A nice 5-0 Twins victory over the Orioles today as the first full week of games gets underway. In case you’re wondering, I haven’t forgotten about the roster status posts — I’m hoping to get one up tomorrow (to make up for the last two Sunday’s of nothing).
Today’s Big Winner
Ben Revere had the best line of the day, going 3-5 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored. However, he’s not the guy I’m singling out, because Revere has next to no chance of making the Major League roster — he’s the kind of guy who should be playing every day in the minors, not rusting away on the bench. So instead, I’m giving the nod to Luke Hughes, who went 2-4 and got a chance to play the entire game, splitting his time between second and third. Hughes is a dark horse in the infield race, but he’s a more realistic 25-man roster candidate than is Revere, and today was a good day for him. As has become commonplace early this spring (with a few notable exceptions), several pitchers also could have been named today, as Kevin Slowey and Nick Blackburn worked up to three innings a piece and put together identical 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 K lines. The relievers were also great. Love to see it, even if it’s early spring.
Today’s Big Loser
Nick Punto would probably have to break both legs, punch Gardy, and swear at Bill Smith’s wife to not make the roster at the end of the spring, but I’ll still be noting his bad days. Today was one of them, as Punto went 0-4 with 2 K’s and 3 left on. If he was terrible, and if a couple of other guys were good . . . I’m just saying, it’s not impossible — just highly, highly unlikely.