Monkey Balls

Well, it only took nine-and-a-half games this season for me to walk away mid-game from a Twins broadcast and head upstairs to play a stupid video game. To be honest, I’m surprised it wasn’t sooner. Last night’s performance against the Blue Jays was probably their most pitiful so far, and it’s all the more tragic because it seems the Twins still have a great team, but they’re totally lacking in confidence.

Thankfully, there’s still a long way to go, and things will get better. Some of the best teams make slow starts, and it’s way more tragic to slump later on in the season than it is early (I’m talking to you, Aston Villa, of English Premiership football fame).

I’m hardly the greatest baseball pundit out there, but I do notice a few things:

  • Scott Baker shouldn’t be pitching balls up to super-hitting team like the Jays.
  • Carlos Gomez needs some more batting practice or something.
  • Luis Ayala and Philip Humber don’t look good, yet Craig Breslow and Jesse Crain (who look fine to this point) have been under-used.
  • I’m still not sure whether Delmon Young will ever make it.
  • Our starting pitchers will improve over time.

If the Twins can pull out a series draw against Toronto tonight (with Roy Halliday on the mound for them), that would be an achievement, and surely help their confidence. Even out of the mere four games they’ve won so far this season though, only one has been an impressive blow-out, the other three have been won by a mere whisker. In any sport, a team needs to be in command and show confidence, and right now, Minnesota is looking a little meek.

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