Three Reasons to be Happy
1. Ninth inning hitting
Now the only problem is the first eight. On Friday and Thursday they scored a total of seven runs in the ninth inning. That would be great if they hadn't scored one in the other 16. As I've said before, this is the most frustrating and weird Twins teams in awhile. At least the last few years we knew what we were getting. This season is like being on a rollercoaster. Ups and downs everywhere.
2. Jorge Polanco
At the moment he's hitting .333, with a slugging percentage of 1.000. He hasn't shown any sign of decline so we can only assume that he'll continue this pace and become the best player of all time.
Hit well this past week, including some unprecedented clutch hits. He's critical to the Twins being any good down the stretch. Call me a homer, but why is Jeter going to make the all star game but Mauer isn't? It's the same idea, they both have sentimental reasons to be put in, and neither are having very good years. Plus, as an added bonus, Mauer isn't nearly as annoying as Jeter.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
1. Dropping six in a row
This is a much bigger deal than it seems at the surface. Last year on May 13th they were 18-17 before losing ten straight. They never recovered. Right now I'm terrified that this is the beginning of the end for the Twins hope this season. To keep going they still need to make some moves. Signing Morales was a good start, but their next step should be acquiring another decent starter to go with Hughes and Gibson.
2. The pitching
This is making me feel a lot like the beginning of the season when they showed up in this section every week. You were missed, pitching staff. This last week they gave up 38 runs over six games, coming out to about six and a third runs per game. Of course, this biggest problem, compared to the beginning of the season...
3. The hitting
Meanwhile, The offense has had some extreme difficulty scoring runs in innings other than the ninth, scoring just one run in the other sixteen innings the last three games and collecting nine total hits in the last two games.
Random Thought of the Week
As I alluded to up top, Derek Jeter is driving me insane. We can't hear anything without hearing about how much "class" and how he "plays the right way" Can retire this? Please? The only thing I feel like could ruin the All Star game for me would be Jeter winning the MVP when he doesn't deserve it. I felt like lighting myself on fire when Rivera won last year. Jeter would be even more sickening because he's been somehow more obsessed over this year.
Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
This week's moment is a lot like last week's with Gladden using the word "kinda" in entertainingly bad spots. Today he said that Darvish had had, "kinda some neck problems" Yes he actually said that. Keep up the good work, Danny.