ORIGINAL: Phil Riewer
Anatomy of another disappointment.
Off Season: Falvine started off looking like they were making the right moves. Before the lockout, they nailed Buxton down to multi-year deal that protected them from Buck's extensive injury history. They traded a shiny coin for Sonny Gray. Heading into spring training they shocked everybody and signed Correa. They made a series of moves in trading Fred Garvin for Kiner Filefa and 24 hour later packaging KF and Donaldson for Urshala and Sanchez.
The problem is that they needed another front line starter to go with Gray. Instead, they decided to sign Homer Bai...I mean JA Happ and Matt Shoe...I mean Al Bundy and Chris Archer. This assured that they would have to rely on unproven Joe Ryan and injury prone Bailey Ober to fill the 2-3 slots. Then they made a deal to add hard throwing high era Chris Paddack, despite knowing his elbow was hanging on by a thread. The also brought in Pagan to further weaken an already bad bullpen. But, what the hell, they still had Smeltzer and Uber waiting in the wings.
We were all heartened when the Twins started the season with Jake Cave off the 40 man roster. Youth was being served. Kirilloff and Larnach were playing and contributing. Correa was flashing great play and even greater leadership. Buck was healthy. Jeffers and Sanchez looked like a viable catching rotation. Ryan and Ober started out well. Paddack wasn't half bad and even Ted Bundy was contributing. The Twins were winning and then...
Injuries, injuries and more injuries. First was Sano and we all thought...great, this opens up more time for young players. Then the last strand of Paddack's UCL snapped. Winder came up, looked good, shut down for second straight year with a shoulder impingement. Ober missed months with a groin pull. Larnach, abdominal surgery. Kirilloff, season ending wrist surgery. Jeffers injury exposed the complete lack of depth at catcher. The Twins acquired Sonny Leon to catch. A man so bad he lost his job to Matt Hedges. Oh yeah, that bs about resting Buxton regularly to keep him healthy. Turns out he was hurt right away and they were resting him regularly to save on a gimpy knee. Worked so much better than just shutting him down when it happened. A season of favoring the knee aggravated the ligaments in his hip. So, Buck is on the IL while the games matter most.
As inevitable as death and taxes, Smeltzer and Cave returned to the roster and the lineup.
The bullpen imploded. Pagan made everyone pine for Colome. Duffey completely lost his stuff. The Twins tried to remedy this by cycling 97 pitchers between the majors and AAA. This was bound to confuse the other teams hitters right? Rocco made a horrible situation worse by refusing to let starters pitch more than 2 times through the rotation. A terrible bullpen became a terrible & overworked bullpen.
Speaking of Rocco, his game management has been pathetic. It's not just pitching mismanagement. Other coaches have been bad as well. Mayor Watkins has surpassed every previous Twins 3B coach in sending runners to an untimely demise at home plate.
I'm sure I have overlooked plenty. The Twins will no doubt chalk it up to bad luck. The Wonder Twins will probably stand pat with the pitching staff. No doubt they will bank on Maeda coming back like he was in 2020. They will assume Paddack will be just fine after a second TJ. They will stick with Rocco and his bad managing. They will stand behind Sean Johnson and his terrible drafts. The Pohlads will stand behind Falvine and their culture of mediocrity.
Stick a fork in 2022 and rinse and repeat for 2023.
Though true this post was posted about a month early.
Too soon sir
Big Brother was on last night so I watched that instead. Guardians of the Galaxy were on also; Twins aren't fun to watch and haven't been for a while.
You missed out. I was at the game last night. I was informed I was missing Dick and Justin reminiscing about Scott Baker's near perfect-game from August 31, 2007. I think about that game often. Sorry I missed the discussion, but happy I was attending an exciting Twins win.
I will watch the quick replay of the game on YouTube if needed; Big Brother was more entertaining as was Galaxy of the Guardians. The product isn't that great right now; sorry to say.
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