Reality is they can win a few games, the teams lineup is healthy, Pavano, Diamond, Walters, De Vries (Blackburn coming back) and Liriano have at least been solid now. Hell they won 3 in a row, lets make it a few more and at least make things interesting after these next few series.
Yep, I'm drinking the same thing you are, and I'm not being sarcastic, maybe stupid, but that's what fandom is
This is completely true. The Twins have no fire, no desire to prove they are the best, to BEAT other teams. They are content to play but not beat other teams and prove they are best. If they could get this attitude they would do well even if the talent right now is not that good.
The bullpen has played very well, well above expectations. I know Capps is 8/8, he has improved from the beginning of the season, I am personally not a "closer", "save" guy, I think we would do better by committee. As I stated in previous posts, if I have e.g. Cabrera, then Fielder, with a guy on up by 1 in the 8th, I would really have to think I am going to go Capps, then Perkins to get those guys out there, rather than wait and put your "closer" in, in a "save" situation, that is the stupidest saying ever, "Up 2, facing the 6,7,8 I am glad we saved our "save" guy for this rather than facing the best hitters in the 8th. Way overrated!!!
Let's see, closer by committee seems idiotic to me. So the far the bullpen has been the least of the Twin's problems. Capps is 8 for 8 this year and is pitching fine. The rest of the bullpen is pitching well in their spots as well, why change it. While I understand the frustration with Mauer hitting 3rd there are not alot of good options for the Twins right now. Dozier is doing well hitting 2nd and hopefully Morneau starts hitting and we can see what they can do with the main guys back together for a change. I really think they either need to trade Span for some pitching or have him play right field more and let Revere play center. It is time to keep Revere and get his speed back in the lineup along with his glove. Span has played quality right field before and has the arm for it.
I am nuts. I can be, as I said miraculous scenario, why not??
I think you are nuts!
I am also in favor of the closer by committee idea. "Closers" (like Mariano Rivera, or Joe Nathan in his prime) are for winners. Unless this team pulls of about 12 wins in a row, I don't think it's necessary to use Capps, our most expensive bullpen arm, solely in 9th inning situations wherein the Twins have a lead (or are tied and at home, per Gardy's prediliction with that).
Capps has 7 saves, that stat is soooo over rated though. He has gotten quite lucky on a few of those. The biggest thing is, when your team comes back from 3 down, you need a shut down guy, Gardy, should not have put him out there.
Runs happen sometimes. While the save statistic has its well-document issues, it's worth pointing out that Capps is 7/7. It just feels worse because they never win.
A nice comeback and Capps just utterly destroyed it. It could've been a nice win, something to maybe build on. Can't they just get rid of the guy, now?
I'm certainly not a fan of Capps, but he has pitch well to this point. I'm hoping he continues to pitch well enough to attract interest from other teams. Although I highly doubt other teams will overvalue him the way the Twins have....
I have to disagree; he has been working really hard at getting better at fielding, but improving your fielding isn't the kind of thing that you work on in the Majors, you work on it in AAA. Valencia just needs to spend some time down in AAA with a different hitting and fielding coach that might see something in his swing and the way he fields that Vavra isn't seeing up in the Bigs.
Wow, sorry for the horrible grammar I will make sure to change that. Didn't know it was a grammar test on my own blog.
i stopped reading after you said "I SEEN the disgust on Gardy's face..." seen? really?
I was wrong with pujols, I should have went with hunter, wow pujols isn't close to his old self
the problem with Pujols is that he's been declining for 2-3 years already. The Angels are going to be stuck with an absolute albatross of a contract for multiple years. The only question for me is; how many years do the Angels pay Pujols NOT to play for them?
Wow, that is a helluva statement, not one that the Angels fans would want to hear. I said instantly that the Pujols signing was not very good for the Angels, I never thought the production would be that bad, I thought he would help of course, and be a great player, but maybe for 2 or 3 years, after that the decline would be there.
I disagree. I think that Mr Pujols is toast.
I love Joe Maddon. Besides having trendy glasses, he seems very progressive in his strategies and doesn't always do things strictly by the almighty "book." He also seems to relate to his players very well. I don't know what to say about Valentine. For him to walk into a veteran-laden clubhouse such as Boston's and think he could pull what he has without creating an uproar is simply delusional.
Great Twins Video