Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I take it all back

He is worth every penny.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Triple Short

Okay, fine, the Twins paid 3.8 million for a guy who can hit very, very well - but only when Joey Blanton is pitching.

3-4, a double, a homerun, 3 rbi (and a strikeout, of course).

A great night for C-Mo - a great night for the Twins.

Again, I will reiterate, I would love it if Monroe's signing turned out to be a good thing. I would love it if he won Comeback Player of the Year. Love. It.

This is just one game however. Talk to me in August when he is OPSing .213

For now, after last night, and considering he still has only had a handful of plate appearances and therefore one great night can really affect his stats, anyway after last night his stats are looking, well, Comeback Player of the Year-ish:


13 Ks (back to earth stat).

Sidenote: I freaking hate west coast road trips. I had to turn the game off at 11 because I couldn't keep my eyes open. Lame.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Live Blog!

Two for two! Two rbi! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

Not so daily after all

I should change the sidebar to "periodic" updates. Yes.

Game logs!

04/18, against Cleveland, 0-3 with a strike out. Nice!
04/19, against Cleveland, 2-3 with a double and a strike out. TWO FOR THREE!!! WOW!
04/20, against Cleveland, 0-1 in his first pinch hitting appearance in a Twins kit.

Year to date: .231/.310/.346

OPS+: 68

Peaking at Monroe's postseason stats, I notice that in the 2006 ALCS, he went 6-14 with 3 walks, a home run, and 4 rbi. .429/.529/.786. A small sample size, yes, but like all hitters, he can get hot in a short series. That does not make him worth 3.8 million dollars however.

Some players (Lew Ford, I am looking at you) can have one good half of a season and use that to keep them in the bigs much, much longer than they deserve to be. C-Mo had one good post season series and turned that into a 3.8 million dollar deal with the Twins. Awesome. Good for him.

Note: Lew Ford finished 24th in the 2004 AL MVP voting. 24th!!! Someone really needs to revoke La Velle's BWAA card.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Hey, for the first time since April the 9th, Craig Monroe actually got to use one of his many baseball bats! Hooray!

He even went 2-4 against his former team with an run batted in.

However the Twins' bullpen blew yet another late lead, and the Tigers went on to win 6-5.

Kind of frustrating that the one strength I thought the team had going into the season (bullpen) is the one facet of their game that is faultering right now.

Oh well. They are built to be a .500 baseball team, and they are playing like one.

Anyway: THE STATS:


Six games, 19 at-bats, 4 hits (including 2 doubles), no dingers, 3 rbi, a couple runs scored, three walks, and SEVEN strike outs.

OBP: .318. A solid .15 higher than his career average. Yep, that's right, you think C-Mo sucks now, but he is usually a little bit worse.

It will be interesting to see what happens when Cuddyer comes back, considering the way Span is playing. (.300, .391, .300) Will Craig Monroe be riding the bus back to Rochester? Kubel now owns the DH spot, even against lefties, so unless the Twins front office would prefer Span start everyday, which he would in triple A, the fourth outfielder spot is definitely his.

Monday, April 14, 2008

3.8 million dollars

Monroe hasn't had an at-bat since April the ninth.

Remind me again why the Twins signed this dude?

Yes, I know it is early for this following, but humor me: if he continues at this current pace, C-Mo will get 243 plate appearances this season. Which means the Twins will be paying him $15,637 per plate appearance. That's Miguel Cabrera money.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Craig Monroe sat, the Twins won.

I am very happy that particular trend is over.

Now back to our regularly scheduled C-Mo bashing.

Sobering thought of the day: Ramon Ortiz started out 3-0 last season. So let's lay off giving Livan the Cy Young for a little bit yet.