If Brian Dozier played second base this year like he played shortstop last year, is there any chance he'd still be on the big league roster? If Chris Parmelee played right field with the proficiency of Ryan Doumit and (so far) Osvaldo Arcia, would he be in Minneapolis or Rochester (NY)? Finally, if Pedro Florimon played shortstop like he did last year and the first couple weeks of this year, would the fans be calling for Escobar, Carroll and Danny Santana?
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Twins versus Brewers
The Coliseum Cheers (Game 49)
I tuned into the game just before Sam Deduno got enough outs to put himself in line for a win. Hes like dynamite: The Twins get the exact perfect ratio of balls to strikes from him or everything blows up in their face.
The radio was all about the solid defensive performance from the Twins, but all the signals beaming out of Target Field amped up to 11 for a foul ball Chris Parmelee snagged, battling fate
After a period of stability, the Twins have made a rash of moves. Many of the moves have been panned by the denizens of Twins Daily for being shortsighted, cheap, stupid or all of the above. Some are calling out the GM for saying the team was trying to compete when, in fact, they are rebuilding and focusing on next year or the year after.
News flash! The team isn't going to contend this year. Ryan's "contention" talk was predicated on miraculous performances by pitchers
Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire needs to put Josh Willingham at clean-up.
Put Willingham between Mauer and Morneau.
That would protect Willingham better, as he is the hottest Twin right now.
It would separate the team's two best left-handed batters with a strong right-handed batter.
It would make it harder for opposing teams later in a game to bring in one pitcher to face Mauer and Moneau, and another to face Willingham.
Feels good to get that first win under our belt.
Solid outing for the Twins. It wasn't perfect, but we all know this isn't a team that going to be perfect. Pavano was good, but not great. Worst inning for him was the 5th when Bourjos got the inside-the-park home run. Willingham couldn't make the play. His defense isn't the best, and Revere might have made that catch. If Willingham continues to crush the ball, missing a catch or two doesn't matter.
Huge games for Carroll