Twins, Timberwolves, WildPublished 7:13pm Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wow, I can’t believe all of the injuries the Twins have suffered this season and its only half over.
This week we here Justin Morneau is going to have neck surgery and will be out at least 6- 8 weeks. I think it will be more as the Twins can never seem to predict when the injured players will come back, they usually under guess. Last night Delmon Young goes down with what appears to be an ankle sprain. Something tells me that it may be more than that but we will see.
What all this means is that the Twins will have to keep on playing the Triple A guys. It is just a revolving door going on with guys coming and going of the DL. I guess it is just one of those years.
The Twins rattled off a good little streak there to get everyone excited but lately have struggled again. You can only win with mirrors and magic for so long. Pretty soon they are going to have to have some talent in the lineup to get back into the race.
With the mini winning streak it brought hope again that the Twins could get back into this thing so it looked like they may be buyers come the trading deadline. Now with the slump here again it will be interesting how they approach the end of July.
If Delmon is hurt worse than has been reported I wonder how much it will affect his trade value either now or this winter. He hasn’t put up very big numbers so far so that will be another factor. It is sad because he was starting to hit again and he is usually a second half hitter so he does have some value either to another team or the Twins.
Watching Nishioka bat left-handed is almost painful. He is so over matched by major league pitching and it really shows up when he is on the left side. With his speed he should be a slap hitter but with the swing he has when he does make contact it usually is a popup or an easy fly ball.
I haven’t given up on him yet, as I enjoy watching him play shortstop. He seems way more comfortable there and has made some great plays. He has made some errors too but things are still new to the guy. If only he could figure out how to hit.
-I’m not sure what I think of the Timberwolves. I really want to be a fan but it is hard. They did make the right pick in the draft by getting Derrick Williams when I thought they might trade him for some smelly gym socks like they usually do. Rickey Rubio will bring some fans to the Target Center for awhile but if he plays like he did in Europe last year they won’t come see him for long, except maybe all the young girls.
What the GM is doing to Kurt Rambis is ridiculous. Whether you like him or not stringing Rambis on is not very professional. Who, meaning anyone who is any good, would want to coach for this guy?
-The Wild hired a new coach and a guy I never heard of which doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, just that I don’t really know the guy. Trading Brett Burns was tough as he was such a good player and an even greater guy, but the Wild needed offense and that is what they got even if these guys are young. They claim within two years the Wild will be tough as they are finally trying to build a team through youth.