Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 24th

Yesterday, the Twins took on the Blue Jays in Fort Myers. The Twins came out on top 8-7 in the high scoring game. The Twins came out strong with the bats and like usual as of late the pitching really struggled. I am not making a big deal out of the pitching struggles as of late, but with less than 2 weeks before the season I would like to see improvement.
  • Francisco Liriano was not real great again. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. The problem again was not him getting hit that hard, he only gave up 3 hits, the problem is he is having trouble placing his fastball. When he is right he is getting ahead with the fastball and finishing hitters off with the slider and changeup. However, when he can't throw his fastball for strikes his slider and changeup are meaningless. When he falls behind he has to groove a fastball and gets hammered. I am less worried about Liriano than I am Baker because Liriano's problems can be corrected. Because if Liriano throws strikes he is almost unhittable so keep an eye on him to see if improves.
  • The hitters appear that they are ready for the season to begin as they hit a spring high 4 homeruns. They were led by Justin Mourneau who homered for the second consecutive day and Matt Tolbert, Brenden Harris and Delmon Young also homered for the Twins. The Twins put up 13 hits a day after putting up 12 hits so it appears they are ready for the season to begin.
  • Matt Tolbert continued his campaign to make the Twins with 2 more hits and 3 rbi's to bring his team high 7 rbi's this spring. It will be interesting to see what Gardy does because the 3 of them Tolbert, Brenden Harris, and Brian Buscher are not making it easy becuase all 3 of them are really hitting the ball. The Twins will bring 2 of the 3 up north and I really don't know who goes to Rochester. A week ago I would of bet it would of been Tolbert, but he has gotten hot so I have no idea any more and I don't think Gardy has decided yet.
  • Today, the Twins continue grapefruit league play as they travel to Jupiter to take on the Marlins. Gametime is at 12:05 with Kevin Slowey looking to continue his steller spring and get ready for the regular season. Philip Humber and RA Dickey are also expected to pitch in their battle for a bullpen spot with the Twins.