Saturday, April 23, 2005

Rainy Days

Today's game between the Twins and Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather, and rescheduled for Monday afternoon. Therefore, I will just take this opportunity to echo my associate's bitter disgust with the management technique of Ron Gardenhire in last night's game. I don't know what on Earth he was thinking sending Terry Mulholland out for a third inning in a tie ball-game with one of most dangerous right-handed hitters in the league due to lead off. Overuse of the bullpen is not an excuse, Jesse Crain has really not pitched very much this year. When you have an arsenal of powerful righties in your pen, you have GOT to bring one out to face Pudge in the 10th inning. That management is just absolutely baffling.

I would also like to express my disappointment with Shannon Stewart. In the bottom of the 8th, when the Tigers sent Brandon Inge home on a base hit to left, I was laughing aloud. Stewart was scooping up the ball as Inge stepped on third base, and he honestly could have rolled it to Joe Mauer and had it there in plenty of time to get Inge out. But nope, Shannon proved that he has one of the worst arms of any outfielder in the league, lobbing a ball that came in about 10 feet wide of the plate.

Justin Morneau had a nice return, hitting a moonshot to tie the game in the 9th. Too bad it was wasted by poor management.