Game-time forecast: Houston Hot and Humid.
Today It's an early game and that means Breakfast with the Twins for those who live in Bora Bora. ChiTown will post the lineups for you shortly.
Chi here. Almost forgot about the game, and the lineups. Got distracted with sparkly new things elsewhere for a minute, but here we go ...
Things to Think About:
1. Chris Carter -- He's a right handed version of Adam Dunn but he costs a lot less money. He's on a roll right now with 3 home runs in the past two games. When someone does that against you... You tend to sit up and take notice. His career has been pretty consistent... Low batting average with a bunch of bombs. He's 27 years old and he played High School ball in Las Vegas. He was 15th Round selection by the White Sox in 2005 and since being drafted he has been a professional trade chip. Traded to the Diamondbacks for Carlos Quintin... Traded to the A's for Dan Haren... Traded to the Astros for Jed Lowrie. His BA is .230 and he now has 28 homers which is just 3 off the pace for the best in MLB. If this guy ever figures out how to raise his Batting Average. Look Out!!!
2. Brett Oberholtzer -- Today the Twins face 25 year old lefthander Brett Oberholtzer... The Delaware Destroyer. I don't know if he has that nickname but I just gave it to him so let's see if it sticks. Brett was born in Christiana Delaware. Which is in the part of Deleware that is just an extension of Philadelphia. The other parts of Delaware have a total population of 16 and it would be amazing if any of them made it to the majors. After being named to the all Deleware team in 2006 he went to Junior College and was drafted by the Braves in 8th round of 2008 draft. He became an Astro when the Braves put him in a package of players to acquire Michael Bourn... Jordan Schaefer was also part of that package. Brett has thrown 169 innings and carries a respectable 3.51 lifetime MLB ERA. I haven't seen him pitch yet so I don't know what he throws but I imagine that he throws a baseball.
3. The Twins Rotation -- I wonder... What's up? What's Next? I think we can assume that Gibson, Hughes, Milone are going to be in the rotation. I think we can assume that Nolasco is coming to take a spot. Now comes the question? WIth Pino getting roughed up and Trevor May pitching 2 innings in relief yesterday... Who pitches in this rotation spot when it comes around again? I didn't get to see May pitch yesterday because I was playing softball but looking at the Box Score... He was obviously better but he still had a couple of walks and the Astros crossed the plate on him. When this spot comes around... Who will be holding the ball.
4. My Softball experience -- I was 1 for 6 at the plate. In my defense... I'm old and I haven't played a game of softball in 5 plus years. Been taking the easy way out and coaching baseball instead. 1st AB -- I Fouled Out. A foul ball on the third strike is recorded as a K. That's what I did but I didn't whiff so I refuse to call it a K. 2nd AB -- F8... Routine Fly Ball to CF but it did feel better then the 1st AB. 3rd AB -- F6... Popped up to the Short Stop... The Entire infield was standing under the ball. 4th AB -- F6... Yep I did it again. 5th AB -- Double... I used to be an offensive threat many years ago and I thought I could just pick up where I left off. Turns out adjustments were needed. I made an adjustment and ripped a smash down the 3rd baseline for a double. 6th AB -- F7... It was caught at the Fence. I have no idea why the LF was so deep after my first 4 at bats. Anyway... after the adjustments... I was back and stroking the ball almost like the old days. I felt like turning to my son and saying... How bout' the old man? I couldn't do that because my son hit 4 homers and two triples in his 6 at bats. My fly ball out to the warning track wasn't enough to strut in comparison. In the Field... In the 1st game... I took a ground ball off my shin at 1B and my shin is purple today. In the 2nd game at SS... I threw a ball into RF when nobody covered 2nd base. In my other defensive opportunity... I managed a clean 6-3 put out. So I was 1 for 3 in the field. I think I can retire now.
5. Diets -- I started a diet on Monday and Monday was very difficult. I found the 2nd day to be much easier because the 2nd day... I said enough of this.