Taylor's Twins Talk

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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Place!

I am absolutely speechless right now. For the Twins to come back and win tonight after falling behind 6-1 to a White Sox team that obviously has some talent on it is unbelievably impressive. To need a sweep, and to deliver that sweep, is equally impressive. Here are a few notes:

1.) It's time to stop ragging on the bullpen. The Twins would not have won either of the last two games without the pen, and they were unbelievable both nights. Sure, there are still issues -- and maybe even some challenging decisions about who to put on the playoff roster -- but these guys have stepped up in a big way over the last two nights.

2.) Kevin Slowey looked great until he gave up the 4th inning homerun, and then everything sort of unraveled. Physically, he didn't look nervous -- but if I had to guess, he really was unnerved by giving up the dinger, and his concentration was probably affected. How remarkable, though, that the Sox weren't able to do anything offensively other than what they did against a presumably rattled Slowey? I heard Dick announce during the game that x-rays on Slowey's wrist were negative, so hopefully he'll be alright going forward (although of course his next start wouldn't be until, presumably, Game 3 of the ALDS, so he should have plenty of time).

3.) Nights like tonight show why the decision on who to play in the outfield will be awfully difficult next year if Cuddyer comes back fully healthy. The Twins essentially have 5 good choices for 4 positions (Young, Gomez, Span, Cuddyer, and Kubel). I'm pretty sure I'm not serious with this, but maybe the Twins should look at playing Cuddyer at third base again . . .

4.) How sweet is it to pin Bobby Jenks with his first loss of the season?

5.) The Twins caught another break when Nick Swisher was called out on strikes after clearly holding up in the 9th. Unlike last night when the Twins caught a break on the second base pickoff call that led to the winning run, I don't feel too bad for the White Sox tonight. They had a 6-1 lead and couldn't hold it. When that happens, you lose whatever right you otherwise had to gripe about the officiating.

6.) I'm staring at my television in disbelief right now, with Oregon State leading USC 21-14 with less than 10 minutes to go in this game. I still expect the Trojans to come back and win the game, but I'm rooting hard for the Beavers. My philosophy in college football is almost always to root for the underdog, and that's definitely in force here. I don't hate USC like I hate the Yankees or Manchester United, but I also don't really like them. I'd be pretty thrilled if Oregon State could take them out tonight and make the Trojans' trip to the national championship extremely difficult if not impossible.

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4 Comments:

  • At Thu Sep 25, 10:26:00 PM , Anonymous SethSpeaks said...

    Oregon State 27-21...

    That call on Swisher was horrific!!

    What an incredible game!

     
  • At Thu Sep 25, 10:28:00 PM , Blogger lookatthosetwins said...

    WOOHOO!!

    Yeah I have trouble thinking that they'd send gomez back down next year. I don't think it would be good for Gomez and he really is starting to improve. I was more excited about his two hits the other way than the two hit hard to left. So either Cuddyer should start taking ground balls or someone needs to get traded. Oh well, we'll worry about that later I guess.

     
  • At Thu Sep 25, 11:04:00 PM , Anonymous SethSpeaks said...

    Or, depth and occasional days off are not a horrible thing over a long season. Players get hurt. It's not a bad problem to have. None of them are making much money. I'd stick with them and just mix it up.

     
  • At Thu Sep 25, 11:11:00 PM , Blogger JST said...

    Seth, I agree with you that the Twins should keep them all on the roster and not do anything drastic with a trade (unless of course something great falls into Bill Smith's lap).

    And tonight was great all around, with OSU holding off USC and shaking up the NCAA race and the Twins making Dick's voice crack a bunch of times late in the game. I'm giddy right now!

     

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