Gameday Thread

I’m just trying something out today. This won’t necessarily happen every game (especially since I’ll be ushering 25% of the games) but it’s just something fun to do and it helps me avoid doing homework. I’ll be updating throughout the whole game.

Top of 1st inning (starting a little late): Pavano’s 2-seam fastball looks pretty good so far. Hardy sure does seem to have a strong arm. Great start by Pavano Super Glue, getting 3 groundball outs.

Bottom of 1st inning: I remember last year (or 2 years ago) Buchholz faced the Twins, he received compliments for his fastball and questions as to why he focused mainly on throwing his offspeed stuff. Pedroia had a great diving stop on Span’s smash, terrible throw to 1st though. Maybe displaying too much hustle and grit?

Buchholz is throwing plenty of pitches in the dirt, especially since he’s wild pitched Span to 2nd and 3rd. Mauer just grounded out to 1st, yet another 1st inning run with the A lineup.

I’m sure we all hear a guy yelling “MAUER POWER!” several times.

Nice tailing action on that fastball that struck out Morneau.

What a terrible pitch to swing at by Cuddy. However, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before from him.

Wow, almost the exact same pitch that was called a 3rd strike on Morneau becomes ball 3 to Cuddyer. Doesn’t matter, Cuddy swings and misses on the next pitch (curveball).

Top of 2nd: o-2 to Youkilis, then an opposite field double. Who let Mauer join the Red Sox?

I’m sure plenty of people will be curious to see how well (or poor) Ortiz hits in 2010.

Sorry Bert, but that “breaking ball” on the 0-2 pitch to Ortiz was actually a change-up or splitter. Only reason I don’t know which one is because there are conflicting reports on what the pitch is.

Hardy seemed fooled by that Beltre liner. It appeared that he jumped too early.

It’s definitely a bit frustrating to see different media outlets try to use the Mauer contract as a gauge for other players. Victor Martinez is a different caliber of catcher. Albert Pujols is a flat-out baseball god.

Nice double play there. O-Dawg was a bit slow with his catch and release, hopefully it doesn’t happen very often.

Bottom of 2nd: Sure-handed Youkilis bobbles the ball, but Kubel is too slow to capitalize.

Just like steroids, weight loss doesn’t help your hand-eye coordination. However, I believe Young only lost weight so he could look better in a uniform (according to his own quotes)…and now he singles to center. How long before he gets his first extra base hit?

Hardy, you may disagree, but that 2-1 pitch was definitely a strike.

I sure hope losing some of that puppy poundage makes Delmon faster.

Good to see Hardy draw a walk. Now let’s hope that Punto doesn’t ground into a double play.

Buchholz got the ground ball, but it found a hole. Little Nicky, we want you to do more of those.

Pedroia’s out of the game, I see. My guess is he’s not seriously hurt, but no point in continuing if he’s feeling sore. By the way, Dick, if the last name is obviously Hispanic, then the first name is pronounced “Ahn-hell,” not Angel.

Span’s hitting the ball well so far. Twins are also being aggressive on the bases this inning.

It’s always fun when your team hits the ball off a base. Not so fun when it’s your team that’s playing defense. I know that the Twins won’t be scoring 5+ runs every game, but this A offense has been clicking in 2 of their 3 games so far. (Phillies game the 3rd).

Buchholz now has 3 wild pitches. Correction: pitch hit Morneau’s foot.

Ramon Ramirez…one of the few times I wish a division rival hadn’t traded someone useful away. The Royals have been bad for long enough. I don’t want them to compete for a division title, but seeing them return to a respectable level would be nice.

Now we have the 3rd wild pitch. Then a Cuddyer walk, and Buchholz is out of the game.

I know Bert is joking about Ramirez not caring if he gives up 3 more runs. However, I still think that allowing inherited runners to score is something that gets overlooked.

Top of 3rd: Pavano’s looking really good. I know it’s only spring training, but the pitching staff has looked good for the most part this spring.

Bottom of 3rd: Hardy swings at 2-0 pitch. Maybe not the best thing to do if he’s trying to prove that last year was a fluke.

Gift double for Punto as the left fielder takes a bad route to the ball.

With the way this lineup is constructed, I think the Twins can afford to not have a prototypical 3rd baseman.

Great play by Youkilis, nearly fast enough to throw out Punto at home. Difficult for Varitek to catch the ball, then spin 180 degrees to apply the tag on Punto.

Top of 4th: Great play by Pavano. Very easy play to throw wildly, but he threw perfectly to Morneau for the out.

Bottom of 4th: Well hit by Mauer. The crowd sounds like they want to see a Mauer home run tonight.

Great hit by Cuddyer. Weren’t stats guys saying that last year’s performance by Papelbon (increased walks) suggests that he may start struggling in the future?

I wish these “Liriano as closer” talks would stop already. He’s a starter, the Twins are telling him to prepare to be a starter…and yet there’s still plenty of people that want to see him as a dominant closer. Trust me, Duensing’s not as good as he showed us last year.

Holy crap Delmon missed that pitch by a mile.

Top of 5th: Yes, I noticed Dick’s “0-3 to Hazelbaker” comment when the count was actually 1-2. I’m just ignoring it.

If I ever had a shift that extreme while I hit, I’d try to hit to the opposite field just to keep the defense honest. Then when they shifted back to a normal defense, then I’d probably get pull-happy again.

Might as well just challenge Ortiz. You’re up 7-0 and he struggled last year.

I think starting in the bottom of the 5th, I’m switching over to posting only in the comments. It’ll be cleaner and easier for others to reply to specific comments of mine.

Time to make the switch!

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36 Responses to “Gameday Thread”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I don’t think I’ll do this very often.

    1. It’s dead in here :-P

    2. It’s an awful lot of work just to comment on almost the entire game. Normally I’m doing something else (like homework or playing an online game) while I watch the Twins.

  2. Andrew Says:

    Wow, Mike Herman (Director of Baseball Communications) looks awfully young to be in a position of power for the Twins.

    I think that 3rd pitch to Hardy should have been called a strike. When do we see Okajima’s famous change-up?

  3. Andrew Says:

    When I first saw Okajima, it seemed like he only threw curves and change-ups. Now he’s been fastball-happy.

  4. Andrew Says:

    I wonder if HTML works here…

    Top of 6th

    First time I’ve seen Guerrier this spring.

    Nice pair of throws by Casilla at shortstop.

  5. Andrew Says:

    Guerrier’s been throwing some good curveballs.

  6. Andrew Says:

    Holy crap it’s Chris Cates! He looks like a kid!

  7. Andrew Says:

    Look, it’s my girlfriend’s dream date, Drew Butera.

  8. Andrew Says:

    That pitch sure was tagged by Morneau. Twins hitters keep hitting the ball right at the fielders…well, except for when they were scoring those 7 runs.

  9. Andrew Says:

    Juan Portes is leading the team in home runs this spring. At best, he’ll be a midseason call-up. At worst, he won’t officially wear a Twins regular season uniform until 2011.

  10. Andrew Says:

    Top of 7th

    My favorite player is now on the mound :-)

  11. Andrew Says:

    89 MPH isn’t too bad of a velocity for someone that throws like Neshek, regardless of handedness.

    I wonder if Neshek will break out his change against Ortiz this at-bat.

  12. Andrew Says:

    There it is, low for a ball. Unfortunately, if you pay attention, you can see that he shortens his arm action to take off some speed…although going from 89 to 69 might be big enough that even if the hitters know it’s coming, they may still have their mechanics messed up enough to not get solid contact on it.

  13. Andrew Says:

    Disappointing to see Neshek give up a double to Ortiz. I doubt Neshek will start the season as closer, but he certainly should get consideration mid-season.

    Good job getting Beltre out to end the inning. Bert is right, even though you’re up by 7, treat the game like it’s a 1-run lead and you need to get out of the inning. That should put some confidence into Rick Anderson and Gardy.

  14. Andrew Says:

    Bottom of 7th

    Dick and Bert should be a little quicker in identifying new players.

  15. Andrew Says:

    Someone had a case of the sneezes. Bert, perhaps?

    Wow, nice curveball by Daniel Bard.

  16. Andrew Says:

    Top of 8th

    Unfortunately, that double off Crain will just “prove” to Twins Territory that he’s a terrible pitcher, and they’ll ignore the fact that he has a 0.00 ERA in 6 IP (7?) so far.

  17. Andrew Says:

    One positive of Crain is that he’s a good defensive pitcher. Gets off the mound well and has good reactions.

  18. Andrew Says:

    Disappointing to see Crain give up a run. In bars and homes throughout Minnesota, people are angry to see him give up a run in a meaningless inning.

    Cates touched the ball! lol

  19. Andrew Says:

    Bottom of 8th

    Usually, “giving it a ride” means hitting the ball further than to medium-deep left-center.

  20. Andrew Says:

    Looks like a tie at 1st base. By the way, there’s no rule stating that “tie goes to the runner.”

  21. Andrew Says:

    Chris Cates again. I sure hope he gets up to the majors just because of the novelty.

  22. Andrew Says:

    Top of 9th

    Kyle Waldrop has a bit of a herky-jerky delivery. Nice to see him, but I would have preferred Anthony Slama.

  23. Andrew Says:

    Waldrop has doubled his spring strikeout total after facing only 2 hitters this inning.

  24. Andrew Says:

    At least Waldrop isn’t competing for a roster spot.

    3 K for Waldrop in the inning. Wow. Game over.

    For the most part, the team looked pretty good tonight. I probably won’t ever do this again. Too much work, lol. Good night, everyone.

  25. Josh Says:

    LOL… the comment thread is making me laugh. Is it awkward talking to yourself?

    • Andrew Says:

      Very disappointing and awkward :-P It was too bad that no one joined in, then it wouldn’t seem so awkward. Honestly, I felt like quitting from the 2nd inning all the way to the end, but I figured I would stick with it. I think that’s why I won’t ever do this again, lol.

  26. Josh Says:

    I bet you’d have better luck on a weekend or during the season. I basically was “live commenting” on Sunday’s game thread over at Twinkie Town.

    Personally, I enjoy that type of thing.

    P.S. I’ve got tickets for 3 games so far… April 2nd against the Cardinals (front row right center), May 7th against the Orioles (behind the plate, top deck) and September 17th against the A’s (8 rows back in left field). You working any of those games?

  27. Doctor_Teh Says:

    Even though I’m sure it won’t make a difference, I really enjoyed this and wish you would do it again. I often can’t watch games and getting your thoughts on players during spring training is quite interesting. If I can find games to watch over here in Wisconsin, I would definitely join in on the commenting. So.. one vote for do it again!

    • Andrew Says:

      Well then, maybe I will do this again :-P It’s just an issue of having to comment on a lot more of the game than what I would normally do, and also pay attention more than usual.

      At “1,000,000 MINNESOTA TWINS FANS!!!” we have Gameday threads for every single game during the regular season and playoffs (provided the Twins are in the playoffs). I might just direct those that have Facebook to join us there. Since we tend to have at least 3 people (and sometimes over 10) in those threads, it makes it much easier for people to talk about what’s happening in the game because everyone doesn’t feel pressured into leaving a comment about every little detail in the game.

      Here’s an example. This is from Game 2 of the playoff series against the Yankees last season. I chose it partially because of the large number of comments and because the title contains JETERJETERJETERJETERJETER, lol. http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2246936139&topic=11561

  28. Doctor_Teh Says:

    That probably makes the most sense, maybe just throw up a link on here when you are going to be on there and I will hop on over.

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