Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; MVP, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Crede, 3B; AJ, C; Uribe, SS; BA, CF.
We were talking this morning about how this year has seemed to lack the dramatic moments last year did (of course, our vision and memory are probably also skewed by how 2005 ended up … which drove home those memories for us forever).
Anyway, we now have experienced moments in each of the last two games … first AJ’s walkoff and then JD’s catch/fan response/home run. Hopefully, that karma, that mo’, is now with us (after residing in Detroit early in the year before moving to the Twin Cities during the summer). Maybe we will become the Boys of September/October? Maybe? Timing would be pretty good.
Class AAA Charlotte was eliminated in the International League playoffs, so this morning Sean Tracey, Josh Fields and Jerry Owens joined us (along with Charlotte manager Razor Shines).
It’s September 10, we just won a key game to pull within 3.5 games of the Tigers (who face Johann Santana today) and people are mad because of our bullpen’s performance last night? Keep the eye on the big prize. With a 10-1 lead, Ozzie obviously wanted to get some guys into the game (while giving regulars a day off) who he might hesitate to use right now in tighter games. It almost backfired (certainly, thank goodness, it did not). I don’t think the performances by middle/long relievers is an indication of larger bullpen woes. If anything, I have been impressed by how Mike MacDougal and Matt Thornton have thrown. Thornton was the unsung hero of Friday night’s victory after stranding that runner at third. Mike stepped up last night and ended the threat (with Matt closing out). Do we all need and want Bobby to have a good outing as soon as possible? Absolutely. So does he.
But if we are fortunate enough to reach the playoffs, people (in opposing uniforms) may be surprised by the power arms in the back of our bullpen.
Just my opinion.