The Minnesota Twins came up short against the White Sox, but the Twins have to look at the positive side of the season. One, they established good, young pitching. Fransisco Liriano, and Scott Baker proved to be aces of this starting pitching staff, and Slowey, Blackburn, and Perkins all showed why they are in the major leagues. They have commanding pitches, and know how to get runners out in big games. Nick Blackburn sure proved that in the 163rd game of the season, taking a shutout into the seventh inning.
Twins Come Up Just ShortPosted: October 18, 2008 by twinsfan21 in Uncategorized
Next, their bullpen established good pitchers too. Reliable closer Joe Nathan proved why he is one of the top closers in the league with 39 saves in 45 opportunities. Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier showed how to be effective set-up man, but at times struggled, and gave up costly runs. The accusations of “Everyday” Eddie Guardado, and Craig Breslow helped make the Twins better too. Young pitchers that were called up that made a difference were Bobby Korecky, Jose Mijares, and Phillip Humber. Mijares especially proved that he could someday be a very good set-up man for the Twins in the future.
The Twins did alright batting too, they had a good average with RISP, showed their speed with a 102 stolen bases, and hitting doubles and triples. They recorded 1570 hits as a team, 791 RBIs, and 829 runs. They had a .341 on-base pct., a .409 slugging pct., and a .280 batting average as a team. Joe Mauer led the American League in batting average for the second time in three years, and Justin Morneau could get another MVP. I think Mauer should be considered for MVP also. Young players, like Carlos “Go-Go” Gomez, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla helped energize this team with their exciting play. Jason Kubel had a good year too, with 20 home runs.
I think this team could go very far next year, and I hope you don’t lose confidence in this young team. (Source: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min-)