Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Opening Night Notes
NOTE Ė Be sure to join Travis Aune and I for the first episode of the Minnesota Twins Weekly Minor League Report. Travis and I will talk about the Twins affiliates and prospects each week. Tonight we will be joined by Kyle Gibson, who will be starting the Ft. Myers season opener on Thursday night. Maybe one other guest, but we will try to talk about all the goings on in the Twins system. The main focus tonight will be the opening day rosters. By the way, The Twins signed former big leaguer Jason Repko to a minor league contract and he will play in CF in Rochester. The move pushed Rene Tosoni back to New Britain. In recent days, the Twins released Charlton Jimerson, Blair Erickson, Adan Severino and Jeff Lanning.
Itís official. The Twins will not go undefeated in 2010. And if you read comments by some Twins Tweeters, you would wonder if this team will ever win a game. It always amazes me how riled up some Twins fans get during the seasonís first week, last month and in October. Every at bat is so magnified. Here are some thoughts from the game:
∑ Denard Span was 0-5 with three strikeouts. Not too worried about it. I think heíll be OK. I like when people (some sarcastically, some seriously) bring up that the Twins maybe should have kept Carlos Gomez over Span because Gomez went 4-5 with a double, a homer and a stolen base on Opening Day. I think we can all comfortably say that Span will be better.
∑ Scott Baker gave up two runs in the first inning. He went just 4.2 innings. Not too worried about it. He will be very good this year. Itís not like he typically walks two in an inning.
∑ Jose Mijares gave up back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Not too worried about it. He will likely be one of the Twins top bullpen options throughout the season and his numbers will be great.
∑ On the positive, Jesse Crain looked tremendous, but again, it was one outing.
∑ It was great to see Pat Neshek get in a game after missing 23 months of regular season games. It was probably great for Neshek to be able to move past his rough outing on Friday night.
∑ It was great to see Delmon Young smack a home run to deep left field in his first at bat, beat out an infield hit in his second at bat and steal a base.
∑ Overall comment on the offense. The Twins left 12 runners on base. More often than not, they will knock in a few more runs.
∑ Gomez wasnít the only former Twins player to have a nice Opening Day in the National League. Garrett Jones homered in his first two at bats of the season as the Pirates starting RF and #3 hitter.
∑ Jason Frasor blew a save opportunity for the Blue Jays. George Sherrill gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings for the Dodgers. Franklin Morales got a save today. In other words, closers blow saves and have rough outings. And anyone can close, so be patient with Jon Rauch. Iím sure heíll be fine.
One game down, 161 (or 162?) to go!! What were your thoughts on the game? †Leave your comments.