What Would I Do?

21 May

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The losing streak is at six games now. Hopefully the Twins can salvage one win on this road trip this afternoon. But then they return to the Dome to start a three game border battle with the Brewers on Friday night. I will be at the Anthony Swarzak debut on Saturday night. Before that game, the Twins will be honoring Corey Koskie, so that should be good to see too.

Yesterday I talked about how I’m not worried, but within that, I also subtly commented that this is the time to start making some changes as well. Since as bloggers and blog commenters we want to think we have all the answers, I guess I better explain some of my thoughts on what they should do, besides listen to Bobby McFerrin and Bob Marley. Craig Breslow is now gone. He’ll be with Oakland.  

  • Luis Ayala may have bought himself a little bit of time with last night’s performance. He will need to prove that was not a fluke over the next two weeks. If it was lightning in a bottle, there are some moves that could be made that would cause a trickle effect through the system. If the Twins were to release Ayala, they could promote Rob Delaney to the big leagues from New Britain. I’m not convinced he is ready yet, but he does have potential and seems smart enough and strong enough to learn and adjust. At that same time, I would move Anthony Slama up to AAA. Spencer Steedley and Blair Erickson would then move up to New Britain. Joe Testa is more than ready to move up to Ft. Myers, and Danny Rondon or Matt Williams could join him. Shooter Hunt could come off of the DL in Beloit, or someone like Tom Stuifbergen or Liam Hendiks could move up to Beloit.
  • As we have discussed for a couple months, if not longer, I would send Carlos Gomez back to Rochester and promote Dustin Martin. I would have Denard Span play daily in CF with Delmon Young and Martin platooning in LF.
  • The Twins decided in the offseason, and we all agreed, that they did not need a veteran starting pitcher this year, as they have added in the past. The five young starters would be a strength of the team and the least of their worries. Right now, even more so than the bullpen, the starters are the weakest link. Let’s see how Anthony Swarzak does over his 2-3 starts. If he does well enough, could the Twins bring Glen Perkins back in the bullpen?

I guess my main point would be that there aren’t a lot of things that the Twins can do. I know people don’t like hearing it, but this truly is a young team. The players that are playing need to play. The pitchers that are struggling and inconsistent need to pitch innings. Obviously the core of the lineup is still young and needs to play. Could the Twins look to trade a veteran, such as Nick Punto? Sure, but I don’t think they would do that. Could Mike Redmond bring back a Hi-A middle infielder? First, this is no time to wave the white flag, and second, there is just too much talent on this roster to not eventually work through it.

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Wednesday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Steve Tolleson, New Britain Rockcats, Alexander Soto/Ramon Santana, Beloit Snappers

Wednesday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – David Bromberg, Ft. Myers Miracle

TRANSACTIONS – Infielder Nick Romero was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers. The Miracle put Estarlin de Los Santos on the Disabled List.

ROCHESTER REPORT

Wednesday –Rochester– After playing for 18 straight days, the Red Wings finally got a much-needed day off. 

ROCKCAT RECAP

Wednesday – New Britain 6, Reading 4 Steve Tolleson was hitting .180 a week ago. In his last six games, he has gone 12-23 and is now hitting .244. In this game, he was 2-3 with two walks and his second homer. Danny Valencia was 3-5 and is hitting .327. Brian Dinkelman and Yancarlos Ortiz each had two hits. Following two rough starts, Jay Rainville had a very good start in this game. He gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out five. Jose Lugo came in for the 7th and hit the batter he faced. Rob Delaney came in and gave up an unearned run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Zach Ward got the final two outs of the 8th. Anthony Slama picked up his eighth save with two strikeouts in an inning.   

MIRACLE MEMOS

Wednesday – Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 5Tyler Robertson pitched well but fell to 2-1 on the season. The young lefty worked the first six innings. Have gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits and three walks. Kyle Waldrop threw two scoreless innings. Santos Arias gave up two runs on four hits over his inning. Ben Revere went 2-4. Chris Parmelee went 1-3 with a walk.

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Wednesday – Beloit 14, Peoria 9 – The bats were certainly out for the Snappers in this game. Ramon Santana is back, and didn’t miss a beat. In this game, he was 3-4 with a walk, his fourth home run and four RBI. Alexander Soto is really playing well too. He went 3-5 with two homers. He has four on the season. Michael Harrington went 3-5 with a double. Jonathan Waltenbury, Angel Morales and James Beresford each went 2-5. Michael Allen made the start. He gave up five runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Blake Martin gave up a run on two hits and a walk in 0.1 innings in his season debut. Danny Rondon came in and gave up two runs in two innings. He struck out four. Joe Testa worked a scoreless inning as well.  

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14 Responses to “What Would I Do?”

  1. mike wants wins May 21, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    How would trading Redmond be waving a white flag? If they could get something for him, I’d do that right now.

    I think Perk ends up in the bullpen at some point this year, which is disappointing. I thought he had turned a corner last year at one point.

  2. J. Lichty May 21, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I think Harris is more likely to go than Punto

  3. mike wants wins May 21, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Seth, the Gomez thing is the great debate for me right now. His D is so good, that he clearly helps them win games, even if his hitting is really bad. Do you think he’d learn more about hitting in AAA, or in MLB? This team’s pitching is such that they are not now contenders. If that is true, I’d be ok with Gomez being up here learning. But, it’s not clear to me where he’d learn more at this point.

    Plus, all of these pitchers are flyball pitchers. They need all the help they can get (when they aren’t flying over the fence…..).

  4. Jeff P May 21, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    I usually don’t look at minor league players for other teams but check out the stats on the guy who beat Ft Myers last night (jenrry mejia). http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Mejia%2C%20Je%20%28W%2C%203-1%29&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=516769

    Not sure if the link will work, but 1.82 era and opponents ba of .212 as a 19 year old in high A. His strikeout rate at 33/39 innings is not dominating but overall his stats are impressive. I guess the question with someone from the Dominican Republic is if the age is truly accurate.

    Anyway, I know the focus on the minor leagues is on pitching for obvious reasons but it is also good to see some of the bats come alive in the Twins system, a number of top prospects are batting much higher in May than April. Do you think Valencia and/or Revere will move up after the all star break if they are still playing well? I would love to see Valencia get a September call up.

  5. Jack Steal May 21, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Seth,

    Nothing would surprise me the way this team is playing. I believe for the first time ever that they need a different manager. Just look at the lineup last night Gardy had Cuddyer at 1st Base. The reason being he refuses to take Cuddyer out of the lineup because he plays favorites. You can’t be a successful manager and play favorites.

    I have always defended Gardy because the front office has been stingy and not given him any help through the years. However, there has been no improvement shown at all this year which would indicate to me things will not get better. I tend to be too negative at times so lets hope the Twins break the losing skid today and start a long winning streak. WIN TWINS!!

  6. thrylos98 May 21, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Seth, Henn worries me much more than Ayala at this point. The Henn for Breslow move was not very smart…

    Do you think that Martin will be better than Gomez in the majors? I highly doubt it. A Hughes for Buscher is long overdue. This team cannot hit LHP. Hughes is .417/.462/1.042 (1.504 OPS) against LHP in Rochester. Redmond is a filler and keeping Morales instead of him will be beneficial for the team. Enough teams have catching issues and I can see someone bite for Redmond.

    But I think that overall the issues are bigger and the team does not have fire. Yes, “they play their tails off” but they are not mad enough when they lose. That starts with the manager. Gardy’s got to go.

  7. Kunza May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    It is hard to defend Gardehire when Cuddyer is at 1B and your MVP is not the field -ridiculous

  8. Dome Dog May 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Thrylos…is it your personal mission in life to get Gardy fired? Since you are so eager to fire him, who would you replace him with? I think there are plenty of ways Gardy can be criticized, but there is no such thing as a perfect manager. Who would be better? I guess I kind of see this situation like what the T-wolves had a few years ago. The team wasn’t performing and the canned Saunders, who was a perfectly good coach. The problem was more so with the players and the front office who assembled the team. I think this is a similar situation.

    Kunza…who else would you put at 1st base if Morneau needs a day off? Believe it or not, it is possible that Morneau requested a “rest day” where his bat was still in the lineup, but he could give his legs a rest in the field. Remember the month of September last year, where it looked like Morneau was completely worn down? Obviously Cuddyer is not a good option, but who else was going to play there against a left-handed pitcher? Let’s just not be so quick each game to jump on the manager for something when we have no idea if it was actually his fault or not (i.e. when Span tried to steal 3rd a few games ago and was thrown out with Mauer at the plate. Everyone crucified Gardy for that call, when it came out the next day that Span did it on his own.)

  9. thrylos98 May 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Dome Dog,

    it’s not my personal mission, but I am convinced that the guy hurts the team more than it helps it. Here is an example from today: Blackburn throws 83 pitches, has a 20 run lead and Gardy burns Mijares (one of the few reliable relievers) in the 8th. Great move… Keep him

  10. Dome Dog May 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    I would agree with you on that move. If you’re going to use a relief pitcher, use one of the stiffs and burn them out. Like I said, I think there are plenty of ways that Gardy opens himself up to criticism. I just don’t think I would fire the guy based on his track record since he took over the team, and I’m fine if you disagree with me.

    I was asking a serious question though. Who would you like to replace him with? And what is it about that person that convinces you he would handle the team better than Gardy?

  11. ben May 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    How’s Morillo doing?

  12. thrylos98 May 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Who would you like to replace him with? And what is it about that person that convinces you he would handle the team better than Gardy?

    Wally Backman

    the Twins need a manager with fire and Backman is the man. One of the most intelligent managers in the game and fights till the end.

    BTW, Gardy’s record since 2002 against teams that eventually made the post season is 93-129 (.419, or the equivalent of a 94 loss season)

    I just don’t think that the team can win with that kind of record against good teams or move deep into the post-season (as proven) with Gardy at the helm.

    The last 3 seasons the Twins have exactly the success of the Vikings (1 first place, 1 second place, 1 third place). Childress is getting a lot of heat, but Gardy is not. Something does not make sense…

  13. thrylos98 May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    and don’t let me get started about optioning Morales and keeping the ghost of Redmond’s past in the majors 🙂

    (at least not at Seth’s blog 🙂 )

  14. TT May 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    The reason Mijares was in the game was that he hadn’t pitched in 4 days. It was a good move. Anyone suggesting otherwise ought to be embarrassed by their lack of knowledge of the game.

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