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Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Monday, May 28, 2007

Nightly Notes: Game #50

Back to .500, with a win over the vile White Sox nonetheless! Great way to start the series -- here are tonight's notes:

1.) Johan Santana was once again not quite Cy Santana, but he still had a pretty solid day -- 8 innings, 4 earned runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and 7 K's. He got a little help from Torii Hunter in the 8th to keep another earned run off the board. Even though he wasn't brilliant today, he was able to keep the Twins in the game, and got some help from a fired up bunch of guys. He gets his 6th win, and the Twins get win #25 -- nice to see.

2.) Justin Morneau looked all too human today, going 0-5 and taking some awfully bad swings. He was picked up by the Twins hitting MVP of the season, one Torii Hunter, who put up another 3 hit day to raise his average to .317. More importantly, though, was the return to form of Nick Punto (3-for-4 to get his average up to .242), Jason Tyner (3-for-4 to get up to .276), and Jason Kubel (2-for-5 with 2 doubles to bump up to .243). The biggest star of the day, though: Mike Redmond, who went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI's and a huge double. No wonder the Twins want to keep Chris Heintz around when Joe Mauer comes off the DL -- Redmond is going to be DH'ing a whole lot, I suspect.

3.) Jason Miller had another solid performance, with a little help from Jason Kubel in left field. It would be a great story if Miller pitched well enough to force the Twins to consider keeping him up for the rest of the year -- but after just two games, it's a little premature to be talking about that.

4.) The Pierzynski thing -- it sure looks like he was trying to step to the inside of the bag. I don't think A.J. would try to actually hurt Morneau; I think, instead, that he wanted to annoy him and mess with the Twins. Based on Gardy's reactions, he certainly did annoy them -- but that seems to have fired the Twins up, rather than distracting them. Being an annoying pest is a two-edged sword, because you either distract a team to the point where they start focusing on you rather than on the game, or you motivate them to beat you to a pulp. Right now, I'd say the Twins are more motivated than distracted. Anyone still wonder why A.J. gets booed? Last thing on this: huge hat tip to the umpires for letting Gardy scream and rant without getting the hook. He was absolutely protecting his player, and the umpires understood that and let him vent. Great job, guys.

5.) Ramon Ortiz is going to the bullpen, and I wrote about it earlier today. For my thoughts on that topic, scroll down or click here.

You'll notice I got the Low A report up (finally!), right beneath this post. I'm working on the AAA report now, and will have it up by tonight. That means I'll officially be back on track with those posts, and will start to fix other things on the blog that have gone into a bit of disrepair -- such as the poll question which is now completely obsolete (and has been for weeks), and the updating on the Organizational Rankings that I've also gotten way behind on. Hopefully within a week, the entire blog will be completely up to date.

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  • At Mon May 28, 04:43:00 PM , Blogger Marty said...

    Joe Mauer as DH (04-06): .372
    Mauer as Catcher (04-06): .317

    Mike Redmond as DH (04-07): .263
    Redmond as Catcher (04-07): .302

    I know Gardy might be thinking Redmond DH and Mauer C but I think it's a mistake.

    I decided not to be lazy and I did the splits for Mauer 04-07:

    DH: .365
    C: .320

    If there is more offense to be had putting Mauer at DH and Redmond at Catcher; why not had it already?

  • At Mon May 28, 05:41:00 PM , Blogger JST said...

    While I agree with you that your numbers are compelling, I would want to dig into them more deeply to determine if there is anything other than random chance involved. The fact that you looked back to 2004 makes your argument even more compelling, so I can't completely discount it. Nonetheless, we don't know what the effect would be of telling Mauer that he's no longer the starting Catcher, if any. You also aren't mentioning defense, and while I think Redmond is a solid defensive Catcher, I nonetheless think that Mauer is better. Still, I can't say that you're crazy, and that disappoints me.

  • At Mon May 28, 06:04:00 PM , Blogger Marty said...

    Let me not overstate the facts...

    The weakness:

    Redmond has a limited number of at bats as a DH, Mauer has 100+ AB at DH and 1000+ AB as a C and Redmond has 500+ AB at C since 2004 but doesn't have a statistically significant number AB at DH. Almost all of his AB @ DH have come this year.

    So, to be completely honest, I can't come to any conclusions about the Redmond DH/C question, but there is a significant case to be made about the Mauer DH/C question.

    The strongest argument in my own case would be the simple fact Mauer has had leg problems this year to the point where he's missing games while Redmond has shown an ability to play every day.


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