Ah, bad teams have such a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Ah, bad teams have such a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
I can’t really say what’s going on right now, except to say that the pounds are coming off at a very fast rate. Continue reading WGOM Fitness, 22 May 2013: I Swear, Sometimes It’s Just Easy
Sano goes deep twice! A good day for Danny Santana. It gets late early for the Red Wings.
Al Simmons (1902)
Terris McDuffie pitched from 1930-1954, playing in the Negro Leagues, the Cuban Winter League, the Mexican League, the Puerto Rican League, the Dominican League, the Venezuelan League, the California Winter League, and the minor leagues. His biography at b-r.com is worth reading.
Rich Garcia was an American League umpire from 1975-1999.
Tommy John was one of the Twins’ television broadcasters from 1994-1996.
Welcome back to Tuesday starts, Pelf!
Pelfrey (3-4, 6.57 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (4-3, 5.12 ERA)
Boy, apathy is really starting to set in for me already. Amazing what two years of losing, a 6-game losing streak and the furious return of the assbats can do for a man’s patience, which could be why I keep forgetting I have Tuesday game logs.
Anyway, as I was struggling for words for this game log, Buffalo reminded me that tonight is the NBA lottery. I always get unreasonably excited to see which terrible spot the Wolves end up. Will they fall below their expected slot? Will they move up only to be slotted one pick after they can reasonably be expected to select the guy that will actually help the team? Stay tuned.
Another bad outing by Cole DeVries. Chris Colabello hits a grand slam. Niko Goodrum’s bases-clearing triple leads the Kernels to victory.
Fred Dunlap (1859)
Larry Napp was an American League umpire from 1951-1974.
El Tappe had a twin brother, Mel Tappe, who played in the minors.
Winning Streak: -6
It’s been a long week since the Twins started losing last Tuesday. It’s hard to remember since the pups came out and the fireworks were lit. But some day the sun will shine again. The ass-bats will explode into splinters and the gopher balls will dip and dive and swerve around opposing bats.
Until then though keep your head down. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
I’m trying to imagine what it must be like to have a a tornado more than a mile wide with winds up to 300 miles per hour bearing down on you. The worst of the storm that devastated Moore, OK went south of where my Oklahoma City relatives live, and it’s a bad one. Best wishes to everyone in the storm’s path.
After a pretty miserable home stand against teams with stocking fetishes, the Twins take to the road for a little interleague play. The last time the Twins played the Braves in Atlanta the two teams were locked in an epic and immortal clash of talent and will to claim the world championship of baseball. This series doesn’t promise to hold the same level of drama and intensity as that one.
To start this one off the Twins will trot Kevin Correia to the mound. With a a 4-3 record and a 3.35 ERA he’s been as solid a starting pitcher as we have so far this year, and with all his time in the National League he should be able to avoid looking completely lost with a bat in his hand. The Braves send Julio Teheran to the mound tonight. Just 22 years old, Teheran has posted a 14-to-1 K/BB rate in his last 25 innings pitched, which would seem to indicate a decent level of control. We’ll see.
This is a little story about memory, the wonders of the internet, and John D’Acquisto. Perhaps you will find it interesting.
Rochester: Chris Colabello was 15-for-28 with six doubles, three home runs, two walks, and ten RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .361/.419/.657 in 169 at-bats.
New Britain: Daniel Ortiz was 8-for-23 with three doubles. For the season, he is hitting .299/.341/.490 in 157 at-bats.
Fort Myers: Angel Morales was 9-for-21 with three doubles and three triples. For the season, he is hitting .267/.345/.452 in 146 at-bats.
Cedar Rapids: J. D. Williams was 7-for-22 with three doubles, two triples, a home run, four walks, and a stolen base. For the season, he is hitting .255/.411/.511 in 94 at-bats.
Kyle Gibson throws a gem. Another big day for Chris Colabello. Deibinson Romero makes his presence felt in New Britain.
Walt Burnham (1860)
Walt Burham was a minor league manager from 1885-1907, winning 1,164 games.
Outfielder Herman Wedemeyer played for Class C Salt Lake City in 1950. He was a star running back in the All-America Football Conference and later appeared in over 300 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O, playing Sergeant Edward “Duke” Lukela.
Right-hander Tom Morgan was with Washington at the end of 1960, appearing in fourteen games with them. On January 31, 1961, before the franchise played a game in Minnesota, he was sold to the Los Angeles Angels.
Sadaharu Oh hit 868 home runs in Japan.
Outfielder Ralph Bryant was drafted by Minnesota in the thirteenth round of the January draft in 1981, but he did not sign.
There do not appear to be any other major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
We would like to wish a very happy birthday to hungry joe.
Joe Mauer did not continue his hit streak and struck out 3 times, the last one coming in the 8th with the bases full of Twins.
Petunia homered with a little help from Consensual Pork…I’m not in the mood to look, but hasn’t this happened to Josh before?
Our boys are now on a five-game skid with a record of 18-22, good for last in the AL Central, though still only 6 games behind first place Cleveland.
Next up, the Twins head to Atlanta for some interleague play. Lucky for them, the front office brought in some NL pitchers during the offseason for just such an occasion. Hey, at least the #9 hitter sporting a .119 average isn’t named Butters!
After a few annoying games in a row, the Twins are three games under .500 but only five games out of first in a predictably mediocre (but surprisingly well-balanced, through a quarter of the season) division. John Lackey, who still looks like trailer trash to me despite years of proof that he’s a reasonably decent major league starter, faces Pedro Hernandez, who looks more like a major league starter, but often proves otherwise. Oh well.
Wilkin Ramirez starts today as Willingham sits, and Carroll leads off again. The Twins season has probably hit its zenith and won’t be going back, but I’m cool with a quarter-season-long mirage while I wait for the big boys to hit the major league club in the next couple of years.
I am really getting a lot of mileage out of the “sporadic” part of my feature’s title. Anyway, it’s the last day of the season, and that means 10 games all at once, specifically 11 AM Eastern/10 Central on Sunday (So pretty much if you can see this post, get the TV/laptop ready). There’s not a whole lot to be played for today. United won the title going away, City is firmly in 2nd, and all three relegation spots (Wigan, Reading, and QPR) are finalized. The battle for 3rd and 4th (and thus the Champions League) is heating up, with Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs (currently in that order) all still able to qualify. Will Spurs be the odd one out, or will one of the teams above them stumble? Lower in the table, spots 10-17 are only separated by 4 points, so lots of shuffling could be seen by day’s end. How will that affect our prediction contest? Some numbers after the jump. Continue reading SSS — Final Day of the EPL Season Edition
Some good pitching gets wasted. New Britain and Cedar Rapids get shut out. The bats come alive for Fort Myers.
Goose Curry (1905)
Outfielder Goose Curry was a star in the Negro Leagues, batting over .300 several times.
This author’s first baseball glove was a Gil McDougald model.
Larry McCoy was an American League umpire from 1971-1999.
Eric Show was drafted by Minnesota in the 36th round in 1974, but did not sign.
Well, they’re back in last place again (then again, in the rough and tumble AL Central, that’s not as bad a thing as it might otherwise appear).
After golf on Thursday, a group of people were sitting around talking about baseball, when the subject of Joe Mauer came up. I was expecting the worst, but the near universal consensus was that we’re watching a Hall of Famer do Hall of Fame-y things. The couple dissenters were looked upon with a sort of cocked eyebrow pity. I got the sense that maybe all isn’t lost. There are people – even those who aren’t so statistically inclined – who can see that Minnesota’s in the midst of watching one of the very best to ever play his position.
Those that can’t see that? Well, they can choke on their own tongues when Joe is inducted into the Hall of Fame as they lie and say they were with him every step of the way.
Diamond vs. Dempster today (I didn’t realize Dempster has been around as long as he has). Hopefully, Diamond bounces back from his last start (5 2/3 innings, 6 runs on 3 home runs), while Dempster expands upon his (5 innings, 6 runs on 3 home runs).
Twins on Leaderboards
rWAR (position players) – Mauer, 5th (2.0)
Joe Mauer. Good at baseball? You decide.
BB/9 – Correia, 4th (1.342)
* I would expect (injury excepted of course) Fien to be high on this list at season’s end.
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