Thursday, April 3, 2008

At least we're not in Detroit

Though the Angels are supposed to be one of the elite teams of the American League, it's no "moral" victory to come out of the opening home stand losing three of four games.

Overwhelmingly, the heart of the Twins lineup failed with runners in scoring position. Cuddyer did it twice today, Morneau has been anemic at the plate, Mauer hasn't been doing much more than moving runners over with outs, and the only power has come from Jason Cue-ball.

It's early. I get that. But it may be time to fiddle with the order. Cuddyer had a couple chances to win the game today but didn't come through. Morneau looks like a broomball player sliding around in an NHL game.

How many times are you going to get great outings from Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey-relief crew and Boofie?

So here's my thinking:
  1. Gomez CF
  2. Harris/Tolbert 2B
  3. Mauer C
  4. Young LF
  5. Cuddyer RF
  6. Morneau 1B
  7. Kubel/Monroe DH
  8. Lamb/Punto 3B
  9. Everett SS

Stats of the day:

  • The Twins have hit into one less double-play (6) than they have extra-base hits (7).
  • Young and Gomez have thus far combined to hit .387 (12-for-31). Mauer, Cuddyer and Morneau are .175 (7-for-40).
  • Four games, one home run (Kubel).
  • Detroit Tigers 0-3. Minnesota Twins 1-3. Kansas City 3-0. Yep, Kansas City.

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