Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rock Solid Recrap: Scott Baker Was Dominant

Twins 2, Rockies 1

Those were among the final words on both the Twins and Rockies broadcasts tonight.

Scott Baker.

When I think of Scott Baker, I don't think about domination. I actually think...does it get anymore bland than Scott Baker?

Actually... it does. Randy Wells, Brian Bannister, Brandon Morrow, Felipe Paulino (twice), Brian Moehler, Dontrelle Willis, and on and on and on. All very bland, umimpressive piitchers that have made the Rockies offense look completely non-existent.

It's not a concern anymore. It's a problem. This offense has no life. It has no direction. They just keep swinging. They just keep missing. They have no clue how to get out of the funk they're in.

I know they prepare. I know they take batting practice. I know they read scouting reports. I just don't know how that, combined with the immense talent and potential up and down the lineup, doesn't translate into good offense. I don't how they can constantly look overmatched by average pitchers.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Twins

Been awhile since we've added a Rockie to the DL.  Not that I'm complaining... and not that it's really been that long.

Matt Daley was placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation.  You had to think something was up about a month ago when Daley was sent to AAA just with the thought of giving him rest.  Daley was pushed hard the first 4-5 weeks of the season, much the same way Matt Belisle has been since Opening Day.  Much the same way Huston Street was last season.  It catches up.

Juan Rincon, who provided some solid help at the end of last season, and is a former Minnesota Twin, will join the team tonight in Minnesota.

Rockies Lineup (3-1)

  • CF Gonzalez
  • 1B Helton
  • SS Tulowitzki
  • RF Hawpe
  • 3B Mora
  • DH Giambi
  • LF Smith
  • C   Iannetta
  • 2B Barmes
Jhoulys Chacin on the mound tonight.  Has to be some pressure on him to get into the 6th-7th inning following another abbreviated Cook outing.  

Giambi falls to sixth.  I'd say he's fortunate he didn't fall completely out of the lineup.  Regardless, there's no way he'd hit in front of Smith in my lineup. 

Twins Lineup (37-27)
  • CF Span
  • 2B Tolbert
  • C   Mauer
  • 1B Morneau
  • DH Kubel
  • RF Cuddyer
  • LF Young
  • 3B Valencia
  • SS Punto
Scott Baker on the mound for the Twinkees.  Many viewed him as their ace coming in to 2010.  That's not the case anymore.  The two aces will be battling tomorrow afternoon.