Matt Guerrier. . . what can I say? I don't have words. Here are the facts:
Matthew Olson Guerrier
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
MLB Debut: 6/17/2004
Positive: Well, you looked cute for whatever that's worth.
Negative: Your numbers are looking horrible, Matty. Your ERA more than doubled from '07 to '08. Your runs doubled, your BB went up, your strikeouts went down.
If I am recalling correctly, you were a starter for a very brief amount of time. In your career with the Twins, you have started 3 games. For an even briefer amount of time, I thought maybe you could be a starter again. Maybe I'm wrong. One thing that's true is that I am disappointed. I had really learned to trust you. Over the years I would look over to the bullpen and see the options: Jesse Crain? No thanks. Juan Rincon? We might as well give up if we're putting him in. Matt Guerrier? Bring it on. 2008 was a different story, though. I don't know what happened. I mean, I know what happened, but I don't know what caused it. Something has to change. Neshek is going to be out in 2009, and you know I still don't trust J. Crain (even though I really want to). So, here's the plan; next year, do what you did in 2006 and 2007. I wish I could say more, but the truth is that it just hurts too much to look at those numbers any longer.
Positive: Taking responsibility as a teammate
Negative: Don't forget deodorant next time.
I expect a comeback in 2009, Matty.