GameChat – Twins @ Rangers #2, 7:05

Believe it or not, it’s actually COOLER in Arlington tonight.  It’s supposed to be about 90 at game time – but yes, like MN last week, the humidity is atrocious so I don’t know if it will really be all that obvious.  Then again, 100+ in that humidity is HOT so maybe it is better.

Let’s just hope that Pav keeps them off-balance in the way we always like to see and that the only LONG bombs are hit by us.  😀 The boys might owe the pitching staff a bit of run support after last night – apologies to Blackburn.

Minnesota @ Texas
Span, CF   Andrus, SS
Hudson, O, 2B   Young, M, 3B
Mauer, DH   Hamilton, LF
Kubel, RF   Guerrero, DH
Cuddyer, 1B   Murphy, Dv, RF
Young, D, LF   Molina, B, C
Valencia, 3B   Moreland, 1B
Casilla, A, SS   Blanco, A, 2B
Butera, C   Borbon, CF
  Pavano, P     Lewis, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Texas 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 x 4 8 2


Babs must have passed out last night while working on her photos and not gotten around to doing the summary so I’ll give it a whack this morning.

I spent my evening at a minor league game, watching Brewers pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi no-hit our local boys. (As has become the fad lately, he was pulled after 8 innings and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ closer completed the no-no.) But after I got home, I watched the Twins game start to finish.


Here’s the sense that I’m left with after the past two games. The Twins, as currently constituted, are good enough to win the AL Central because they can play the way they have the past two nights and still beat teams like the White Sox and Royals. But They are not strong enough defensively or offensively, right now, to beat the best teams in the league. Maybe it’s a mental thing. Maybe it’s a toughness thing. I don’t know what it is, but then I don’t get paid to figure out what it is.

But the people who DO get paid to figure this stuff out better start doing it. – JC