Before I get to any of my other observations, I ask Ron Gardenhire if he was conscious tonight? Why was Terry Mulholland, an aging left-hander with no fastball, left in for three innings to face Ivan Rodriguez, one of the better right-handed hitters in the game? That's a disguisting display of managing Gardy. You need to use the great arms you have available to you. I don't care if they pitched a lot because you haven't used them that much this year anyways. Bring in Rincon or Nathan or even Crain. They all have great stuff and could have pitched a good inning. Way to ruin a game you could win. How do you expect to carry this team to the playoffs when you make so many bonehead decisions as a manager? From Miller, to Tiffee, to tonight, I'm just disguisted.
Otherwise, Torii made a really bad play tonight. I agree he should have had his head in the game more, and of course, we expect a lot more from such an amazing center fielder. But it won't happen again and as my fellow blogger said, he's been doing great lately. No the real bonehead play was Terry Ryan deciding that we desperately need to keep backup catchers.
Has he been watching the same games I have? Has he observed what the Twins have problems with? I'll tell you, its not catchers or Joe Mauer. Its situational hitting and hitting in general, something Terry Tiffie was handling just fine when he was up here. Even Gardenhire protested, but because he thought they could keep Tiffee up by putting Mike Redmond on the DL after the collision last night that bruised his ribs. Thats still ridiculous. Come on guys. Corky Miller hasn't gotten a hit and what the Twins need right now is some serious hitters. Terry Tiffee earned his right to stay at the major league level by showing confidence and an ability to hit with men on. Michael Cuddyer comes up and I turn away, cause I can already see the double play or strikeout coming. Either bench Cuddyer and put Tiffee out there to start or at least get rid of Miller. Even if Tiffee doesn't follow those stats, at least it will motivate Cuddyer.
If your going to manage right, you have to motivate your players and just putting Cuddyer out there to start every game isn't going to motivate him the way he needs to be. Take a lesson from any successful manager. Cuddyer needs to sit, Tiffee needs to start, and Miller needs to join Stephen Drew and Ricky Henderson in the Atlantic League.
* Torii stole another base, bringing his season total to 10. That's more than Ichiro! And he got an amazing jump as he has all year.
* Carlos Silva and Justin Morneau came of the DL today. Both have great games, with Silva pitching seven solid innings and Morneau going 2 for 4 with a crushing homer off of Troy Percival in the 9th. With that going, we should have won this game. That's all I can say.