In this edition of Twins Inside Pitch, Jesse Crain struggles in the eighth inning, Torii Hunter is…
AL Central Preview: Catchers And Infielders
Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski (Chicago), Victor Martinez (Cleveland), Ivan Rodriguez (Detroit), John Buck (Kansas City), Joe Mauer (Minnesota)This is one position in which the American League Central may have the strongest starters in the entire league. Pierzynski started 128 games for the World Champions in 2005, and hit a more than respectable 18 home runs. Martinez struggled to start the season, but came on strong to help Cleveland come very close to winning the American League Central. Rodriguez is a first ballot Hall of Famer, and his leadership has turned the clubhouse in Detroit around. Buck struggled a bit in his first full season in the Major Leagues, but if he learns to hit right-handed pitching, should be alright. Finally, Mauer is turning into one of the best all-around catchers in the game, and should continue to progress next season.EDGE: Detroit. As long as Rodriguez remains in this division, he will always take the crown as best overall catcher. However, Mauer and...
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