What's up everyone! We have lots of stuff going on in and around the Twins. We've got players hitting three homers in a game, an ouchy Twins pitcher, Tiger is teeing off in 45 minutes and the local squad is trying to avoid a sweep in Detroit
And there's an event tomorrow you can be a part of. I'll discuss that in a moment, For now, let's get to questions!
Oh, Twins game delayed an hour.....here we go. You can't break a scoreless inning drought until the first pitch is thrown
No, and it's the last thing the Twins need right now. Guess Ricky felt something in his elbow during the fourth inning and will head home to get checked out. The fortunate thing is that the Twins have pitchers they can turn to.
Doubtful. It probably would be Trevor May, who lasted until the final week of camp. He would be next in line. But I write that not knowing what day May is scheduled to pitch on for Rochester. That could be taken into consideration as well/
It's disappointing. We're used to above average center field play in this town, so it's a little strange watching Jordan Schafer have a couple hiccups out there . And Torii's play yesterday can't happen. Don't care if it is wet outside, make the adjustment
Always remember that we're not in Nolasco's body so we don't know what
he is feeling. And look around the league. Is Verlander pitching? Is Matt Cain pitching? You think Marlins fans think Jose Fernandez is indestructible? Pitchers break down, and the Twins are no different.
You don't let you bench players rot the first month of the season after playing an entire spring training. If you want to have a good bench, you use it or they lose it.
This is for the Meyer question: It should be May if the days match up. As for Service Time, Meyer isn't here because he walked too many batters in spring training. The Twins have taken many players to the majors to start the season if they earned the spot. But service time can't be ignored in many cases. I'm curious to see if the Twins allow Sano and Buxton to travel the same service time timeline because THAT could get expensive, especially if they live up to expectations
He's going to take a few bad routes on balls, but the Twins want his bat in the lineup.
I warned you that the bullpen could be an issue, and that there could be season-long shuttle between the Twin Cities and Rochester. So it goes two ways. If they somehow get in contention, trades will be made to bolster the bullpen. If it goes the other way, we'll get to see Michael Tonkin and Nick Burdi and Jake Reed and other relief prospects
Once again, suggesting that the Twins wait too long to look at prospects is off base. I want to see Meyer too but he didn't earn it in camp. May pitched well and should be the next guy called up.
Where's Rosario going to play? He's more of a corner outfielder than center fielder, and those spots are locked up. Actually, Molly thinks Rosario is more of a left fielder than anything
Hard to tell with Santana because he's really a skinny dude. Juan Rincon never was the same after he served his suspension. And we don't know how long Santana was using. Has it been many years. Was it recently? Was it really by mistake? One Twins player said it doesn't add up because Stanozolol is such an old school drug you're asking to be busted for using it, so that suggests he might have taken it by mistake. If that
If that is true, then Santana is a dope for not during due diligence on what is going in his body. The other thing I was told was that, if a player is going to cheat, he's going to do it to get the big contract, not after he signs. So this has been a strange situation
I did it again. I posted my answer before the question.
This is a good time to mention that, at noon, tomorrow, I will join Michael Rand, Pat Reusse and Twins president Dave St. Peter for a baseball chat in the lobby of the new Star Tribune Building, located at Capella Tower (650 3rd Ave South) The event will be streamed live on startribune.com. If you stop by, hot dogs will be served
The issue you bring up is a major point of contention with the player's association. Don't believe teams can do that unless that gets added to the CBA
The farm system has been restocked under Ryan's watch. He's brought stability back to the organization. Not sure how much longer he will sit in the big chair, but this has not become a disaster because of him. Mistakes were made before him - trading Carlos Gomez then getting rid of J.J. Hardy to go with Nishi set this franchise back years. Letting Torii walk the first time. Trading Johan Santana and having NOTHING to show for it,
The lack of pitching options forced this club to look for answers in free agency, which is a crapshoot. Remember, Nolasco as ranked as the THIRD best free agent starter the year the Twins signed him. This is why teams should stop nothing when it comes to scouting and developing players
There are people who would argue that Mauer could still get support for HOF. I need to see him get his average back up before embracing that. His legacy is taking a hit. but he's far from finished. Let's see how this year turns out, because he has not injury excuses and trained the way he wanted to train during the offseason
Way over. You jumping all over two bad games. I've lowered my prediction from 75 to 72 wins after the Santana suspension. Going down to 62 is overreacting