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Still Getting Used To This Thing: Twins-Sox Gameroo

Baseball?  In the daytime?  Sorry we're late.  Still getting our groove back on, so to speak.

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Lester’s troubles return. He walks Span who then steals second. With two outs Mauer hits a slow roller through the middle which hits the second base bag. Scutaro has no play and the Twins are leading 4-1.

Oof. V-Mart is going to hit eventually, but 11 stolen bases against 1 caught stealing is not something easily swallowed. Given the struggles of the pitching and Ortiz, I wonder if they’d think about moving Martinez to DH, and swallowing Varitek’s bat and arm for the upgrade to the pitching staff. What other choice do they have?
Meanwhile, Beltre is pulling off the rare feat of a higher average than OBP.

VMart is to blame for the stolen bases, but I don’t think you can say Varitek would be a huge upgrade to the pitching staff.
And Ortiz striking out a lot could also represent someone who is trying too hard because the media is asking the “Is Ortiz done?” question every 10 minutes.

If not, Varitek, then who?
Still – 2009 – Pitchers to Catchers:
Varitek: .256 .324 .406 .730
V-mart: .278 .351 .455 .806
As for Ortiz, I just read a stat that he’s missed 44% of the pitches he’s swung at. That’s not trying too hard. That’s a guy who may legitimately be done. but how ling do they stick with him? They’re obviously a more flexible team if they don’t pencil him into the DH slot every game.

“And Ortiz striking out a lot could also represent someone who is trying too hard because the media is asking the ‘Is Ortiz done?’ question every 10 minutes.”
You’d think that after 7 years dealing with the Boston media, he’d have developed a thicker skin than that.

Pettitte gets into a little trouble in the 2nd, but in typical Andy fashion he works his way out of it…
1-0 going into the bottom of the 9th. More runs are required. Now.

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