Is Brandon Webb available???? The Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's would be teams that would look at bringing a guy like Brandon Webb in for the cheap. We have disaster area going on right now. I don't care who you are you aren't going to compete with Pavano, Marquis, Blackburn, Swarzak, Hendriks. This is if Blackburn is healthy, we saw what happened to Baker. I posted that I am giving the Twins some slack for the first 60 games, but something has to happen in the rotation. If Brandon Webb
Twins lose the game, the series and the road trip. There are 3 games left in the tough 19 game stretch (if you for some reason include Baltimore). With a series win against Boston at home, they will either go 7-12 or 8-11 in those 19 games. Like I mentioned before, that would be acceptable in my mind.
Down on the farm, Scott Diamonds impresses against division leader Lehigh Valley, upping his record to 4-0 and is quickly becoming the favorite SP to be the first to be called up. With
Francisco Liriano was tagged with a loss Sunday as he allowed five runs over five innings, handing out four walks while throwing just 47 of 86 pitches for strikes.
It qualified as his best start of the season.
Through four turns, Liriano sits with an 11.02 ERA, 2.28 WHIP and 12-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 16 2/3 innings. Only 57 percent of his pitches are finding the zone, which is the same rate he finished with in 2011. He was being counted on this year to rebound
Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog
Yeah, this series could've been uglier, but it wasn't pretty.
Friday's game was nice and smooth on all levels -- Matt Capps even delivered an uninteresting save for smiles all around.
Saturday's game was a fun pitchers' duel -- until a really ugly sixth inning. And the Rays had smiles all around.
Notes from the series:
If the Dominoes continue to fall like they are on April 22, 2012 in Mid-Late June. What will the Twins Brass do? Will they ride it out or will they gut the roster - trading veterans and cutting middling players, bringing up the young fellas to test their engines?
Pros for Gutting the Roster:
Getting a little value for the veteran starting pitchers and position players we have through trades. Maybe Span, Willingham or Morneau could bring something of exquisite value. All of
We just finished up a three game set in South Bend, IN. Although the series didn't end the way we wanted (we lost two of three), I wanted to share some of the trip.
We arrived in South Bend around noon for a 7 ET game. I wasn't sure what to expect of the stadium and was pleasantly surprised to see turf covering everything except the mound and the bases. Playing a number of games at the Metrodome in my career I felt right at home. A large jumbotron
First things first, I want to say that I firmly believe these players, while mostly currently in the Minor Lgs. are A) Big League Ready and B) More than likely available for Trade within their respective organizations. & C) Should fit well within the Twins budget as many of these players have no to little Service Time. & D) Are young/ Prospects, green or raw because that Clearly is the best way to invest you're time energy and Money and NOT Free Agency as proven time and time again also
Updated 04-23-2012 at 04:35 AM by shs_59
Aaron and John talk about Francisco Liriano's latest ugly start, Luke Hughes leaving via the waiver wire, the clock ticking on Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia, phone calls from listeners, why the bullpen has been better than expected, and why getting old stinks. Here are:
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The Twins lost 6-2 on Sunday afternoon to the Rays meaning they were 3-4 on the road trip. Francisco Liriano had his fourth straight Lirianic start. It wasnít pretty. Josh Willinghamís hitting streak came to an end. All-in-all, it appears that it would be a great time for the team to head back to home, to Target Field, for a series against the scuffling Boston Red Sox. Of course, they will get to face Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, so it isnít as though it gets easy.
I understand we have many issues right now.....but I would assume with the loss of blachburn and the question marks with marquis and now Liriano, I would think pitching would require some urgency.....But thank god for Terry Ryan!!...He made me realize that everything can be fixed by stopping the arbitration clock on Ben Revere and then picking up Clete Thomas cause "we have always liked that guy!".....Can anyone tell me how a guy who strikes out a third of his at bats in the MINOR LEAGUES
I think we can safely assume that the contracts of Baker and Liriano will be off the books next year. With that being said and after watching James Sheilds pitch last night, do the Twins go after Sheilds this off season? he is a horse and gives us an ace that we've lacked since Johan resided at the dome.
On Friday nightís Fox Sports North broadcast of the Twins game, Dick and Bert talked about some things the coaching staff had relayed to them about Francisco Liriano and his upcoming start. Pitching coach Rick Anderson said that the key to getting Liriano back to his spring training form in which he was producing a lot of strikeouts and keeping from walking hitters was to ease up on throwing his two-seamed fastball so much.
Interestingly enough, the Twins insistence a year ago for
Wooooo... how do I even start this thread/blog/or whatever. It seems that most think Parmelee should be in AAA or they think he is a butcher on defense. How did this happen? Parmelee for the most part, if my memory is correct was projected to be a good defensive 1B from the time he was drafted and he has done nothing to prove that statement any different, Parmelee must now prove himself to be an efficient outfielder, he might not have wheels, but he seems to have a proficient arm, not much different
Tough loss for the Twins tonight, getting outmatched by one of the best, if not most underrated pitchers, James Shields. With the help of his arsenal of pitches featuring one of the best changeups in the games, he goes 8+ Innings, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks 5 hits and 1 earned run (while Rodney was pitching). First game in a while the bats didn't come alive, which gives more credit to Shields. Rubber match tomorrow and the Twins are depending on Liriano's left arm and full mind to get the series win.