Just look at all the talented outfielders at the top of my lineup. I wonder if the Twins could use any of these guys! Also, amazing how I can't find a place for either Denard Span and Delmon Young!, Denard is simply igniting the Nationals, hitting .306 with a OBP of .350, stolen 22/24 bases and has scored 66 runs! Delmon, well, the guy can hit... head-case, yeah, but he's hitting .333 for the Orioles in limited play (133 at-bats) but has provided some offense for them.
Here's my official starting lineup, comprised of all former Twins. I've also put compiled my 25 man roster.
1.) LF - Ben Revere (Phillies) - .309 - 31 Stolen Bases (out of 35 attempts) - 52 runs - NOTE: The guy has yet another 4 hits tonight - he can flat out hit AND he's got a great glove. Earlier this year, Ryno kept yo-yoing him around - but all he had to do is plug him in and let him go! Revere is one of this team's bright spots...
2.) RF - Torii Hunter (Tigers) - .281, 15 BOMBS, 61 RBI's - Torii continues to shine in the twilight of his career.
3.) CF - Carlos Gomez (Brewers) - .294, 15 BOMBS, 53 RBI's, OBP of .355 - 20/24 Stolen Bases - the guy has ALL the TOOLS!
4.) 1B - Justin Morneau - .313, 13 BOMBS and 63 RBI's
Note: Congrats to Morneau - great to see the guy comeback all the way.
5.) DH - David Ortiz - .250, 25 BOMBS and 77 RBI's - Eh, still hurts me to think of what could have been... shame on TR and Gardy.
6.) SS - JJ Hardy (Orioles) - .280 -
Note: Though a bit of a power outage, has been nothing short of SOLID and super dependable for the Baltimore Orioles.
7.) Catcher - Wilson Ramos - .291 (Nationals) - Remember this guy? And remember what we got for him?
8.) 3rd Base - Danny Valencia (Blue Jays) - .296 - Now starting for the Blue Jays, the guy can hit. Undervalued by us because he and Gardy didn't see eye to eye.
9.) 2nd Base - Nick Punto (A's) - (Orioles) - .215 BA - yeah, batting 9th for a reason and my weakest spot, but is always good with the glove.
1. Denard Span (Nationals (.306, .350 OBP) (MORE THAN "SOLID" He's been on fire since June 30th)
2. Delmon Young (Orioles) - .333 - Dude can hit.
3. AJ Pierzinski -(Cardinals) .310 with the Cards - nice pickup for them.
4. Michael Cuddyer (Rockies) - Batting Champ - coming off injury;
On the outside looking in: Garrett Jones, Miami
1. Matt Garza (Brewers) - 7-7, 3.58 ERA - Got the no-decision today -6 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs vs. Cards!
2. Frankie Liriano (Pirates) - 3-7, 3.97 ERA - The guy's record is deceptive, but of late, he's mowing people down and absolutely DOMINATING!
3. Kyle Loshe (Brewers) 11-5, 3.07 - Guy has been sensational;
4. R.A Dickey (Blue Jays) 9 Wins - ERA 3.91 -
Note: The guy has been pretty solid and even better lately
5. Vance Worley (Pirates) 5-1, 2.50 ERA (Thx for reminding me, TF!)
DFA'd: Kevin Slowey (Marlins) 1-1, 5.30 ERA
Note: Had to find a place for an emerging Vance Worley.
1. Patrick Neshek, (Cardinals) - All Star this year and has a microscopic ERA of 0.79 after yet another scoreless inning tonight.
2. Grant Balfour - Has struggled a bit with the Rays, but his ERA is deceptive - folks are hitting a measly .210 against him and he is improving as the season progresses.
3. LaTroy Hawkins (Rockies) 2.92 ERA and 17/18 Saves converted. Guy has been solid for Rockies;
4. Matt Guerrier (Out of baseball - THANKS TR) Sub 4.00 ERA - As always, pretty dependable;
5. Craig Breslow (Red Sox) - 2-2, 4.74 ERA - ok, not great;
6. JOE NATHAN (Tigers) - Eh, I'll take him - ERA in mid 5's - 4-3 and converted 22/27 save opportunities, he's 39 and clearly not at his best, but has room for him on my Ex-Twin team;
7. Jesse Crain - Ok, so he hasn't played in 2014, but I'll give him a spot based on his 2013 season.