Posted at 3:14 PM on October 4, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Add your reactions in the comments. My initial reaction is that the Twins are killing themselves. Castillo seems to be the only one that realizes that the A's walk a lot of batters. It seems like Oakland has the book on us, and we're not adjusting. Do you really dive for a ball with the game tied, 2 outs, and a runner on first? Do you really bring in a fairly wild and hard-throwing reliever in a sacrifice fly scenario?
about punto: his average for being safe whilst sliding into first is .333 for today. for the season his average is about under the mendoza line. when will gardy, or any other coach, tell him that sliding SLOWS YOU DOWN?
another torii question for you: will that infamous dive be the last play we remember him making as a twin?
joe k nathan. it made sense bringing in nathan. what with his incredibly high strikeout ratio. they needed a strikeout. he was trying to get one and a usually perfect joe behind the plate just failed to block it. as is congruent with the rest of this series, things just didnt go as the stats would lead you to believe they would.
by the by, mauer in german? 'the wall'. just a thought for you.
pondering: do you think the twins were so amped and maybe much more ready for the yankees that they didnt scout the a's as well as they should have? were the players minds more geared for the yankees and then they were blind-sided by this club from oakland?
keep up the good work.