Thursday, August 9, 2012

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same I've taken a little hiatus, (some may call it writer's cramp, I call it summer vacation).  But now I'm back and let's see...what have our beloved Twins done in the past month? 

Well, last time I checked in, the Twinkies were in last place with a horrid 30-42 but managed to only be 7.5 GB.

Liriano was still on the team but I was predicting that either he or D. Span would be gone by the trade deadline.

Franchise player Joe Mauer was underachieving at best, Joe Capps just went on the DL and Willingham and Plouffe were tearing the cover off the ball with 15 HR's apiece. 

My how things change in one month...or have they?

As of today, the Minnesota Twins are  49-62, 11.5 GB, but are no longer in last place as the KC Royals (47-63) have sucked worse.  Liriano was shipped off to the White Sox, Joe Mauer has actually started hitting the ball well (.316), Plouffe has been on the 15 day DL with an injured thumb which sparked the call up and then trade of Danny Valencia, Willingham leads the team in homers with 29 (tying his career high) and RBI's with 83 (3rd in the AL), Ben Revere has been blazing up the base paths and is 3rd in the AL with 27 SB's, and Scott Diamond (May call-up) is still the ace with a 10-5 record and a very respectable 2.91 ERA.

If I've left anything out, like Nishioka's return to the lineup (0-12 with 3 errors in 3 games) it's probably not that relevant anyway.

Surprisingly, the offense has picked it up some, however, with pitchers in the rotation like Blackburn (4-7, 7.42) and Duensing (2-7, 4.46) they've barely managed to increase their winning percentage (.416 on 7/26 to .441 today).

Sammy Deduno
One bright spot, however, has been Sammy Deduno who, since being called up a few weeks ago, has started 6 games and is 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA.  He's been a little wild (25 BB in 33 INN) but has been able to pitch himself out of jams.  Bottom line, along with Diamond, Deduno gives the Twins a chance to win every time he takes the hill and really, that's all you can ask out of your starter.

The Twins are 5-3 in the month of August and have the day off today after finishing up a series win over Cleveland.  They are back at Target Field on Friday taking on the Tampa Bay Rays (58-52) with Cole DeVries (2-2, 3.81) going up against Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 3.43) at 7:10 CT.  It's getting pretty late in the season to be thinking playoffs, huh?  But with the Cleveland Indians only 2 games ahead of the Twins in the standings, a third place finish in the Central is well within reach. 

Stay tuned for continuous Twins updates.  Until next time, I will leave you with one of my favorite pics of Kate Upton.  C ya!
The lovely Kate

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