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Dear Twins fans,
I’m writing to you this morning to ask how you are doing after the Twins Game 1 loss last night to the Yankees. I’m doing so for a couple of reasons. First, I care. I hope that you are doing well and not letting the game get to you too much. Second, I write this because I honestly don’t know how I feel at this point.
How do I feel? Really, I feel several things, and as I wrote last night, I just feel deflated.
From the sounds of it, a lot of Twins are angry. I’m not angry. I mean, the Twins offense could have scored more, but geez, they scored four runs off of one of the better lefties in the league. Crain? I mean, he gave up a home run to Mark Teixeira. This happens. He was the right guy to be pitching there. Liriano? Again, I have no problem with him giving up a run-scoring single to Cano. He could be the MVP. The Posada RBI single was a soft liner just out of the reach of a leaping Orlando Hudson. And I would have left Liriano in to face Granderson too. Granderson is barely a .200 hitter in his career against lefties… but even that means he’ll get a hit once every five at bats.
A lot of people are upset about a lot of things. A lot of things that during the regular season we probably wouldn’t notice. That’s the beauty and the curse of playoff baseball. And it’s frustrating.
It’s frustrating that the Twins have now lost 10 straight playoff games to the Yankees. To me, that is inexplicable. The Yankees are a great team, but you know what? So are the Twins.
A couple things I may have forgotten in my blog last night… I was somewhat annoyed by the first inning bunt by Orlando Hudson after Denard Span led off with a single. There is no doubt in my mind that Hudson did that on his own. I would really hope that they wouldn’t call a bunt there. The concept of playing for one run in the first inning against the Yankees makes no sense. Was it a horrible baseball decision? Of course not. It can be explained (want to get off to a quick start, want to make CC move, etc), but I think it sets the wrong tone.
I have no problem with Jason Kubel or Jim Thome struggling against CC Sabathia. Both have not been good against left-handers in their careers. There were no better options for Gardy to use in the game, but my expectations for both of them are not real high. But Joe Mauer has handled left-handed pitching very well through most of his career. Not as well this year, but I still expect him to have good at bats. He had three horrible at bats against Sabathia in which he looked like he had never seen a curveball.
Jim Thome also had a few really bad at bats, the worst was against Robertson where he looked like a 20 year old rookie. That said, he is the guy that we all want up there in those situations, isn’t he? Even with the weak pop-up that he hit to end the game, isn’t he the guy we all want in that situation?
I get that people think Jose Morales is so good, but I honestly don’t believe there was a situation last night where he would have been used. Maybe for Jason Kubel in the bottom of the 6th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs? Maybe?
I’m frustrated. It was deflating. It’s a lot more than annoying. But I don’t question the effort at all.
The other thing to remember is that tonight the Twins have another opportunity. Andy Pettitte is a veteran with a ton of postseason experience who has pitched well against the Twins in the past. However, he missed a lot of the last few months with injury and even now is far from 100% Last night’s game wasn’t a must-win. Tonight is a must win.
Anyway, I’ll be on KFAN with Paul Allen at 9:20 this morning. I’m going to try really hard to be positive and honest. You might want to listen. I have no idea how it will go! Ha!
Thanks for listening,
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