Three Reasons to be Optimistic
1. Kendrys Morales
Hey, why not? He can only help. Better yet, at least now we know that the Twins are in this. Morales will be a good add to Arcia and Willingham on the guys who can hit the ball a really long way and can't run crew. But seriously, I could genuinely see Morales being a key factor in the quest for mediocrity.
Speaking of members of the group, he's been on a tear this week, with two homers, including a grand slam against the Brewers in some sweet powder blue 1980s throwbacks. This week brings his average up to over .280 for the season
3. Taking two of three from the Yankees
This the first Ron Gardenhire team to ever win series in any Yankee Stadium ever. Who would you have guessed, the Twins in 2009 and 2010, (combined 181-144, or this year and last year's Twins, (95-127) it's more the Yanks than the Twins. No matter how they look on paper, these Yankees just don't intimidate me like they used to. Tanaka is a keeper, but who else is there? Jeter and Texiera are both old and shells of who they used to be, CC isn't the same and that's without even mentioning A-Rod. Meanwhile, their farm system's depleted by giving up so many first round draft picks from all the big free agents they've signed. Of course, I'm leaving out the part where they get Fernandez and Stanton from Miami for essentially nothing and continue to sign a slew of overpaid free agents, but it's more fun to think about a world where the Yankees suck.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
He's been in a mini slump, his average is down to .246, but I wouldn't sweat it, he's still a great defender at second and is continuing to hit for power. Just like Mauer, he'll work his way out of it. I still wouldn't be surprised to see him here over the all star break.
2. The freaking radio broadcast
I'm writing this on Saturday while listening to the game and every couple minutes the broadcast goes out and I just hear a dull buzz for the next couple minutes. I mean, it's not that big of a deal because Dan Gladden's speaking, but it still bothers me.
3. The unloveablilty of this team
Is that a word? If it isn't I'm making it up. There isn't a single fun, piranha, Punto type on the team. Maybe Escobar, but there really isn't anybody who makes you laugh. I want Alexi Casillia back.
Stat of the Week
That's amount of dollars, in millions Morales will make this year. I assume he'll take the place of Kubel, who's only hitting .224 right now. He's one more way to improve the lineup as can be a difference maker for the Twins if they're still in contention in this weak division.
Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
Today, during the slight moments my radio was working, Danny was talking about some incidents that happened while he was playing and pronounced them incedences. Just another day in the office for the league's least qualified broadcaster.