Nightly Notes: Game #92
1.) Boof had a better outing tonight than he's had in awhile, and started to extend himself just a teensy bit, as he lasted 6.1 innings. I said after Scott Baker's start that at least 6 innings and 3 or fewer runs is a perfectly acceptable start, and Bonser did that and a tiny bit more tonight, so I'm content. And just to make a perfectly obvious comment, how awesome was the starting pitching in general this weekend for the Twins? Even with a sometimes anemic offense, the Twins will find themselves right in the middle of the Wild Card and AL Central races.
2.) A bit of a bounce-back evening for Dennys Reyes tonight, after he allowed a couple of inherited runners to score in his last outing. However, it wasn't all sweetness and light -- he walked a couple of batters in just 1 inning. Nice to see him continue to lower that ERA, though.
3.) Jason Tyner did a pretty admirable job filling in for Torii Hunter today, going 2-for-3 with a walk and scoring a run. Yesterday, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Every time he gets a start, I read people complaining about him, but he's hitting .284 and honestly isn't a bad option. I'm certainly much more comfortable with him out there than with Lew Ford, so I'm not going to complain in the least.
4.) I'm sure someone else has mentioned this, but how about the Twins targeting Shannon Stewart for the stretch run? It's going to be very, very difficult for the A's to admit that they're done, but they're now 44-48 in a tough division and have no chance of catching the Wild Card. If the A's accept the reality of their situation, then they may accept a trade. Stewart signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the A's for this year, so trading him would give them a chance to get something for nothing (unless they plan on making a bid to bring him back next year, which is certainly possible). Stewart is hitting .306 with a .366 OBP on the season -- that's a substantial improvement over anyone the Twins have available. I really doubt that this is going to happen, for a lot of reasons -- but the Twins should see if there's a mid-level prospect who the A's would take in exchange for Stewart.
5.) Nice to see Joe Mauer get on a roll today out of the DH spot. A solid 3-for-4 day, including the game winner. Great game for Joe.
6.) The Twins have an off day tomorrow -- frankly, I'd prefer to put it off. This team is playing pretty decent baseball, so it would be nice to keep the momentum going. Still, this should give guys a chance to rest up before playing the Tigers, so I can't complain too much.
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