Here are three things on my mind following the Twins' 4-3 loss to Kansas City on Friday.
1. This week has been disappointing for the offense. It's hard to believe the Twins couldn't figure out Royals righthander Luis Mendoza, but those things happen in baseball. But it's even harder to understand when the Twins' offense goes south twice in a few days. They should have clobbered Gavin Floyd on Tuesday. He was struggling on the road and the Twins have had their way with him in the past. But they lost 3-2 and lost the series to the White Sox. Now they let Mendoza shut them down on Friday. Once in a while, sure. Twice in four days?
2. Let's see how today's moves affect tomorrow's game: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire used four relievers on Friday on purpose so none of them would pitch too much to be unavailable for the doubleheader on Saturday. Anthony Swarzak and Kyle Waldrop both threw 25 pitches and should good to go tomorrow. Tyler Robertson threw 11 and Alex Burnett threw 14. They should have no problems bouncing back. The Royals should have no problems!
3. Liriano: Joe C. was told that the Braves are NOT interested in Francisco Liriano, so you don't have to study their farm system any more. But I was told that, if Liriano keeps throwing well, the Dodgers could be interested. Liriano has re-built his trade value. Now let's see if he can maintain it - or increase it.