Thursday, April 28, 2005
HELP WANTED - OK, if you remember last year, I kept up daily with the statistics of some of the Twins top prospects. You could see updated stats for Justin Morneau, Jason Bartlett, Jesse Crain, JD Durbin, and Jason Kubel. All five eventually made it to the Twins last year. This is where I need your help though. I would like to do that again this year, but I want you to help me figure out who to include. So please, e-mail me the names of up to six Twins prospects. By the end of the week, I will tally those votes up (my vote counts for TWO because, well, it's my site!) and will start updating the progress of six Twins prospects So, please, help me out! I know of 3 or 4 that I would really like to include, but want some other thoughts.
Twins Minor League Report
American Idol Thoughts
Good morning! The Twins win again. The minor league teams perform well, it depends on the team, but there were some strong performances. And, another American Idol contestant was eliminated from the show. Let's just get right to it, alright?
But first, I found this news shocking. I don't really even know what to say. Katie Holmes (see picture), the gorgeous actress from Dawson's Creek and a few not-so-memorable movies, is now dating Tom Cruise. She's 26. He's 42. She was seven years old when Top Gun came out. I was never a huge fan of Mr. Cruise. I mean, I think he is very good. But now, he is officially my hero!
Oh, and what "phase of life" are you in? I've read this article a couple of times and I think I know which one I'm in!
The Twins got another win against the lowly Kansas City Royals. It may not seem like a lot, but these are the games that they have to win. You would hate to lose more than four or five of the 19 games against the Royals this year. Last night, the team got some offense and won by a score of 9-4. Here are just a couple of brief thoughts on the game.
It is so nice to have Jason Bartlett back in the lineup and at shortstop. Nothing against Nick Punto. I am fine with him playing as much as they want him to at 2B, but having Bartlett in the lineup is great. His approach and plate discipline is really quite impressive for such an inexperienced hitter. But, it is what he has done the last couple of years in the minor leagues as well. Each long at bat gives the likes of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter and any of the Twins hitters a better look at the pitcher. However, I also like how he isn't afraid to swing at a good pitch, even if it is the first pitch of the at bat. Last night was a great night for him in his return to the lineup. He went 2-5 with three RBI on a double and a triple.
Speaking of Nick Punto, maybe he is better with more playing time. Aaron Gleeman mentioned it yesterday and I had a big note to myself to mention it then but forget. The play he made on Tueday night was incredible. With the runner at first taking off for second, the batter hit a grounder to the hole Punto had vacated (to cover the bag). Punto stopped and went back and made a quick stab at the ball, fielded it, and made a strong, off-balanced throw to Justin Morneau who held the bag for the out. It wasn't a diving play. It probably wouldn't show up on a highlight reel, but to me, having played a lot of shortstop, that was one of the most impressive plays I have ever seen. And back to last night, he played a very solid second base as well. He also went 3-4 with a double and an RBI.
Joe Mays picked up his first win since September of 2003. That is a long time ago. I also don't think that is right. Didn't he have Tommy John surgery in late August of 2003? So, I bet it was even longer. I like Mays when he is on and doing what he can do. That is, he doesn't throw a lot of pitches but gets a lot of easy outs because his pitches have so much movement. In his six innings last night, he gave up eight hits and two walks. He also allowed the home runs to Ruben Gotay. So, it was far from a flawless performance. But he also threw just 82 pitches and kept the defense on its toes.
The Twins scored nine runs and their 3-4-5 hitters (Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter) were a combined 0-12. Mauer had a walk and a sacrifice fly. Morneau actually had two long fly outs. But, it is great to get offensive production from the rest of the lineup as well.
Jesse Crain needs to pitch more!
JC Romero needs to either pitch more or less. They either need to get him out there every day to try to keep him from being so inconsistent. Or, they need to make him a mop-up type guy where there is no stress.
The ninth inning of a 5 run game was a good place for Terry Mulholland to pitch!
Grant Balfour did have his elbow scoped yesterday, and hopefully they will know in the next couple of days whether he will need Tommy John surgery.
Stick and Ball Guy is cool! Seriously! Now that is a site that you should be checking out EVERY day!
Oh, and the White Sox lost to the A's for the second consecutive night!
Check out Aaron's Baseball Blog today for thoughts on the Twins win, but also for a little bit on why you should look at the Twins games and be willing to do some of your own research. Note the section on Chuck Knoblauch's spot in the batting order!
Check out the new Wiki Twins site. It is basically an online encyclopedia of Twins knowledge!
This afternoon, the teams matchup for the final game of the series. Here is the pitching matchup:
Twins Minor League Report
For those of you interested in such things, please be sure to e-mail me a list of the six Twins minor league prospects that you would like to see statistically updated every day. I have quite an interesting list of players so far. Later in the week, I will start keeping tabs on six Twins prospects. Thanks for your input.
Wednesday - REDWINGS 9, Pawtucket 8 - Down by one in the bottom of the 11th, with a runner on base, Todd Dunwoody came in to pinch hit. He ended the game with a big two out homer. Terry Tiffee led the offense going 3-5 with a triple. Garrett Jones went 2-5. Michael Ryan was 2-3 with a walk, his fourth homer and four RBI. Rob Bowen was 2-5 with his first homer of the season. JD Durbin made another start .He went five innings. He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out, you guessed it, four. Henry Bonilla came in and gave up two runs in an inning. Beau Kemp and Travis Bowyer each pitched two shutout innings. Willie Eyre got the win despite allowing two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in the top of the 11th.
NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS
Wednesday - ROCKCATS 3, Reading 11 - The Rockcats got shelled again last night. JT Thomas got the start and the loss. He went 5 innings, but he allowed five runs on nine hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six. Kevin Cameron came in for an inning. He gave up two hits and three walks for three runs. Brian Wolfe pitched the final two innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Luis Maza went 2-4 with a double. Luis Jimenez hit his first homer.
FT MYERS MIRACLE
Wednesday - MIRACLE 10, Dunedin 1 - Matt Moses continued his torrid hitting. Last night, he went 4-5 to increase his batting average to .435. He had a walk and hit his fourth homer of the season. He also stole his fourth base. (Denard Span stole his fifth.) Brock Peterson was the other story. He hit two home runs in his four at bats and drove in five runs. He now has three homers. Chris Tolbert went 2-4. Scott Whitrock hit his second homer of the year. Adam Harben was the recipient of the run support. He improved to 2-1 by going 5 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up four hits and three walks, but he also struck out four. Josh Gray pitched the next 1 1/3 innings, striking out one. Julio Depaula gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk in two innings.
Wednesday - SNAPPERS - No Game Scheduled.
American Idol Thoughts
Well, here were my rankings after viewing the show on Tuesday night:
1.) Bo Bice - I know. I really do have him rated this high!
2.) Anthony Federov - It literally hurts to rank him this high!
3.) Carrie Underwood -
4.) Vonzell Solomon -
5.) Constantine Maroulis -
6.) Scott Savol - Get him out of here! Please!!
So, what happened last night in the results show? Well, it was Anthony, Vonzell and Constantine in the Bottom 3. Two out of three right for me, but I am shocked the Scott Savol was safe. He was terrible, and he wasn't even in the bottom three. Who is voting for him? Shaker Heights must be voting with a vengeance! Vonzell was sent back to safety, and in the end, it was Constantine Maroulis that was sent home. Now, I can't say that I disagree with that selection. I think Scotty the Body is the worst, but I have been fairly consistently ranking Constantine at or near the bottom. So, am I disappointed? A little bit. Am I surprised? Totally. I thought that the rabid Constantine supporters would keep him around for awhile. But, we're now down to five and I think that things will get really interesting now!
As always, if you have any thoughts, please e-mail me.
That's it for today. Have a great day! If you have and questions or comments or ideas, please feel free to e-mail me!
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