Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pic of the Week

Nick Punto — still scrappy after all these years.
This one first caught my eye for the reaction of Pittsburgh baserunner Josh Harrison, doing the limbo after being ruled out on a force out.

Then I noticed the identity of the third baseman on the play — our old pal Nick Punto.

Punto has spent a lot of time on the disabled list for St. Louis this season, but he's played well when available. He entered the weekend with career highs in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, although it also must be noted that he had just 141 plate appearances.

Given all his injuries, he probably wouldn't have been much use for the Twins this year, but his absence has certainly been noticeable. For all the disdain many fans held for him, he was always a highly reliable Plan B in the middle infield. The Twins needed that this year, and didn't have it.

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