-Minnesota is becoming an offensive inept team again. Remember last year when every single game seemed to be dominated by “offensive ineptitude”? It’s coming back, or at least it is here in Yankee Stadium for a certain team from the Midwest.
-Morneau had one of the nine hits today against Mike Mussina. I’ll get into Moose later, but one hit? After being held hitless yesterday, I’m starting to wonder if his hand really is hurt. Either he should go on the DL or take a day or two off.
-Mike Mussina. Mike Mussina!? Come on, guys! This Yankee pitcher was born 40 years ago. When Mussina was Casilla’s age, Casilla was still 14 years away from rookie ball. How we can’t manage to get a run off him is beyond me. In fact, every one of the Yankee starters we have faced in this series are overrated. The Twins have scored just five runs off starting pitchers this series. Offensive ineptitude.
-Perkins was extremely solid today through the first four and one-third innings. After getting one out in the fifth, though, Perkins surrendered three hits; one of which was a two-run double to Justin Christian. He struggled the next inning as well, giving up three additional runs before the inning was over. His final line was a mediocre 6 IP,
-The Boink-O-Meter just went up one today. When people cite how awful Gomez has been this month they usually bring up the fact that he hasn’t stolen a base since June 30. Since June 1 Gomez has only attempted to steal a base eight times. I think this has much more to do with the management than Gomez. Being only 22 years old I assume that Gomez is not yet allowed to steal on his own accord. He probably gets the signal from the dugout, and there haven’t been many opportunities lately.
I have no idea why Gardy isn’t opting to send Gomez more than he is, which is pitifully low. Eight attempts since June 1? This guy could be the fastest in major league baseball. This team is known for their small-ball, piranha-style play. In a crunch game like today (the sixth inning before Span hit into the double play is a perfect example) you must attempt to steal second base.
-Another odd thing today was the fact that no Twins batter managed to draw a walk. With Mauer not in the lineup, I guess I can give them a free pass for today, but it is just not acceptable in the major leagues.
-The only Twin who had a handle on Yankee pitching today was Mike Lamb. He went 3-4 with the one RBI of the day for Minnesota. What I think is funny is how bad his average still is; .229. He needed to have a good day, though, because I don’t have a tag for him yet here at Twins Fix.
-Gomez had another hit as he batted from the ninth hole today, but Span was held without reaching base. Now, stop me if I’m wrong, but I thought you needed to get on base before you can score a run. If the Twins can’t reach base, how do they expect to win?
I think it’s time to beat cheeks out of Yankee Stadium for the last time ever. It’s been nice, but the Twins simply cannot find a way to win in that place. There is an off-day tomorrow before the Twins visit the Cleveland Indians.
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