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April 9: Jason Kubel 6, White Sox 5

It was nice to see the lineup produce against a lefty today. For as long as I can remember the Twins have just flat out sucked against left handed pitching. I was unable to watch all of the game because I had my attention on the Wild-Colorado game.  I watched the first few innings and it looked like Danks just didn’t have it and we took advantage. Gomez drawing a walk was a nice touch, although he then got picked off. Danks did seem to have a nice pickoff move, and I think Gomez hasn’t mastered the art of reading a pitcher’s pickoff move yet. Hunter was really good at that.

I didn’t see Kubel’s grand slam, but he came up to the plate with the bases loaded something like 3 times.  Baker looked OK, there are worse ways to give up 3 runs than 3 solo jacks. Brian Bass, still terrible.

Can someone explain to me all the position swtiching that took place. Harris moved to first after Lamb moved over there? Then Punto came in at second? The box score doesn’t really help explain what went down.

Gardy on Kubel:

“I really believe this guy can hit,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s going to get plenty of opportunities this year. … I think he’s healthy in his knees now, we don’t hear about that anymore, and now it’s time for him to get the at-bats and go. Run with it.”–from recap.
 Let’s hope he holds true to his word.


5 Comments so far

  1. sirsean April 10th, 2008 8:49 am

    About the position switching:

    Morneau came out late in the game, probably to give him some rest and Lamb some 1B practice, since we had a big lead and it didn’t matter. Tolbert took over 3B. On Lamb’s next AB, he fouled one off his unprotected ankle, and couldn’t stand up under his own power. Punto came in to strike out for him (1-2 count, wicked curveball on the first pitch Punto saw, I don’t blame him). Punto can’t play 1B, so Harris moved to first and Punto went to second. I think this makes it extremely clear how important Morneau is to that infield. Harris/Punto/Everett/Tolbert isn’t much of an infield.

    Kubel did come up 3 times with the bases loaded, and got a sac fly, an RBI single, and a grand slam. Pretty good night at the plate. And after he hit the home run, he was all smiles in the dugout. I think that’s pretty promising and exciting, since Kubel usually looks despondent, like he doesn’t really want to be there. Morneau was pretty dour too, up until 2006 when he loosened up and became a star because of it. I’d been thinking that Kubel 2008 could be Cuddyer 2006. But it may be possible that Kubel 2008 could be Morneau 2006 … and that’d be a whole lot better. (Free Jason Kubel!)

  2. sirsean April 10th, 2008 8:49 am

    Also, Hunter wasn’t that great at reading the pickoff move. He was just more willing to run before first movement. He’d get a lot of standing up steals that way, but he’d also get picked off by 25 feet pretty often when the pitcher noticed.

  3. sirsean April 10th, 2008 9:22 am

    Might want to check this out.

    First, Lamb’s not injured badly (just a bruise). Second, they took Morneau out because he apparently felt under the weather.

    Third, and perhaps most important: Lamb got injured while Gardy was asking Harris if he’d ever played first base!!!

    Isn’t that known as jinxing it, Gardy? Couldn’t you have asked before the game? Or during Spring Training? Any time at all except DURING the at bat of the person whom you’re worried about getting injured?

  4. FunBobby April 10th, 2008 10:23 am

    Isn’t that Gardy’s number one fear? We all know thats the case with catchers.

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