Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rock & Roll Stars

Frank: Well, the Minnesota Twins continue to show the fight that got them into the thick of a pennant race, winning two more series last week and remaining on the heels of the Chicago White Sox.
All year long, the Twins have led the major leagues in hitting with runners in scoring position. We also lead the Majors with a team record 67 sacrifice flies. Together, these statistics lead to a lot of runs scored. In fact, we have scored the third most runs in the league without much power. What do you think of all the small ball? Will we keep it up on the road this week?

Bert: The Twins won the first two games against the Orioles by scoring 12 runs in each game of the doubleheader played on Saturday night. In game one the Twins won 12-2 behind Scott Baker and Denard Span, who hit two homers to account for four of the Twins 12 runs. This means that eight runs, by my California math, were produced by singles, doubles and triples. Game two was won by the score 12-6 and Brendan Harris hit a solo homerun which accounting for only one of the 12 runs. Eleven more runs were created by singles, doubles and triples. Baltimore's pitchers also helped out by walking 13 batters over the two games. If you want to call these two wins small ball you can but it's the Twins way!

Sunday the Twins, looking for the three-game sweep, lost 7-3 because they couldn't do much against Orioles starter Radhames Liz, who worked eight shutout innings against them. The offense was held in check because he threw strikes and stayed ahead of the hitters. It's very hard to sweep a team no matter who they are and now the Twins are in Cleveland hoping to sweep the Indians.

Frank: When the Twins take on the Rays this week, we will face an even younger -- though more experienced -- starting staff than our own. Their five starters are all in double figures in wins; although the fewest starts among them is 24. We will also be facing them at their park, where the Rays have the best home record in baseball. Tampa Bay is playing over .700 baseball in the domed stadium of Tropicana field. Do you think it's inevitable that they will add to the winning percentage by beating us in the series, given that it is the last leg of our second long road trip in a month? What do you think it will be like for Delmon Young and others to play against the team that traded them? On the other side of the coin, what would it mean to Matt Garza, if he pitches against the Twins? Do you think he will?

Bert: The Tampa Bay Rays are having a type of season that is great for baseball. Nobody expected the Rays to be on top of the American League Eastern Division. Good for them and I am a big Joe Maddon fan. He was managing in the Angels organization when I played for the Angels in the late 80's and early 90's. Joe is a great baseball man and his team is the Cinderella team in the American League. I feel the Twins would be very happy if they could split the four-game series because of the Rays’ success at home this season. Anytime a player goes against his former team there is always a little more excitement for that player. Delmon Young would love to get a game-winning hit against the Rays in the series and if Matt Garza pitches (it looks like he won’t, though) he wants to shut the Twins out. That's the nature of the game and the spirit the players have against their former team and teammates.

Frank: As the road trip continues tonight in Cleveland, I would like you to explain to me the absence of Three Dog Night from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The reason I bring this up is that the Hall is located in downtown Cleveland, near where I assume that you are staying. So I would appreciate it if you could stop by there during your time off from the games and do your best to rectify the situation. Hurt some people if you have to do it; for the love of God, Jeremiah the bullfrog implores you to do this. I know that there are other artists deserving of induction into the Hall of Fame -- such as the Steve Miller Band and, from your teenage years, the Hollies and Tommy James and the Shondells -- but Three Dog Night is a personal favorite of mine. If you can make the Hall induct them, you would bring Joy to the World!

Bert: I have actually been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland. It's a great place to visit if you are a music buff and, really, who isn't? I personally loved Three Dog Night and loved their songs. Having the opportunity to walk through the Hall you realize that there were so many great bands that have been such a great influence in so many lives. My wife Gayle is a bigger music fan then I am. We both like oldies type music and also country western. I think there is Joy in the World no matter what kind of music you love!
Go Twins...

Frank: Slugger Justin Morneau keeps playing every day, and Saturday he tied for the league lead in RBIs. His continued offensive production, as he closes in on his second league MVP Award, is one of many things to look for that would help the Twins “Go” this week.


Anonymous said...

The Three Dog Night reference makes the title work! Very clever!!

A die hard fan

Anonymous said...

Twins 1.5 back!

Let's go Twins!