Monday, April 18, 2005

Lohse continued failures

Kyle Lohse has been given many opportunities to show the Twins and fans how his impressive array of pitches can win ballgames for a contending team. He's failed at that over and over again, as he did tonight. In a momentum game against the White Sox, Lohse did the same things he's been doing for years. Not consistently changing speeds, pitches, or locations and allowing hitters to catch up to his fastball and to time his curveball. What is the result? Lots of hurtful home-runs, as seen tonight.

Should we try to trade Lohse? I say no, since it won't do us much good. His value has gone done progressively and he's overpaid considering his performances. I instead suggest what my associate has, which is moving Lohse to the bullpen. Who would replace him in the rotation? With Silva coming back, there is the possibility of keeping Gassner at the major league level if he continues to impress. Otherwise, we have two prospects in Scott Baker and J.D. Durbin waiting in the wings. Durbin wasn't too great this spring, but Baker has earned the chance. Much the same way Cuddyer was given a spot Terry Tiffee should have been considered for, Lohse was given a spot he may not have earned.

Other observations:

* Terry Tiffee continues to look like a major league ready player. His defense was quite impressive tonight and he has certainly showed offensive talent and an ability to hit in tough situations, something the Twins desperately need.

* Joe Mauer went 2 for 4 with a great opposite-field home run off of Takatsu in the 9th. Its too bad Torii Hunter couldn't be more patient and take ball four, giving Jacque Jones a chance to win the game in the 9th.

* Once again, let me reiterate that LeCroy is an embarrassment. Everytime he comes to bat or in the field, he does something foolish that Dick and Bert comment about. They think its funny but I say its embarrasing and signal that this guy doesn't deserve his spot. (Once again, please Gardenhire, get rid of Miller and LeCroy. Give Tiffee the chance to play everyday)

4 comments:

roger said...

I understand that LeCroy is one of the great "clubhouse" guys. Problem is, how can this team keep a player that has no position they are comfortable putting him at. It seems he gets worse defensively each year...don't understand how that happens. Trade LeCroy to free up at bats for Tiffee at DH/1B/3B.

Nick M. said...

Agreed. That's what I'm saying. LeCroy is, at best, a good pinch-hitter. He can't play any position worth a damn and he isn't consistent as a hitter. And how is he in the clubhouse? He just acts like everything in one big joke. Let me tell you, having a guy that pathetically slow on the team isn't the least bit funny to me. Its an embarrassment.

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