Sorry everyone, I haven’t been at the computer for about 20-22 hours. I figured some things would happen today. In fact, I mentioned both of the things that happened just yesterday.
Livan Hernandez was Designated for Assignment and Francisco Liriano was called up. Although I am somewhat surprised that the Twins actually DFAd Livan, it was clearly the right decision and it has been analyzed here and many other places for a month. So, I really don’t know what more to say other than… Good Job!
The other move was a little more surprising. But yesterday, I wrote that I have had to eat a lot of crow on Randy Ruiz. He has been really good at AAA Rochester, and he has done everything he can to earn this call. I was a little surprised that they DFAd Craig Monroe, although the .202 average with minimal on-base skill or power and it was certainly deserved. I still wouldn’t put Ruiz on my Top 50 lists or anything. He is 31 years old. But he can play a small role in the remaining two months of the season. Don’t expect him to do much other than DH against left-handed pitching (of which the Twins see a lot), and pinch hit. Like I wrote yesterday, I can’t imagine that they would need to keep him on the 40 man roster after the season, unless we see something. I expect a lot of strikeouts, and hopefully just a few big hits.
So we have the five young starters and two months to go. The safety net is no longer there in Rochester. I mean, if absolutely need be, Kevin Mulvey could come up. Despite his 4-8 record, he does have a sub-four ERA. But again, hope for the best.
Craig Monroe is gone. Adam Everett was almost gone, until the Casilla injury meant he would be kept along for the time being, maybe the remainder of the season.
Mike Lamb has been disappointing. He hasn’t performed to expectations. But to say that Livan and Monroe haven’t performed to expections isn’t true. They performed as their previous record would indicate they would (as did the likes of Sidney Ponson and Ramon Ortiz last year, or Tony Batista the year before). Adam Everett… the injuries have meant that he hasn’t had enough opportunity to performance positively or negatively to make that kind of statement.
So, no trade at the deadline, and yet, the Twins made two moves that will definitely make them better down the stretch. I personally feel that Francisco Liriano will have a bigger impact on the Twins than Ken Griffey will have for the White Sox.
Oh, and the Twins got a great performance from Nick Blackburn tonight and a two-run homer by Joe Mauer to beat Cleveland 4-1. I still can’t get over how young and exciting this team really is!