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.
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.