Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Minnesota musings

Kyle Davies rewarded my faith in him by posting his second consecutive ugly start. Well played Hiram, well played. He did get the win though despite giving up 5 earned runs in only 5 innings. Meanwhile Jeff Francis (3 quality starts) remains winless. Such a meaningful stat.

After Tuesday night's 10th inning masterpiece Robinson Tejeda has lost his job as primary setup man. If he doesn't land on the disabled list I expect he'll get the Farnsworth treatment, meaning he'll most likely be called on in low leverage situations. Hopefully this doesn't mean that one of Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, or Jeremy Jeffress ends up as an 8th inning only reliever. I've liked the way Yost has handled the trio thus far but we know how he's a slave to traditional thinking so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Mike Aviles broke out of his funk with a couple doubles today. With Wilson Betemit (.379/.486/.517) and Chris Getz (.342/.400/.368) still doing good work Yost has options aplenty at 2B and 3B, which is good because Mike Moustakas is off to a slow start for Omaha (.172/.200/.276). If Kila Ka'aihue doesn't get his bat going it's entirely conceivable that Eric Hosmer (.321/.367/.357) gets promoted before Moustakas. This idea was floated around after spring training and I imagine it'll pick up a lot more traction with Kila and Moustakas struggling in the early going.

Speaking of Kila, if you would have told me two weeks ago that after 11 games he'd have a lower OBP (.293) than both Melky Cabrera (.298) and Jeff Francoeur (.308) I would have called you a damned dirty liar. While I don't expect Cabrera and Francoeur to raise theirs too much (or you know, if at all) I do expect Kila will get going. He started off slow last year after his promotion but hit .261/.367/.511 over his final 110 plate appearances.

As I mentioned earlier Francis has three quality starts on the year, with a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 20.2 innings you've got to figure that the big boys in the east are paying attention.

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