Nuckertuzzi wrote:Good post but interestingly I don't think this deal represents a philosophical move, in fact I think it represents a move back to the philosophy the team has had for the past few years.
Fully understood. You'd be blind not to see that AV has been clambering to get back to a similar formula that worked so well for them last year..and that's hard to argue with. The thing is that worked for them last year and a different formula has been working this year. Whether or not it would've translated to ultimate success is something we won't know now and the question is will reverting back work? I personally would've preferred to stick to what we know now.
While I fully understand that Cody's departure was probably written on the wall, I'm not sure now is the time to do it. I mentioned in an earlier post that the Twins don't look right to me this year and that had everything to do with the amount of minutes and airmiles they've had to endure this past calendar year. A long playoff run with not much of an offseason, then on to one of the craziest travel schedules to this point, all the while playing a shitload of overtime and having to fly East to play a meaningless All-Star game while most of the league recovers... It's all adding up and you can see it in their game. Remember last year wasn't nearly as demanding and yet they got shut down in two of the series. Kesler isn't far behind either in the beat-up department so you wonder if he can duplicate the Superman performance that bailed us out a few times last year. The success of the 'old' philosophy depended a lot on the top end guys carrying the team like top end guys. Since Xmas the Twins and Kes have had an uncomfortable amount of zero point games and that scares me. Hopefully the stretch of home games coming up will help rejuvenate them a bit but the grind isn't going to improve a whole lot more moving forward. And maybe Pahlsson helps Kes' offense but that remains to be seen.
This is why I would've preferred to wait to unload Cody at least until the offseason. Maybe he gives us that extra big goal that the Twins, Kes and co are unable to get...like he's done most of the year. Think of the goals he scored this year... 3 in 2 games against San Jose, 2 in 2 games against Detroit, 1 against Chicago, 1 against Nashville, and 1 against Boston. What do all these teams have in common? And what do the standings look like without those goals. Maybe our new/old philosophy allows us to win without it. I sure hope so...otherwise, Twins and Kes better find their Superman capes soon.