I was completely wrong on Revere. I bashed his weak arm more than anybody on this board, but I've got to admit he has helped set a fire under this team since his call up. Ben Revere rocks, in my humble opinion.
I'm glad Morneau has regained some of his form as of late. I was pretty harsh on him too. Justin is the man once again.
I've even liked Carroll a bit lately. My apologies for all the disgusting, humiliating things I've said about him this season. He is fundamentally sound.
But I'm a tad disappointed in Nishi. Poor guy. I think he's already been bashed enough. I think it's time to make an obvious decision on him and the quicker the better. Just hope he doesn't jump off a bridge.
I am still not fully won over by Revere. He still has his poor arm, plays slightly out of position sometimes and still makes mistakes when he as at the plate. But, as long as he keeps finding ways to get on base it dampens the rest of the problems.
I am just waiting to see when the opponents finally start to play him like they did last year taking away the short bloop hits that drop in front of the outfielders and playing him in in the infield to take away the slow ground ball hits.
In the meantime, I guess I could live with him in the lineup. As I mentioned I do like him on the bases more than Span...at least Revere seems to want to steal a base...though I think he should be taking more chances than he has...how are you going to learn if you don't attempt the steal?
Mastroianni has done a great job as the 4th outfielder. Wouldn't mind keeping him around.
Just as long as Gardy keeps him as what he should be: the 4th outfielder. He doesn't appear to be an every day player. Late game defensive sub? Yes. Pinch runner? Yes. Guy to pencil into the lineup when one of your OF's needs a day off? Yes. Full time starter? No.
My idea for a given week for Darren Mastroianni.. adjust accordingly
Sunday Afternoon: Yay, I get to play some right field for the twins!
Monday: New series against the Indians! 7:10 and I got the best seat in the house- the bench!
Tuesday: 7:10 from the best seat in the house. ...9:10, WOAH I GET TO RUN IN A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME FOR *THE* RYAN DOUMIT!
Wednesday:12:10: WOO I GET TO PLAY LEFT TODAY!
Thursday: off day- enjoy day
Friday: Woo Twins vs Red Sox! Great seats too, right next to gardy!
Saturday: 6:10 start, and i got my personalized #19 Mastroianni jersey and i get to sit on the bench with the twins!
Sunday: WOO I GET TO PLAY FOR SPAN IN CENTER TODAY!
basically... sunday. and wednesday.
Its a good gig if you can get it
*copyright Dan Cole*
Maybe...but Revere isn't stealing that much either. Where Span drops anchor and blocks Revere, at least Revere is or trying to learn the pitchers...but a speedster like Revere should have twice as many stolen bases. Especially since he's been here all year. He steals bases in spurts...a few here and a few there. He has 27 SB in 105 times on base. I subtracted the doubles and triples because of the usual lack of steal in those situations. There is no reason Revere shouldn't be in the 40s for SB...that's his game.
But this lineup won't change unless Span leaves.
Mauer needs to start getting the ball OVER the infielder's instead of through the infield...that would have taken care of some of those GIDPs.