Joe Mauer is doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .312 with a league-leading .406 on-base percentage and limited power, but the Twins catcher has thrown out just 12 percent of stolen base attempts after coming into the season with a career rate of 35 percent.
Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down the video and the numbers to examine what’s going on with the three-time Gold Glove winner:
What has happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.