Twins 4 Kansas City 3
Quick...name the last time you saw a game tied in the bottom of the ninth by a 3-run inside-the-park home run? Tuesday night? Me too! Gardy throws Nick Blackburn a pity party, but the Twins screw it up and win anyway
Twins 9 Kansas City 8
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Posted by Hops at 11:37 AM
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
One of the first times I've wholeheartedly agreed with extreme head-nodding to something Gleeman has said:
After collecting multiple hits in each of the past three games, Joe Mauer now leads the AL with a .336 batting average. He also ranks fourth in the league with a .406 on-base percentage and only Kurt Suzuki has logged more innings behind the plate. For all the silly, Dan Barreiro-style talk about Mauer not coming through in the clutch or not making a huge impact because of a lack of power, Mauer ranks third among AL hitters in Win Probability Added, trailing only and Manny RamirezJosh Hamilton.
Once you adjust for catcher being the worst-hitting position in baseball and throw in his considerable defensive value, a WPA-based analysis likely shows Mauer as the league's most valuable position player thus far. Some homers would certainly be nice, but anyone complaining about a player hitting .330 and getting on base at a .400 clip while playing the most physically demanding, least-offensive position is merely doing a fine job showing how little they really know about baseball.
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Hops, apparently you don't know anything about baseball.
Gleeman's impeccable logic has left you comment-less.
Yes, it's true...I have, from time to time, been a bit demanding of Baby Jesus. But I don't believe I've voiced displeasure during his latest singles spree, have I? I do belive, and have been consistent on this, that he is hitting in the wrong spot in the order. His style seems better suited to a #1 or #2 hitter in the order. I am happy that the "his power will come" talk has died down. But if he continues to bat third, I expect more run production out of him. And, before someone shoves the on-base percentage of the Twins 8,9,1, and 2 hitter down my throat, occasionally that means creating runs with little or no help from the other guys dressed like you.
Don't hate the Jesus (or fuck with him), hate the Game. "Game" in this instance will be represented by Ron Gardenhire and his line-up sheet. Speaking of "his power will come", Delmon just hit into a double play ball with two on ... after The Ensorceller's +2 fire spells were apparently failing as he gave up 4 runs in the first to the 3rd level mage's from Texas. I think he should conjur +4 Legendary Liriano Slider in the second.
It doesn't help that he's the most boring human on the planet. Really. Anti-Mauer just drove in two runs...waking up John Gordon.
If C-Button is the most interesting player on the roster...who's the least? Delmon's got to be on that list, right?
I would say Delmon's a solid 1A, only possibly behind Mr. Lamb, who is way more out like one (lamb, that is) than in like a lion. Mr. March (backasswardsly).
Big day for C Button today, btw. And Morneau with a huge 2 RBI single to tie it at 7s. THAT's how a clean-up hitter should....er...clean up.
C Button did have a huge game. Can someone explain why Nathan can't go two innings, especially when it's their 1-2-3 guys so this year's MVP (Hamilton) doesn't hit a game winning, two out HR against use? Doesnt' Gardy look at Hamilton's stats everyday to see that he truely is the re-incarnation of Roy Hobbs?
I've hears Lamb on the radio a couple times and he's a pretty funny dude. Definately would vote for Delmon as the most boring Twin. Not sure if you saw the Telly/Delmon interview around the beginning of the season. Seemed fake or scripted it was so bad. Couldn't pull myself away from the car wreck.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Twins 3, Jays 5 ....Matt Stairs kills the Twins AGAIN just after Scott Rolen tuckers out our toddling little Brad-Radke-in-training Kevin Slowey with a 15 pitch at bat in the 6th. Actually, Slowey pitched okay but the Twins decided they had scored way too many runs against the Red Sox the prior 4 games and decided to take it down a bit so as not to raise suspicion and expectations. In the business, we call it a "let down".
Twins 5, Canucks (minus Morneau -- he's OURS) 3 ....Matt Stairs kills the Twins AGAIN, but this time gets it out of the way early (more bad salami). Jesse Crain continues to have control problems, this time by hitting a (wide open, mind you) Ron Gardenhire in the dugout. Gardy does his best TK impression by characterizing the play as "not good" during post-game interviews, all in a very deadpan TK Way...and probably swearing a lot (which is also a TK Way thing). Did you blink while the Twinks were in first place?
Twins 2, BJs (hee hee) 3 ....Matt Stairs not allowed to play until the 10th, thereby giving the Twins a slim chance of victory (thanks BJs manager! I didn't catch your name). Unfortunately, Twins leave 11 runners on base and Twins fans call for the instatement of ghost runners so that the situation isn't so mentally taxing and we can pretend like they're not there. Twins regulars send a "We're Sorry" card from Target to Glen Perkins.
Also, a tidbit. I saw this in one of the box scores from the series (click to enlarge -- see arrows).
I guess I didn't realize that this was legal in major league baseball (WARNING: Cheap shots ahead!!) Tell me again why we need to bring in Brendan Harris to strike out for Mike Lamb, and Craig Monroe to fly out for Alexi Casilla? They're big leaguers now! They can do it themselves!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Hallmark presents a very special, musical edition of Picture Pages.
Twins 7 BoSox 6
If they hate, then let 'em hate, Mike Lamb. You got to shine.
BoSox 5 Twins 2
Terrible game. Terrible song. I really think so.
Twins 9 BoSox 8
Craig Monroe, shine your light on the world. (Or at least those with ESPN)
Twins 7 BoSox 3
Steve Perry, you magnificent bastard, sing the song. Sing our song.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
"I didn't have in my mind, 'No, no, stay on second and go for the cycle,'" Gomez said. "I say, 'No, I go for third.'"
Keep mashing on that C-Button buddy...we love ya.
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For those without cable or who were attending baby class last night (or both!)...here's The Cycle:
Agreed about the bunt. It definitely does not go against the rules of TW(o)T at the very least. Gomez did admit that he didn't want to bunt, however. Infield single on a chopper though...what's the freaking difference?
Oh, by the way...Livan had a complete (almost shutout) game.
Other random wonderfulness:
Not only a complete game, but also fielded his position, dare I say, spectacularly.
LNP with 5 R'sBI! Great game, Nicky. (Although it did spawn a ridiculous quote from SUlger about him being "too good" to be a role player...right.)
The bullpen is well rested for Slowey's return and Perkins' start on Saturday. Thank-you, Ensorceller.
The Ensorceller...I like it. A lot. Much better than "Big Cat" as Bert "I Fucked it up let's do it again" Blyeleven calls him.
Would SUlger call us at TW(o)T "too good" to be just ordinary bloggers or have only 5 regular readers? Not sure if I'm ripping us or not there.
Digression: it is somehow fitting that C Button accomplished his amazing cyclical feat...backwards. Not to mention that he SPRINTED around the bases after the lead-off homerun as if he had a donut tied to his ass and Sidney Ponson was chasing him.
I don't know why it would be "fitting"...but it's interesting how some of these sports achievments have order forced upon them. (Such as a "natural" hat trick.) As if somehow it's more important that Gomez get a single first.
C-Button has five tools...one of them is the ability to avoid Sidney Ponson no matter the situation. One is he shits lightning. Another is he can swing a bat so hard it will power a small village for fifteen hours. He can also hold is breath underwater for six days. His last tool is an awl.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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Kaiser: The best thing about last night was the comment in Lavelle's blog today basically saying, "Wow! Two big hits by Joe Mauer in two nights." If that isn't enough to get Hops' head exploding, I don't know what is...
Hops: I don't listen to LaVelle any more than I listen to you.
Check-out Rick Ankiel's AMAZING throws from last night.
Kaiser: That's always been your fatal flaw.
Non-Great Baseball Mind question of the day: Why is Ankiel pitching from center field? Shouldn't he be on the mound?
Hops: It's like when a basketball player sucks at free throw shooting...so he takes a step back off the line.
Some people do better with a higher degree of difficulty.
Kaiser: Is that why Nick Swisher has that facial hair? To challenge himself with the ladies? And why did Jenks steal the rest of his beard?
Hops: Nick Swisher is footloose and fancy free. He has no time for your facial hair criticisms. If you're not careful, he may be inclined to challenge you to a dance-off.
Kaiser: More Swisher talk (shudder)...what do you have to say about this?
Monday, May 05, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Posted by Hops at 7:46 AM