Posted at 8:18 AM on July 14, 2006
by David Zingler
Panic and disbelief raged in Twins Territory last night after the Tribe used the long ball to touch up their once pristine pitcher for 5 runs in 5 innings. It’s time to take a deep breath and calm down however, these things happen to major league pitchers – each and every one.
As I talked to friends and acquaintances in the last week or so, the volume of their voice would lower in to a church-like whisper of reverence when they mentioned Francisco Liriano's name, "He could win 20 games," one baseball-savvy co-worker said. When I expressed doubt about that statement, he seemed stunned.
While I think Liriano’s season will be resounding success, there is no way you can expect him to go 20-2 with a 1.80 ERA. After all, he is a rookie, he’s likely to slow down as he approaches 200 innings, the league will start to catch up to him and, most importantly, he’s due to hit a bump or two. In short, Liriano’s first half was too good to be true.
That being said, when you examine the numbers, the freshman phenom’s outing last night wasn’t really that bad - he gave up just 5 hits and struck out 6. As good as he his, expect a few more similar outings before season's end. While Liriano may inspire awe among his followers, he's no god. Heck, he’s not even Santana.
Posted at 9:51 AM on July 14, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Seeing as I'll probably be in the lovely air-conditioned Metrodome all weekend, I might as well make an entire day out of it: show up early for BP and autographs, watch the game, run the bases after the game, etc.
Since I might end up spending my entire day there, I'll need to have a few meals somewhere in there. I've started to shy away from the Dome Dogs because of their almost clockwork-like indigestion. A friend suggested the quesadillas at the Mexican vendor, but I wasn't feeling it that day. Any suggestions or dining guides for the Dome?