Radhames Liz vs. Nick Blackburn. Twins go for the sweep. Play ball!
09/14/08 1:35 PM EDT
|Minnesota Twins||Baltimore Orioles|
|Denard Span - RF||Brian Roberts - 2B|
|Alexi Casilla - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Joe Mauer - C||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Aubrey Huff - 3B|
|Jason Kubel - DH||Ramon Hernandez - C|
|Delmon Young - LF||Luke Scott - DH|
|Brian Buscher - 3B||Oscar Salazar - 1B|
|Nick Punto - SS||Lou Montanez - LF|
|Carlos Gomez - CF||Juan Castro - SS|
Since the outcome of this game doesn't matter, let's take a look at some of our new young players who may have a future on this team.
Since coming off the DL on Sept 1st, Adam Jones is 8 for 33 with 2 home runs and an OPS of .782. For the year his OPS+ is 92. Not too shabby for a kid who seemed to swing badly at every breaking ball when the season started.
Lou Montanez has been with the team since August 5th and has started 19 games, mostly since Mora got injured and gave the lineup some breathing room. He's handled himself well, putting up an OPS of .782 and batting just over .300. After a few mishaps in the field initially he's proven to be a serviceable outfielder and I think he'd look real good as the #4 next year.
Ok, so Oscar Salazar probably doesn't have much of a future on the team and he's not even young, but he's been playing somewhat regularly since being called up. His batting average is a very unspectacular .214 but he's only had 42 AB. He has walked 7 times and has 3 home runs. I suppose he has his uses. But when I hear people clamoring that he should get a shot over people like Mora or whoever, it just makes me shake my head because this guy isn't the answer to anything.