Taylor's Twins Talk

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Nightly Notes: Game #31

Not a good way to start the month of May -- losing two series 1-2 and facing a slew of injuries. Yikes. Here are today's notes:

1.) I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of Sir Sidney today. It wasn't great, by any means, but he gave up just 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.1 innings and kept the Twins in the ballgame while he was in there. The bad part, though, is that he gave up 8 hits and 4 walks in that amount of time, which is about 2 1/3 baserunners per inning. That's much, much too high -- and even though this start looked reasonably OK based on runs allowed, my guess is that the Twins are none too happy with the baserunner situation. He'll get another start -- and it looks like it will come against Detroit next Saturday -- but if he doesn't show more of an ability to get guys out, that could be the end. I realize we've all been on the Sidney Ponson cut-watch all season, but I think we're legitimately at the stage now where there might be some movement, if Ponson struggles.

2.) Couldn't ask for anything more out of the bullpen, which for the second straight day was great. Glen Perkins looked comfortable in his two innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, and Juan Rincon, Dennys Reyes, and Jesse Crain pitched 1.2 innings of perfect relief following Perk. It was very good to see Reyes back in there, especially pitching well. The bullpen is fine, and is starting to show that.

3.) I liked the way that Gardy set up the lineup today, with Hunter hitting 3rd, Morneau 4th, Cirillo 5th, and Kubel 6th. Obviously, I'd prefer to have Mauer and Cuddyer in the game, but it makes a lot of sense to have Torii hitting third right now with Mauer gone. Incidentally, see the post below this one for my take on the Joe Mauer-to-the-DL situation. Hopefully Cuddy will be back in the lineup on Tuesday -- that would at least salve over some of the cuts.

4.) Not a lot else to say about today's ballgame, except that it was nice to see the Twins spark a little bit in the 7th against Schilling to make the final score close. Of course, it would have been nice to see an extra-base somewhere in that sequence, but hey -- I'll take what I can get.

5.) Is anyone else at least mildly curious to see Luis Rodriguez catch an inning or two? I don't want it to be at the expense of a serious injury, but if Redmond would've stubbed his toe or something and had to leave the game, I wouldn't have been that disappointed. I'm just saying . . .



  • At Mon May 07, 05:44:00 PM , Blogger Marty said...

    So, now you're the one wishing injuries on players...

  • At Tue May 08, 06:41:00 AM , Blogger JST said...

    For the sake of hilarity, yes. So long as the injury in question is very minor, and doesn't affect either the result of the game (obviously, this would be determined in hindsight) and doesn't keep a guy out the next day.


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