Honestly? I’m glad we’re in the playoffs, I think we’ve already covered that. But, ugh. UGH. What a terrible way to stumble in. We lose, in extra innings, to the Royals, after being up by a huge number of runs, while wasting away our entire bullpen AND Kenny Rogers. And Bondo did not look good, which I’m sure will be GREAT for his postseason confidence. Same with Zumaya; he hasn’t looked great for a few days now.
Jonesy I’m less worried about. Yes, he gave up the go-ahead run at the time, but I think he knows what he’s doing and can bounce back to his usual rollercoaster self. Zumaya, I don’t know. He’s so young. If he goes into October on the backs of a few fairly awful outings, what’s that gonna do to him? Ugh. UGH.
So in our bullpen, even with the expanded roster, who in there did I trust today? Grilli and Miner and Miller all pitched yesterday so they weren’t available. I guess Jamie maybe would’ve been available, but for what, one batter? I don’t think Maroth is back yet. Zumaya I am worrying about, mentally even if physically he’s fine (and who knows, with his wrist). Fernando had no control today. Todd Jones didn’t have it. TRUST NO ONE.
Oh, but when Inge hit his two-run homer into the bullpen, Grilli picked it up and started screaming and pumping his fist like a crazy person, which got Rod Allen all riled up, so Rod screamed, “CHEESE MAN GRILLI!” Now you tell me: was that a grilled cheese joke? Did Rod really go there? Can we get him a blog? Please?
Other bad things from this game:
We completed the elegant season bookend, where Bondo pitched the home opener at Comerica and lost, and then pitched the last game of the regular season at Comerica, and lost.
When Polanco got hit on the shoulder, I very nearly threw up. It had to be THAT SHOULDER, didn’t it?
Bondo’s slider was not doing good things today.
Inge’s terrible, air-out-of-the-balloon throw when Jones was pitching that resulted in a key run.
Bondo had… I’m not sure how to describe them, they were like little vestigial tufts on his chin. I’m hoping that they were just because it was a day game after a long, late-running night game and he was too beat to even shave, not the start of an attempt at a goatee. YOU AREN’T JUSTIN VERLANDER, Bondo. Wear facial hair accordingly.
Leaving…. the bases…. loaded…..
I hate the Twins. I hate Jimmy Gobble. I hate the Twins. I hate Jimmy Gobble.
Now we have to go into New York and play the Yankees. Argh.
Good things from this game:
Twenty-seven home runs on the season for Inge. Whoda thunk it, looking at him?
Matt Stairs’ giant, giant home run. Huge. Massive. It’s a pity he can’t be on the postseason roster.
Pudge ending the season with a .300 average. Good for him. That’s, what, 10 years now he’s had a .300 or better average? Show me that kinda longevity, Joe Mauer, and then I’ll be impressed.
The River Thames is at least alive, if not particularly lively.
Vance and Jonesy snuggling on the bench for long stretches of time.
Why I love Rod Allen: I love when Rod perfectly identifies a bunting situation. He sees it, he points it out verbally, he draws a little arrow on a wide shot of the diamond to show how much room the third baseman is giving up. And then Pudge bunts, and Rod is vindicated. Foul though, so now the third baseman moves in and Rod says something along the lines of, ‘Well Pudge is a career .300 hitter so now he can do what he wants.’ And Pudge singles up the middle for an RBI. And Rod Allen, for all his insanity, is so bleepin’ right that I love it sometimes.
Having the game at 8 pm instead of the 1 pm it would’ve been if they’d won the division means that I actually get to see the whole of it, something that I would not have been able to do if it was an afternoon start.
At least the Yankee bullpen is ripe for collapse. Proctor has been direly overused this year, Villone is on his way there if not there already, they’ve been resting Rivera but goodness knows how effective that’s been… and Kyle Farnsworth is a mess. Plus they may not have Randy Johnson at all. However, the lineup we’ll be facing from them is most decidedly NOT a good thing.
I know we’re in the playoffs, but still, uuugggghhhh.