Minnesota Twins Must Remain Aggressive

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Carl Pavano

The Minnesota Twins recently swept the Chicago White Sox in a series that was viewed as imperative for the South Siders. Every sports fan has been caught biting his or her nails at the conclusion of a football game when their coordinator makes the decision to go into a prevent defense.

It usually end up in their opponent gaining enormous chunks of yards in short periods of time. Then a quirky play-by-play man from Syracuse will mention that the only thing that formation succeeded in was preventing the defense from stopping the offense.

By Patrick Herbert

Ron Gardenhire often takes the Alcoholics Anonymous approach of “one day at a time,” but it is essential to embrace this most tired of all cliches during this period of the season. Many players will spend their waning moments in the dugout scoreboard-watching even though they swear that they do not engage in this practice.

The task at hand sometimes gets lost when players and coaches constantly start turning their thoughts to the bigger picture. This is why the organization is better off without a player like Manny Ramirez. I have no respect for an athlete who decides “when” to play hard.

Naysayers will pound Pete Rose into the ground for his gambling addiction, but I have no recollection of him being anything else except Charlie Hustle. Manny is a distraction to any clubhouse he enters at this juncture and is a tremendous hindrance to any thoughts of a pennant.

The season ends a few days into October this year and the thing that would help the Twins the most is if the Yankees do not end up as their match-up. It is not clear whether or not they are the best team in the league, but psychologically it would be a blow to Minnesota. In recent history no club has dominated the Twins more than the Bronx bombers.

Jerry Seinfeld has theorized that sports fans just cheer for laundry, but the pinstripes and the stadium still do have an effect on players. The Rays do have a better starting rotation when it comes to the AL East race, but not everything comes down to talent. Much of the game is between the ears.

The one concession the ball club should make at the conclusion of the season is to sacrifice wins to set the pitching rotation. Obviously, the organization would like to maximize the number of appearances for the top performers during the postseason.

Carl Pavano and Francsico Liriano should be utilized sparingly during the end of September and beginning of October to fully harness their potential in the playoffs. I would even argue that pitching coach Rick Anderson should hold them out of games. This initiative would ensure that the pitchers would obtain their desired workload under the conditions that would fully prepare them for their future appearances.

This may seem to fly in the face of my previous statements about aggression, but it does nobody related to the franchise any good to win the division by more games than necessary if the right pitchers aren’t ready for the playoffs.

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