Taylor's Twins Talk

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

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Nightly Notes: Game #61

That's a little bit more like it. The Twins salvaged the Nationals series a bit today by picking up a win, making then 1-2 for the series and 3-3 in Interleague Play. That's not great -- but it could've been worse. Here are today's notes:

1.) Talk about a typical Boof Bonser performance. Five innings, 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, 5 K's. In other words, another inefficient outing that didn't turn out too badly. Heck, he picked up his 5th win of the season. If the Twins didn't have such a good bullpen, it would be a problem to have a guy that so often goes only 5 innings when he's effective. Since this is the Twins, it's not the end of the world. Honestly, though, if Boof ever wants to become a legitimate #2 or #3 starter, he's going to have to figure out how to get guys out with fewer pitches. Throwing that ridiculous curve of his should help -- he had some great one's today. But, as I've said before, he should either not try to hit the corners with it, or work on his control of it, because it's far too often a ball when he uses it. It's been most effective when he goes right after a hitter with it -- but of course, you can't do that too often or guys start to time it and it gets clobbered.

2.) How about that bullpen? Two hits and a walk in 4 innings of work. Matt Guerrier has a 1.64 ERA this season, Pat Neshek has a 1.20 ERA, and Joe Nathan has a 1.98 ERA. Wow.

3.) It was great to see Jason Bartlett respond to playing in the 2nd hole today, going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .240 on the year. He also had a couple of big RBI's, and didn't do anything bad in the field. All-in-all a good day. Of course, the fact that Mike Bacsik was the opposing starter probably didn't hurt (although his 4.13 season ERA coming in to the game really wasn't too shabby).

4.) Nick Punto helped his cause tonight by going 2-for-4, but it sure sounds like Gardy would like to see the Twins make a move to pick up a more traditional third baseman. I'm still on the shrinking Punto bandwagon, but if the Twins could, in fact, swing a deal -- I wouldn't exactly be crying.

5.) Not much else to talk about from today's game. I'm looking forward to Tuesday's matchup against the Braves, where the Twins will go with Kevin Slowey, and the Braves will go with Kyle Davies. Should be a good matchup.



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