Piranhas No More
In 2006, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave the Minnesota Twins the nickname “piranhas” for there ability to “peck away” at you until they finally succeed. Basically, Ozzie was just frustrated that a team featuring the likes of Jason Bartlett, Lew Ford, Luis Castillo, Nick Punto, Juan Castro, and Jason Tyner could beat his band of sluggers. The Twins were that pesky team you should beat, but don’t more often than not.
Just recently, though, Guillen announced that the Twins were no longer piranhas. You know what I say to that? Great!
It was fine to watch that small-ball, attacking style of offense over the course of the regular reason, but once the playoffs were at hand it always failed us. It’s common sense, really: give too many important at-bats to Punto, Brian Buscher, Tyner, or the like, and eventually (once you face good pitching) you will start to falter. That is exactly what happened in the 2006 ALDS against the A’s.
Really, it comes down to this. Take a look at these two players, and tell me who you would rather have up in a key spot against, say, Mariano Rivera in the playoffs:
Preview (70-51, 1st, 4.0 GA CWS): Dan Haren (1-3, 3.44) vs. Brian Duensing (6-1, 2.00).