You know, I never got the whole Gardenhire thing. I know the Twins win the AL Central all the time, but I really don't think it's due to Gardenhire being a genius.
I was dumbfounded in years past that he kept Santana as a middle releiver as long as he did before finally figuring out what I and 100% of the fantasy baseball folks of the world already knew -- that Santana was a STUD starter.
He also underwhelms me with his managing decisions when the Twins get to the post season.
Then again, I don't follow the Twins that closely, so someone correct me if I'm wrong here -- but in my opinion, Gardenhire is starting to be the Herm Edwards of MLB (Edwards being a cruddy -- but very overrated -- NFL head coach).
I dont follow the Twins much either but Gardenhire cant be that bad can he? He's won the AL Central 3 years in a row without a true ace (until Johan) and he's only had one player on the Twins to have 100 RBI+ season in the past 3 years (Hunter). That has to mean something right?
btownfu wrote:That's true..but at least more often then not he will be going against #2'S
I highly doubt that. With different schedules, off days, injuries, call ups and send downs, and other situations going on with every team in the league, I dont see that happening.
All other things being equal, you want your pitcher to be #2 instead of #1. It may only make a difference in two starts over an entire year, and that may only mean one extra win, but I've won and lost fantasy leagues over less than that. Every little bit counts.
With all due respect, I don't think Gardenhire gives a crap about whether or not Johan in the #2 spot helps your fantasy season...
I do agree, though, that it will not make a significant difference in terms of #2 vs. #2 as the rotations between teams get zig-zagged pretty quickly as the season gets going.
I'm pretty sure this move has less to do with talent other than making sure than Radke and Johan are in the top 2. After that's done, the loyal soldier for the Twins get the call for Opening Day while the young gun gets in line.
[quote:4fef447375="Geek"]The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.[/quote]
Think that is a bit of over-speculating. If you want to read tea-leaves, it is more liekly Pohlad and Gardenhire are paying respect to the guy that is signed for thenext few years ove r the guy that they have no intention of spending money on longterm. He will look very nice in Yankee Pinstrpes will Mr. Santana.
Has this ever happened before? A guy wins the CY and is #2 the next year?
Well, Zito is now the #2 in Oakland (according to Beane) so anything is possible. I personally think this is a joke. Respect or not, Santana should be pitching on opening day. How about respecting his 2nd half??