Actually Hughes has it today and I really do think he will be given most of the time there unless he proves he can't handle it. This is a real good opportunity for him. If he plays defense well enough up here, he very well might never see the minors again.
I also like how they shifted the lineup up the line and just slid him in the #8 hole. Mauer in the #2 hole for awhile here makes sense unless someone from the bottom of the lineup shows they can get on base at a high rate on a normal basis.
Cool read. American sports players could learn a lot from Japanese players in regards to honor and commitment. Instead of sulking, he apologized to the GM for getting hurt even though it was a completely bad luck play and apologized to Morneau for not turning the double play. Crazy. Classy move by Swisher too.
Yeah at this point with Mauer I am not sure if it is an overreaction or not. I am not sure I have ever seen him go a 9 games stretch and hit so few balls solidily. Outs are part of baseball....but it is often times how loud those outs are that will foretell a "hot" period being around the corner. But Mauer so far has had, really odd for him, very few loud outs. He's in that rut that he sometimes gets in where he just tops most everything right over to the 2nd baseman....but this year it certainly seems like it is more pronounced.
Although we have faced some pretty incredible early season pitching. Our pitchers are still rounding into form and don't have their good stuff yet....especially their breaking balls. But it seems like every pitcher we have faced so far this year already has his June curve working to perfection.
Oh well. Its still just April 12th. Like I said a few pages back....if the Twins can get to Memorial day at 500, it will mean they are on pace for a good season.
The day off I think helped the bats some. Both Mauer and Cuddyer (two of our coldest hitters) put together some good AB's last night. If it was June instead of cold April, Mauer would have had the game winning hit I think in the ninth. It was good to see him finally hit some rockets around the field. Man Target Field plays HUGE on nights like last night.
It is so nice to be able to cross off 3rd base as a position of need for the first time since Koskie left. Valencia has made a handfull of errors (baserunning and a couple in the field) this year but for the most part he has been fantastic. He is one of the few Twins with poor batting stats that has actually had a ton of good AB's. It is going to be a pleasure to watch that kid play 3rd for us for the next 3-7 years.
Man the backend of that Royal bullpen is going to be flat out sick in a year or two if they all can stay healthy. That is a team that we aren't going to be able to walk all over like we have the past couple of seasons in the coming years.
Also it is still early but from the looks of it now Nathan and Capps if they can stay healthy is going to be one of the best 8th/9th finishing duos the Twins have ever had. Nathan was hitting 93 on the gun consistantly last night and really is looking like he is going to be back to his old self by the end of the month as he starts to get his velocity back to where we are used to seeing it.
Nathan's slider was looking pretty good last night too. Certainly a good sign given the fact that I have to believe that he is still trying to get his arm, and pitching confidence back to where it was in 2009.
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I'd like to see Liriano traded this year if they can get something for him. He just isn't that good IMO. Million dollar arm, ten cent head. I read that they are now trying to get him to pitch to contact more. I'm sure that will turn out well.