Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Twins Fall to Tribe
Good morning everyone! Well, today, I am going to start by posting a few random thoughts, follow that up with some Twins thoughts, some from last night's loss to Cleveland, and finally, give some updates on last night's minor league games. So, let's get started:
First things first, please be sure to send me a question for Jeff Manship if you haven't. He's willing to answer your questions. I've got a few so far, but I need more.
Can you imagine having played six full seasons in the big leagues about 17 years ago... and now being 'somewhat' homeless? Here is a crazy story that I saw last night while reading The Reds Reporter site.
From the same site... former Cardinal (and current Tigers coach) Andy Van Slyke got a rather humorous (and spendy) and comically timely autograph request.
Over at Minor League Ball, a diary was posted on a potential 2010 Twins lineup. Check it out and post your comments.
Alright, I used to talk about TV shows all the time on this site. I used to watch 2-5 shows a night during the week. Starting in the fall, there will likely be plenty of worth-watching shows, but really, once the baseball season starts, that is all I watch. Sure, I watch Grey's Anatomy and occasionally The Office. But what I have enjoyed watching are some of the HBO series. I like Entourage and Flight of the Conchords. However, my favorite show is Big Love, a show on the life of polygamists. It's a strange, but entertaining show.
Thanks to Balls, Sticks & Stuff, we have further proof that Brett Myers, closer for the Phillies, is not a good guy. Although he won't apologize to the reporter, he did admit that calling the guy an 'idiot' instead of a 'retard' would have been better.
Enjoyed Bull Durham, but is there anyone more annoying that the activist Tim Robbins? Well, besides Susan Sarandon?
I know this happened a couple of years ago, but Indians OF prospect Juan Valdes was suspended 50 games for use of performance enhancing drugs... further proof that coffee is a performance enhancer! Must have been the 'leaded' pot, huh?
Finally, be sure to check out the Interview with LaVelle E Neal III over at Twins Territory.
Aaron Gleeman discusses the comparison between Luis Castillo and Alexi Casilla.
After their 8-3 loss last night, the Twins are now 6.5 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, and Detroit beat the Yankees bad last night too.
In the Top of the 7th, down 7-3, with Michael Cuddyer on 2nd base and nobody out and Jason Kubel batting, Bert Blyleven yapped about how important it was for Kubel to advance Cuddyer to 3rd base. I have no problem with 'productive outs' when appropriate, but with just nine outs to go, you hate to just give up any outs when you are down by four runs.
Jason Bartlett's tear continues. Last night, he went 2-4 with a home run. In his last eight games played, he has gone 16-31 (.516) with three doubles, three triples and a home run. It has raised his average from .259 to .279.
Good for Julio DePaula! He struggled so much in his first trip up to the big leagues earlier this year. It was bad enough that many fans thought that he didn't have a chance to succeed in the big leagues. Well, in his stint, he has now gone 5.1 shutout innings in relief. Now, that doesn't mean that he is officially ready or that his next outing may not be ugly, but he has shown that he is a relief pitching prospect worth watching. His AAA numbers this year could tell us that too.
Carlos Silva had a rough one last night. Starting with the first batter, Grady Sizemore, who he walked, it just was not good. In 2.1 innings, he gave up seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits and two walks. After a rough July, he has been very good in August, and I will put this in the 'just one game' category. Here is an interesting Silva rumor. Could Silva pass through waivers? If not, what team would first claim him? And finally, what return could the Twins get for a guy that some believe could be the top free agent starting pitcher available on the market.
Note - FSN's camera's caught Silva going off about something to Ron Gardenhire in the dugout. To have been a fly on the wall at that time would have been interesting. Which teammate was he badmouthing? In his post-game press conference, Gardy said that Silva is a competitor and only wants to win. Was Silva questioning the effort of one of his teammates? If so, is that what you want from a player? I'm almost surprised Gardy didn't somehow blame Alexi Casilla for everything.
Ken Rosenthal asks the question 'What's He Worth?' in reference to Torii Hunter.
There is a nice bullet point in the same article about Kevin Cameron. Cameron was a former Twins minor leaguer who pitched for Rochester a year ago. He was selected in the Rule V draft by the Padres last December and made the Padres opening day roster. He still has not been used in real crucial situations yet, but results are results. He has a 1.45 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 44 hitters. The scary side of it is that he has also walked 27 hitters. Clearly to take that next step and start pitching in more important situations, he will have to throw more strikes.
Mike Redmond hit into a third-to-second-to-first triple play in the game.
Twins and their Minor League Updates
Here are the game reports of the Twins and their minor league affiliates. Note also that Baseball America's Prospect Sheet this week has two Twins prospects in the weekly Top 20.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE ROSTERS SET - Tim Kolehmainen mentioned it on The Truth about Cats & Blogs, the Arizona Fall League rosters were announced yesterday. The Twins will actually send seven players to the League. Well, I was right on a few of my choices, but I generally don't have any issue with any of the selections. They will send four pitchers; Rochester lefty Brian Duensing, Rochester righty Nick Blackburn, New Britain lefty Ryan Mullins and New Britain right Anthony Swarzak. They will also be sending three hitters, all from the New Britain roster; SS Trevor Plouffe, IF David Winfree and C Drew Butera. Duensing and Blackburn have earned the opportunity. Mullins struggled at AAA, but he has done well enough at AA to be considered a prospect. And, in my mind, Swarzak is as good a prospect as their is in the system. He served his time for the drug suspension and it will be good for him to make up some innings. Plouffe has struggled the last week or two, but his 2007 season has certainly put him into the top prospect category again. Winfree really has struggled with the Rockcats this year, but he has come on strong of late. Last year, he was an exception since he was only at Ft. Myers, so it was a good choice to send him. Finally, the only questionable choice is Butera and yet, the team needs plenty of catching depth. The Twins really don't have another choice (Jose Morales is from Puerto Rico, which has winter baseball, so he is ineligible), so I really have no problem with him being added. Check out Josh Taylor's thoughts on the selections.
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Denard Span, Rochester Red Wings
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Andrew Carpenter, Clearwater Threshers (yeah, that's impressive!)
Monday - Red Wings 10, Pawtucket 5 – Brain Duensing picked up his 11th win with another Quality Start. The lefty gave up three runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He walked one and struck out nine. Bobby Korecky saved his 35th game despite giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Denard Span went 4-5 with his 19th double and four RBI. Luis(!) went 3-4 with a walk and a double. Darnell McDonald was 2-4 with a walk.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday - Game 1 - Rockcats 5, Binghamton 6 – Oswaldo Sosa had a strange, unusual night for him. In 3.2 innings, he walked seven batters, and struck out two. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits. Armando Gabino gave up a run, but it was unearned (so his AA ERA is still 0.00), in two innings. Jose Mijares took the loss. He gave up a run on a hit and three walks in just an inning. Brandon Roberts went 3-4 with his 13th double. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4. Matt Allegra went 2-3 with his 28th double. David Winfree hit his 12th homer.
Monday - Game 2 - Rockcats 6, Binghamton 2 – Jesse Floyd improved to 6-9 with five strong innings. He gave up two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out six. Tim Lahey recorded his 13th save with two shutout frames. Trevor Plouffe went 2-3 with his 37th double. Luke Hughes was 2-4 with his 18th double and three RBI. David Winfree went 2-3 with a walk. Rashad Eldridge was 2-4 with his seventh steal. Brock Peterson went 1-2 with two walks.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday - Game 1 - Miracle 2, Clearwater 9 – Jeff Manship had a rough start again. He gave up four runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings. JP Martinez then came in and gave up five runs on six hits over 1.2 innings. Danny Powers walked three in 1.2 shutout innings. Kyle Aselton threw two shutout innings. Jeff Christy went 2-3. Johnny Woodard walked two.
Monday - Game 2 - Miracle 0, Clearwater 2 – Clearwater's Andrew Carpenter improved to 16-6, but that's hardly the story. In this game, he threw a seven inning perfect game against the Miracle. Kyle Waldrop was the tough-luck loser in the game. He went the first six inning and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. David Shinskie pitched a scoreless inning as well.
Monday - Snappers 2, Peoria 4 – It was pitching by bullpen committee in this game for Beloit. Jesus Carnevales started and gave up three runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. Dan Leatherman threw 2.2 shutout innings. Jose Lugo gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk in an inning. Matt Williams threw a shutout inning. The Snappers managed just seven hits. No one had more than one hit. Steve Singleton hit his 17th double. Matt Betsill hit his 2nd homer.
Monday - E-Twins 2, Princeton 12 – Michael Rogers started and gave up six runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. Omar Alcala then gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in his four innings. Curtis Leavitt gave up a run in one inning. Caleb Moore struck out two in his inning. Rene Leveret was 1-3 with a walk and his 14th double. Rene Tosoni was 2-4 with a walk. Wesley Connor was also 2-4.
GCL TWINS REPORT
Monday - GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 5 – Winston Marquez started and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in three innings. Charles Nolte, Rodney Gessman, Dominique Rodgers, Jarrod Eacott and Lee Martin each pitched a scoreless inning. Juan Acosta gave up three runs (1 earned) in his inning. Juan Richardson went 2-4, but he was caught stealing twice. James Beresford went 1-3 with two walks. Ben Revere was 1-2 with a walk and his 21st stolen bases.
That is it for today. Have a great week! Any further thoughts? Let me know!|
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