By La Velle
I know there’s been a lot of talk about eighth-inning bullpen woes during the Twins-Angels series, but giving away outs was just as bad.
Brian Buscher and Carlos Gomez had their moments over the weekend, and it’s not far-fetched to think that they should have landed in Seattle on Sunday after a 3-1 series win if plays are made.
Most of Buscher’s problems have been with sailing his throws. He’s adequate with the glove. It was very unfortunate that he had breakdowns in both areas in the same inning.
And Gomez should have caught two drives hit near the wall over the weekend. I agree that the balls were smoked, and some of the toughest plays for outfielders are when balls are hit right at them. But Gomez is good enough to catch both those balls.
While I think the Twins anticipate Buscher to have his moments in the field, they should expect more from Gomez. And maybe that’s the worst we’ll out of Gomez this year. He’s made so many fine catches that his missed plays are glaring.
The loss on Sunday was unfortunate, but they left L.A. with two wins. The starting pitching stepped up. The hitters, for the most part, took good at-bats (does Delmon Young look dangerous when he’s ahead in the count, or what?). It looks like the intensity level kicked up a notch as they try to prove they can win on the road. I now feel my prediction of a 7-7 road trip may fall short.
Also heard today: Class A Beloit outfielder Ben Revere will have his left knee examined on Tuesday in the Twin Cities by team physician Dr. John Steubs. Revere apparently has some loose particles in the knee.