Game Recap #33: Shortstops and Catchers 4, Real Team 9

Second verse, same as the first.

At some point, you have to stop being upset at the Twins roster construction and just laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it.  The Twins had three catchers, three shortstops, and two outfielders on their roster.  They discovered that this did not work particularly well.  They realized that the problem was that they had too many...outfielders.  So for this game, they had three catchers, four shortstops, and one outfielder on the roster.

Look, I don't know how much difference it would make if the Twins had two weak-hitting glove men--say, Darin Mastroianni and Clete Thomas--in the outfield.  For all I know, maybe not much.  But at least, when they were in the field, they would look like a real ball team.  I mean, I would think the Twins front office would be embarrassed about this.  Every other major league team manages to find three outfielders to put on their roster.  Some of them even have four.  I cannot for the life of me understand why this seems to be such a hard concept for Twins management to grasp.

Socal tells me that one of the shortstops and one of the catchers has been sent down.  The thought is that Hicks is coming off the DL, so at least the Twins will be back to two outfielders again.  I don't suppose there's much chance that there will actually be three, but we can hope, I guess.

As for the game itself, well, there's not a whole lot to say.  Kevin Correia had a poor game.  Would it have made a difference if they'd had better outfielders?  I have no way to know.  Obviously, to stop some of the runs, they'd have to have been playing in the right field bleachers.  Gardy managed to burn through five relief pitchers, three of whom worked less than an inning.  The game did mark the return of Matt Guerrier.  I would love to see him become an important member of the bullpen again, but then there a lot of things I would love to see happen that in all likelihood won't.  It should also be noted that Chris Herrmann's average dropped to a Florimonian .128.

So we move on to Detroit to take on the Tigers.  I assume Gardy will find a way to play all of his shortstops and all of his catchers.  And won't we be surprised when it works!  The Twins will go on a 129-game winning streak, Gardy will be hailed as a genius, and Terry Ryan will win Executive of the Year.  We'll just have to settle for 144-18!

6 thoughts on “Game Recap #33: Shortstops and Catchers 4, Real Team 9”

  1. I am not looking forward to the Tigers series. I assume the Twins will be 15-21 come Monday.

  2. The part that irks me is five relievers to pitch 4.2 innings. Nobody wants to see that.

    1. In fact, it was five relievers to pitch 3.2 innings. Correia went 4.1, and there was no bottom of the ninth.

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