Sunday, August 02, 2009

Time for Football Season

Might as well start it now, based on the way the teams I follow played this weekend.

I saw parts of all three games that the Twins played against the Angels and, not to put too fine a point on it, they got their asses handed to them. Orlando Cabrera is a professional guy and will help solidify the infield, but the problem at 34 Kirby Puckett Place is that the pitching reeks. Riddle me this: which starting pitcher on the Twins staff would you trust to win a game right now? I sure can't think of one. Meanwhile, the already suspect bullpen is now coughing up huge innings with alarming frequency. Today's game was just a perfect example. The Twins got buried in the middle innings, then clawed their way back a little bit, to a 9-4 score. The immortal Brian Duensing then worked with his fellow arsonist Jose Mijares to load the bases, with the inevitable result that four runs scored, first on a sacrifice fly, then a 3-run homer. Suddenly it's 13-4 and the lights are off for good.

Bill Smith, the Twins GM, doesn't like to send out prospects. I get that. But unless the Twins are serious about getting good players in here, they are going to be looking at a Pittsburgh situation pretty soon: a mid-market team in a beautiful ballpark that gets drilled 6 nights out of 10.

Meanwhile, my beloved Brewers are facing the same issue: no reliable pitching. The same question that one asks about the Twins applies to the Brewers: do they have any starter that you would trust to win a game right now? Yovanni Gallardo has a lot of talent and Braden Looper has been okay, but there's a lot of stench otherwise. The current stretch of the schedule is when the Brewers should be taking charge: lots of games against the footwipes of the National League: the Nationals, Padres and Pirates. So far? A split with the 1962 Mets-like Nats and losing 2 of 3 to a Padres team that gave up around April 27. Conclusion? Not. Good. Enough.

1 comment:

Brad Carlson said...

The thing that frustrates me about the Twins is they KNEW that they needed an upgrade to the bullpen going into this season. Their response? Sign Nats reject Luis Ayala and hope/pray that Jose Mijares does what he did in late '08. Mijares didn't even make the club out of Spring Training thanks to a 10.00 ERA and Ayala was as bad as advertised.