Three Reasons to be Happy
1. Kyle Gibson
I was at the game last night and Gibson just looked more confident. He wasn't the scared rookie he was last year. Even when the Royals scored a garbage run in the first inning on a bloop and an error by P-Flo he was never rattled and only allowed three hits the rest of the game. I'm not going to say anything to risk jinxing him.
2. Brian Dozier is continuing his power surge
Dozier currently has three homers with two of them coming leading off the game. At the beginning of the season I campaigned for him to be hitting cleanup, after all, he did lead the team in homers last season.
UPDATE: Dozier's done it again against the Royals, this is getting ridiculous
3. The bats are on fire
After the second game of the season my first thought was, "They'll be playing a lot of games like that this season," meaning, double digit run totals in more crazy games. I've been right. They're averaging 5.7 runs per game and getting unexpected contributions from Plouffe, Kubel and Colabello. Unfortunately.....
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
1. The pitching has been more awful than the hitting has been good
Aside from Gibson, the rotation has been in tatters. Hughes have done nothing to stabilize the staff, Correia hasn't started off well and Mike Pelfrey continues to exist. Really, why did we hand this guy an extension immediately after he goes 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA? I don't care if he was coming off of Tommy John, it doesn't take a full year to recover. Note: I originally included Nolasco in that but after his eight inning, one run performance I took him out. Of course, I won't be able to do that with anyone else so they're free to make me look stupid.
2. Florimon's going to play himself out of a job
I'm a huge Florimon guy, he was great last season at short and competent with the bat. This year he's continuing to be good in the field, but his hitting is somewhere between abysmal and nonexistent. Keep in mind, this is a guy who hit .221 last year, so the bar wasn't set particularly high in the first place. I really hope he can turn around, but at this point he's like that one kid on a little league team who you can mark down as an out before he even makes it to the plate.
3. Carlos Gomez in continuing to be incredible
This week's problems have pretty much started and ended with the pitching, so I'll move my attention to former Twins who it would have been great after leaving. After his MVP caliber 2013 season is off to another hot start in 2014. The Twins need to change their philosophy. More on this in a few days.
Random Thought for This Week
Going on the DL was the best thing that could have happened to Jason Bartlett. Think about it. He went 4-45 in Spring Training, probably shouldn't have beaten out Alex Presley for the fourth outfielder job and everybody knew he wasn't going to do anything, it was inevitable that he would get released. By getting injured, he's increased the number of big league paychecks he gets before leaving. Some people have all the luck.
The Dan Gladden Stupidity Award of the Week
In which we take a look at one moronic thing Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
This week's isn't as good as last week, you can't count on Danny to say something that stupid every week, but it's still pretty good. This is just from today. While referring to Aaron Hicks, Gladden said a few innings ago, "He would have ran" if something had happened. Yes, he really said that. I think he's a metaphor for the Twins the last few years.