Posted at 11:36 AM on June 3, 2008
by Chris Dall
Apparently, word has that Joe Mauer hit some sort of "home run" at the dome last night to tie the game against the Yankees (on a pitch that apparently was a ball, no less). I wouldn't know, since I'd fallen asleep on the couch. I did however, wake up in time to catch Delmon Young "pulling" the ball to right-center for a double that gave the Twins the lead. If anyone can confirm the Mauer home run, please let me know.
In all seriousness, should the Twins lack of power be as much of a concern as some are making it out to be? I'm not so sure. The most important thing is that the Twins are scoring more runs (154 in May, compared to just 102 in April). Last time I checked, as Joe Morgan might say, that was the point of the game. How they do it shouldn't really matter.
What the Twins should be a bit more concerned about is the recent pitching of Livan Hernandez. Now maybe we got ahead of ourselves with some of the excitement over his early season performance, but Hernandez has certainly tailed off. He's given up 5, 6, and 5 runs in has last three outings, and has averaged between 5-6 innings in those starts. The team still has a 10-3 record in his starts, but they'll need him to perform at a high level if they want to remain in contention. I just wonder if teams are starting to figure out that 60 mph curve ball.
What concerns you most about the Twins?
Boof concerns me the most. It seems like he gets close to getting out of innings but then gives up a big hit. Also he has struggled in the first inning which doesnt bode well for him to be an effective reliever.
Agreed, and it makes you wonder if he's just going to be relegated to mop-up duty. I was at the game saturday night, and I actually thought he pitched okay, but wasn't helped by Punto's error.
I agree that main concern is Bonser. True, he wasn't helped by Punto's error, but he should of just sucked it up and gotten out of the inning. However it doesn't concern me too much since we seem to have plenty of young pitching that's happy to grab the ball from him.
Also, I hate to say it because I love the kid, but it looks like Gomez is regressing a little bit. Hopefully, he can get his act back together, and join Casilla (!) as the best one-two duo in baseball.
Yeah, some of Gomez's recent at bats have been awful, especially Saturday's game. I just think these are the kind of ups and downs we'll have to live with. But you're right, he and Casilla look they could be really dynamic at the top of the order.
Delmon's fielding is pretty darn bad. He really needs to hustle to the ball more and develop a better eye for when the ball leaves the bat.
Also as a team they have to eliminate all the errors they are getting. There's really no excuse for such a talented group of guys to be amongst the top error producing team.