Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Twins Week in Review: May 10th-May 17th

Three Reasons to be Happy
1. Brian Dozier
Things you can say right now without getting laughed out of the room: 1) Brian Dozier is the best power hitting second baseman in the game, 2) Brian Dozier is the best fielding second baseman in the league, and 3) Brian Dozier is an all star. He has been huge for the Twins this season even if the traditional stats don't cover it. He's on pace to hit over 25 homers, which just might be enough to give him is first gold glove.
2. Aaron Hicks
Ever since the Twins criticized his preparation, he's been on an "I'M NOT A FREAKING BUST" run, including a walk-off single against the Red Sox. Hicks has always had the tools, speed, flashes of power, good fielder, great walk rate, if he can put them together he could be dangerous.
3. Taking four of six from the Tigers and Red Sox
No that's not a typo, a team that won 66 games last year beat two teams that won a combined 200 games last year. The Twins have just looked downright impressive the last week. Last week I wrote that the collapse is inevitable. This team really puts you on the gamut of emotions.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
1. The bullpen
Ugh, Perkins that was the most frustrating type of blown save. They're not nearly as painful when it's just a homer. But when the closer gives up single after single, it sucks because you can feel the guillotine about to drop and the closer will give up the lead. They will then calmly retire the rest of the order, a staple of the Matt Capps blown save.
Talking about this allows me to unveil one of my favorite sports theories: The bullpen book. Started by my Uncle Charlie, the idea is that there's a book that every Twins reliever receives when they join the team, (What do you think the Barbie backpack is for?) and that includes a closer chapter which says, "Put runners on, it makes the game more exciting," Unfortunately, Ron Davis didn't read the entire section and just assumed that the goal was to put runners on. With that, now you know the reason for all of the the Joe Nathan walk-lineout-single-strikeout-strikeout saves.
2. David Ortiz
My favorite Ortiz quote from after 9-4 Boston victory that included him going 4-5 with two homers. "I try to do this every day; they just don't let me," Translation: "I try to do this more often, but it's easier to do against incompetent pitchers"
3. Chris Colabello
Colabello's average dropped to just .235 including just .127 and three RBI in May. C'mon Chris, I want to be able to tell everyone that I shot baskets with you at Twinsfest, don't make me look desperate for attention when I tell people that story.
Stat of the Week
Suzuki's average in wins, compared to just .234 in losses. I have no idea what this is supposed to say. I hate it when broadcasters say things like that. This is especially prevalent in basketball and someone will say, "The T-Wolves are 6-2 when Rickey Rubio scores more than 25 points," Well, obviously that doesn't mean he's the X-factor but that they win when he scores that many because the defense was Swiss cheese those nights and everyone was scoring.
Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
You know it's a good week when you can't find anything stupid Gladden said, (he even made a good point before Pinto's homer the other day) so instead I'll go to the files and look at something annoying he does a lot. For some reason, he feels the need to refer to everything as "little" as in "He threw a little curveball," It gets annoying. Fast.

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