Posted at 8:56 PM on June 18, 2006
by Josh Lee
When I think about the Twins, I usually spend my time looking for silver linings in the clouds, but the team has been playing so well lately that I've had a hard time finding any clouds to look for linings in. The hitters took seven innings to get anything going against the Pirates today, but once they did, they piled onto the hapless Bucs to cruise to an 8-2 victory behind Johan Santana's usual fantastic pitching. Minnesota is now riding a seven-game winning streak and has finally -- finally! -- clawed their way back up to a .500 record. The Twins' batters are making it look easy at the plate, drawing walks and hitting dingers like they're going out of style; Jesse "No, Really, I'm OK" Crain and Kyle "My Trade Value Goes Up A Little Every Day" Lohse have looked good in recent appearances; Nick "Let's Get Fired Up" Punto has an on-base percentage of .405 in June, for goodness' sake; is there anything wrong with this team right now?
If I were really looking for something to worry about, I suppose I could pick on Boof Bonser, who lasted only 3 1/3 innings on Saturday before giving way to the bullpen. Honestly, though, the poor kid already looks nervous enough on the mound; he probably doesn't need some mean ol' blogger telling him that he could use some more seasoning at AAA (cf. Scott Baker) so that he can pitch his way out of a jam without panicking. But the Twins probably aren't going to swap out Bonser for Baker any time soon, and I'd be awfully surprised if Lohse got another chance to start, so unless Terry Ryan can find another surprisingly serviceable and cheap veteran floating out there (cf. Rick Reed, Terry Mulholland), it looks like Bonser's going to have to learn on the job.
Honestly, though, when "the fifth starter looks kind of raw" is the biggest complaint you have about your team, things are going pretty well.