A Few Things I Hate…
I wasn’t able to blog at all over the weekend (probably a good thing as the Twins lost two of three to the Pale Hose over the weekend and were again beaten by the pitching of Mark Buerhle and the batting of Jim Thome), but I was pretty fired up about the final game of that series and last night’s contest…and not in a good way. I have been VERY annoyed with some of the things I have been seeing, including:
-Gardy’s “getaway” days. In the final game of the ChiSox series, Gardy threw a lineup on the field that included Michael Cuddyer at 1B and Brendan Harris at 2B and batting out of the #2 hole. It absolutely drives me NUTS when Gardy does this every single Sunday and Thursday afternoon game. I realize that guys need a break every once in a while, but why must Gardenhire do it all in one day?! If I were a pessimist, I would say that he was just hedging his bet, so to speak, figuring that Buerhle would beat his club no matter who he threw up against him, so why not rest a few guys? I don’t think Gardy would ever concede a game like that, though, so I just don’t understand his logic. His Cuddy/Harris combination gave the Twins the weakest right-side infield combination possible, and that led to a big Chicago inning in that final game of the series. I would rather see Gardy stagger, to an extent, the off-days he gives his players.
-Also, this is easily the worst bullpen the Twins have had in a long time. I would give serious thought to letting guys like Brian Duensing and Philip Humber take over the late-inning roles, as I do not see the Crain/Ayala combination working out, and Guerrier/Breslow still need to prove themselves as being able to consistently get outs. Oh, and R.A. Dickey is a joke who may be even worse than our most famous mop-up man…Terry Mulholland. What really sticks in my craw, though, is that a while back the Twins lost relief prospect Bobby Korecky essentially because they needed to make room for Ayala. Korecky was a hot prospect in the organization, and we lost him for a guy (Ayala) who can’t throw the ball over the plate and thus lays in meatball after meatball while behind in the count. I think that Jose Mijares better get his butt in shape pretty quick before the current lot puts the Twins in too big of a hole right away.
-One quick positive note: I think that the Twins’ starting pitchers will be fine once the month of April passes. Being young, they may just need a little more time to get comfortable out on the mound. And really, when have the Twins EVER (in recent memory) had a bad starting rotation?! The Mariners always beat us, Chicago only needs Thome to wreak havoc, and the Blue Jays are the best offensive team in baseball right now. Things WILL improve on this front.
Preview (3-5, 4th, 1.5 GB CWS & KCR): Rickey Romero (1-0, 3.00) vs. Glen Perkins (0-1, 1.13). Can the Twins’ bats decipher another (any?!) left-hander pitcher? With Roy Halladay looming on Thursday, we better take this game if we want any chance of even splitting this four-game series.