lewis1112 wrote:Not in the lineup tonight. What kind of moron sits his hottest and only hitter?
The one that plays Joe Mauer and his 377 batting average and Justin Morneau whose on pace for 40/130 maybe?
His AB vs Lidge was very reminicent of his 2004 AB vs Mariano....
You need to stop drinking the Gardenhire Koolaide. Since when was Kubel a catcher or a firstbaseman? Mauer and Morneau are irrelevant to Kubel's playing time unless they're DHing, was wasn't the case with the aforementioned line-up.
There are plenty of options to get Kubel into the line-up:
*DH once the Twins get back home and out of NL ballparks.
*Moving Cuddyer to 3B and putting Kubel in the outfield. This replaces either Luis Rodriguez or Nick Punto with Kubel.
*Benching Ford in favor of Kubel. Ford is hitting .226/.298/.311.
1. How does Kubel "learn" from the bench?
2. Even if Kubel is still "learning", do you really think he's going to start sucking to the tune of .226/.298/.311? Or can't outhit Nick Punto or Luis Rodriguez?
Lew Ford is hitting like Jaun Castro, and the Twins couldn't tolerate Castro's offense at shortstop... let alone a corner outfield spot where much, much less is required defensively.
Gardenhire is the fool that wouldn't start Bartlett at the begining of the season over Castro. Ryan had to trade away Castro (who is not starting for the Reds in any capacity) to make sure Barlett now gets to play.
Gardenhire is the fool that bungled his bullpen deployment in game two of the 2004 ALDS that cost the Twins the series against the Yankees.
Gardenhire is the fool that allowed Terry Mulholland to pitch in a tied extra-inning game in 2004 that the Twins lost as a result.
Gardenhire is the fool that hits Mike Redmond third when Mauer has the day off.
Gardenhire is the fool that gives veteran pitchers every chance to fail (Kyle Lohse, Carlos Silva, Kenny Rogers) but keeps young pitchers in the bullpen (Santana, Liriano) or in the minors (Baker, Bonser).
But Gardenhire was gifted three division titles by a weak division who's second place team only won 81, 86, and 83 games, so his methods will surely work now that the AL Central is one of the stronger divisions in baseball instead of its doormat.
The Twins are on their current tear because of their young players... Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer (who Gardenhire has jerked around for years
), Bartlett, and Kubel. The veterans Hunter, Stewart, Castro, Bautista, and White are the ones who sunk the Twins below .500, not the youngsters.