Three Reasons to be Happy
Joe picked up immediately where he left off in his return on the 11th, collecting six hits in four games and raising his average to .276. I bet we see a bounce back year from Mauer in 2015, a lot of his struggles were during a miserable start to the season.
2. Willingham and Correia
Neither were helping, they weren't part of the long term plan it was nice to get something for them, especially Willingham, for whom they got Jason Adam, a right handed pitcher with some potential.
The lefty we got from Oakland made his first start in a Twins uniform against Houston, giving up just two runs over six innings. However, he clearly needs to improve a bit, as he also surrendered eight hits and danced in and out of trouble all night.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
For the last two weeks all we've been hearing is that Nolasco feels great, and that he hasn't felt this good since he was 20, everything pointed to him being the pitcher he was with the Dodgers instead of here. So much for that idea. We forgot about the fact that he's required by law to give up any leads the Twins have gotten.
Got rocked in his debut, struggling with control and giving up four runs in two innings while walking seven. He's been doing well in AAA, so I'd keep him up in the bigs for at least one more start to try to figure it out.
Holy crap. After I heard about the concussion I spent the next few minutes calming myself down, He's not going to be like Morneau, he hasn't had any concussions before, and I eventually got over it, until Jim Souhan wrote a column about the Twins being cursed.
Random thought of the Week
Amount of stolen bases for Jordan Schafer, in 23 attempts, including 6-6 with the Twins. I was fine with his signing because it finally gave the Twins a legitimate center fielder, rather than a shortstop (Santana/Nunez) or even worse, the slowest outfield of all time (Willingham/Parmelee/Arcia) Although there's one downside, that the Twins no longer have four guys who came up as shortstops in their starting lineup, Nunez, Santana, Plouffe, Dozier. They'll have to settle for being the only team with two guys named "Eduardo" on it.
Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
Against the Padres, Suzuki was up with Santana on first. with a 1-1 count, Santana swiped second, on which Danny's call was, "Santana goes, pitch taken, the throw to second is... not in time!" After that I was thinking, Well, what's the count? Danny never told us. We didn't know weather there were two strikes on Suzuki or not. Suzuki singled on the next pitch. I'll never know.