Strange picture in the lead, as the Twins are missing Kyle Lohse during this series, Lohse, yesterday, was brilliant in a complete-game, 3-hit shutout of the Cubs. (But the requisite Lohse quote puls it all together later on).
There are a few nuggets in the body of the article, Souhan makes Brewers GM, Doug Melvin, sound strangely reminiscent of Terry Ryan:
Most likely, the Brewers being in first place in one of baseball’s toughest divisions, the National League Central, won’t make much of a national stir. That’s because Melvin is cut from the plaid cloth of traditional GMs unbound by overarching philosophy, who trust their eyes and simply try to make one good decision at a time
.So when Melvin saw a spectacular athlete such as Carlos Gomez learning to hit, he signed him to a three-year, $24 million deal last spring at a time when few teams would have invested hope, much less money, in a player who took such undisciplined at-bats.
Melvin signed two front-line starting pitchers the market seemed doubtful about, Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza.....Melvin signed Lohse to a three-year, $33 million contract last spring, and Lohse has become an ace. He is 7-1 with a 2.60 ERA after shutting out the Cubs on Sunday, far outperforming his contract.
Despite talking about Carlos Gomez's non-stop chatter in the clubhouse, Souhan was only able to obtain quotes from the other 2 ex-Twins:
Garza, Gomez and Lohse sit next to each other in the Brewers clubhouse. “We’re just outcasts from the Twins,” Garza joked. “We just keep playing, keep plugging away.”
Asked what it was like to sit next to two other former Twins in a first-place clubhouse, Lohse said, with a smile: “It feels good. I’ll leave it at that.”
This Brewers team is loaded, at the top of the NL Central, another MVP year from Gomez, they've gotten a huge lift from an unlikely FA signing of 3rd base defense and offense in the form of Mark Reynolds, and they will get even better when Aramis Ramirez comes off of the DL. Yet another big challenge for the Twins, with a little extra home town flavor starting tonight, as they go up against Garza.
Edited by jokin, 02 June 2014 - 04:27 PM.