If you read yesterday's post, you'd know that I didn't watch last night's game. Going by the boxscore, the hitters did really well and the pitchers, aside from Boof, did good too.
Jason Kubel: batting 7th, 1-4 with a homerun and 2 RBI.
Justin Morneau: batting 5th, 1-4 with a homerun and an RBI.
Terry Tiffee: batting 9th, 2-3 with a homerun and an RBI.
On the downside, Cuddyer struck out twice and left three men on base; Morneau left four.
My dream batting order for the Twins, with the people they have now, would look like this:
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bartlett, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason Kubel, LF
Terry Tiffee, 3B
Lew Ford, CF
Shannon Stewart, DH
You're saying "Where's Torii?". Torii's on the bench, my friend. Out of all the Twins with over 100 at-bats, not counting Juan Castro, Tony Batista, or Rondy White (simply because his year will go into the record book, somewhere, on how crappy it is), Torii has the second worst batting average on the team. He's getting paid 10.75 million dollars this year, to do what? Have the second most RBIs on the team, to a guy that's getting paid 28 times less than he is? Be third on the team in homeruns, to two guys with a combined salary of less than a fifth of Torii's? Wait, I think I got it: to be tied for second on the team with 47 strikeouts; the person leading him and the person that he's tied with are the same two that have more homeruns than him (it's common for homerun hitters to get struck out a lot).
It's just unfortunate that Torii is so far along in his career that his batting will not change. Maybe if he'd spend a couple hours a day with guys like Luis Castillo and Joe Mauer who, in my opinion, are both better hitters than Torii, he'd actually do something productive. There's a quote out there, somewhere, from Torii saying that he wants to be with the Twins when the stadium opens up in 2010. Sorry Torii, I got news for you: you won't be with the Twins in 2010, and you shouldn't be with the Twins after the All-Star break this season. If you're with us next year, I'll have a coronary.