There’s no shortage of words and thoughts floating around about how poorly the Twins played last night against the Royals — clueless at-bats, T-ball defense, a silly ejection argument. I know this isn’t the case, but it almost looked like the consecutive full-count home runs that Nick Blackburn gave up came on “what-the-hey” pitches — as in: What they hey. If you guys are gonna swing the bats like that and I’m gonna get squeezed on some pitches, then let’s just throw it and see what happens.
So, while we’re feeling good and sour about the game, let me pile on with a look at what the Twins haven’t taken advantage of in the last couple pf weeks, despite the general consensus that they seem to have found their way when playing on the road.
It’s the starting pitchers they haven’t faced and aren’t facing:
*In Milwaukee last week, the Twins missed Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 2.86), who is averaging more than a strikeout per inning and has an ERA more than two runs better than any of their other starters.
*Against St. Louis, they didn’t face ace Chris Carpenter (5-2, 1.78), who had pitched the day before against the Mets and is pitching tonight against the Giants.
*For the second time this season, Zack Greinke (10-3, 1.95) doesn’t have his turn in the rotation coming up against the Twins. Instead, the Twins are facing three pitchers whose numbers look good mainly when compared to Sidney (1-5, 7.27) Ponson.
*And, for good measure, Detroit ace Justin Verlander (8-3, 3.40) is pitching in Oakland on Wednesday, which means he won’t face the Twins this weekend at the Metrodome.
Of course, the Tigers are giving Lucas French his first major league start on Friday night, which will allow us to hear more blah-blah-blah about facing unfamiliar pitchers. When you start hearing that stuff, cover your ears and keep in mind who the Twins haven’t been facing lately.