Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett

Monday, August 4, 2014

Twins Week in Review: July 26th-August 1st

Three Reasons to be Happy
1. Santana!
He's been on a tear this road trip, ending the Chicago with five hits, coming up a homer short of the cycle. He doesn't look like a rookie at all. He's also one of the few players hitting with runners in scoring position, with a .350 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs and .395 just with RISP.
2. Vargas
Lots of people are comparing him to David Ortiz, but I'm not really seeing it. Obviously he's a huge guy just like Papi, but Vargas hits smaller than his size uses the whole field much more often than Ortiz. I'm optimistic he'll pan out, he just needs cut down on the strikeouts and get rid of his Arciaism.*
*Arciaism: A disease normally found in young players that causes one to swing as hard as they can on pitches in the dirt.
3. Gibson
Sticking with the theme of guys I'm really excited to see on the team in a few years, Gibson has shown some huge upside. In a few years he could be really good. He keeps showing us how much potential he has. On Sunday, FSN showed a graphic that said, in wins, his ERA was 0.66. In losses it's 8.80. He just needs to figure out how to harness his stuff all the time.
Three Reasons to be Frustrated
1. The bullpen
Geeze, what happened? The pen's been a rock all season, then suddenly just on this road trip they've imploded. Let's hope it's just a slump.
2. Lack clutch hitting
Right now, Santana, Suzuki and maybe Plouffe just because of how he's doing right now are the only guys I would trust with a runner in scoring position and two outs. There isn't really any way to fix that problem. It's just something that happens when you have a terrible team.
3. More bad managing
Reread what I said at number one. Now look at number one on the Reasons to be Happy. Now think about what you've watched and followed the last week. Now, using everything you've thought about and read in the last minute or so, answer this question: Would you rather have Santana or Dozier with a man on? If you paid attention at all, you would say Santana. Apparently Gardy hasn't been paying much attention. With Nunez on first and none out, he had Santana bunt. I'll repeat that: He had the guy who went 5 for 6 bunt. The game has passed Gardy up.
Random Stat of the Week
Just to drive my point home that we suck with runners in scoring position, that's the amount of guys we have on the team with a batting average above .252 with runners in scoring position.
Dan Gladden Stupidity Moment of the Week
In which we look at something moronic Dan Gladden said while announcing Twins games
At the beginning of the week, Provus was talking about RBI baseball coming back out when he mentioned that he played it as a kid and Gladden was his leadoff hitter, when Danny and his giant ego said, "Yeah, lots of people have said that to me," Provus responded with,
"How do they say you did?" which Danny responds with
"They all say I was pretty good,"
Really Danny? You have such a huge ego that you're bragging about how good you are in a video game? My uncle puts it best: "Gladden remembers his career as being much better than it actually was," Perfect.

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