Although the Twins didn’t win this 4-game series
against the Orioles, they sure played a couple great games Saturday
night and Sunday. The bats for the Twins just seem to be quieted on
Thursday night, none able to score any runs against the worst team in
MLB. Carl Pavano didn’t pitch poorly at all either in Thursday’s
outing. He only allowed a total of 2 runs (both earned) in his 8
innings of work. Why can’t the Twins muster up 2 measly runs or more
to give poor Carl Pavano a little support. This season, so far, Carl has
only allowed more than 2 runs in one of his six appearances. I think
this speaks very promising of the kind of pitcher Carl will be for us
for this season.
On the note of having a bad day, boy did Justin Morneau seem to have a
bad day at the plate on Sunday. When that man has a bad day, he goes
all out! He struck out 4 of 4 times during the game. Only 1 other game
this season has he struck out every time up to the plate (this one
was his season high so far, the other was only 3 at bats, and the other
game he struck out 3 times, he also paired that with 2 walks). I do
find this season a bit humorous for Justin, he uses “Rock and Roll
Ain’t Noise Pollution” for his at-bat music. The last time that Justin
has this song for what he entered to, was the year he was MVP. Do you
think he’s trying to regain that title again this year and take it away
from his buddy Joe Mauer, who’s got it the last two seasons?
Yesterday as well seemed to have a feel like I was in an episode of the
Twilight Zone. Alexi Casilla was one of the best hitters of the game.
He went 2 for 4, with a double and an RBI. This is not a regular thing
for Alexi. He hasn’t had more than one hit in any of the few games he’s
played so far this season, yet Gardy still prefers to play him over
Brendan Harris (while JJ Hardy is out).
Brendan Harris was also another great asset for the Twins yesterday, he
went 3 for 4 with a double, he wasn’t able to get any RBI’s, because it
didn’t seem like the guys who were in the line up before him could get
on base to give him the opportunity. I’d honestly like to see more of
Brendan Harris at 3rd (or short stop when JJ is unable to play).
I think Brendan has a great throwing arm, and he’s willing to dive for
the ball and make some great plays in the field. I think Gardy has a
tendency to put Brendan on the shelf and not use him, for what reason,
I’m not entirely sure.
This season, there seems to be a lot of smack talk
about Timmy (Scott Baker). Sure, I know, his first few outings
could have gone better. But after seeing him pitch, in my opinion, his
best outing of the season on Saturday night, I think he’s shown us the
kind of potential that he is capable of. He only allowed 1 earned run
in 8 innings pitched, which is the second time this season that he’s
only allowed one run. That run was a home run given up to Luke Scott in
the 5th inning (a solo shot).
Next (provided the rain stays away long enough to not interrupt or
post-pone the games), the Twins face off against division rivals,
the Chicago White Sux. It’ll be the first series (though a only two
game series) that I will miss seeing any of the games. So far, I
have been to 8 games, and all 8 of the games I have been to, the Twins
have won. I like being on this winning streaks and I think my “luck”
will truly be tested at the Yankees game I go to at the end of this
month. Let’s hope my luck continues and I do prove to be a good luck
charm for the Twins. It’d be nice…maybe I could get some free tickets
as a result. I definitely wouldn’t mind, nor pass those up.
Now enjoy some more pictures during this gloomy off day the Twins have
today. (pictures are from Saturday night and Sunday’s games)
(nope, Justin wasn’t looking for a ball, just