Hoping for some Bronx success: Twins at Yankees 5/14

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins already seem to be sick of talking about their lack of success in New York (3-23 in the regular season since 2002 and 0-6 last year here including two playoff losses).

But of course the best way to dispel some of the talk would be for Minnesota to take tonight’s series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Twins

(22-12)
Denard Span, CF
Orlando
Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason
Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Alexi Casilla, SS
Nick Punto, 3B
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker (4-2, 4.47
ERA)

Yankees (22-12)
Derek Jeter, SS
Brett Gardner, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Marcus Thames, LF
Juan Miranda, DH
Francisco Cervelli, C
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.40 ERA)

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1 Comment

I firmly believe that Gardenhire has cost us these past two games. Ill start with yesterday. Baker should never even gone out for the 7th inning, thats the first problem because he was getting shelled and just getting lucky to be out of the situations. Second mistake is calling for the intentional walk on Tex. Tex is batting sub .200 this season, yeah he was having a good game, but you don’t walk him to load the bases for Arod who is batting almost 100 points higher. 3rd mistake is the more crucial one in my opinion, so you decide to go with the strategy of walking Tex, you have to live by that then. Why on Gods green earth would you EVER in your right mind bring out Guerrier to face him. Does Gardy pay attention to the stats? 4 for 6 with 3 homers and a handful of RBIs? That cost us the first game

Second game the big mistake in my opinion is having Butera catch! Its foolish, clearly Liriano has a report with Mauer behind the plate, not to mention the team is coming off us having 2 days off the past week. You took away our DH and put a bat in Butera’s worthless hands, on top of having to play both Harris and Punto. Then putting in Crain in a crucial situation only to watch him implode (yet again) is painful to watch.

More on Liriano and Mauer.

With Mauer catching for him:
4-0 record, 30 innings pitched, 3 ER, 22 hits, 33 K’s, 8 BB’s, all quality starts, 1.0 whip (And shutdown both Boston and Detroit)

Without Mauer behind the plate (twice Butera and once Ramos)
0-2 record in 3 starts, 18 innings pitched, 11 ER, 23 hits, 13 K’s, 6 BB’s, 2 quality starts (technically speaking, but not good starts), 1.61 whip (and got worked over by a light hitting Baltimore and LAA team)

I honestly cant be the only one that sees these things, can I? Open your eyes Gardy, you’re costing us games right now. I know that Mauer can’t catch every game, but theres no way he should have had today off with two games off this past week and him and Liriano NEED to be together.

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