“This game is developing like a divisional playoff game” or something to that effect sayeth Kaat, as he talks about the Minnesota bullpen. Except that Ron Gardenhire yanked Johan Santana, in the middle of a 3-hit shutout, after 5 innings to rest him for next week. The Twins bullpen is imploding having to pitch 4 innings, something they would never have been called on to do in a playoff game with Santana on a roll. Why can’t Kaat think straight? How can he be so smart but make so many asinine comments?
I am trying my hardest to listen to him with open ears, after the praise heaped upon him by my co-blogger, but Kaat just can’t get through any kind of stretch without saying something off-the-planet stupid.
(Edit: Now before I get picked on for picking on “Kitty”, I put up with the post/pre-game show at the gym as it was all that was on. I listened (or, rather, read the captioning) closely, thinking maybe Kaat and Kaye would address their earlier comments about the pattern of the game. But Kaat twice more set upon the above-referenced train of thought in his own odd way, and even had the gall to use today’s game as indication of “the difference between the two teams”, showcasing the striking ability of the Yankees to come from behind in contrast to the lesser Minnesota bullpen. Again, this is pure nonsense. Yes, the Yankees have been good at coming back this season, but today’s circumstances played right into such a scenario – Ron Gardenhire voluntarily hamstrung his own team’s ability to win a game this afternoon. Why he did this can be debated as right or wrong, but that’s not in this post’s purview. Had Santana pitched through the 8th, as it appeared he might easily do under any other circumstances, the game would likely have been lost by the Bombers. Today’s game didn’t really indicate any difference between the teams, other than that the Twins started a superior pitcher, and that a team that pulls a Cy Young winner with 4 innings to go and a 2 run lead may not have winning at the top of their list.)