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Jon Rauch May 13, 2010

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Keeping in the same hopeful Twins vein, I just read an article from the Star Tribune on Jon Rauch and oddly enough, it reminded me of how well he is doing this season. He is 9-for-9 in save opportunities which ties him for third in the American League. He seems to be pitching really well and has been a great replacement for the injured Joe Nathan so far this season.

Now, a couple weeks back I had a girl tell me that Jon Rauch is better than Joe Nathan…..needless to say I was unconvinced. And I still am. But I have really been impressed by the big guy and I’m really just extremely happy that the team found a solution to its closer problem.

Now as a sports fan I of course realize how much jinxing power these past two posts have. I am always superstitious that as soon as I say something is going really well, that it will immediately tank. And while I’m not trying to get ahead of myself and I’m only saying he has done well SO FAR, and the club is doing well SO FAR, it’s probably best to knock on wood anyway.

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Can’t get enough March 28, 2010

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It is rare (has actually never happened) that I blog twice in one day, and it would be even rarer that those two posts concern the same subject. So this is truly a special day, but then again, the Twins are truly something special.

I was reading this short story from The Star Tribune and I was happy to see that the Twins are going to create a committee of closers to fill Joe Nathan’s very large shoes, left vacant after tearing a ligament that required Tommy John surgery on Friday. For this team and the relievers on the roster, I think a committee approach makes the most sense, unless of course we decide to trade for a closer.

But that’s not what really got me excited (beyond the level already expressed in my previous post). The thing that really got my blood pumping was the Twins lineup provided at the end of the story. The lineup appears thusly:

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Jason Kubel, LF
8. J.J. Hardy, SS
9. Brendan Harris, 3B

The only word that can describe such a collection of ballplayers is this: Dirty. Filthy dirty to be exact. With one of the truest lead-off men in the game, followed by a second-baseman that hits for average, and then the most powerful 5-man middle of a lineup anywhere, not to mention decent batsmen rounding out the order, opposing pitchers are sure to be worried.

This could be a very dangerous lineup. It has a lot of power, a lot of hitters that hit for average, and a lot of potential.

It just has a lot of everything, and that’s perfect, because I just can’t get enough Twins baseball.