March 13th, 2008
Yeah, I know, its not that big of a deal–especially the way the Twins have been the last couple of years, but its a win nonetheless, and with all the drama and injuries in the last week, but its nice to win SOMETHING…
Clay Buchholz did better than he has been, throwing 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out none. Unfortunately, even a decent outing did little to improve his less than stellar ERA: From 12.60 to 9.35 to leave his ERA at 9.35.Twins phenom Francisco Liriano did not fare as well, giving up 3 runs in 2+ innings and throwing 53 pitches (28 strikes) Ouch!
Looks like wishful thinking–Julio Lugo is on track to play in Friday’s game, and barring an unforeseen, should be ready fro opening day….But it appears that Coco Crisp in nowhere near ready to go–so the competition between he and Jacoby Ellsbury is a non-event…and more and more it looks like Jacoby will be the Opening Day Starter–at the very least in Japan…
My friend Paul and I were kicking around the potential starting lineup for the 2008. And its fricken excellent:
Of course, things change if Coco and/or Doug Mirabelli starts, Doug would go to #9 (and push Lugo to #8) and Coco would probably go to #8 and Youk could bat leadoff….
To succeed this year, we need out pitching to get healthy again. I TOLD everyone to stop bragging about how much “extra pitching” we had–there is no such thing in baseball!
And JD Drew reallyREALLY needs to step it up. He was completely underwhelming last year…although there were some flashed of brilliance, not enough….and of course, Julio Lugo needs to step it up, and get it done, both on the field, and with his bat…cause all the speed in the world is useless if you dont get on base…
In a completely shocking piece of news (NOT) Rocco Baldelli is injured AGAIN–and will begin the season on the DL. And the worst part is the fact that doctors have little clue what is wring with his legs. From Rocco: “I searched out doctors around the country…I was having a lot of problems the last couple of years with muscles and muscle strains. A good way to describe is muscle fatigue and cramping, way before my body should be feeling these things. I was incapable of doing basic baseball activities as far as running, hitting and throwing. These were things I had done my whole life very easily…The team sent me to specialists, flew me around all over the country trying to find out what was going on…my muscles don’t work as they should. They don’t recover as they should on a day-to-day basis. It becomes very difficult to go out and be on the field every day. My body is literally spent after a short time out there, which makes it extremely frustrating…at this time after all the testing we’ve done we don’t have a concrete answer…They have been unable to identify an exact reason or a problem specifically. So that’s what we’re dealing with,” Baldelli said.
The two wins in the last two games has at least push the Sox into a little more respectable (although still losing numbers) 5-8-1
Today: The much anticipated start of Bartolo Colon, where he will throw his 1st pitch in a Sox uniform at 1:05pm today, against the Tampa Bay Rays (changed their name–Devil Rays was better…) This should be interesting, and hell, if anyone else gets hurt, HE may become the staff ace (shudder)