Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins News and Notes

 

It is hard to get excited about a team 16 ½ games out of first… here are a few items to get you going:

The Good – Pitcher Andrew Albers

Two starts and has a zero ERA. No one thought he would come back with a better performance than his first against Kansas City. His start against Cleveland this week ended with him pitching a two hit shutout. He will go for it again at home against Chicago this weekend. Not too many standing ovations at Target Field this year but this weeks’ performance on Monday warranted it.

The Bad – Lack of Timely Hitting

When a team scores all of their runs over four games off home-runs, is that really bad? The Twins managed to win three of four against the Sox last weekend with 11 HR’s. The negative continues to be the lack of clutch hitting to the tune of 34 runners left on base during the series.

The Good-Bye?

Justin Morneau was put on, and cleared waivers this week. He will now have to wait to see if another team makes an offer in the next two weeks. There are some contenders that could really use #33 in their line-up as they push toward division titles (Kansas City or Boston). But they will have to pay the rest of his salary this year which is $3.44MM. Morneau is making a case for himself as a power hitter again – hitting four HR’s in the last ten games with ten RBI’s.

Lastly, Jamey Carroll, the Twins utility infielder, was dealt to the Kansas City Royals last weekend. You have to be happy for the guy. He can contribute to a team that is in the hunt. At 39 years old, his baseball career is nearing the end so giving him an opportunity to make a difference is great for him.

Written by JGiesen

JGiesen

I was raised in Minnesota and still reside here with my husband and two boys. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am not watching some sort of sporting event. Football is my #1 love. Baseball is a close second. I interviewed and won the job of Color Analyst for the St. Paul Saints baseball team nearly 20 years ago. I beat out a number of qualified men to get the job. I have never lost the passion for commenting on our local sports teams. Along with commenting/writing, I enjoy supporting both of my kids as they play baseball and other sports.

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