GameChat – Twins @ Angels, 9:05 pm

If you think things are bad in Twinsville (and they are), imagine if you were an Angels fan and your team just came through an offseason when they signed the top free agent hitter to a huge contract as well as arguably the top free agent pitcher, only to find yourself rooting for a team that’s only a half game better than the Twins in the W/L columns.

Now that would be tough to swallow.

Albert Pujols still doesn’t have a home run and frankly has looked pretty bad at the plate all month. Of course, as the Red Sox could tell you, there’s really nothing like a series with the Twins to get your season turned around and going in the right direction.

The Angels aren’t just standing pat and hoping things get better, like some teams are (I’m looking at you, Terry Ryan). They’ve just promoted uber-prospect Mike Trout and released Bobby Abreu.

Speaking of changes in status… Twins outfielder Trevor Plouffe tweeted today that he “popped the question” to his girlfriend last night. Since he referred to her as his “fiance,” I guess we can assume she said, “yes.” Congratulations, Trevor and Olivia!

Anyone care to set the over/under on the inning during which I fall asleep tonight?

Oh yeah… no Joe Mauer tonight. That foul ball in the 9th yesterday got his knee pretty good.



Span, CF Trout, CF
Carroll, SS Izturis, M, 3B
Willingham, LF Pujols, 1B
Morneau, DH Morales, K, DH
Valencia, 3B Hunter, To, RF
Doumit, C Kendrick, H, 2B
Plouffe, RF Wells, V, LF
Parmelee, 1B Aybar, SS
Casilla, A, 2B Iannetta, C
  _Blackburn, P   _Wilson, C, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 8 0
LA Angels 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 x 4 8 0

Hate to waste a Quality Start when you get one out of one of your starting pitchers at this point, but that’s what the Twins did tonight. The offense didn’t show up until the 8th inning and fell one run short. But the loss wasn’t even the worst news of the night. Justin Morneau came out of the game with a sore left wrist… the same wrist he had surgery on last year. He’s “day to day.”