Well, here it is already. The All-Star break. A time for rest, reflection, reappraisal, and perhaps a bit of recharging and reinforcement.
The Twins go into the All Star break feeling good after a win.
In New York.
Against the Yankees.
Beating C.C. Sabathia. (First win against Sabathia since July 29, 2007.)
Winning the series, 2 games to 1. (First series victory in NY since May, 2001.)
Put another one in the win column for Kyle Gibson. This makes him 2-2. Three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings of work. Also notable in yesterday’s game, Caleb Thielbar gave up another run, on a Suzuki HR. That makes two runs he’s given up this season. Twenty games, 21.2 innings pitched, 2 runs, 2 home runs. Will we see more of Mr. Thielbar in the second half?
We may see less of Chris Parmelee and Oswaldo Arcia, both of whom were sent down to AAA yesterday after the game, both of whom are slumping. Arcia is in an 0-18 slump, striking out in 11 of his last 13 at bats. Parmelee is one for his last 22. Parms better light ’em up in AAA, I think, if he wants to get back up to the bigs. I suspect the Twins are running low on patience with him.
Eduardo Escobar (hitting .214) was also sent down; I guess the Twins thought he might perform better than he has in the past (hitting .216 lifetime). But no, he didn’t. The Twins called up catcher Chris Herrmann, who’s hitting .227 down at AAA, but is 6 for 13 this year with the Twins, and Doug Bernier, an infielder. Sending down Escobar and Parmelee for Herrmann and Bernier is hard for me to figure.
There’s talk of also promoting Chris Colabello, after the AAA All-star game. Chris is playing in that game, after hitting .354 with 24 home runs and 76 RBIs in the first half with Rochester. Colabello’s pushing 30 years old, and is a great story – he was not drafted out of college and so played seven years in the independent Can-Am League, mostly for the Worcester Tornadoes. The Twins picked him up in 2012, and he hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIs in AA ball at New Britain. Now, this year, it’s the AAA All-star game and a ticket to big league ball.
Hats off to you, Chris Colabello, and good luck in the second half.