Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Those of you who don't have MLB.tv and can't watch the game should be thankful. Francisco Liriano has looked absolutely horrible today. He has absolutely no control, and for the most part he doesn't seem to have a fluid motion at all. I don't know if the Twins are messing with how he's throwing, or if he's just off his game, but it's not pretty and it doesn't look like he's going to last long. There has been some suggestion that Liriano should go back to the minors, and I was against that approach through his first two starts back -- I expected him to struggle, and thought he showed improvement from game 1 to game 2. What I'm watching now, though, is brutal. He looks completely lost. He's getting pounded because he can't find the plate and I assume he's just trying to throw balls over the plate at this point.
Incidentally, the Carlos Gomez leadoff homer was impressive -- the ball was high and tailed over the middle of the plate, and he absolutely smashed it. The impressive part wasn't the level of difficulty of hitting the ball, because it looked like it was right into his wheelhouse, but instead with how he crushed it. For a guy who bunts so much, he can sure drive the ball (when he makes contact!).