Tag:Nick Punto
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 5:48 pm

Twins going for it, want to add reliever

Twice in the last five years, the Twins have won the American League Central after trailing by six games in September.

So yes, they think they can win when they're down by five games in late July.

In fact, according to sources, the Twins' recent run of success has caused them to shift their trade-deadline focus, to the point where they're now looking for a reliever who they could team with Matt Capps and Joe Nathan at the back of their bullpen.

The Twins are still five games under .500, heading into a weekend series with the Tigers that begins with Carl Pavano facing Justin Verlander on Thursday night. They've won 29 of the last 43, after falling to 20 games under .500 and 16 1/2 games out of first place on June 1.

With Justin Morneau on the way back from the disabled list, the Twins now believe the division is winnable.

"They always believe they ought to be in the pennant race," said ex-Twin Nick Punto, now with the Cardinals. "Definitely don't count them out."

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:05 pm

The All-DL opening day All-Stars

It's a team that might contend for a title, if it could only get on the field.

Then again, that's exactly the problem.

Think of the players that will (or likely will) begin the season on the disabled list. It's quite a group, lacking a little (for now) on the left side of the infield and behind the plate, but overflowing with top-level starting pitching and back-of-the-bullpen depth.

Not all the opening day rosters are official yet. Some teams are waiting until closer to Thursday's 11 a.m. deadline for final decisions, which only means that the All-DL-Stars could have an even better lineup by the time the first pitch is thrown.

Jason Bay, for example, should be your All-DL-Star left fielder by then. The Mets are expected to put him on the disabled list, but they haven't said so publicly yet. So I left him off, in part because this team is strong enough without him.

For now, we'll only go with guys we're pretty sure of.

So here goes:

1B -- Kendrys Morales, Angels

2B -- Chase Utley, Phillies

SS -- Clint Barmes, Astros

3B -- Nick Punto, Cardinals

LF -- Cody Ross, Giants (Bay could take his spot)

CF -- Grady Sizemore, Indians (with Franklin Gutierrez also available)

RF -- Corey Hart, Brewers

C -- Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

Rotation -- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Zack Greinke, Brewers; Johan Santana, Mets; Mat Latos, Padres; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays (with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and others in reserve)

Closer -- Brian Wilson, Giants (with the Phillies' Brad Lidge and the A's Andrew Bailey setting him up)

You'd take that team, wouldn't you?

You'd be guaranteed to lose on opening day, because not one of them could play, but you'd take that team.

Posted on: October 12, 2009 2:45 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 2:45 pm

Twins fans are angry -- at me

This isn't really fair, I realize.

But I'm not posting these nasty e-mails from Twins fans today because Minnesota's season ended last night. I'm posting them today because the office just sent them to me today.

Sorry (especially to Josh -- see below).

From Maurice: "You forgot to mention that Girardi did the Twins a big favor by putting Rivera in for the ninth [with a five-run lead in Game 1] to avoid any chance of blowing the game. Trouble is, the Twins took an awful lot of pitches. Girardi just punked his star reliever [for] later in the series. Good luck with that, you Yankee mouthpiece."

If Girardi punked Rivera by pitching him in Game 1, what did Gardenhire do to Nathan by pitching him in Game 2?

From John: "From the East Coast, right? You're a Yankee lover. Just try to write with a little less bias. If you watched the game, the Twins lost it. The Yankees just happened to be the team they were playing."

Live on the East Coast. Not from here. Never before been accused of being a Yankee lover, except after those columns when I mention that they happened to win. Don't love the Yankees, but did notice that the team they were playing happened to lose an awful lot of games this year.

From Josh: "Danny, you are stating the obvious. Of course, the Yankees are favored. You all but laugh at Nick Punto's stats, who with several world-class at-bats and an excellent throw kept the Twins in [the tie-breaker against the Tigers]. Even if the Yankees win, players like Punto are why I love this game."

Not laughing at Punto's stats anymore. Laughing at his baserunning instead.

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