Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cranking Runs in Kansas City & Welcome Danny Valencia

Twins third basemen Danny Valencia The Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 19-1 and 11-2 on consecutive nights in Kansas City. They have an amazing 39 hits in their first 2 games of the series. They've played just about as complete as a baseball team can with good pitching, great hitting, and good defense. Watching the games, I think Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City had just as many Twins fans as Royal fans. To purchase any upcoming Minnesota Twins tickets check out Ticket King!

It's hard to mention all the stars over the first 2 games but rookie Danny Valenica has 14 hits in his last 19 at bats in his last 4 games. Jason Repko has filled in nicely as well, making a spectacular catch on Monday night. Here are some of the other highlights:

-Joe Mauer went 5-5 with 7 rbi's on Monday, followed by 2-4 with 2 rbi on Tuesday. Yikes.
-Delmon Young went 4-6 on Monday and 2-4 on Tuesday.
-Francisco Liriano pitched 7 scoreless innings only allowing 3 hits on Monday
-Carl Pavano earned his 13th win on Tuesday, with 5 innings and surrendering 1 run
-Alexi Casilla was 2-4 with 3 rbi on Monday

Monday, July 26, 2010

Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles Recap, Carl Pavano, & Delmon Young

Denard Span swinging The Minnesota Twins took 3 of 4 against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards over the weekend. In a hot and humid environment, the Minnesota Twins were able to nearly sweep the Orioles if not for a 3-2 loss on Friday night. They now sit 1 game back from the Chicago White Sox and visit Kansas City for a 3 game series. Here are some notes from the series:

-Delmon Young went 8/17 with 7 rbi. His stat line is now .322, 13 home runs, and 74 rbi. Talk about a turn around.
-Carl Pavano pitched a complete game 5-0 shutout on Thursday. He's 12-6 with 5 complete games. Talk about a steal over the offseason, Bill Smith looks pretty good on that one.
-Jason Kubel hit another grand slam and Denard Span made another incredible catch
-Orlando Hudson went to the DL because of an oblique strain, Jose Morales was recalled from AAA, and Justin Morneau is still out

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nick Blackburn to Bullpen, Anthony Slama recalled from AAA

New Promoted Minnesota Twin Anthony Slama The Minnesota Twins made some changes to their pitching staff. Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn was swapped with left-handed reliever Brian Duensing and Anthony Slama was recalled from AAA to replace Alex Burnett. Nick Blackburn has struggled since going 5-0 in May. He has lost 7 of his last 9 decisions and his ERA is 6.53. He has allowed 11 home runs in 41 innings since June 1 with a 9.88 ERA. Brian Duensing will have his first start on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. Anthony Slama debuted yesterday against the Cleveland Indians, throwing 1 inning with 2 strikeouts and a hit.

Minnesota Twins Recap of White Sox and Indians Series

Minnesota Twin pitcher Carl Pavano delivering a pitchThe Minnesota Twins took 3 of 4 games against the Chicago White Sox and 1 of 3 against the Cleveland Indians. After losing a close 8-7 contest to start the series against the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins rebounded and won the next 3 including a dramatic walk off win on Sunday. However, they couldn't keep the streak going and lost the first 2 games against the Cleveland Indians. Francisco Liriano was able to avoid the sweep and went 7 shutout innings yesterday. Delmon Young went 3-5 with 3 rbi's in the #3 spot where catcher Joe Mauer usually is. Young continues to swing a hot bat, leading the American League with batting average with runners in scoring position and had 12 hits in the 7 game homestand. Carl Pavano pitched another complete game on Saturday, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Minnesota Twins First Half Analysis of the 2010 Season

Delmon Young swingingThe 2010 MLB season is officially halfway. The Minnesota Twins currently sit at 46-42 and 3rd place in the AL Central Division. The expectations are high and as fans we expect them to outright win the division with their potent lineup. Here is the positives and negatives of the first half of the season.

-Target Field, already one of the best ballparks in the game.
-Delmon Young is batting .305, 10 home runs, 58 rbi. On pace for career season.
-Justin Morneau batting .345, 18 home runs, 56 rbi, and has played spectacular defense. Potential MVP candidate.
-Carl Pavano is 10-6, with a 3.58 ERA, and 13 quality starts. And has a sweet mustache.
-Jon Rauch with 20 saves. Didn't have to make for a trade and the Twins have only lost twice when going into the 9th leading.
-Jim Thome & 10 home runs. Gives the Minnesota Twins a true DH.

-Joe Mauer with .293 and 4 home runs. I know he's human but he's capable of more.
-Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, and Kevin Slowey. All have a over a 4.00 ERA and have struggled to get into late innings.
-Michael Cuddyer hitting .267. Will be key for 2nd half surge.
-Hitting into double plays. The Minnesota Twins lead the league in grounding into double plays. Enough Said

Monday, July 12, 2010

Recap of the Detroit Tigers Series

2010 MLB All-Star GameThe Minnesota Twins took 1 game of the 3 game series against the Detroit Tigers. After losing the first 2 games, Carl Pavano once again delivered a much needed victory. The Minnesota Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago White Sox, good for 3rd place in the AL Central Division. The All-Star will give the Twins some rest and hopefully refresh the players for the second half of the season. First basemen Justin Morneau is missing the All-Star game with a concussion and Joe Mauer had his shoulder examined. The Chicago White Sox visit Target Field after the All-Star break.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Toronto Blue Jays topple Minnesota Twins, Take 2 of 3

Pitcher Scott Baker got roughed up against the Toronto Blue Jays The Minnesota Twins are in a slump. The Toronto Blue Jays took 2 of 3 from the Twins and hit too many home runs that I don't even want to count. The Minnesota Twins will now travel to the Detroit Tigers in a big AL Central showdown. Minnesota desperately needs to get in a groove and figure out their pitching problems. The lineup is finally healthy yet we still are struggling to win games. Pitcher Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners appears to be heading to the New York Yankees (speculation, but still) which doesn't help the Minnesota Twins. The starting pitching staff needs to pitch better and more effectively for the Twins to make a run. For Minnesota Twins tickets visit Ticket King.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Minnesota Twins Interested in Seattle Mariner's Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies last season It has been reported over the past few weeks that the Minnesota Twins have been interested in Seattle Pitcher Cliff Lee. Lee has been one of the best pitchers in the MLB over the last few seasons, winning a Cy Young Award in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians. After losing 3 of 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays and pitchers Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, and Kevin Slowey having inconsistent starts, the talks have reportedly intensified. The Twins have prospect Wilson Ramos, a coveted catcher who the Mariners could use. If a deal occurs, it will most likely involve Wilson Ramos and at least another solid prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization. Lee would provide the Twins with a true ace and a pitcher who does not pitch for contact. He has 4 complete games in his last 6 starts with a 8-3 record and 2.34 ERA. The Twins will have to decide if they feel Lee is worth being a 3 to 4 month player that could elevate them to the next level for giving up at least 2 quality prospects. If the Twins acquire Lee, it would be hard to resign him since the Twins have invested All-Star money into Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

Minnesota Twins Drop 3 of 4 to Tampa Bay Rays

The 4th of July provides for a great mid-summer retreat with family and friends in the summer. It did not provide for a good weekend for the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Twins lost 3 of 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. The Twins are in desperate need of getting hot and going on a streak. After starting hot in April and May, the Twins have struggled in June and early July. In a pivotal game on Saturday, the bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 8th and lost the game 8-6. On Thursday, Minnesota Twins closer Jon Rauch blew a 4-3 lead with 2 outs in the 9th inning and lost 5-4 in 10 innings. The Minnesota Twins will now be on the road in Toronto and Detroit for 6 games from July 6th to July 11th. The starting pitching and bullpen must improve if the Minnesota Twins want to win the AL Central Division and go deep in the playoffs. On Sunday, catcher Joe Mauer and 1st baseman Justin Morneau were named starters for the American League All-Star team to be played on July 13th in Anaheim, California. Outfielder Delmon Young has a chance to become the final player on the American League team, part of the "Final Vote" option for fans to vote in. Young will compete with Nick Swisher (Yankees), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), Michael Young (Rangers), and Paul Konerko (White Sox). Go to to vote for Young!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Minnesota Twins take 2 of 3 from Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays up Next

Justin Morneau connects for a home run
The Minnesota Twins won the rubber match yesterday afternoon 5-1 against the Detroit Tigers. Justin Morneau hit his 16th home run, Kevin Slowey pitched 6 innings, and the Twins pushed their division lead to 1 1/2 games. Joe Mauer got the day off so backup Drew Butera caught. Outfielder Delmon Young moved up to the #3 spot after hitting in the #7 spot almost all year. Young went 1-4 with 1 RBI in his first appearance in the third spot, where Joe Mauer usually bats. Michael Cuddyer played 3rd base again which allows Jason Kubel to play right field and Jim Thome at the designated hitter position. The Minnesota Twins now start a 4 game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Carl Pavano will get the mound and has pitched 2 consecutive complete games.