Recap: Twins at Orioles, Game 4
10 runs. 19 hits. The dreaded Punto-Butera-Repko-Casilla quartet combined to go 9 for 19 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 3 RBI. I understand that some people are taking away some credit because this offensive outburst came against the Orioles and two so-so pitchers (Jake Arrieta and Mark Hendrickson), but I don’t care. 10 runs isn’t that common, and 19 hits is even less common. Regardless of the quality of the opponent, the Twins offense was very impressive today.
Hudson to DL, Morales recalled
After today’s game, the Twins announced that they placed Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled C Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester. The fact that the Twins did not bring up another infielder means three things.
- The Twins feel that they will be fine with Alexi Casilla and Nick Punto likely splitting time at second base.
- This likely means more playing time for Danny Valencia. After hitting 6 for 10 in his past 2 games and having a batting average that has hovered around .300 for the whole season, this is a welcome sign. Hopefully his power will start to show up.
- Joe Mauer is definitely not 100% (we already knew this) and Morales will provide more insurance, though I’m sure Drew Butera will continue to get the starts when Mauer sits, and Morales will commonly be used as a pinch-hitter.
Unfortunately, this also likely means that fans will clamor for Jose Morales to start on the days that Mauer sits, but as I said back when Off The Mark was still in its baby stage, I would prefer Butera’s good defense and game-calling skills to Morales’ singles-centric offense.
The AL West Arms Race
Just as I was typing up this post, it was announced that Dan Haren was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Los Angeles Angels for LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, LHP Patrick Corbin, and a player to be named later. Dan Wade of Twins Most Valuable Blogger pointed out that acquiring Haren is likely the Angels’ way of competing with the Texas Rangers after they traded for Cliff Lee.
Many Twins fans were hoping for the Twins to trade for Haren, and it sounds like the players being sent to the D-backs are rather underwhelming, but it’s likely that Haren’s no trade clause was the reason why the Twins weren’t able to match or beat that offer. Seriously, just look at the numbers for Saunders, Rodriguez, and Corbin. I repeat, the no trade clause was likely the reason why the Twins weren’t able to match or beat this offer.
An Apology to Brian Duensing
I’m sorry. I have been doubting you just about all season, and that’s not right. Somehow, someway, you manage to pitch much better than I expect. Before your first start of 2010, I said
I see 4 2/3 innings with 3 runs from Duensing…
but you pitched better than that. 5 innings, one earned run, and only 4 hits allowed. In fact, you likely would have gotten the win if it wasn’t for golden boy Anthony Slama. He’s still golden, and I forgive him for his poor pitching, and I hope that you can also forgive me for refusing to believe in you.
I hope you join forces with Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano to lead the Twins back into first place. Oh, and grow a mustache. They’re powerful things.