I donít know if these are questions, or thoughts, of forum topics, but after a 13-hour day, Iím pretty much free associating. Letís see what happens.
Because Fourth Place Is Just Five Games Away?
Why is Carl Pavano pitching? The Twins long term strategy regarding Pavano needs to be to have him demonstrate enough success to get some value for him at the trade deadline, right? What is the purpose of trotting him out there at 80% to look below average? Get him healthy, let him string a strong month or so together and then shop him in July. Doesnít this have to be the strategy? Why isnít this the strategy?
Or Maybe It Was Andyís Whoopie Cushion.
Liriano was Liriano. To me, the most encouraging sign wasnít that he got the first five guys out, or that he bounced back to get out of the second inning after almost completely falling apart, or that he struck out three guys. It was that he smiled and laughed on the bench with Rick Anderson for the first time since last May.
Including The Door On Your Wait Out.
Capps hasnít been bad this year, though last night was the second game he cost the Twins. I wonít site how many games heís ďsavedĒ as evidence, but I think itís worth noting that his WPA is still in positive territory even after losing 30 points last night. Mostly heís still just Matt Capps Ė he has been for years, so he should know how by now.
For all the talk about his new pitch, heís got the same strikeout rate, a high home run rate and though heís walking fewer guys. To me, heís in the same boat as Pavano Ė the team needs to do whatever they can to boost his value, and if that means closing, then close away.
Plus, Weíll Resemble The Pirates
Ryan Doumitís OPS is up to 763 after last nightís game, which is a lot closer to the bat I thought we were getting. Thatís a season high mark Ė he was as low as 550 before he broke out in that Sunday game in Seattle, which was just a little over a week ago.
But the better news is that heís worked out far better than I ever thought he would so far. His defense at catcher is better than we had heard. Heís hitting left-handers better than I had anticipated (albeit without any power). And heís been healthy. Heís also been the ideal guy to play on a team with Joe Mauer. Iím anxious to move a lot of guys at the trade deadline, but Doumit isnít one of them. I donít know what it would take to sign the 31-year-old, and Iíd want to limit the years, but he looks like a hell of a good fit for this team for the next few years.