By La Velle
Caught A 7:04 p.m. flight from Cleveland to Detroit, after a certain airline I’m not supposed to mention cancelled my original direct flight.
So I did the up-and-down to the Motor City. Guess what. My connecting flight to The Cities has been delayed FIVE times. Original departure time: 8:50 p.m.
New departure time: 11:00 p.m.
Anyway, how about Garza today? Started off with a strong fastball and then mixed in his other pitches. Reared back for some 96 funk when he needed to. He’s developing before our eyes.
I have doubts that this team can make the playoffs. They’ve just been too inconsistent for me. So I’m transitioning over to the mode where I’m looking at who can help this team in the future.
I have no idea what Terry Ryan has in mind before the trade deadline. He’s been pretty tight-lipped and defensive lately. But the 2008 Twins have a chance to be pretty good. The rotation will be more stable next year – the won’t have to go the reclamation route with veterans next year. Francisco Liriano should be able to contribute in some form next year, but will he have to change his delivery to cut out that whipping motion with his arm?
Think about spring training. Baker, Bonser, Garza, Slowey, Perkins, Duensing, Blackburn and Santana. (BTW, this is one reason why I would be willing to peel off one of these young arms in a deal to get a third baseman).
Anyway, don’t spend too much time lamenting about what could have been. It’s time to look at what could happen.