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Article: Trade Candidate: Kurt Suzuki

Minnesota Twins Talk 16 Jul 2014
Hmm.  I thought the O's would be all in and their pitching isn't great but maybe they feel the top prospects are ready soon or wor...
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Article: Monday Morning Madness: July 28, 2014

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
Arcia definitely deserves his spot in the lineup.  He provides power, speed, and a cannon arm in the outfield.  However, he nee...
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Are The Twins The Unluckiest Team In Baseball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:14 AM
If this is about "bad luck", the Twins need to hire some Voodoo priestess to come in and remove the curse of the Black Spruce.   Obv...
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Yankees A Possible Landing Spot For Josh Willingham?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:14 AM
Sounds good to me.  Too bad Bowden's a crazy old coot who spews ideas like this with no basis or inside information, than his geez...
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Are The Twins The Unluckiest Team In Baseball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:14 AM
The Hicks and Pelfrey "problems". Hicks I was a bit surprised when he was drafted, given that Revere was drafted the year before.  I...
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The Bullpen is Booming

Attached Image: swarzak.jpeg Since starting pitching was obviously going to be an unavoidable weakness, the Minnesota Twins knew they would need exceptional efforts from both the offense and bullpen in order to maintain a respectable record this season. We're only a week in, but thus far, both units have answered the call.

In their 4-2 start, the Twins have averaged 4.7 runs per game on offense and the relievers have been outstanding outside of one implosion (or Chris Davis explosion) that led to Friday's loss. Across Minnesota's four victories, the bullpen has delivered 13 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only seven hits.
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The meltdown on Friday was painful, but that was simply a poorly pitched game all around, with Liam Hendriks setting the tone by failing to last through the fifth. Outside of that hiccup, the relief corps has been absolutely phenomenal, and easily the Twins' biggest difference-maker in a fast start.

That group received another boost over the weekend, when Tyler Robertson – who served up the grand slam that accounts for almost the entirety of damage inflicted against the Twins' bullpen this year – was bumped to Rochester to make room for Anthony Swarzak.

I've noticed that Swarzak doesn't garner much fanfare. Maybe it's because of his unglamorous role, or maybe it's because of his failures as a starter. But the guy has proven to be an asset in the bullpen. As a reliever over the past two seasons he has posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.

Those are hardly spectacular numbers, but then you have to consider everything else he brings. He's been remarkably durable, frequently pitching multiple innings at a time and always available to start in a pinch. He's generally avoided injury, horseplay notwithstanding. And he's a former second round pick with a live fastball who's still only 27. There may be upside in him yet.

On Sunday, Swarzak made his first appearance of the season, recording four critical outs in a close game and earning a win. His return improves a bullpen that has already been a smashing success in this young season.


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