Review Gardenhire's job so far this year
At the end of last season there was speculation that the Twins may switch managers after their 3rd consecutive 90 loss season. so far this season we are 30 - 32 after today's win 4 games out of the division and 3.0 out of the 2nd wildcard. How would you rate the job Gardenhire has done with the team he has this year? and what are some examples you would use in grading him? I don't get to watch the games out in California so I can only go off of the players stats and teams record.
I am happy with the job as he has plugged players in who have responded and produced. at first it was Colabello and Kubel then Dozier, then Arcia and Willingham. Escobar picked up for Florimon and Danny Santana of all people in CF and thriving. Suzuki has consistently hit .300 all year. Hughes has made it back to prominence, the bullpen is above average despite Burton being terrible. we even have a few decent bench options now, Fuld with speed when healthy, Pinto and occasionally Parmelee with power and Nunez who is hitting .290
there has been the debacle with CF at the beginning of the season and it looks like Santana wants it. Hicks is coming around after dropping switch hitting. So more often then not he has put players into situations where they would succeed and the team hasn't wasted too much time when they lost effectiveness in replacing them.
But mostly I am happy the Twins are playing competitive baseball. I don't see them get blown out too often and they are in the .500 range. If all breaks right They could contend for the playoffs. They were 8 games back at the all star break before and made the playoffs right now we are maybe a reliever and starting pitcher away from doing it again.