Fire Gardy

Mismanaging games since 2002

Twins 5 Red Sox 2

Nick Blackburn got off to a rough start, throwing 44 pitches in the first two innings, but settled down after needing just 5 in the third.  He set a career high with 7 strikeouts, including Jason Bay two times. He seemingly let the leadoff man reach in every inning, but stranded him more often than not, not with the normal Blackburn DP grounder, but with lots of well placed strikeouts.  Guerrier and Nathan combined to look like a ghost of bullpens past in quickly dispatching the Red Sox in the 8th and 9th innings respectively.

On the offensive side of the ball, it was Justin Morneau who provided most of the offense. While the bottomof the order actually contributed.  Even Punto had two hits (I still wish we could let our pitchers bat and DH for either 2B or SS).  Mauer had a rare bad game, notching two strikeouts against Jon Lester.  He did work a walk and score on the Morneau blast.

Delmon Young had another terrible game at the plate, although he did make a nice running catch in left.  The Twins need to do something about him.  He clearly is a talented player, but is simply over matched in the majors.  Can we send him down to triple A for the rest of the season to figure his shit out? If not I think he will become more and more frustrated with each terrible at bat and spiral into the category of “biggest draft busts”.  Maybe he will breakout when he is 27 like one Michael Cuddyer, but we can’t afford to keep him around for 4-5 years if they will be 4-5 years of terribleness.  We also need to do something about the middle infield situation.  Those two clowns are two black holes in the lineup.  At least Gardy learned to bat them at the bottom of the order.  Took him long enough.

Tonight is Slowey vs. Dice-K, lets try to pull out a series win by getting tonights game, and getting behind Swarzak in the finale tomorrow afternoon against Josh Beckett.


5 Comments so far

  1. sirsean May 27th, 2009 8:01 am

    Blackburn looked pretty good after those first two innings. I was worried early that he was looking a lot like Liriano had early on, and that didn’t end up working out so well. But to his credit, The Blackburn made the adjustment and had a great start.

    Delmon seems to be getting worse with each progressive plate appearance. Something needs to be done about this. We can’t send him to the minors, but we can’t let him keep playing. This is really a bad spot.

    And I think we’ll never have anyone good in the middle infield until Gardy is gone. He likes him some slap-hitting utility guys at 2B/SS, and he’s going to get them. He seems to have settled on the Punto/Tolbert combo, which is literally as bad as it gets.

  2. FunBobby May 27th, 2009 8:03 am

    I wouldn’t really call them slap hitters. That implies they get hits. They are more “slap the ball right and an infielder, usually with men on base”

  3. Erica May 27th, 2009 8:14 am

    To be fair, it looked liked Delmon Young should have had a double last night- Jacoby Ellsbury made a spectacular play to rob him of a hit. I feel bad criticizing Delmon too much since his mother just passed away, so I won’t comment.

    Beckett vs. Swarzak will be interesting. Can Swarzak come close to repeating his opening performance?

  4. zmoney May 28th, 2009 9:45 pm

    I am confused how does punto still have a job? I mean he is above average fielder, but a shitty hitter. Isn’t ss a power hitting position? or at least a 250 hitting position? discuss.

  5. FunBobby May 29th, 2009 8:31 am

    SS is by no means a power hitting position, but you do need to possess the ability to hit and get on base. Rule of thumb is corner positions are “power” positions, up the middle positions are not. That is why players like Tulo a few years ago, or A-rod and Nomar when they were both in their prime playing short, or cal ripken were so valuable because they provded power at a non power position. Point of the story is punto can do nithng right and needs to be benched for a few games. Espeically after making several terrible throws to first in that Red Sox series.

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