Three Reasons to be Happy
Santana collected three hits on Wednesday and hit a homer on Thursday to keep his hot streak going from before he went on the DL. I'm really excited for Santana, he's by far the most exciting Twin to watch. I can't wait to see him in years to come.
2. The trade deadline
The Twins traded Morales back to Seattle Thursday for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. Good move. The Twins clearly aren't contending this year. Don't be surprised if Willingham is the next to go. The more veterans to go, the more opportunities young players get. While I'm not sure if they're going to do this, I would trade Suzuki. It would tempting to resign him, seeing how big of strides the team has made this year, but If I were a gambling man, I would say he isn't going to match his production. He's a 30 year old catcher whose batting average is .253 if you don't count this year. I have a feeling he'll decline.
3. The bullpen
Obviously you have Perkins, then Fein has slowly turned into a really good set up man, after a rough start Burton is doing better, Thielbar has a 2.25 ERA this month, and Duensing has been excellent. Just like last year, they have a great bullpen on a bad team, and also like last year they're going to refuse to trade any of these relievers even though they're really easy to obtain if you need them in a pennant race, which they'll be in sooner if they can get prospects for their veteran relievers.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
1. Bad managing
The game has passed Gardy up. A few days ago, against the White Sox, it was the seventh inning, the score was 4-2, there was a man on first, Fuld was up, none out, and Gardy made the decision to have him bunt. Classic overmanaging move, which he does a lot. He uses pinch runners way too often. It's time to make a change.
2. The pitching
Right now their lowest starter's ERA is 4.10, Gibson's had a really tough month, Hughes's reverting back to the Yankees version of himself, Nolasco's injured and even before that his permanent first name had been, "That bum" (as in, "Oh, that bum Nolasco's pitching.)
3. The slip back into irrelevance
After this awful stretch the Twins are right back where they started at the beginning of the season: Not close to contending, and in the bottom ten. But this is still a good step forward, they were half decent for a lot longer this year than last year. But now it's over. This is sad. I need to move on and make fun of somebody else to make myself feel better.
The Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In Which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
Against the White Sox, Correia was pitching well, prompting Danny to mention that "He's given them a chance to stay in the game and done just that." Let's analyze that quote. Saying that he's given them a chance to stay in the game implies that he's done that. Whatever. You wouldn't actually expect Danny to know something like that would you? It's just another screwed up line for the league's least qualified broadcaster.