Tuesday, March 18, 2008

2/3 of the Grapefruit

The Twins finished their 20th of 30 spring games this afternoon, a 4-2 win over the Orioles. After tomorrow's off day, they'll play a game for each of the next ten days, then head back to MN after their last game in Bradenton. Here are some thoughts at this stage of the spring:

Joe Mauer is freakin' awesome! In three PAs today, he drew a walk, hit a 2-run homer the opposite way, then added an RBI single. That raises his spring line to a ludicrous .458/.548/.833, with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. Did I mention that he's on my fantasy team?

Denard Span got the start in CF today. In 4 PAs, he drew a walk, sacrificed, doubled and struck out. That raises his SfC adjusted line to .324/.439/.471. He's done just about everything they've asked of him so far.

Carlos Gomez went 0-3. After forcing Span in the first, he stole 2nd, and 3rd, and scored on a grounder by Cuddyer. Another run conjured from thin air.

Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris continue to struggle at the plate. Matt Tolbert got a start today and went 3-4. Could he be edging one of them out for the last bench spot?

Humber, Blackburn, and Perkins all pitched well. With the status of Liriano and Baker in some doubt, it now seems possible that all three could make the team.

Finally, in world outside of baseball news, Barack Obama is unbelievably better at speaking than the current president.

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