Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Twins Face Endurance of Long, Long Schedule

With SS Luis Castillo struggling with sore legs, OF Shannon Stewart out with bad feet and 2B Nick Punto, C Joe Mauer and OF Jason Kubel all with bad knees, the Twins greatest challenge of the season remains before them. Beginning at the end of the month, Minnesota will play 33 games in 34 days, with only one day off, Sept 18. It's an exhausting pace not only for the tired and injured, but for the relief corps and the starting staff. Even healthy players such as youngsters Jason Tyner and Jason Bartlett, both with hefty .300 batting averages at the bottom of the lineup, will be challenged as both are without the familiarity of how to endure a grueling schedule at the end of a long, long season. Though the Twins have come to the brink of overtaking the Chicago White Sox in the Wild Card rankings, don't be surprised if the team begins to stumble.


Anonymous said...

Sox pitching is stumbling so I don't know about that. People keep saying the Twins will stumble, they have yet to do it. Everyone said this team is toast without Liriano they just took 2 of 3 from White Sox. What is this about Mauer's knee trouble he did not have any problems after his rookie year! I guess people will still have the notion that he has bad knees 10 years from now after getting hurt in his rookie year which I think is ridiculous,

The Cooperstown Kid said...

you are correct. If anybody's knee is as good as new it's Mauer's. Still the spectre of invasive surgery remains, and Mauer has been in chronic need of rest. Fortunately, veteran Mike Redmond has been a more than adequate backup.