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Why hasn't there been a roster move since JD signing...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 AM
Not that it's that big of deal, I was just wondering when there will be a roster move to get back to 41.

Bremer’s FSN Sidekick 2020

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:45 AM
So with Seth confirming Morneau calling 60 games this year, how do the rest of the games break down? Morneau - 60 Bert - 20? Smalley...

2019 2020 (non-Twins) off season

Other Baseball Today, 07:41 AM
My first prediction is that WA signs their two big possible FAs to extensions.   My next is that Cole goes to LAA.   The White...

Trading for Price and Betts

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:27 AM
Good Morning,   Per the MLBTR article linked, how would y'all feel about trying to swing a deal with the Red Sox for Mookie Betts an...

Baby Blues Are Back!

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:02 PM
I'm so happy!       Here is the press release:     TWINS RETURN TO HISTORY, UNVEIL BABY BLUE ALTERNATE UNIFORM...

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Zumaya is not the problem

Posted by PSzalapski , 26 February 2012 · 573 views

I just read the news about Joel Zumaya. I suppose none of us should be surprised Zumaya could be injured. Some will use this as an opportunity to say that the twins should have signed more help for the bullpen. While that may be true, I think it ignores the bigger picture. The Twins need to improve their teaching staff as a whole and two thirds of the innings of a pitching staff come from starters.

Now I've heard it said that the Twins have five number four starters. I think this is a little bit too simple of an assessment. Baker, Liriano, and Pavano are all good pitchers. Of course there are flaws in each one. But any team in the nation would be happy to sign them to their rotation were the Twins to cut them today.

The two others in the rotation, Blackburn and (presumably) Marquis, are a different story. The aren't expected to be good pitchers, and they don't show the potential to get much better.

If the Twins were serious about contending this year, they should have signed or traded for a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation starter to take 180-220 innings, all of which are by definition winnable or losable games, since they are after all starting a tied game.

That is a much bigger concern than replacing the 60 or so innings that Zumaya could have taken.

If the Twins don't pitch much better than last year, they can't win the division. And if they can't win the division, why not blow it up and rebuild for 2013?