April 22, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away

The Twins-Red Sox game was rained out last night in Boston, with there being a good chance that today's day-night double-header not being able to be played in its entirety as well.

According to weather.com, there is rain in the forecast today, which could put a damper on the entire Boston series as Thursday also shows some rain as well. Hopefully, at least one game can be played today but it would be nice to have a day off after a double-header, which both teams do. Of course both could be played tomorrow, but neither club would prefer that.

Here are a few notes that I thought were interesting for today:
  • The Ft. Myers Miracle scored 16 runs last night behind a great start from Deolis Guerra. The 20-year-old right-hander went seven innings and gave up only two runs on 8 hits and two walks. He struck out four but kept the ball low in the zone and induced 12 ground ball outs which is what the Twins love to see. After a rough encore of the Florida State League in 2008, Guerra is off to a 2-0 start with an ERA of 2.77 through three games (2 starts).
  • Another Miracle pitcher off to a hot start is Carlos Gutierez. The conversion from starter to reliever is still a work in progress, his ERA stands at 0.87 through 11 innings (two starts, one relief appearance).
  • Philip Humber cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Rochester. It was a risky gamble that could really pay off for Humber. Although his future with the Twins is likely as a reliever, he will likely start for the Red Wings to help a struggling rotation. However it would be nice to see Humber be used out of the bullpen (perhaps as closer) to get used to being called to work during the game in a high-pressure situation. Unfortunately, nobody really deserves a promotion from New Britain unless they look at relievers. Ryan Mullins and Zach Ward could be possibilities, but Mullins hasn't really been good either (despite what his 3.86 ERA may suggest) and Ward has also been used primarily as a reliever since making it to Double-A, but could probably make the switch. Perhaps they could make a Anthony Swarzak-like promotion with Jeff Manship and just hope that all he needs is a change of scenery.
  • While not throwing 8 innings per start, Glen Perkins has been blogging. Yesterday, he gave us both a humorous post and one that will let us know what's to come.
  • Finally, if you haven't done so yet, I suggest adding the new NBC Sports Blog "Circling the Bases" to your favorites. It has a MLB Trade Rumors-feel to it, only instead of rumors, the writing staff which includes Twins blogger Aaron Gleeman give updates as to what's going around in the Majors. It's a great read with many updates throughout the day.