By La Velle
While the Twins have inexperienced hitters in their lineup like Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez (and Matt Tolbert, when he plays). But, overall, they are good enough to hit good pitching a few times.
So it was impressive to see how they made adjustments against Tigers lefty Kenny Rogers.
Rogers retired the first 11 Twins batters he faced using all his pitches but effectively using his changeup in particular. One change floated in at 71 miles an hour.
Twins players realized that they needed to look for the change and take it to the opposite field. Nick Punto’s two-run double in the fifth came off a change that was up in the strike zone.
Craig Monroe said that hitting coach Joe Vavra encouraged them to think up the middle and opposite field at the plate.
“It says a lot about Joe and having a plan and what he believes would work,” Monroe said n unsolicited response.
If the Twins can make in-game adjustments like they did on Sunday, they’ll have success against pitchers better than Rogers.
Five game winning streak. Seven straight against A.L. Central opponents. First place? Enjoy.
For those of you with absolutely nothing to do tonight – and who are brave enough to see my face on television and still not have to sleep with the light on – I will be a guest on Rosen’s Sports Sunday tonight. The show begins at 10:35. I’m not sure when I’ll be on, but I will be on if you want to check it out.