By La Velle
Just watched the five-hit performance by the local nine tonight and I don’t believe what I just saw.
Maybe it’s my fault. I started popping off on the radio about how in 11 years on this beat I come to the park not wondering how the Twins will score runs that day. Now they can’t hit a bull in the rear with a snow shovel.
Alexi Casilla is 6 for 34 since coming off the DL.
Justin Morneau has had success, but he’s expanded his strike zone in recent days, which will catch up with him.
Joe Mauer has one extra base hit over his last 40 at-bats.
You can’t blame Nicky. He’s raised his average from .256 on Aug. 1o to .293.
The lads need to calm down and let their hitting talents show. They are good enough to hit good pitching. And they are good enough to hit pitchers like Eveland. Trying to do more usually leads to doing less. Getting through the rest of this road trip will be enough of a mental challenge. Don’t make it harder by squeezing the bat handle into sawdust and swinging at pitches they shouldn’t swing at.
They should go out tonight and have a good meal. Have a beverage or two. And pretend they’re driving to the Dome tomorrow.
They are 3-5 on this road trip…..