Posted at 2:53 AM on May 26, 2005
by Josh Lee
The Twins made a lot of little mistakes in ten long innings on their way to a 3-2 loss to Cleveland. Pitches that rose when they should have sank. Bats that were hesitant when they needed to be swung. Outfielders that weren't sure who was calling which fly ball. Runners that just kind of stood around until they got picked off. Pitchers that let Aaron Boone get a base hit. Most of these mistakes can be rung up as little brain farts, the kind that happen to the best of us sometimes; it was just bad luck or a lack of focus that caused them all to happen on the same night. That's okay, though: the players can learn a few lessons from this game, move on, and try not to make the same mistakes tomorrow.
There's one mistake that the managing staff keeps making, though, despite continued negative reinforcement: sending J.C. Romero in to pitch with a runner on base. You'd think that the lesson would have been drilled into their heads by now, that they would have learned that if Romero inherits a runner, then that runner will almost certainly end up scoring. Unfortunately, the Twins are like the mouse that keeps hitting the wrong button and getting an electric shock instead of a food pellet, causing the people in lab coats to furrow their brows and check their notes again.
Of course, Romero's not a mouse, or a button, or whatever it is he's supposed to be in that metaphor; he's a relief pitcher, and if a relief pitcher can't be counted on to get through an inning with a runner on first, then that pitcher's got some problems. But we -- unlike Ron "The Anti-Skinnerian" Gardenhire, apparently -- don't need to be reminded that Romero's got some problems.
Posted at 10:51 AM on May 26, 2005
by David Zingler
After a miserable 2004 season, Oakland OF Bobby Kielty is off to a strong start this year. The former Twin, who was dealt to Toronto for Shannon Stewart in 2003, is hitting .316 with a .417 OBP while becoming the Aís everyday right fielder.
Longtime Twins utility infielder and self-appointed team spokesman Denny Hocking is playing in Triple A with the Omaha Royals. Hocking, a Twin from 1993-2003, is hitting .242 for the Kansas City farm club.
After spending last year out of the big leagues, former Twin Hector Carrasco has resurfaced in the Washington Nationalís bullpen. The erratic reliever, who the Twins used to acquire Lew Ford in 2000, is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 16 appearances.
Scrappy outfielder Chad Allen, a Twin from 1999-2001, is in his second season with the Texas Rangers. Allen spent time in the Cleveland and Florida organizations from 2002-03, appearing in just 17 big league games during that span. He is currently hitting .289 in a pinch hitting/reserve role.
Todd Sears, the only player received by the Twins in the Todd Walker trade with Colorado in 2000, is off to a hot start with the Albuquerque Isotopes, hitting .529 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 7 games for the Marlins Triple A affiliate. Sears, who has battled back problems, spent last year in the Padres organization.
Veteran backstop Pat Borders is back in the big leagues after being re-called by the Mariners on May 21. The 42-year-old, a late season, emergency pick up by the Twins last season, began the year in the Milwaukee organization.
Brian Buchanan, who was traded to San Diego for Jason Bartlett in 2002, is toiling in the Rockies system at Triple A Colorado Springs. The lumbering outfielder is hitting .270 with 4 HR in 111 at bats.
Former Twins reliever Tony Fiore is still chasing the dream with the Ottawa Lynx. The junk baller, who hasnít appeared in the big leagues since 2003, is currently 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA for Baltimoreís Triple A affiliate.