Going to be flipping between the Twins and the NBA Finals tonight, so might as well write some random stuff while doing those things.
- First off, I know we are all very excited about our little Byron Buxton and the just promoted to double-A Miguel Sano and with good reason. Buxton is hitting .350/.444/.578 with 8 triples, 7 homers, and 26 steals while playing amazing defense and Sano hit .330/.424/.655 with 16 home runs in 56 games before his promotion. No doubt these guys are crushing it and, assuming nothing significantly changes, both will be rated as top 10 prospects in all of baseball when next year's rankings come out. It's very, very awesome, but the hype train might want to back up just a hair.
On the radio today I heard both Dubay and PA spout complete inanities about these guys (and yes, they are two of the biggest dummies when it comes to baseball among all people who have a public voice so I know they're almost going to say something stupid, but this just really bugged me). Dubay's big call was that Sano would be a September call-up this year, which is wrong for two reasons. First, you never go from A-ball to the major leagues in one season, it just doesn't happen unless somebody can prove me wrong but I'm sure it's extremely rare. Even if he finishes the year tearing up AA like he did A I just can't see it happening. Secondly, the money issue. It's moot if he ends up starting 2014 in the majors, which I could see happening but kind of doubt it after Aaron Hicks started so slowly this year, but if they call him up in September guess what? That major league service time clock gets going a year early. The Twins are no longer cheap, but that doesn't mean they want to start giving out big money contracts a year early. Won't happen.
The far more egregious and stupid comment came from PA which is something I assume we are all accustom to at this point, in that he said Buxton should be in the majors RIGHT NOW. He also said if Buxton had started the year in the majors (yes this year) he would be as good or better than Aaron Hicks so far. I'm not even going to start to break this doubt because it would be an insult to all of us, but I just don't get the PA popularity. His knowledge of sports is extremely limited to NFL-only and he's only ok with that, his interview skills are subpar, and his personality is grating and annoying. Yet, when I was listening to a Vikings game on the radio with a group of people one time somebody said, "Man I love PA" and then somebody else said "He's the best" and then everybody agreed. I just don't get it. Is it the raging homerism thing? Do people love a homer announcer? He's an idiot and a jackass and is stupid. It's so confusing. Sometimes I wonder if I'm living in some kind of weird dream world and this isn't real life.
- One other thing that's kind of getting lost in the Buxton/Sano hype is that Eddie Rosario was also promoted to AA along with Sano. Rosario may not have the hype of the other two, but he's a pretty big deal and ranks consistently in the top 5 or top 10 on most Twins prospect lists, and is becoming even more valuable after his conversion from outfield to second base which, based on being promoted here, is likely going well. He can hit (.329/.377/.527 this year) and if he can field at the 4-spot he may be the guy to finally fill that second base hole that's been on this team seemingly since Rod Carew. Hurry up, Eddie, I can't take much more Brian Dozier.
- Since I've been typing I've now seen Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau, and Oswaldo Arcia absolutely drill balls back-to-back-to-back off Cole Hamels and it makes one wonder - what is up with that dude? Long time readers may remember that Hamels was my boyfriend for a while, but he's just been brutal this year. Thing is, I can't find a single thing you can point to and say "that's the problem." He's practically been the exact same pitcher this year as he's always been. The only difference at all is batters are making more contact than usual when they swing at pitches in the strike zone (84% vs. 82%), he's given up more infield hits (16% vs. 11%), and more fly balls he's given up are going out of the park (13% vs. 11.5%). All of that says his results have been more the result of a fluke than anything significant going on with him. Then I see him basically put it on a tee for four straight Twin batters and I wonder if he's just making more mistakes this year - the higher contact rates in the zone and homer/flyball rates could back that up. So, I guess I'm not sure yet what's his deal. What am I, Galileo?
- I actually had someone tell me they thought That's My Boy was a really good and funny movie. No I didn't punch him immediately in the neck but only because we were at softball and we are on the same team and that would have caused all kinds of issues, but I kind of wanted to.
- Speaking of movies, I caught a little bit of Reign of Fire recently, which is that movie with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey about dragons in a post apocalyptic world. It's mostly a terrible movie, but Bale and McConaughey both rock and obviously dragons are like the bomb and stuff so every time I see it I ended up staying on the channel at least long enough to see a dragon fight and quite often end up watching the entire rest of the movie. So if you're a fan of dragons and/or hot guys you should totally check it out on your netflix or hulu or whatever people watch stuff on these days.
- The fact that Lebron James hasn't developed a true post game yet drives me crazy - almost as much as his constant bitching. After the success of having him play the 4 in the Finals last year after Bosh got hurt he had to know they were going to be doing it a lot this season, but still he didn't develop any kind of offensive post moves. I mean yeah he's still effective posting up and finding shooters or cutters, but his offensive game on the block is to put it on the floor and drive to the hoop. Sure that works sometimes and he can get to the line that way as well, but can you imagine him with a turnaround jumper or a little jump hook or something? I know it seems silly to criticize someone who just put up a season where he averaged 27, 8, & 7 while shooting 57%, but man, what if he had an actual post game? That's fairly terrifying, in a boner inducing way. Pretty sure he'd still bitch about everything though.
- Wow the Spurs are just daring Lebron to take jumpers. Seems to be working since he just bricked a wide open three.
- Should be a very interesting U.S. Open. From what I've heard the rough will be rough, but tons of rain will make the greens incredibly soft and slow so you'll see a whole lot of conservative play off the tee (to keep in in the fairway) and then aggressive shots into the green. Sounds like a recipe for an awfully low winning score, which the U.S. Open hates, but there are three par-3s over 235 yards which is going to equalize things a bit, as well as only two par-5s to keep scores in check. I know a lot of people like to say stuff like "I like it better when it's super tough because then the cream really rises to the top" but really the last few winners when the winning score was even or worse were Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, and Michael Campbell while the last few winners at -5 or better are Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Lee Janzen, and Payne Stewart. I mean, that's a pretty clearly better second grouping, right? Just proves my theory that people are idiots. Man, I got a lot of evidence for that theorem. I'll probably be in a magazine soon.
- Wow Lebron has just been terrible. Kawhi Leonard refusing to let him drive by giving him the jumper and James can't hit anything. He's 2-11 from the field right now and if it wasn't for the incredible, incomparable Mike Miller being 5-5 from three this one would be over already. And now that's 2-12, and he's whining to the ref. I think I hate this guy.
- Oh yeah, and I don't have any favorites for the U.S. Open yet. I need to take a look at a few things before I give you your good futures bets, but without spending too much time on it I think Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar would be the two I'd throw money at if I had to right now with no time to research.
- Wow. This got out of hand quickly. Like Game 2 but in the Spurs favor. It's a 31 point lead. Gary Neal and Danny Green have combined for 51 points so far. Green by himself has outscored Duncan+Ginobilli+Parker. Crazy game. But crazy awesome.