Couldn't agree more.I was at the game last night on a gorgeous evening, and although disappointed in the result, thoroughly enjoyed watching this entertaining team.Yep, bring on September!
That said, can we please bring on September WITH Byron Buxton.I know his absence is not the only reason for our recent mediocre record, but I seem to notice something in almost every loss that would have been better with Buck in there.Last night it was the slicing double to right that Gonzo couldn't quite get to (don't get me wrong...I like Gonzo...but he's not Kep in RF)...I'm fairly certain Kepler would have caught that ball if he hadn't had to play center in Buck's absence.
The sample size is too big to ignore:
Twins with Buck in the lineup:56-25 (a .691 percentage...far and away the best in baseball)
Twins with Buck out:21-26
I still see this team as a contender if Byron can return.But without him, it will be a very short post-season.
I wouldn't go this far unless you think Buxton's defense is worth the at least extra run the staff has given up in the last long stretch.I also agree with Ashbury that any extra pitcher or two would be coming in for Perez ,who won his last start, not for Berrios who has not been good at all in August.Odorizzi and Pineda have been just fine. I agree Berrios needs a little time off and a reset or needs to figure out along with the pitching coach what adjustment is needed. I defended Berrios when the Twins lost 8 of his 11 starts in one stretch because it was easy to defend a stretch where he had an ERA well below 3. His August has an ERA well above 8. I could make a case thatjust replacing Smeltzer for Berrios at the trade deadline would have given us two more wins. 4 games isn't an anomoly.