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Monday, April 20, 2009

Brief Thoughts About Baseball (4/13/2009 - 4/19/2009)

1. I had a paragraph all planned out about how the Twins always end up settling for taking two out of three in a series but then they ruin it by sweeping the Angels. The Twins had a come-from-behind victory, a blow out, and won a tight pitchers' duel. All ways you need to win if you're a good team. But the question must be asked, are the Twins turning it around or are the Angels just that bad?

2. So, if my math is correct, the Twins have lost ten of the past eleven times they played the Blue Jays. I've never understood how a relatively decent team could be dominated by another team over different seasons. Perhaps it's just coincidence.

3. I may hate the White Sox, but it is impressive that two guys hit their 300th home run in back-to-back at-bats.

4. How weird is it for Gary Sheffield that his first home run as a Met was also his 500th home run in his career? And it's kind of weird the fans and the team celebrated it like he hit all his home runs with them.

5. Ian Kinsler's cycle with 6 hits was pretty good, but it came in a blowout. I'll take Kubel's cycle capped off with a go-ahead grand slam any day of the week.

6. I saw Jorge Posada's home run that the fan interfered with and I think it should have been an out, although the umpires disagree. But that seems consistent with all those other fly balls that should be outs but magically float over the right field wall in the new Yankee Stadium.

7. I have no idea how a professional sports team could let this happen, but it's hilarious.

8. People like to talk about how the Twins are the best franchise at being competitive with a low budget but that's not true. The Twins are OK but they're no Florida Marlins.

9. Jon Lester and Edinson Volquez can thank their great pitching performances on the fact that I dropped them.

10. I also dropped Chien-Ming Wang....apparently there's no help for him.

2 comments:

  1. baroness van bitzenhoferApril 20, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    7. Agreed.

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  2. 1. I'll say 30% the former, 70% the later.

    Before Sunday's game I was reading the paper and the little "division standings" box pointed out that the Twins were in the same place last year at the same time: 6-7, 2 GB.

    Not that last season was a triumph or anything, but I found it interesting that the record was the same between the two seasons when I feel like the Twins had been playing so much crappier at the start of this season.

    7. Holy crap, that's hilarious. And sadly, kind of appropriate. I wonder if the radio or TV guys noticed it, and commented on it? I wonder what they'd have to say about it.

    8. Yeah, you're right, it's insane what the Marlins can do on their budget.

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