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Location: Target Field

June 8, 2010

With the short away trip to the West Coast all wrapped up the twins begin what they hope to be a promising 9 game Home-stand against KC, ATL, and COL. This marks the second time the twins have faced the NL this season. Minnesota is set to face three of baseball’s toughest pitchers, Zack Greinke (KC) on Tuesday, June 8th, Tim Hudson (ATL) on Friday, June 11th, and Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) on Thursday, June 17th. Suffice it to say; Minnesota needs to play well against the lesser pitchers on the opposing teams respective staffs. If the twins can beat one of these three aces they can afford at least a 1 game loss to a 4th or 5th starter. I have tickets to the game tonight, however; it’s not looking like they will get the game in. Thunder storms and rain predictions for later in the week also pose problems for the upcoming series (but hey the weather man’s not always accurate).
Quick Notes: Last time the Twins faced Zack Greinke they came away 10-3 victory while Greinke gave up an uncharacteristic 6 hits, 5 walks and 4 runs (only 2 were earned). KC is second in the AL with a team batting average of .279 only behind the New York Yankees. Their record is 24-34 and they are 9.5 games back of the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins (33-24). Jason Heyward (favorite and nearly lock for rookie of the year should Strasburg not explode) will be fun to watch at Target Field but lets hope he’s not to fun. Hudson has an ERA of 2.44 and a 6-1 record on the year. Atlanta (33-25) currently holds a nearly identical record as the Twins (33-24). There’s not much to talk about in Colorado except for Jimenez. The guy’s a machine…and a filthy one at that. Ubaldo Jiminez is 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA. His strikeout-walk ratio is 2.7 – 1 and he averages 7.3 innings per game pitching. He’s a horse, he’s winning the NL cy-young, he’s doing it all this year. Colorado is 30-27 this year (meaning Jimenez has over 1/3 of the staffs wins).
Prediction: Twins take 2/3 from each team (going 6-3 over the home stand) and get a victory over Jimenez.

Jamieson Russek

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Justin Morneau: 1st Team All-Star Struggle

June 2, 2010


There is little doubt in the minds of many Minnesotans that Justin Morneau should be starting in this year’s All Star Game if he keeps up his phenominal defense and earth shattering offense. Morneau is currently batting .374, with 12 homeruns, and 37 rbi’s. If those stats aren’t impressive enough, Justin’s on-base percentage is a staggering .489. This means he is on base nearly 1 out of every 2 at bats. So with these stats why wouldn’t Morneau be a 1st team All-Star? Because of the Media Juggernaut out East. For years Yankees and Red Sox have dominated these lineups, deserving or not. The larger market teams seem to have the most fan votes and this is all that matters in the world of the All-Star selection. That and each team HAS to have one player. It is only fitting that the player ahead of Morneau in votes is Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. It’s just one more reason for Twins fans to hate the Bronx Bombers. Teixeira is batting a ridiculous .220 currently with only 8 homeruns, and an on-base percentage of a small .339. Yes, Teixeira’s OBP is smaller than Morneau’s batting average…not sayin’ just sayin’. Teixeira does have Morneau in one category and that is rbi’s. Teixeira has 1 more rbi than Justin, giving him 38. Please, if you’re a fan of the game and hate to see a player from a great organization such as the Twins get robbed of an honor like this, vote Morneau.

Who Would You Vote For?
Name Position Team AVG HR RBI OBP SLG
Justin Morneau 1st Base Minnesota Twins .374 12 37 .489 .687
Mark Teixeira 1st Base New York Yankees .220 8 34 .339 .385

Jamieson Russek