Minnesota Twins

Less Carlos Gomez, More Anybody Else

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Carlos Gomez #22 of the Minnesota Twins attempts a bunt against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium July 22, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
AlexAnalyst IMay 3, 2009

When the season started, a rotation of four outfielders in three available spots seemed feasible. It still is; there is no reason that, over the course of a 162 game season, four players cannot share at-bats. 

On month into the season however, the idea isn't working. Denard Span is the only one out of the group of four outfielders who has hit consistently. Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young have shown glimpses of  their ability and earned playing time too.

Then there is Carlos Gomez. The young, emotional, and energetic outfielder hasn't hit, hasn't bunted, and for that matter, hasn't done anything. 

Gomez is confused, he's far to emotional, and he isn't getting better. There is a slump and then there is a player who shouldn't see the field with the exception of pinch running, pinch hitting and maybe a rare start; that is Carlos Gomez.

The Twins may feel some pressure to play the speedster because they traded their star pitcher for the guy, but when it comes to winning, playing Gomez hurts the team's chances. 

Whether they send Gomez to triple-A or let him work it out on the bench, the Twins need to at least establish a new outfielder routine that revolves around Jason Kubel, Delmon Young, Denard Span, and Michael Cuddyer. 

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