout Entrance Affecting Hitters’ Vision?
By Max Kappel - May 21, 2024
Jhoan Duran is a 6’5” flamethrowing closer who has averaged over 100 mph on his four-seamer every year since his debut in 2022. His splitter/sinker hybrid, or […]
Louie Varland Is Stealing From deGrom’s Arsenal. So Why Isn’t He Getting Outs?
By Max Kappel - Apr 23, 2024
The Minnesota Twins haven’t lived up to preseason expectations. There were some concerns entering the season, primarily injuries to Jhoan Duran and Anthony DeSclafani and ownership’s decision […]
What Does It Mean When the Wolves Say Gobert Is the Reason They Don’t Lose?
By Max Kappel - Apr 15, 2024
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a below-average defense by relative defensive rating for seven straight seasons from 2014 to 2021. Though the high-energy, blitzing-based defense of the 2021-22 […]
Gobert’s Return To Defensive Greatness Fueled Minnesota’s Historic Season
By Max Kappel - Apr 9, 2024
The Minnesota Timberwolves franchise isn’t renowned for its defense. Jimmy Butler is Minnesota’s most recent player to receive DPOY votes. Kevin Garnett won the award in 2008 […]
Joe Ryan Might Become A Complete Pitcher In 2024
By Max Kappel - Apr 2, 2024
The MLB offseason is long. There’s only so much data and film on pitchers for fans to look at, but things don’t change. Joe Ryan’s “new” sinker […]
What Is Minnesota’s Optimal Opening Day Lineup?
By Max Kappel - Mar 19, 2024
The Minnesota Twins got off to a slow start offensively last season. Sitting 18th in runs per game halfway through June, the Twins rode a hot second […]
Why Are So Many Twins Pitchers Throwing Gyro Sliders?
By Max Kappel - Mar 12, 2024
The Minnesota Twins are starting an organizational trend. Much like the sweeper last season and the splitter this season, pitchers add or tweak pitches to fit league-wide […]
Naz Reid Has Taken the Next Step Defensively
By Max Kappel - Mar 12, 2024
Rudy Gobert has helped turn the Minnesota Timberwolves’ defense into the league’s best. He deters drives, blocks shots, and stymies offensive plans but doesn’t work alone. The […]
Does Ant Actually “Catch Fire” During Games?
By Max Kappel - Mar 4, 2024
Basketball players don’t need to be exciting to be good. A dunk is worth as much as a layup, and good defense doesn’t often make ESPN’s Top […]