Tagged: Twilight Zone

Just Like A Banana…Split

 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
day dreaming

You’ve Just Crossed Over Into…

and I were talking last night and she came up with a solution to our
Bert’s curse problem.  Bert should only be allowed to pick players from
the opposing team for Pick the Stick.  This way it’ll solve the problem
of his pick going 0-_ and it’ll leave the away team with this dilemma. 
Do you think I should write FSN about this?

So I will admit, I didn’t get to watch as much of the game as I would
have liked to have.  I had my fantasy football draft last night, so I
was huddled in a corner with some of my friends picking players for
about two and a half hours.  I wasn’t thrilled learning that it was
Todd Tichenor who would be behind home plate made me nervous, at the
very least.  For those who may not remember read here…another quick ejection (well 4 really)
during the Boston series.  Maybe Mr. Tichenor should stop and think for
at least a second before throwing his arms and tossing
people…otherwise I have a feeling, his car or himself is not going to
fare too well with fans (of whatever team he picks on for the night).

Big props to Michael Cuddyer who is a huge rock star.  I tried finding
a video of Cuddy playing second base last night, yes I said second
base.  Katie didn’t
believe me when I suggested that maybe Cuddy would have to come in from
right and play third, that he started off playing third.  Instead,
Gardy shook it up though and threw him in at second.  I have to admit,
it would have been super fun seeing Cuddy dive for a ball, I would have
been highly entertained, but all I got to see was Cuddy turn a superb
double play.  He looked like a natural…and showed us all that he
truly is a rock star.

I feel like I’ve stepped into an episode of the Twilight Zone with how well (knock on wood) Alexi Casilla has been playing, both in the field and at the plate.  Last night’s gems were both in the field….(yes he lacked at the plate, but really most of our bats were lacking there).
  When ESPN was recapping the Twins game, Stuart Scott was pretty much
patting Casilla on the back and thought that both of his outstanding
plays would be in the top ten.  Unfortunately, only the one linked
above made the top ten….at number one…He was number one on the web
gems top 5 too.

Thankfully last night, even though we lost (I think it was a somewhat unfair game…I know our bats were lacking too, but good calls help boost spirits),
Detroit and Chicago White Sux decided it was best to not gain any
ground on us and lost as well, so we are still 4 1/2 games behind first
place.  I think we can get ourselves  back up in the standings and
above .500 if we keep this power magic inning kick going throughout the
Texas Rangers weekend series.  I know they can do it.

3 Stars of the Game:
1. Alexi Casilla (for above stated reason)
2. Joe Mauer (Joe went 2-4 and kept his cool as he had to watch fellow teammate Orlando Cabrera get throw out of the game)
3. Michael Cuddyer (why?
because he is a Rock Star.  Sure he only went 1-4, but he stepped up
and became a second baseman and a very well-rounded utility player of
not only the outfield, but infield as well.

Off-day today, returning on Friday with the Rangers in town.  Enjoy your night off, everybody!

Breaking All The Rules

Last night, not only did Katie and I get to witness the Twins getting
to a new accomplishment of the year, we also got to see the new
stadium. Granted we broke some rules viewing the stadium (there was a no loitering signand I climbed a chain-link fence to get high enough to see over the wall in the parking ramp)…but it was fun and super cool to see part of the sod on the field.  Here are some pictures before I move onto the game.

The field with the sod in left
Terrace level seating
Left field/bullpen area
Away team’s dugoutTwins dugout (first base side)The bullpen!Bullpen again
The infield diamond…so cool!
View of the field
Looking into home plate

I was a bit nervous going to the game last night when the pitching
rotation changed and Armando Gabino was listed as the starting pitcher
for the Twins.  Now, if you are like me and said “who?
when his name was written…you have a right to ask that.  Gabino is a
rookie call up from Triple-A Rochester who’s only appearances this year
in Rochester have been in relief.  Yeah, I’m not gonna lie…I was VERY
nervous about him starting.  The Twins have recently gotten back into a
kick where they are on a winning streak.  They had won their last 4
games, and 6 of their last 7!  I wanted them to keep winning and keep
moving up in the standings to catch those blasted Tigers.

I think last night’s game was the longest, non-extra inning game I have ever watched or been to.  The game in Milwaukee (that a couple of my friends were at)
may have came close…but nonetheless this one felt never-ending.  My
hopes were starting to falter when we just couldn’t seem to do anything
with guys on base.  We were trailing 5-3 (though not a huge deficit, still enough) in the 4th inning.  The relief staff (mainly Humber) seemed to only know how to throw balls…not strikes.  It’s not a good sign when two of the pitchers get booed in one game.

Much to my surprise, Bobby Krappel came in and pitched a fairly solid outing going 2.1 innings (not terribly shy of the starting pitchers 2.2 innings) and only giving up 1 earned run.  Jesse Crain (whom I actually cheered for) relieved Krappel and I felt we might actually have a shot.

I will admit, it was still hard to stay positive when Delmon Young and
Alexi Casilla were leading the stats with the most hits.  Everyone else
seemed incapable of getting more than 1 hit.  I however have NOTHING bad to say about Delmon Young (at least not in reference to last night’s game). 
Justin Morneau was also tired of hearing me complain that he probably
wouldn’t hit a home run after just coming back the day before from an
inner-ear infection.  With the next pitch, he clocked the ball into the
upper level cheap seats in right field.  Thanks, Justin for proving me
wrong.  I like being wrong about those things.

I enjoyed watching the bullpen scatter like shrapnel when Denard Span
came flying over into the bullpen area again to try and field a ball. 
That bench was cleared so fast it was funny!  I don’t think any of them
wanted to be Denarded like Jesse Crain was the night before.  Katie and
I did think it would have been funny (at least slightly)
if Jesse would have went on the DL with a concussion because of getting
Denarded.  Thankfully, he was on the bench and in fine form last night
and ready to pitch.

Thankfully Brian Bass reminded me why I didn’t like him as a Twins
player and with the five batters he faced, he couldn’t muster an out. 
See, Brian Bass…this is why we never liked you in MN! Thank God he’s
no longer on our team…our bullpen is suffering enough.

Okay, onto the 3 Stars of the Game:
1. Delmon Young (he
went 4 for 5 with only 1 RBI, but the game winning RBI.  I told him, if
he got Cuddy home, I would give him the number one star and say nothing
bad about him.
2. Alexi Casilla (yes
it is hard for me to write this…and I feel like I’m in an episode of
the Twilight Zone with my top picks for the game, but what can ya do? 
Casilla went 2 for 3 with a walk, RBI and a stolen base.)
3. Justin Morneau (he went only 1 for 5, but it was a home run, and it added a run to our total.  Plus no one else did much worth receiving a star.)