Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday Links & Thinks
As the Content Editor for the Twins Page at BaseballDigest.com, it is my responsibility to make sure that there is new content there on a regular basis. Fortunately for me, I have a lot of tremendous Twins bloggers who have been willing to help out by writing a few articles each week. Parker Hageman from Over the Baggy, Nick Nelson from Nick’s Twins Blog, Josh Johnson of Josh’s Thoughts, John Mayer of TwinsMVB.com, and Alex Halsted of Twins Territory and I have each written articles for the site. At the Twins page, we do several things. We write up quick Game Recaps after the games, we write articles on the goings on with the Twins as well as historical pieces, and each week morning, we write up something called Twins Morning Doinks. The premise behind that is to provide a place where Twins fans to go to read up on enough Twins content to get them through their first cup of coffee. It provides links to Twins articles and blogs and captures a lot of what is going on with our favorite team.
It is my responsibility to write the Twins Morning Doinks on Fridays, so here is what I wrote for today. Please leave your comments here.
After getting manhandled by the Toronto Blue Jays in their four-game week night series, the Twins are looking forward to a three game set at home against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For thoughts on the series, be sure to check out the opinions of Fanatic Jack and Josh Johnson.
And maybe Andrew from Twins Fix wrote it best! Or maybe Twayn’s World has come up with the perfect plan. If that doesn’t work, follow the Oh Those Girls mantra. Fortunately, as Phil Miller explains, the Twins are handling it the best way the can.
The Angels organization was devastated by the death of starting pitcher Nick Adenhart just one week ago. Certainly that puts everything into proper perspective. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, GM Tony Reagins and several of the Angels pitchers went to a private ceremony in Maryland yesterday.
Certainly this has been a tragic event for the Angels, but the schedule dictates that they have to proceed. Coming into the season, the Angels starting rotation was already behind the eight ball due to injuries to Kelvim Escobar, Ervin Santana and John Lackey. The Twins will send Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey and Glen Perkins to the mound to face Dustin Moseley, Darren Oliver and Shane Loux. They could also be without OF Vlad Guerrero for this series.
Over the Baggy took a deeper, graphical look at Scott Baker’s Thursday night start to see what it showed.
Nick Nelson wrote of the struggles of Carlos Gomez and the bullpen.
Ubelman, from Stick & Ball Guy, took an interesting look at the Twins best and worst defensive arrangements.
For Twins minor league coverage, be sure to check out SethSpeaks.net. But also be sure to bookmark Travis Talks. Travis wrote a nice piece on Deibinson Romero, saying that the fallen (and injured) prospect is doing a nice job early this season regaining his prospect status.
Down by two with an out in the bottom of the ninth last night, Ben Revere came to bat with the bases loaded. He cleared the bases, giving the Ft. Myers Miracle a 4-3 win in dramatic fashion. Another minor league highlight of note, Anthony Swarzak, fell to 0-2 last night. However, he gave up just one run over seven innings. His ERA through those two losses is 0.82. And if the Twins are in need of some bullpen help, Jose Mijares is probably pretty close. He has given up one hit and no walks in 5.1 innings so far this spring for the AAA Rochester Red Wings. Rob Delaney and Anthony Slama are both continuing their dominant ways at AA New Britain.
Last night’s MNGameNight.com Twins podcast was actually one of their better podcasts of the year as John Bonnes (The Twins Geek) and Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net talked about the Blue Jays series and were actually able to find a few positives, as well as looked ahead to the upcoming Angels series. MNGameNight.com will be back again live at 10:00 on Sunday night with a new episode discussing the Angels series and looking forward to the week ahead.
Be sure to listen in to the Twins Radio Network’s extended Sunday post game show when the Twins Geek will again be giving his ‘rant’ called Gameday Chatter. Be sure to check out the 643MVB podcast done by the Twins MVB. And if you happen to live in the Breckenridge, MN/Wahpeton, ND, region, Seth Stohs will be on am1450 KBMW during the 5:00 hour on Saturday afternoon.
And finally, a note to any of the Twins beat writers covering the Twins/Angels series… just because a guy is always talking doesn’t mean he has anything to say!
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