Posted by: gravessack | July 8, 2011

My Feelings On Mauer’s Move and The Closer Issue

Within the past week, a few notable things have happened to the Twins, including the closer issue and Joe Mauer’s new position. Here is what I think about the two events.

On July 2, Twins closer Matt Capps gave up four runs in the 9th inning and lost the game, as the Twins blew a 7-0 lead against Milwaukee. The next day, Capps gave up a couple base hits before being replaced by Glen Perkins, who got the save. Two days later, Capps gave up a home run, and Perkins came in again to get the save. So, it’s safe to say that Capps is struggling.

However, because Capps pitched a scoreless and hitless inning last night, I think he has got some of his confidence back. That plus the fact that he is a very good closer (he was an All-Star last year), I believe he will bounce back and remain the Twins closer for this season and beyond. But, if he continues to struggle, the Twins should have Perkins be their closer and have Capps and Joe Nathan, who is improving after having Tommy John surgery last year and being placed on the disabled list earlier this year, pitch in the 7th and 8th innings. What do you think about this issue??

Last night, Joe Mauer made his major league debut at first base. Mauer, normally a catcher, had a good day at first, digging out a low throw from Danny Valencia and catching some line drives.

Even though he won’t always play first, Mauer’s move makes sense for several reasons. The biggest one is that the Twins can protect Mauer’s health and hopefully lengthen the three-time All-Star’s career. Mauer won’t have to be the DH whenever the Twins want to protect his legs and keep him in the lineup. That means Jim Thome, who currently has 595 career home runs, can get more playing time. Michael Cuddyer, who has played at first base occasionally since Justin Morneau got injured, can return to playing right field more. I believe this is Cuddyer’s best position, because he has a very strong and accurate arm, and he can throw several runners out from the outfield. What are your feelings on Mauer’s position switch??

Written by: Sam Graves



  1. Nice job, Sam —q1, I don’t know. Q2, the more play time for the both the better for the Twins.

  2. Hi Mike and Sam,
    Just returned from Indiana and wanted to check out your blog. It’s very nice and informative. I admire you for starting a blog…I’ve been wanting to for a while, so you are inspiring me.

    Mike, it was great spending time with you and your folks at the tournament. We look forward to seeing you all soon! On the way home, we went through Chicago after all and drove right by the baseball field and said …”Mike and his parents are in there somewhere.” 🙂 Glad to hear the Twins won and you got to see the game.
    Go Twins!

    PS. Interesting article on PCA’s and college. I know planning for college will creep up on us before we know it!

    Hope all is well and that you made it home safely, we look forward to following your blog!

    Amy Vietzke and family

  3. I think Thome is a bum Bones. Whenever I watch he strikes out.

    But John Elway is the greatest quarterback ever!

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