A digression from the discussion on Morneau's wrist, concerning an opinion that the Twins were one timely hit away from winning the 4-3 game with the Angels, that I'll post here now.
Twins had 8 hits, Angels had 8 hits. Was it a matter of timeliness?
Angels 1st: double, followed by single. One run scores.
Angels 4th: single, followed by homer. Two runs score.
Angels 7th: homer. One run scores.
Twins 8th: hpb, double, single, single, single: Three runs
Six and Sixteen. The worst record in Major League Baseball. Let that sink in for a second. Now....
We gave the Pohlads their precious stadium, and I can only imagine they've all developed Scoliosis from sitting on their cash-filled hands because they haven't done a thing to put an appealing product on the field in the last two years. They just sit back and light their cuban cigars with the $20 we plunked down for a hot dog and a beer at their monument to excess. We're quickly
Here is this week's installment:
Tonight Fransisco Liriano will make his next start after he has been skipped in the rotation. I hope the gods of Fastball grand him command, control and deceitfulnessLuke Hughes was designated for assignment by the Athletics yesterday to make room for Brandon Inge. The Twins have the opportunity to re-sign him and right a wrongInteresting to see Jason Marquis being the Twins' most reliable starter so far in this
[Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
I've been thinking about this question lately. Baseball farm teams are, by nature, really interesting. General managers don't set the rosters, or even acquire the players. And I bet if the Rock Cats GM gets a call from Terry Ryan suggesting that he play the back-up shortstop because "something may be in the works," the back-up shortstop will get a lot of playing time, regardless of what that does to New Britain's chances. In the
Last night, I posted my choice for the Twins minor league relief pitcher of the month, Deolis Guerra. I also mentioned five other bullpen guys that deserved recognition for their strong starts. This morning, I’ll post my choice for the Twins minor league start pitcher for April. There were some pretty good options, but in the end, the choice was pretty easy. As always, I welcome feedback in the Comments if you have any thoughts, questions, or want to ‘vote’ for your choice.
Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
The first month of the baseball season is in the books and there have been surprises across the baseball world. The Angels and Albert Pujols had a rough first month after experts picked them to be fighting for a division title. The Rangers have being playing on another level from most teams in baseball. Matt Kemp is
Hitter of the Day:
Alexi Casilla - 2B- MIN - MLB: 3-4 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 R - Hitting .300 now for the season
Pitcher of the Day:
David Bromberg - LHP - NB - AA: 5IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
Each month here at Twins Daily, we will be posting choices for Twins minor league relief pitcher, starting pitcher and hitter of the month. First, I want to share with you some of the top relief pitchers in the Twins minor league system in the month of April. I'll follow up over the next 24 hours with the starting pitcher and hitter of the month.
However, let's start with the Top 6 Relief Pitchers in April:
Number 6 – Ft. Myers – Ricky Bowen - 8 G, 1.96 ERA, 1.09
The Twins are taking a trip to the west coast to play the hapless Angels. Joe Mauer is getting a day off to rest his knee, which he fouled a ball off of yesterday. Today will be Mauer’s first day off this season. Yes, you read that right.
One additional note: If you thought “Promotion Weekend” had drawn to a close, you thought wrong. LSP Luke French, who had been nothing short of dominant at New Britain, has been promoted to Rochester.
Moving on, let’s look at the
As Manny Acta from the Indians said " I feel sorry for the people who are going to see him going forward, because he's going to go off. He's getting close. I'm glad he's out of here." He is at home now vs the worst MLB rotation in the league, if he doesn't go off now, it could be pretty interesting for the Angels.
Let's compare Mauer to Pujols right now:
Mauer BA .325 OBP .419 SLG .428 1 HR (5 2b+3b) 13 RBI
Pujols BA .216 OBP .266 SLG
As posted on pitchersduel.blogspot.com
When I was driving from Minneapolis to Ann Arbor this past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch a Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. This was my first minor league game, and it was a uniquely 'minor league' experience. The stadium is tucked away between a quiet neighborhood and a soccer field, covering about the same amount of acreage as a high-school ballpark. That is, a high-school field with about 20 autograph seekers, beer, carnival games
I hope it's not like last year. After the slow start they turned the corner mid-season, and on July 20 just before the trade deadline they were up to 46-51, mirror image of Detroit's 51-46. There was hope of taking a weak division if momentum continued. As a result, despite treading water the next few days up to the very deadline, they did not move any veterans for prospects; they weren't buyers, either, thank goodness. I supported this approach, at the time. But it was a sad mirage:
Francisco Liriano needs to miss two starts to clear his head, Carl Pavano needs a couple extra days rest to fix his velocity. Between those two pitchers and the others in the rotation that have had injuries and needed extra time off, the Twins' rotation has started coming apart at the seams...and it is only April 30th! With the front office not looking (or even pretending they are looking) to bring in some new faces, I am not entirely sure how the rotation expects to survive the season. A few different
Updated 05-01-2012 at 12:08 PM by SpinnesotaGirl
Lucas French, who logged MLB time with the
Tigers and Mariners, is working his way
back up the chain
[Originally announced at Twins Fan From Afar]
The minor league moves continue in the Twins organization. It was just announced that Rock Cats