It seems like every year there is a point in the season when I think the Twins are dead in the water and maybe I need to lower my expectations on them. Well here we are again, except this year I don’t think I’ll be proved wrong.
I’ve seen the players look frustrated on the field before but after the 1st inning of Tuesday’s game they looked defeated. After all they were playing the ROYALS! And here they were down 6 runs in the first, at home. I just remember thinking that the players looked like they didn’t want to be there after that. Sad thing is they played the rest of that game that way. It’s almost like the one game they won was in spite of themselves. Add yesterday’s outcome and losing the series to the ROYALS at home and well I think this season is done.
The Twins have lost 2 of the last 3 series to the bottom of the division. If they can’t beat these teams how are they supposed to beat the top two teams in the division? The simple answer is they can’t. This team has not shown the ability to win consistently enough to pass Chicago and Detroit which would have been hard even if they were playing well.
So what now? I’m a Twins fan, so I’ll still be tuning in and following the team but all I’m hoping for is that they can get above .500 for the season. I’m going to be rooting for them to hold off the Indians and ROYALS, pretty sad huh? I think the front office needs to change their goals as well. I love me some Red Dawg but please bring up Morales. Release Buscher and bring up Valencia if the organization really thinks he could be the starting 3B in 2010. He still would need to play in a platoon with Crede so he could be protected somewhat. I’d like to see Slama up with the Twins to see what he has.
Oh and one more thing, I’d like to see LNP – The Rally Slayer never play again this season! Is this unfair? Maybe but I think he has FAIL bunted his way out of a job. People here have pointed out that his defense is no longer good enough that he can lean on that so as I pointed out in the game thread, if defense wasn’t enough to keep Dougie baseball on the club then it shouldn’t be enough to keep this AAA player on the field. If Gardy needs to keep his secret love child on the bench fine but LNP should be a pinch runner for the Twins at this point. Oh and he should be 2nd in the depth chart of pinch runners in games that GO GO didn’t start. As for the 4 million he is owed, well someone posted that Mike Lamb is still being paid by the Twins so Bill Smith, close your eyes, pinch your nose, and swallow this ridiculous contract too. Ok, I feel better now…
So I’ll pour one out for my 2009 Minnesota Twins and dream about better results in 2010.