Tagged: 3 stars of the series

Gardy Has A Man-Crush

I think I’m going to get this sweatshirt for Gardy
since he seems to have man crushes on a few different players.
(sweatshirt on Zazzle). 
It’s pretty obvious who he tends to favor and who sits in his doghouse
frequently.  It’s like watching Jacques Lamaire coach the Wild again and
knowing the guy who gets the 5 minutes of ice time, or frequently is
the scratched player (even when they are a top prospect).  It’s
also kind of frustrating at times.

So I really loved watching Wilson Ramos’ performance in yesterday’s
game! It was clear that he’s an overall better player than Drew Butera,
but to play fair, I think it’s also kind of a blow to Drew that Gardy
said that Ramos will be the “starting” catcher while Joe is out.  (Which
by the way, if Gardy says Joe is “week to week”, why aren’t they
putting him on the DL? It’s killing my fantasy team too!
)  I think
it could potentially make Drew lose even more confidence than he already
has (having poor at-bats and a low average).  I think Gardy
needs to trust in some of the decisions he makes, and back them up. 
Don’t get me wrong, I think at this point Ramos is a better starter, I
mean how can anyone really argue the day he had yesterday in his first
MLB start.  He didn’t look like a 22-year old and a rookie at that.  He
looked like a professional and if he was nervous, he sure didn’t show
it.  I however am not going to base my like/dislike (I’m Swiss right
now, aka neutral
) on one games’ performance.  I think you need to
consider overall, and roll with that.

I wish I would’ve been able to catch Saturday’s game (even though the
Twins lost
), but I unfortunately had to work.  Work’s been busy, so
that’s why the blog has been a bit dim this past week.  I promise to
try and be better from now on.

I think the Twins did alright on Friday night.  Sure, Kevin Slowey had a
meltdown and had a hard time getting through 5 innings.  I think he’s
been doing a little too many hanging out with Scott Baker.  Scott Baker
needs to up his game.  I still love him, and I feel bad that he’s had
such rough outings, but I think it’s more of a mental thing than a not
being able to pitch good thing.  It was great seeing Justin go deep in
the first inning, I always enjoy those kind of starts.

Saturday’s game was disappointing to watch ESPN update the score on my
phone, only to see Matty G squander our 2-run lead and then the Twins
ultimately lose in extra innings.  Boys, this is not like hockey.  There
are no points for losing in extra innings.  If there were, we’d have
more than a 1/2 game lead over Detroit.  How the hell did they get so
close to us in the standings?!

Sunday’s game, well I missed the top half of the first inning, and I
missed Orlando Hudson getting a 2-run jack.  Yesterday was the day of me
missing every home run that the Twins hit.  I ran to get gas for my
car, and in the meanwhile, I missed Thome and Delmon’s blasts!  I wished
I would have been able to see all of them, but I’ll survive missing
them.  I’m just glad that the Twins won, Liriano was decent in his
outing, and Jesse Crain (Crain-wreck) didn’t screw us over big time.

I’m happy the Twins are back home for a good long week +.  I’ll be at
the game 3 of the 9 game home stand.  It should be fun seeing the boys in
person again.  They’ve been away too long.

One thing I am a little miffed about, the Pat Neshek situation.  If Pat
hadn’t told the Twins that his finger still hurt, Dick Bremer said he
would have been on his way to Triple-A Rochester.  They want to demote
Pat Neshek, but yet when Mijares, Crain suck, they get a pat on the butt
and another chance to blow things.  Pat Neshek has one bad outing (in
all his times out this year
) and he gets threatened to be demoted. 
Sure I understand that they needed room for Wilson Ramos since Joe is
listed as day-to-day, but they had other options.  They aren’t in need
of the extra bench player for reasons like inter-league play.  They
don’t go to a NL teams place until June 18th.  There seems to be enough
bench options to part with one while Joe is out…and if Joe is out for a
couple weeks, putting him on the DL would solve another problem.  Maybe
we need to start another one of those “Pitch In For Pat” Campaigns…

Okay, almost forgot the 3 Stars of
the Cleveland Series:

3. Delmon Young (yes he
didn’t play in ever game either, but yesterday I think he showed us
what he really is capable of!  I like it!
)
2. Wilson Ramos (the
rookie only had one game to get on the list, and he deserved it.  Let’s
hope he keeps this up!
)
1. Orlando Hudson (he
was a power house and had 3 good nights at the plate.
)

I’m A Big Kid Now!

Thankfully last night was the last night on the West Coast for this
week.  I don’t think my body would’ve have taken many more games that
last until at least midnight when I have to work in the morning!  It’s
rough getting up when you have little sleep! (I’m sure at least some
of you can relate to me!
)  Although last night was not the best
we’ve seen Kevin Slowey do, he wasn’t terrible in his outing. Sure he
got into a few jams (which make me nervous) but at least he was
able to work his way out of those jams only surrendering one run in his 5
1/3 innings. 

I did have to remind Kevin, that while we all are aware that he has
balls (he threw a lot of balls last night, compared to how he
normally pitches
), that I prefer strikes when pitches are thrown at
the batters.  Walks are not something I ever like to see one of our
pitchers give up.  We all know that walks can haunt!

I thought Pat Neshek looked good last night in his outing.  I realized
how much I’ve missed seeing him pitch.  He starts his windup on the
pitching rubber and ends up at the front of the pitching mound by the
time he’s done throwing.  Before he throws another pitch, he has to walk
all the way back to the back side of the pitching mound.  I’m not sure
if this is just a habit of his, or if it’s a superstition of his. 
Either way, it amuses me.

With all the home runs our teams has been hitting in the first four
games of the season, it makes it feel like we’re as big and powerful as a
team like the Yankees (yes, the comparison is hard for me to write
with how much I loathe the Yankees, but they are power hitters for the
most part.
).  This was the first time since 2003 that the Twins won a
series against the Angels, and I think that says something too.  It’s a
good feeling to take a series.  Jim Thome finally blasted one out of
the park last night, J’Brendan Harris and J’Delmon Young did as well! 
Home runs that have extra runners make me very happy.

One thing I’ve noticed on MLB’s site for the game recaps now (HERE)
is that they display the Tweet volumes too during a game.  I’m not
surprised that the Twins have a high Tweet volume with how many tweets I
see during games.  I never am out of the loop with what’s going on,
that’s for sure!  For those of you who don’t currently have
Twitter…it’s a good thing to have.  I wasn’t sure about it at first,
but I’ve grown to love it and get a lot of news and information from
it.  You can follow me on
Twitter as well! (I know, shameless plug, but it’s my blog so I can
do it!
)

I think this year, I’m going to do the 3 Stars of the series, rather
than the 3 stars of the individual games.  This gives some players a
little more of a chance of making my star list!

So onto the 3 Stars of the Series:
# 3. JJ Hardy (He hit home runs in a couple of the games, and had some good
defensive moves as well.  It’s good to see him in a Twins uniform and
doing well in it!
)

# 2. Delmon Young (Delmon hit a couple home runs too during
the series and apparently can run a lot faster after shedding some
pounds!
)

# 1. Justin Morneau (Justin showed us all that Spring Training
numbers really don’t matter.  After struggling this spring, he’s really
found his groove.
)