Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Texas Size Heartache

The Twins came into their series with the Rangers, the AL West Division leaders, and they had something to prove to the rest of baseball. Three games into the series and the Twins still have a lot left to prove. The Twins have come out flat in the majority of the series and there are a number of glaring problems for the Twins.

The first issue has been finding a left handed reliever for the bullpen. Injuries have plagued anyone that pitches with their left hand for the Twins so a move needed to be made. The Twins claimed Randy Flores off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies. His numbers aren't outstanding but he is a left-handed pitcher and the Twins were desperate.

Carl Pavano has lost a little something. His last couple of starts haven't been the Pavano that we have been use to seeing during this season. Pavano might been getting caught up in some of the dog days of summer. He seems to have lost a little something. Hopefully some of his magic comes back as the end of the season is fast approaching.

Another issue that has serviced today is the injury to Jim Thome. Thome was suppose to be in the line-up as the DH but he was hit in the leg during his at bat last night. He did make a pinch hitting appearance, a strike out, but it will be interesting to see how this impacts him in the coming days.

JJ Hardy's wrist has continued to be bothering him. He sat out the 2nd game of the series. In the 3rd game of the series he finished 1-4. He also looked really bad when he lead off the 9th inning and his team was down a run. The Twins will continue to monitor their SS but this means that other players will continue to get more playing time.

It is the dog days of summer and the end of the Twins season is looming. If there is anything to learn from this Texas series, it is that there are still flaws with this Twins team. Luckily there is still time left before the season is over.

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