Posted at 12:11 PM on July 29, 2005
by Josh Lee
As if the Twins didn't give me enough to worry about, what with their uncanny ability to not swing the bat, Aaron Gleeman points to a weird thing happening in the bullpen. In spite of how effective they've been this season, most of the Twins' relievers make me nervous when they come into a game, nagging little doubts trailing behind them as they step to the mound and take their warmup pitches: Will Romero let those inherited runners get home? Did Rincon take the right supplements this morning? Will Mulholland totally suck? Jesse Crain, however, has been a bright spot on the Twins roster this year, one of the few people who can calm me down and make me feel like things are going to be all right.
Now along comes Gleeman to harsh my mellow, pointing out that Crain has been getting all those outs and wins of his by transforming from a lights-out, closer-of-the-future strikeout pitcher into a contact-inducing, depend-on-your-defense ground ball pitcher. This is apparently not the right direction for a promising young hurler to be heading in; it's kind of like those baby turtles that wander towards beach houses instead of the ocean, only to get run over by a car on the way. (Eww, now that's a depressing analogy. Sorry.)
At least I still have Joes Mauer and Nathan to make me feel better, at least until someone points out the holes in their games.
well at least they went out of their way to sign some top hitting talent before the end of the trading deadline. wait. strike that. i was thinking of another team. cubbies? imho, terry ryan has the easiest and worst job in baseball. easiest...you don't pay hitters anything and you don't have to worry about trading for anyone worth a lick. worst...you know you can make the team better but you never get a chance to do your job. ever. i can hear the spin machine at 100 Puckett Place already. the other teams wanted our high value prospects. we wanted something for nothing. wait. that would be the truth and carl has never been known for such things. this time will be no different. it will be the same old sad sap song. we're just the little team that could (or can't) and the big city teams wanted too much. we can't pay our hitters or theirs much 'cause we over pay for average pitching. wait there's that darn truth slipping in again. we need to stop doing that. the twins higher-ups should have at least tried to offload some players if nothing else. if your not going to buy at least sell and let everyone know that this season is a lost cause. the writing is on the wall. thanks terry. thanks carl. thanks for nothing. again.