Today was the first Twins loss at Target Field. Anyone collecting baseballs from this game?
First off, you may know that I’m a huge supporter of Jesse Crain. I’m willing to bet there will be many complaints about him allowing a 3-run double to Jeremy Hermida, preventing Cuddyer’s home run from being the tying run, but here’s my retorts.
1. Crain should not have been facing a lefthanded hitter in Hermida. Jose Mijares should have come in, but he’s losing the faith of Rick Anderson and Gardy.
2. Crain intentionally walked J.D. Drew, then retired Mike Cameron, and then allowed the double to Hermida. Perhaps if he avoids the intentional walk, then he avoids allowing a single run.
3. Related to 2, who knows if the Twins would have tied or taken the lead without Crain’s inning? We don’t know if Cuddyer would have still hit his home run.
One game after commenting on Jon Lester’s lack of control, Kevin Slowey decided that it was his turn to shoot out the star. 4 walks in 5 innings is very uncharacteristic of Slowey, and with his history we can likely assume that today was just an abberation.
I finally got to see Alex Burnett pitch, and good thing, because he’s no longer with the team. After the game, the Twins announced that they sent Burnett to Triple-A and purchased the contract of LHP Ron Mahay, with Joe Nathan likely being moved to the 60-day disabled list. As I said before, Mahay is likely insurance and depth for the Twins in lieu of Jose Mijares’ early struggles, but is three lefties in the bullpen really necessary? This does allow Burnett to pitch more often and Mahay is probably more useful to the Twins right now, but I feel that Burnett is a better pitcher than Mahay. Besides, now this picture is relevant again…
…and I’m pretty sure that Burnett left a good impression on the Twins with his two outings. I hope he makes it back up to the majors very soon.
I apologize for forgetting the link to the Facebook discussion thread today. I’ll try to get it up tomorrow, and instead of putting it in a post, I’ll have it in the upper right corner underneath the search bar. Rubber game tomorrow, with Francisco Liriano making the start.
Finally, there’s this really cool picture from the home opener of Target Field. You can zoom in to just about anywhere in the park and see everything in focus. In fact, I’m pretty sure I found myself there. Click on the link and take a look.
What, you say you can’t find me? Here, I’ll help you out a bit.