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My fantasy team is in sixth, although with Carlos Silva on the mound for the Twins tonight that could change in a hurry. No significant moves on the roster, although now that Mike Lieberthal is off the DL I might throw out the catcher I picked up to sub for him (David Ross of the Reds) in favor of...I don't know. Offensively, my team's doing pretty well, and I'm not sure picking up another pitcher is really going to help at this point.

The Twins are still in the playoff hunt, though they seem to have gotten bit hard by the injury bug of late. It'll be interesting to see if they make a move before the deadline, and even more interesting to see if Ryan shoots the team in the foot again by picking up some worthless old dud. Oddly, Matt LeCroy is a free agent again, and could actually do the team some good, though I don't expect them to actually seize the opportunity. Meanwhile, down home, the Nats are seemingly more interested in getting a decent draft pick than anything else, and I can't say as I blame them. Makes it awfully tough on the fans, though.

Yes, I have a lot of time on my hands today.

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kawaii_shoujo
Jul. 22nd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
My theory about the Twins is that they will never win another World Series. My sister's oldest child was born the year they won the first time. Her second child was born the year they won the second. Her third was born the year there was no World Series due to the strike. My sister is no longer able to have children, so no more World Series for the Twins!
wombat_socho
Jul. 22nd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think they're going to win the World Series again with Gardenhire managing. The man is a horrible tactical manager.
fsf_rapier
Jul. 22nd, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
This from the man that took Silva for a Fantasy pitcher??????

He's a decent starter (note: DECENT, not GOOD), but which stat were you expecting him to deliverfor you? He doesn't strike out many, his wins (max) will be 15 in any given year, his ERA is glaringly average at best, and even his WHIP is only so-so. After the year he's had, you could grab a rookie and be better off.

Okay, seriously now...

So Gardie is learning on the job? Leaving Silva in last night for the 5th as long as he did is a classic example. He should have had Loshe warmed up and ready to take over the moment somebody got on base, not when they were loaded with nobody out.
I've never been a big believer in the base-coach-to-manager jump, but the Twins reward loyalty, and the moment Gardenhire threw his hat in the ring Molitor (who I believe would have been a superior manager after a distinguished career and a hitting coach) immediately bowed out. After back-to-back-to-back division championships Gardenhire isn't going anywhere soon, so best to hope he continues to learn.
wombat_socho
Jul. 22nd, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
I was hoping the defensive improvements would bring Silva down from hideous to average (in WHIP and ERA), and at the time there weren't any good pitchers in the FA pool. I may have to go fishing again soon. :(

I'd buy the argument about Gardenhire learning on the job if he hadn't been one of TK's coaches for...well, forever. I personally would have preferred Ullger, who had managed Salt Lake and Portland well, but it wasn't my call. Anyway, even in the years the Twins won the division, he didn't show me that he could manage worth a damn. The players won those, with the cooperation of a really weak division - the Royals and Tigers were both horrible, the Tribe mediocre, and only the White Sox were worthy opponents.
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