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!