Wednesday Morning Notes

23 Sep

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Good morning! After another fun podcast last night, some other projects, an oil change, a meeting, and some other stuff, I passed out. So, I got up early this morning and put together a few thoughts for you to discuss. But if there are other topics, please feel free to bring them up in the Comments. And please be sure to check out several of the other Twins blogs that I have linked to on the left side of this page for more. Have a great day! NIGHTLY Minnesota Twins podcast

  • No guests on the show last night, but had two people (including Fanatic Jack!) call in and talked about last night’s Twins win. The conversation went all over the place, but was all related to the Twins, so hopefully it makes for some good listening!! Check it out and let me know what you think. Tonight at 10, there will be another show. I already have one guest confirmed, and hoping for a second.

Twins 8, White Sox 6

  • The Twins went into US Cellular last night and outslugged the Chicago White Sox on their way to an 8-6 win. The Twins hit four home runs. Orlando Cabrera hit a two run homer in the first inning to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. With the game tied at five, Michael Cuddyer led off the sixth inning with a long home run, his 29th of the season. A couple batters later, Matt Tolbert hit his second homer of the year. It hit the top of the wall in left field, just avoiding the glove of Carlos Quentin. Then in the 8th inning, Jason Kubel hit his 24th home run to give the Twins a 8-5 lead.
  • Jeff Manship walked the first batter he faced in the first inning. Scott Podsednik stole second. Manship then got the next three outs, but Podsednik did score to cut the lead to 3-1. Manship had a 1-2-3 second inning and really looked good. Then came the third inning. Alex Rios hit a home run. Then a single. Then Gordon Beckham hit an 0-2 hanging curve for his 13th homer. It gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead. Two hard hit balls later, Manship was replaced by Francisco Liriano. The lefty went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks. Jesse Crain came in to the game with runners on 1st and 3rd and got out of the inning. He then threw another perfect inning. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless seventh. Matt Guerrier’s first pitch of the 8th inning was deposited well into the left field bleachers by Paul Konerko. It cut the lead to 8-6. Guerrier had to work hard, but got out of the 8th inning with that same lead. Joe Nathan came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 43rd save of the year.
  • Jesse Crain improved to 7-4 and is as good as we have ever seen him.
  • Michael Cuddyer, in addition to his 29th homer, had a single and his 34th double. Jason Kubel added his 33rd double. Delmon Young was 2-3 with a sacrifice fly. Joe Mauer had an RBI double in the fifth that gave the Twins a 5-4 lead.
  • Tonight, Brian Duensing will make the start for the Twins opposite Mark Buehrle. Duensing has made two starts and two relief appearances against the White Sox this year. He is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings. This will be Buehrle’s 41st career start against the Twins. He is 23-15 with a 4.00 Era. He has already made five starts against the Twins this year. He has gone 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA.
  • The Tigers beat Cleveland 3-1 last night behind a strong pitching performance from Edwin Jackson. Aaron Laffey was nearly as good, but a 3rd inning solo home run to Ryan Raburn meant he got the loss. Tonight, it will be Rick Porcello for the Tigers and Justin Masterson for Cleveland.       

Who Starts Sunday?

The Twins talker for today probably has to be who makes the start for the Twins on Sunday against the Royals in Kansas City. Jeff Manship’s name was written in, in pencil, for that start, but with his performance last night, we do need to ask if there is a better option for the Twins. It would be easy to say Francisco Liriano, but I’m not certain that’s necessary true. Are there even any other options? Armando Gabino, maybe? Where have you gone, Yohan Pino? I think the right thing is probably to start Liriano, but to have both Manship and Gabino, and Keppel and everyone ready to go. What do you think? Who provides the Twins with the best chance to win?

World Cup Update

  • Cuba beat Australia 2-1. Both James Beresford and Luke Hughes were 0-4. Beresford did have the lone RBI.
  • Canada beat Puerto Rico 3-0. Rene Tosoni was 1-4 with a walk, his fourth double and two RBI. Nelvin Fuentes went 1.2 scoreless innings for Puerto Rico. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.
  • The Netherlands beat Chinese Taipei 11-2. Former Twins pitching prospect Alexander Smit gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings for the win. He struck out six.
  • Team USA beat Venezuela 6-3. Trevor Plouffe was 1-4 with an RBI. Terry Tiffee was 2-4 with two RBI.  

If you have any opinions, comments or updates, please leave them in the Comments section.


10 Responses to “Wednesday Morning Notes”

  1. Han Joelo September 23, 2009 at 9:15 am #


  2. roger September 23, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Yohan Pino?

  3. Seth September 23, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Yeah… what happened there? Wasn’t Swarzak supposed to be a September call-up?

  4. rosterman September 23, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Starters by committee. Since no one would probably pitch more than a few innings, the best matchup against the top of the Royals order should get the call. Maybe Gabino. Although could Manship hold it for the first time thru the order, than Liriano?

    Does it hurt for Gabino to basically be sitting out there in the bullpen doing nothing?

    Looking at the Royals stats, how are they doing it?

    Of course, the opponet pitching on Sunday may be this year’s Cy Young winner!

  5. Topper September 23, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    True. Lack of foresight to not at least have Swarzak keeping himself tuned up with the club in case we needed him like this.

    But I think a few innings of Liriano (DO NOT leave him out there more than twice through the lineup), and then a patchwork effort from the rest of the pen should be the best option if we don’t roll the dice with Manship again.

  6. mike wants wins September 23, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    I’d probably go pitcher by committee for that game. I’d let the pitchers know they can go all out, and throw it like there is no tomorrow, as they’ll only be going 2 innings or so.

    I’d start Manship, move to Liriano, then see where they are.

    Gabino can sit in the bullpen and do nothing, or sit at home and do nothing. I’m not sure how it hurts him to be there.

    Swarzak not being there is odd. I’m not sure how you don’t have him there right now. Of course, I feel that way about Hughes and Valencia and maybe another power hitter from AAA for PH duties, so what do I know?

    In any event, nice to see them winning. It’s all about winning….

  7. TT September 23, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    With Greinke starting for KC, the Twins are likely to need a dominating performance from their starter. I think that would argue for Liriano. He is probably the guy most capable of doing that on a good day.

    Swarzak would just be sitting on the bench next to Gabino. They chose to recall Gabino, in part, because Swarzak was not pitching well at AAA. Even if Swarzak was available now, Gabino would get the call ahead of him.

    Of course, the decision may depend a lot on how Manship looks on the side and how much work Liriano and Gabino get in the bullpen in the next couple days. Beating Greinke is going to be tough in any case, it doesn’t make sense to sacrifice other games to get ready for him.

  8. mike wants wins September 23, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    If anything, I’d make sure we don’t waste Baker, Pavano, or Duensing while facing Greinke. I like my odds of those three winning other games, than I do in beating the best pitcher in the game right now. Thank goodness the Royals O isn’t very good…..

  9. gobbledygookguy September 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    i’m sure that gabino is very happy sitting on the bench collecting a major league salary for a month which probably is more than he made all yr in the minors.
    calling up more players is probably a cost cutting thing (i know i’m cynical) but it probably cost $50,000+ for the month with salary, travel, food and lodging on the road. not like the twins to toss away a couple 100 grand for nothing. that 100 grand+ may be enough to pay for 1 game in a new mauer contract. 20m = $123,456 a game! nice work if you can get it.

  10. scot September 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    I vote Liriano but on a short leash.

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