I’m sorry I haven’t been able to blog. I’ve been non-stop busy since school is over with. Another thing is I’m trying to procrastinate from packing. I leave TOMORROW for two weeks in the beautiful countries of England and Scotland to see my family. I’m quite excited! The only thing that makes me sad is NO BASEBALL. What am I going to do?! At least I will be home in time for one of my favorite days in summer – The All-Star Game. Say what you want about it, I still love it.
Anyways, moving onto my Twins. What has happened to them?! They just got swept by the BREWERS. THE. BREW. ERS. Honestly, those are games the Twins just need to win without any problems. The starters and the hitters were awful. I think that the first inning in game one really set the tone for the series. We got out to an early 3-0 lead, but it could have easily been more.
I think the main issue we need to address here is: the starting rotation.
Here is what we have: Carl Pavano, Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano, Nick Blackburn, and Kevin Slowey.
Sadly, Pavano is the only one who has had a great start in recent memory. (BTW, can we give him props for that? A one-run complete game against the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park? Impressive.)
In my opinion, I feel that we can still have a little faith in Baker and Liriano. Baker hasn’t pitched horribly, horribly ugly, and Liriano has had his moments of brilliance – like his masterpiece against a tough Braves line-up.
This brings me to Slowey and Blackburn. Where do I begin? Both had back-to-back ugly starts in Philadelphia. We can also go back and look at how Slowey blew-up against the Braves. Blackburn had another batting practice-esque start in Milwaukee today. How do we fix this?
I’m sure anyone else living here in the Twin Cities can attest to the statement that Cliff Lee fever has reached Twins Territory. Especially now that the word is the Twins are currently the frontrunners to get Lee.
I’m not getting my hopes up quite yet. I’ve been a Twins fan in the era where we never made a move at the deadline. To be involved in a blockbuster trade is unfamiliar territory for me.
Is this trade almost necessary, though. Without a doubt, I believe so. How many 1 inning blow-out starts can we afford? With the Tigers and White Sox heating up, the answer is pretty much none.
At this point, it looks like we’ll be offering up Wilson Ramos, the young catching stud who is being blocked by Mauer. A major-league ready starter will need to be included as well. I’m thinking Slowey or Blackburn (despite his contract extension -which could be a problem and prevent him from being included.). Though, a report came out today listing Brian Duensing. That makes more sense, because after seeing the way Slowey and Blackburn have pitched, do you really think Seattle will want to receive either of them in a trade? The final piece most likely will be outfield prospect (Hicks? Revere?).
Either way, something has to be done.
Alright, I’m out for a couple of weeks. Tune in though! I’ll be back with an entry about the ASG. Probably even some vacation pics. Thanks for reading!