Friday, July 15, 2005

The New Lineup

Last night's lineup box for the Twins:

S Stewart LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .291
J Mauer C 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .305
B Boone 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .227
T Hunter CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .270
M LeCroy 1B 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .282
J Morneau PR-1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .266
J Jones RF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .265
L Ford DH 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 .269
N Punto 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .269
J Castro SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236
a-M Ryan PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Totals 32 2 6 2 2 8 14

First of all, yeah, Ron Gardenhire did decide it would be a good idea to use a .231/.299/.385 hitter in the 3-slot. Gardy, check your calendar. Are you still hanging Dilbert cartoons or kitten photos from 2003 on your wall? It's nice to show some respect to a veteran, but this is taking it a bit far.

Also, numerous people seemed to support picking up Boone on the condition that Castro would get less playing time; perhaps Rodriguez or Punto would be SS regulars, or else Bartlett might be recalled since the supposed need for a veteran presence in the infield is no longer an issue. Well, it seems Gardy is in no hurry to scrap his Bay of Pigs scheme (a k a Operation Castro) just yet.

And why is Punto batting 8th? Oh, right. Because that's where the manager had Cuddyer batting, so that's where the 3rd baseman is supposed to go.

Welcome back to the Garden, folks.


At 7/16/2005 12:12 PM, Blogger Leslie Monteiro said...

A very frustrating loss. This is NOT what I had in mind for the Twins to start the second half. This was simply unacceptable. Twins blew scoring opportunities and they got a meltdown performance by good ol' Kyle. You can tell easily who is the better team when the Twins and Angels play each other. Angels find ways to win while the Twins find ways to lose. Angels get the big hit when they play the Twins while the Twins come up lame. That's the reason why the Angels always one-up the Twins.

When was the last time the Twins got a big hit against the super duper Angels bullpen? It's been a very long time for sure. Twins had opportunities in the sixth and seventh and they came up lame.

Kyle was okay, but you know what. He had another meltdown in the fifth inning. You knew it was going to happen. I am so sick and tired of it. I can't take it anymore. He just came up lame in big spots. Yeah his stats said he did fine, but what is the point when he can't come up big in a big spot. When is enough is enough? This just another meltdown. He needs to learn how to pitch in tight games. Great pitchers make a name of themselves by pitching in tight games and finding a way to survive. Kyle continues to not do well in tight games at all and that's why I will continue to bash Kyle. I hate to say this, but I think Kyle Lohse is nothing more than a reliever at best. He is good for three innings, but he will eventually fade. He is just not a starter at all. Twins really need to put him in the bullpen because that's probably where he is going to flourish. Him as a starter is just not the way to go. The best scenario would be trade him for someone.

Bret did not distinguish himself in his first game. Like I said, don't expect much from him. What he will do is a bonus. His higlight moment was a blooper moment in which he had to go back to the dugout to get another glove in the first inning. That took place in the middle of the game. With that said, it was nice to see the fans give Bret a warm welcome.

It's so frustrating to see the Twins lose especially to the Angels.


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